On Friday Acer launched two new touchscreen notebooks, the Aspire R7 and the Acer Aspire P3.
The Acer Aspire R7 ($999.99) will offer a 15.6-inch touchscreen along with a hinge that allows the notebook to rotate the screen and convert into a tablet. The keyboard has been moved closer to the edge while the touchpad has been moved closer to screen, in an attempts to make it easier to user the touchscreen. The Aspire R7 will be available starting at $1,000 sometime during mid-May. Acer also announced an exclusive partnership with Best Buy for this product.
Dual hinge technology in the Aspire R7 allows for single-hand switching between modes and keeps the display rock-steady when touched (see our image gallery above for more images).
- Ezel Mode: Reach out and pull the display closer, eliminating the need to reach across the palm rest and keyboard to use the touch screen. Just pull it up and out where it can be positioned in front of the keyboard, or float over it. By pulling the display close, switching between touchscreen, keyboard and touchpad is seamless.
- Notebook mode: Slide the display back behind the keyboard, and you have a powerful, full featured Windows 8 notebook computer with a 15.6-inch Full HD 1920×1080 touchscreen display, an Intel Core i5 processor, 6GB of memory, a 500GB hard drive, a 24GB SSD and a full-size backlit keyboard. It also includes a volume control button, HDMI port, SD card reader, audio jacks, three USB ports, WiFi, Bluetooth and a convenient converter port supporting VGA, RJ45 and USB.
- Display Mode: Flip the screen over and it’s positioned perfectly for watching a movie, showing photos or giving a presentation. Sharing and collaborating is simple, enjoyable and straightforward. With Acer’s proven dual-torque design, the screen flips easily yet remains rigid when touched.
- Pad Mode: Simply pull down the touchscreen and lay it on top of the keyboard with the face up, and the Aspire R7 morphs into a pad, without giving up the robust performance of a notebook. The ergonomic 4-degree tilting angle makes it perfect for browsing, writing or drawing. It?s ideal for pure touch interactions like casual gaming, browsing, drawing, annotating and more.
Acer also unveiled the Acer Aspire P3 ultrabook ($799.99). Similar to the R7, the Acer Aspire P3 will be able to convert into a tablet, making it the company’s first convertible ultrabook. The P3 will offer an 11.6-inch screen, along with either an i3 or i6 processor, and a 60 or 120 GB SSD drive. The convertible ultrabook starts at $800 and is available for purchase now.