Convertible, Not Ultrabook

Review: Buy Acer Aspire R7 for power, not portability
     Print Edition: November 2013
Acer Aspire R7
Acer Aspire R7

Acer Aspire R7
Price: Rs 79,999
Specs: Windows 8, 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display, Intel Core i5 3337U (1.8 GH z), 6GB RAM, 500 GB HDD, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 2.6 kg

Ashim Mathur, Dolby India
Dolby technology is found in more than a billion products: Ashim Mathur, Dolby India
The Acer Aspire R7 has over 20 design patents and it was only natural for it to look different. Actually the R7, which has the build quality and some looks of the MacBook Pro, has four modes. First is the regular laptop mode. Then there is an easel mode where you can pull the screen up or closer to you to access the touch screen. Next is the pad mode where the screen faces up and rest on the keypad like a tablet. Finally, there is a display mode where the clamshell opens from the pad mode with the screen facing someone sitting opposite to you.

The problem is when you think of this device as an ultrabook. With a 15.6-inch Full HD touchscreen, this device weighs 2.6 kgs which is very much in the notebook range. We suggest you buy this if the usage is more of a static nature with not much travelling involved.

Strangely, the trackpad on the R7 is above the backlit keyboard. In the laptop mode, you have to stretch almost till the screen to reach the trackpad. This one really beats me. The screen is stunning and the touch very responsive. It also has four powerful speakers with Dolby Digital Home Plus.

The R7 is a very powerful device. It has an Intel Core i5 processor with 6GB RAM that should be able to do all your stuff. It also has a quick boot like ultrabooks. It also manages to stay cool even in high power circumstances. I would suggest this device for those looking for a home PC replacement.

Bag it or junk it:
- Buy it for power, not portability
- Acer has added apps like screen grab
- The keypad is good with keys that travel well
- Trackpad on the R7 is above the keyboard

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