NEW YORK: TAIWANESE COMPUTER MAKER Acer launched a convertible notebook today, the Aspire R7, which will appear in the flick Star Trek Into Darkness.
Unveiled at a press event in New York today, the Aspire R7 has a full HD touchscreen display with 1920x1080 resolution that can be flipped, rotated and twisted into different positions to offer four modes of use.
Rotating over an "Ezel Hinge", it supports a "traditional notebook" mode, a "table top" mode, a "display" mode and a "pad" mode.
The Ezel Hinge uses the R7's "dual hinge technology" so the display can be moved around into any position as it floats over the keyboard, allowing users to work in various positions.
Acer said that it introduced this design because customers were experiencing difficulty using touchscreen laptops with fixed angles, as they were awkward to use.
"Its flexibility viewing varies people to people so the Ezel hinge means you can decide where the most comfortable angle is for touch and type," Acer president Jim Wong said at the launch.
The display can be slid back behind the full-sized backlit keyboard offering a traditional notebook mode, or can be flipped over into a standing position called "display" mode, which Acer said is optimal for video playback.
The display can also be pulled down for "pad" mode, where the touchscreen is laid on top of the keyboard with the face up, like a tablet.
"With a proven dual-torque design, the screen flips easily yet remains rigid when touched and means it will stay put no matter how you position it," Wong added.
On the inside the Aspire R7 has an Intel Core i5 processor with up to a rather sizable 12GB of memory and a 1TB hard drive, though Acer said that this can be upgraded to a 256GB SSD card if you fancy swifter access to stored data.
The Aspire R7 offers a good range of connectivity options including an HDMI-out port, an SD card reader and three USB 3.0 ports, as well as WiFi, Bluetooth and a converter port supporting VGA, RJ45 and USB.
Acer also made it a point to say that the Aspire R7 has a volume control button, something we weren't too surprised about. Check back soon for our hands on review.
Acer continued to promote its "duality" tagline as part of the announcement, saying that users are looking to use both touch and type with hardware to optimise the computing experience.
Acer's Aspire R7 notebook will see a worldwide release of 14 May to coincide with the Star Trek movie, which will hit cinema screens three days later on 17 May. The Aspire R7 should cost around £900 when it goes on sale in the UK, Acer said. The film will cost a lot less. µ
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