TAIWANESE COMPUTER MAKER Acer announced today that it has upgraded its Aspire R7 convertible notebook with Intel's fourth generation Core processor that previously was codenamed Haswell.
While getting a performance boost that should also see a upgrade in battery life, the Aspire R7 now also comes with an "Acer Active Pen" style, which uses electromagnetic induction technology so it can respond different degrees of pressure sensitivity like a real pen. Acer said this results "in a greater range of pen strokes and more natural writing".
Originally unveiled as an Intel third generation Core powered hybrid notebook at a press event in New York in May, 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.
Acer Aspire R7 notebook also featured in the latest Star Trek Into Darkness movie. 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.
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.
The upgraded Aspire R7 will be available in Europe in the fourth quarter with a suggested price of €999, around £850.
The upgraded R7 wasn't all that Acer announced today. The Taiwanese firm also unveiled an Android powered all-in-one (AIO) PC with a 24in display ahead of the IFA electronics trade show later this week.
Named the Acer DA241HL, the 24in AIO - which is essentially a massive tablet with a stand - runs Google's Android 4.2 Jelly Bean mobile operating system on an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor.
"Thanks to MHL connectivity, the Da241HL can easily transmit smartphone content to a larger display for more comfortable viewing," Acer said. "It can also connect to any PC with Windows 8 via an HDMI port or USB cable becoming a 2-point Touch Display."
Furthermore, the AIO has a tilting angle of 20 to 75 degrees, which the firm says "enables a comfortable touch experience".
Acer didn't reveal much more about the Da241HL in terms of specifications, but be sure to check back soon to read our hands-on review of the device during our coverage of IFA later this week. µ
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