No man was more foolish when he had not a pen in his hand, or more wise when he had - Samuel Johnson
ACER HAS TAKEN the fight to Lenovo at this year's IFA press conference, unveiling the Acer Aspire R13 and R14 convertible laptops.
The Acer Aspire R13 follows last year's Aspire R7, and the firm has clearly realised that placing the trackpad above the keyboard wasn't exactly a great idea.
Much like the its Star Trek-inspired predecessor, the laptop comes with Acer's Ezel Aero hinge, allowing the Aspire R13 to be used in six different modes, including "tent mode" and "pad mode". Perhaps surprisingly, the device can also be used as a standard laptop, while the "stand mode" is aimed at doodlers, with the device shipping with a Microsoft Surface-style Active pen.
The Acer Aspire 13 comes with a 13.3in screen, with the options of 2540x1440 or 1920x1080 resolution. Users can also choose between Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processors, and up to 8GB of memory and up to 1TB SSD.
The Aspire R13 is joined by the Acer Aspire R14, which follows in the footsteps of Lenovo's Yoga line with a 360-degree hinge. Unsurprisingly, this features a 14in screen, which comes in just one 1366x768 resolution, along with a choice of Intel Core chips, Nvidia 820M graphics and either 500GB or 1TB hard drives.
The Acer Aspire R13 will be available in the UK from October priced from £699, while the R14 will also launch next month with prices starting at £429.
Of course, IFA wouldn't be IFA unless Acer also unveiled a slew of other devices, much like Toshiba did earlier today.
The firm also bolstered its tablet lineup with the Acer Iconia 8W, an 8in Windows 8.1 with Bing tablet, and the Acer Iconia Tab 10 running Android 4.4 Kitkat. Acer also extended its Switch range, with the firm unveiling the 11in Aspire Switch 11, alongside a 10.1in Full HD model that will replace the Aspire Switch 10. µ
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