These New Acer Laptops Are Wild, Man

Say what you will about Windows 8. If it's done anything, it's gotten hardware manufacturers to rethink the tried-and-true laptop design. Case in point: two new machines from Acer.

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Say what you will about Windows 8. If it’s done anything, it’s gotten hardware manufacturers to rethink the tried-and-true laptop design.

Case in point: two new machines from Acer – the 15.6-inch Aspire R7 and the 11.6-inch Aspire P3.

Let’s start with the Aspire R7, as it’s the wildest of the pair:

side rail exposure.  Possible exposure for metal surface as well.  To be composited with screen

Where in the name of all that’s sensible in this world is the trackpad? Ah, here it is behind the keyboard:

master Helicon

Why, why, why? To make you touch the screen is why. The screen is “mounted on Acer’s ‘Ezel Hinge’,” according to the company, so it “can flip, reverse, lie flat or float.” Acer’s angle is that the closer the screen is to you, the less cumbersome it is to touch it while using it in laptop mode.

As you can see in the above video, the screen can be flipped backward to show something to someone sitting across the table from you. Or you can fold it down flat to use the R7 like a tablet. The whole thing tips the scales at over five pounds, however, so this is a computer first and a tablet second.

It’ll be available May 17 from Best Buy, with a suggested retail price of $1,000.

Then there’s the Aspire P3. It’s a trackpad-less touchscreen Ultrabook wherein the 11.6-inch screen detaches from the included keyboard cover for use as a tablet:

Acer Aspire P3 ultrabook with keyboard left angle

We’ve seen similar designs from the likes of the Microsoft Surface tablets, the Lenovo Helix getup we saw at CES, and a handful of Android tablet combos. This one’s got some decent oomph under the hood, Acer’s promising “up to six hours” of battery life, and when folded into its keyboard case, it looks like it’d be easy to tote around:

Acer Aspire P3 ultrabook closed

Undocked as a tablet, the P3 weighs a wee bit over three pounds and measures a little over three-quarters of an inch thick. It’s available “immediately” for $800, according to Acer, though I’m not able to find a place to buy it quite yet.

More info:

Photos of the devices (click to enlarge):

11 comments
bkaystro
bkaystro

Woah Woah Woah! Slow down there sir! You left your cappuccino on the park bench!

luscusrex
luscusrex

I like the design a lot more than the Yoga, price is steep but by next year this time they will have drop between $200 and $400 . The price today is the price you pay for living on the bleeding edge. I am pretty sure that regular non touch screen laptops will disappear  and the first inexpensive touch screen laptops will be the left over regular laptops with a touch screen. 

The good news is That those of us that do not like the Formally Known Metro tile windows will be able to get a Great Laptop with regular screen for dirt cheap price, since no "cool" person will want one of those old things, hahahahaha I love it. 

SMP
SMP

Ahhh... Looks really cumbersome!

zaglossus
zaglossus

I would never pay that much money for a laptop.

jjj1112
jjj1112

I do like the iPhone (well, not the price of the service plan!), but I hate interacting with a monitor via touch for "real" computer systems and applications.  Most people I know feel the same way and feel like Windows 8 was designed for iPhone/iPad-like systems and has no business on an actual laptop or PC and avoid it like the plague.

Davidjan
Davidjan

To expensive to get a window 8 tablet. Nexus 7 and other android tablet is cheaper than surface. And easily to add storage with http://goo.gl/lfEXI !!!

SocialMalaise
SocialMalaise

After using Windows 8 since release I have come to the conclusion, it blows.  Get rid of the "Live Tiles" it would be great... (Windows 7)

Steve Reilly
Steve Reilly

not sure I could ever use , wild, win8, and acer in the same sentence..