At an event this morning in New York City, Acer announced a slate of new gadgets, some boring (an iPad-Mini-sized Iconia tablet, a small convertible laptop) but one distinctly...odd. The Acer Aspire R7 isn't quite like any other laptop out there.
Windows 8's emphasis on touchscreen navigation has led to a lot of unusual laptop designs, which is exciting; there's Dell's vertically-flipping screen, Lenovo's excellent bend-all-the-way-around Yoga, and now Acer's easel-inspired design. The hinge is actually called "Ezel," which we assume is pronounced like "easel," and works sort of like the old iMac G4, moving up and down and forward and back. The hinge also allows the screen to lay down flat on the keyboard, so the computer looks more like a tablet.
Interestingly, the Aspire R7 has switched the positions of the keyboard (a nice-looking chiclet affair) and the trackpad, so the trackpad actually sits above, closer to the screen. The idea is that you use the trackpad less in a Windows 8 device, because so much of the operating system encourages you to touch the screen instead. Thanks to the hinge, you can bring the screen even closer to you, right over the trackpad, making the laptop look kind of like a jumbo iPad with a keyboard case.
The laptop has the standard specs; 15.6-inch 1080p display, Intel Core i5 processor, 6GB of memory, a 500GB hard drive with a 24GB SSD to load the OS faster, plus HDMI, SD reader, and three USB ports. The laptop looks thin, but we're skeptical about the utility of using a 15.6-inch laptop as a tablet. Even the very thin and light Lenovo Yoga 13 proved kind of heavy and unwieldy to use in "tablet mode," but perhaps you could use it for tabletop demos or something.
No price yet, but it'll be out May 14th as a Best Buy exclusive.
The best part of Windows 8 is the upgrade SATA 3 interface for hard drives.
After I bought my gateway laptop and toyed with Windows 8 for a week, confirming I hate it. I pulled the SATA 1 hard drive and installed a SATA 3 SSD, loaded Windows 7 and been enjoying my new laptop ever since.
The sad point of pushing Windows 8 is to force the market to a cross platform of desk computer, laptop and smart phones with similar operating systems. This is a great concept had the market really enjoyed the changes to Windows 8. FYI, this last quarter has been the lowest sales of Microsoft Windows history. In other words, the market has spoken.
Oh, to down grade the windows in my new Gateway laptop, I had to go into the bias and enable legacy mode.
I don't understand the latest craze with everyone trying to re-invent everything. Traditional laptops are fine the way they are. That's why the design has stuck. If the design was bed we would have already found something better. But there isn't a better layout.
And I agree with the above comment. Both apple and microsoft have been pushing this whole OS similarity across all devices, and it hasn't been going that well. Most people aren't as happy with the latest versions of windows or mac os as they were with the earlier versions. People like windows 7 far more than windows 8, because 7 is a upgrade along the familiar system. But windows 8 has a whole new interface and people aren't happy with it. Windows has has the same basic layout since windows 95, clearly it works or people wouldn't keep buying it.
I like it. Something different from the same old things. Windows 8 is quite different in appearance yes, but a few small simple tweaks makes it just like windows 7 and gives the option to use the new start screen if you want to somehow give it a chance. Give things a good chance (and time) before judging something so quickly.
I find it funny how angry people can get about Windows 8. It's like when you get older and don't like the music kids listen to nowadays. Get off my lawn.
I have Windows 8 on my desktop... and the only thing that I miss from Windows 7 is the Recent Documents list from the Start Button menu. I found a way around it, so it's not that big of a deal.
There are things about Windows 8 Start Menu that needs to be improved upon for sure (the mail, messaging, music apps are overly simplified), but overall it was well worth the $40 upgrade. Love their News and Sports apps... and even the new Solitaire is really great. But now that Win8 upgrade is about $50-100 more, I probably wouldn't get it at that price unless I was upgrading from Vista or XP.
Having the Logitech touch pad helps with the gestures, but I may want to invest in a full multi-point touchscreen at some point. Windows "Blue" will most likely improve a lot of things, so looking forward to that.
Acer is the world's second biggest laptop maker. Its kind of their job to re-invent stuff. They are second in innovation only to Asus.
I find it funny how even after the market has spoken some people still refuse to accept reality.
Windows 8 is not selling because people don't like it.
Yes the interface is great- if you have a touch screen. Trouble is most people simply don't have touch on their laptop or desktop.
The above tweak of swapping out the original SATA 1 hard drive to a SATA 3 SSD will work great for Windows 8 too. The increase read and writes times of SSD drives is a leap for how your computer responds and will be happy!
Oh, because you are no longer using a electro mechanical hard drive as you change to a SSD, you battery life is extended as well.
SATA 3 has been around for a while... It's all about the motherboard. Windows has NOTHING to do with it.
The market has spoken? Most companies just went to Win7 a couple years ago. Businesses drive a huge part of Windows and they are sitting put for at least a couple mroe years. Large companies can't afford to swap out OS's or PC's every other year because of something new and shiny. That's what Apple is for.
My mom has a Win8 laptop and loves it. I have combinations of Win7 and XP at home. I sell refurb XP desktops as a hobby. They still sell, because they work and nothing monumental has happened since XP SP3.
The Acer Aconia A1 tablet also launched today but another Android device to launch next week is the Novo 8 Discovery -which compares closely to the Acer Iconia A1, but with a few key advantages, a more powerful battery (5000 mAh) compared to the 3250 mAh on the Acer; and twice the DRAM (2GB DDR3) and an 8 Core GPU (Power VR SGX544MP2). The Discovery is made by Ainol Electronics which won runner-up for Best Tablet of the Year at CES 2012, for the first Novo series tablet - - with one of the first U.S. sites this new tablet is available through is called TabletSprint and is priced at $155.
The Discovery matches most other features of the Acer, including an 7.85" mini-iPad size screen, 16GB Memory, a Quad Core processor (Actions ATM7029/1.5 GHz), Android 4.2 O/S, Bluetooth, MicroSD, Front and Rear Cameras, and HDMI 1080p... however, the Novo 8 Discovery also has one the latest technology innovations which launched in 2013 -- Miracast HD Wireless technology, that with an Adapter ($25) provides wireless connection to any HD TV - ideal for streaming movies (Netflix) and for video games as well as any other web content -- essentially turning any HDTV into a computer device.
While you maybe familiar with the variations of SATA, other people may not be, plus the additional information of an SSD, which you failed to mention.
Any moron who's used Windows 8 for more than a couple days knows that once you get to the desktop, it's used exactly the same way as Windows 7. You can whine and cry and throw a hissy fit all you want over the dreaded start menu change, but it isn't as different and hard to use as people are making it out to be.
Just curious. Why the snarky tone? I have absolutely no preference here (I'm an Apple user) but it sounds like you appreciate the features of this laptop but don't want to look stupid if it fails. You seem to actually appreciate those "weird," "odd" features.
This design COULD be a disaster but there's nothing in your piece to suggest "WHY?"
I like them. Great design, great build, great idea. Something fresh and worth try. They have touch screen so touchpad is less important. good that screen is closer to reach by hand.
But it looks like author of this article is very closed minded and he thinks rotten Apple is like important in laptop industry. Really amusing.
Oh my god, Windows 8 is still competing with XP! Well if you can call that a competition.
This data makes clear what people have been saying for a year before Win8 launched.
We don't like Win8! We don't want Win8! We prefer XP and Win7 so upgrade those instead!
The argument is now over and Win8 lost.
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It's more like those gum commericals where they attack people so they spit out their gum, otherwise they would never buy more gum. Mid 2000's Dell's and such are bulletproof and run forever. Unless you're gaming or video editing or something with high resolution content then a 3 Ghz P4 is plenty. Anything beyond that just makes multi tasking easier.
An operationg system is suppose to be user friendly, yes!
Moving from Windows 7 to Windows 8 misses this goal, but goes the a different way.
Windows ME, Windows Vista, Window 8, all secret beta runs with bugs, but money makers for Microsoft.
You be better off waiting for Windows 9 or what they call it.
Well, Windows got a little better down the road after down loaded all the updates......
Skip Win8 for the same reasons many of us skipped WinME and WinVista. It is a Beta for something better.
Me? I dumped the whole thing for Mint Linux years ago. I use KDE. In a pinch I run WinXP in VirtualBox if I have a Windows only app which is very rare these days.
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