Acer Aspire R7 delivers four viewing modes but Ivy Bridge CPU


Acer has taken a leaf out of the Samsung playbook, launching a new four-mode ultrabook into the Australian market called the Acer Aspire R7.

The Taiwanese PC giant says the R7 has four modes of operation – standard notebook, tablet, display device and its own mode it calls ‘Ezel’ that allows the screen to float over the keyboard and different positions and angles. The keyboard is also backlit with an ambient light sensor built-in.

Acer is also spruiking the R7′s audio capabilities – boosted by four two-watt amplifiers and speakers.

However, despite the features, the Aspire R7 is based on Intel’s previous-generation Ivy Bridge CPU technology.

The R7 comes preloaded with Windows 8 but is powered by Intel’s Core i5-3337U CULV processor, one of its previous-generation Ivy Bridge series, running at 1.8GHz with a turbo boost up to 2.7GHz for single-threaded applications.

The LED-backlit LCD touchscreen panel is 15.6-inches, housing a full HD (1920×1080-pixel) resolution display.

It coems with 6GB of DDR3 memory, but boosts that with a 24GB SSD for caching and fast booting, supplemented by a 500GB hard drive under the keyboard for bulk storage. You also get Wi-Fi, Bluetooth for wireless connectivity.

As for peripherals, there’s both VGA and HDMI outputs, along with three USB ports (two USB3.0 and one USB2.0). You also get a high-definition webcam (720p) plus stereo microphones.

What Acer doesn’t say anything about is battery life – nothing about the battery capacity or how long it lasts.

The Aspire R7 is on sale now for $AUD2099 from a range of retailers across Australia.

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