Con­vert­ible, Not Ul­tra­book

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

THE ACER AS­PIRE R7 has over 20 de­sign patents and it was only nat­u­ral for it to look dif­fer­ent. Ac­tu­ally the R7, which has the build qual­ity and some looks of the MacBook Pro, has four modes. First is the reg­u­lar lap­top mode. Then there is an easel mode where you can pull the screen up or closer to you to ac­cess the touch screen. Next is the pad mode where the screen faces up and rest on the key­pad like a tablet. Fi­nally, there is a dis­play mode where the clamshell opens from the pad mode with the screen fac­ing some­one sit­ting op­po­site to you.

The prob­lem is when you think of this de­vice as an ul­tra­book. With a 15.6-inch Full HD touch­screen, this de­vice weighs 2.6 kgs which is very much in the note­book range. We sug­gest you buy this if the us­age is more of a static na­ture with not much trav­el­ling in­volved. Strangely, the track­pad on the R7 is above the back­lit key­board. In the lap­top mode, you have to stretch al­most till the screen to reach the track­pad. This one re­ally beats me.

The screen is stun­ning and the touch very re­spon­sive. It also has four pow­er­ful speak­ers with Dolby Dig­i­tal Home Plus.

The R7 is a very pow­er­ful de­vice. It has an In­tel Core i5 pro­ces­sor with 6GB RAM that should be able to do all your stuff. It also has a quick boot like ul­tra­books. It also man­ages to stay cool even in high power cir­cum­stances. I would sug­gest this de­vice for those look­ing for a home PC re­place­ment.

` 79,999

SPECS: Win­dows 8, 15.6-inch Full HD IPS dis­play, In­tel Core i5 3337U (1.8 GHz), 6GB RAM, 500 GB HDD, In­tel HD Graph­ics 4000, 2.6 kg

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