Acer Aspire R7 Laptop Features Radical New Design

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A new laptop from Acer features a unique design that allows users to bend and fold the screen mount for ideal viewing angles. In this way, the Acer Aspire R7 offers a unique take on the rapidly growing tablet-laptop hybrid computer.

Acer showed off the Acer Aspire R7 at a press event in New York City on Friday, May 3, 2013. The device runs on Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system and boasts a 15.6-inch high definition (1920 x 1080) LCD backlit screen.

It also comes equipped with four speakers and features a battery life of almost five hours. Under the hood users will find an Intel (Core i7 or i5) processor.

'Ezel' Hinge Sets Aspire R7 Apart

But the thing setting the Aspire R7 apart is its 'Ezel' hinge, which connects the touch screen display with the rest of the laptop. (Source:

Acer chief executive officer JT Wang showed the New York crowd how the Ezel could be easily manipulated to give users of the device multiple unique viewing angles.

Acer says users can place up to 250 grams of force on the Ezel.

Overall, Acer's new laptop is anything but portable. Although it looks like a lightweight tablet-laptop combo, the device weighs more than five pounds. It also won't be cheap, with prices starting at $1,000. (Source:

(To watch a video showing off the new Ezel hinge, click here.)

Acer Also Shows Off New Ultrabook, Tablet

Acer also took time to show off two other new products, including the Aspire P3 and the Iconia A1.

The Aspire P3 is an 11.6-inch ultrabook that also uses the Ezel hinge. Weighing in at three pounds, it's far more mobile than its bigger brother. At $800, it's also a bit cheaper.

Acer's $169 Iconia A1 tablet features a 7.9-inch touch screen display, weighs less than a pound, and runs Google's Android operating system. Inside, users will find a 1.2 GHz quad core processor built by MTC.

With a width of just 0.43 inches, this is clearly the most portable of the three devices. In fact, Acer is currently touting the Iconia A1 as a 'one-handed' tablet computer.

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