Acer teased a “unique noteook” in a Star Trek trailer a few weeks ago, and earlier this morning, the company held a press event in New York City to unveil what they consider to be a unique notebook. We believed what Acer could be unveiling today could be a laptop / tablet hybrid, such as the HP Envy X2 or similar devices, and it looks as though that’s exactly what they had prepared to unveil today, but they had a bit more to show than just a simple laptop / tablet hybrid machine.
One of the first products Acer showed off this morning was the Acer Aspire R7, which is a Windows 8 notebook that features a 15.6-inch screen which is mounted on an ezel hinge that allows the user to adjust the screen to whatever angle is most comfortable for them. The screen is also flippable, which makes it possible for you to share the R7’s screen with someone sitting across from you, or even lay the screen flat in order to collaborate with someone else. Acer has re-imagined the layout of its R7’s keyboard / trackpad by moving the keyboard forward and having the trackpad closer to the screen. The Acer Aspire R7 is expected to be released on May 14 exclusively at Best Buy.
The next product Acer showed off was its ultrabook Acer Aspire P3. The Aspire P3 is the company’s ultra-convertible ultrabook that features an Intel Core i3 or i5 processor and is able to be used in three different methods: as an ultrabook, tablet and a slate. Judging by the demo reel that was shown of the Aspire P3, it looks as though changing from one form to another is effortless. Acer says the Aspire P3 will also have a long battery life, although they didn’t give specifics as to how long it would last.
The final product that was show today was Acer’s Android tablet, the Acer Iconia A1. The Iconia A1 features a 7.9-inch screen equipped with IPS technology, which means the display will have a wide-viewing angle. It is equipped with a battery that offers over 8 hours of battery life and is being touted as “everyone’s tablet,” which Acer made it as easy to carry and use as possible. One of the methods of turning on the Iconia A1 is by placing five fingers on the screen, instead of the traditional method of just pushing the power button. Acer is also making this “everyone’s tablet” with its MSRP of $169, making it an extremely affordable Android tablet.