Acer’s newly announced Aspire R7 laptop looks like a ship that belongs in Star Trek

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Last week, Acer began teasing a brand new laptop reveal using Star Trek. It raised some eyebrows. What could they possibly be announcing? Turns out it’s just as crazy as that Star Trek cross-promotion trailer. Meet the new Acer Aspire R7 — a transforming laptop that can act like a desktop, a laptop and even a tablet at times.

The laptop’s specs are fairly competitive: It’s got a 15.6-inch Full HD touchscreen display, Intel Core i5 processor, 6GB of RAM, and a combo 500GB HDD and 24GB SSD. But what makes the R7 so unique from pretty much anything we’ve seen in the laptop market to date is the “Ezel” hinge. Because of this unique design, the laptop’s screen can be positioned in almost any manner you would want. It can be positioned to be like any traditional laptop, or even something similar to Microsoft’s Surface, which you can see below.

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To make it easier to use the R7’s touchscreen (and Windows 8’s touch-centric interface), the screen can  be positioned this way:

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Another unique decision by Acer here is the positioning of the trackpad — it’s above the keyboard instead of below it, which you can see in the top image. As for why anyone would use their computer like the top image, I can’t say. I guess it kinda looks like a spaceship… And that’s the Star Trek connection. Yeah.

The Acer Aspire R7 is now available for pre-order, exclusively from Best Buy. It costs $999 and it’ll be out on May 17.

What do you think of the R7? Is it a great innovation by Acer or are they just being crazy here? Tell us what you think in the comments!

[via Acer]

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9 comments

  1. leland

    I have to wonder how safe the electronics in the hinge will survive daily use. The more movement the more you can have potential issues. I hate it when things break like this so I would not want to be an early adopter. I would check it out on iFixIt first to see how easy it is to repair also.

    As for Linux that will depend on if they included a switch to turn off secure boot. If they did not then Linux won’t run except in a virtual machine in Windows 8. Same for Windows 7…

  2. Col. Panek

    [@Seamus McSeamus] He means, can we get it without the Microsoft Tax? And without the extra 15 minutes of installing Linux? And wouldn’t it be great if Acer broke ranks and told MS to stuff it?

    I bet ubuntu Unity would actually be pleasant on this. I just can’t get into the dash (I don’t have a touch screen).