Acer Redesigns Its R Series Convertible Laptop, Announces Aspire R14 As Well
Acer has come to admit that its design for the R series Aspire R7 was a big mistake. With the touchpad laying on top of the keyboard, no matter how hard users tried, they could not get used to it. Sure, we applaud Acer for thinking out of the box, but a trackpad that was away from the keyboard was inconvenient for everyone.
Moreover, Acer took a step ahead in its gallantry by accepting that its design for the upcoming Aspire R14 notebook with a 360 degree rotational hinge is similar to Lenovo’s Yoga series. Admitting to copy the rival’s design is surely a big thing.
This year at IFA in Berlin, the company is revealing their redesigned version of the R-series convertible laptop, whose touchpad has thankfully returned to its normal position.
The R series, now being called the Aspire R13, has the same hinge which allows the screen to swing outwards and hover over the keyboard, converting the simple laptop into a desktop environment. Moreover, the screen size has been reduced from 15.6 inches to 13.3, making it more portable.
And the greatest change is the touchpad itself. Acer says this decision was made as a result of the customer feedback, where the users could not get used to the trackpad position. The previous position of trackpad caused fatigue as it required extra effort to use it.
For those who have forgotten the features of the original R13, this redesigned version is being released with the following features:
- 1,920 x 1,080 screen resolution, with the other screen with 2,560 x 1,440 res, similar to Acer’s S7 Ultrabook.
- Optional digitizer for pressure-sensitive pen input
- Choice of Core i5 or i7 processors
- 1TB storage
- 8GB RAM
- 8-hour battery life
R-13 will be made available in the U.S. in October for $900. Europe and Asia will get the device in November.
Aspire R14 is also offering nothing new. Its design is same as “Yoga” design that PC makers have been copying for a year now. Yoga design features a hinge which can rotate 360 degrees allowing the screen to fold into tablet mode, tent mode and stand mode.
Acer’s Aspire R 14 clamshell
Some models will have Nvidia GeForce 820M graphics and an optional pen digitizer. The specs will be almost same as Aspire R13 except giving more choice for processors by providing Intel Pentium processors, and up to 12GB of RAM.
To be honest, the only feature that gives Aspire R14 upper hand on Lenovo is its RAM.
Aspire 14 will go on sale in mid-October and will be priced around $600 in U.S. and €500 in Europe.