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ACER ASPIRE R7 Review – Too Futuristic?

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Awkward. By the looks of it, Acer has tried out a complete futuristic design which not many have adapted to. Large in terms of design, the Acer Aspire R7 looks good in a rich aluminium feel except for the black stand on hinges which connects them. You can\’t miss the reverse in placement with the keyboard and trackpad. To think, this might change reduce the load for using the trackpad as it\’s a touchscreen and just focus on the keyboard might have not been the best idea. If they thought it would be user-friendly, then it\’s a disaster. There are various placements and movements; so called ˜modes\’ for it. The display which is attached to the hold helps the screen fluctuate and can be used more comfortably as a tablet and also gives you the notion of  a floating screen while at use. On the left edge of the Acer Aspire R7 is a combo headphone and microphone jack, two charging USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port and a Mini DisplayPort. The right side has the power jack, a volume toggle, a USB 2.0 port and an SD card reader. Comparatively a little heavy to carry around.

REVIEW

To begin with just their exterior, Acer has attached what they like to call, ˜Ezel Hinge\’ allowing their screen to move in many ways. The Ezel Mode lets you get the screen at a comfortable distance and you can move it a little higher to your convenience. The Display Mode lets us completely flip the screen and watch movies at ease. The Pad Mode gives the notion of a tablet as it can be completed pushed back to the keyboard and lays flat. It\’s not that pretty as it\’s not completely flat and feels bulky. It terms of design, the entire addition of the hinge doesn\’t add any significant value to the product. The 15.6 inch display owns a resolution of 1920 x 1080 which is very crisp and super clear. We tried viewing a few 4K videos and the quality was stupendous. This might be the best feature about the R7. When we moved onto audio, we really didn\’t guess that speakers placed below could be so freakishly loud and yet, perfectly smooth and clear.The Aspire R7 has a total of four Dolby Home Theatre v4 speakers. To test it out, we played Nicky Romero\’s Legacy on full volume and not only were it perfectly in stereo, it was indeed loud! The second best feature undoubtedly. The Acer Aspire R7 has a 1.6-GHz Intel Core i5-4200U with 8GB of RAM, which gives the smoothest experience without any lagging witnessed. It has an internal memory of 1TB. We could say that Acer is trying to get rid of the trackpad and compel us to use just the keyboard and the touchscreen for a whole new feel and experience, but this might be fine till you have the laptop on your lap, not really when it is on a desk. It feels too frustrating and is plain weird.The trackpad feels a bit rough, maybe because of the inappropriate placement, most people would find the same problem. The keyboard is excellent with backlights but the absence of a trackpad below is noticed. What does go wrong is the battery life. It will last for 5 hours and a bit more but not reach till 6 hours for sure. It weighs about 2.4 kgs would be fine but is very heavy to be used as a tablet.

VERDICT

Going on the built, it is strong and sturdy. The screen stays strong on the hinge and can be moved in multiple ways. The awkward placement of the trackpad causes us discomfort. It might take you a very, very long time to get used to it and you wouldn\’t yet be satisfied. The battery life is another downer. As the laptop is heavy in itself, roaming around with a charger isn\’t a plus point. An excellent display along with super excellent audio output might definitely be great.

SPECIFICATIONS

15.6-inch IPS, Full HD Display
Windows 8.1 OS
1TB Storage
1.6-GHz Intel Core i5-4200U Processor
8GB RAM
Intel HD Graphics 4000
HDMI, VGA via adaptor, 3 USB ports
2.4 kgs

Exhibit Rating 3.5/5

Price Rs. 99,999 /-

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