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We've seen a lot of great stuff from Acer lately. The Acer Aspire R7 is no exception to this rule. The Aspire R7 really stands out with its 15-inch touchscreen, but there are some drawbacks to this laptop too. Here's a complete review.

Acer Aspire R7 Design

The first thing you'll notice about the Apsire's design is that it's hinged - quite literally. You can tilt the screen backwards and tilt it forward to really get a good look at what's happening, or to touch the screen accurately. The screen also turns entirely around to face the opposite direction of the keyboard, and you can fold the screen almost completely down against the keyboard (there's a small gap) to use it like a tablet.

Another interesting design element is the touchpad. Acer has decided to place the touchpad at the top of the keyboard area. That's right, the top of the keyboard. So, instead of moving your fingers around on the bottom part of the keyboard to complete actions, you will have to reach past the keys to the top of the keyboard. It's a somewhat odd design, but it's what Acer has decided to go with. Is this design a good thing? It's certainly an odd thing, but it might appeal to some people.

Pricing and Other Details

Acer has placed a nice price on this laptop. Considering the fact that it's a multi-purpose touchscreen laptop, the $999 price tag is spot on. I'm not sure how many people will actually go for the strange Aspire design, but it's worth looking at if you want something that's kind of out of the ordinary.

I haven't quite figure out why Acer would place the touchpad at the front of the keyboard, but there must be some decent logistical reason for this. Any ideas? Otherwise, the touchpad seems to be somewhat bothersome, since you have to surpass the keys just to make that mouse happen.

What about the tilting screen? Well, this screen might be useful if you plan to attend a lot of events. You can turn the screen around completely to reveal a wide screen that isn't directly in front of the keyboard (great for sharing). Otherwise, I'm not too sure that most consumers will dig what Acer has put out. If you do love the way that this laptop sounds, there's more news for you to take a look at.

'Availability and Specs

Here's what you'll find inside of the Acer Aspire R7: 2 USB 3.0 and 1 USB 2.0 plus card reader; quad speakers; headphone/microphone jack; WiFi; Bluetooth; HDMI and Displayport. Those are all decent additions, but they aren't entirely off the charts when compared to other laptops in its class.

Where can you find this laptop to purchase it or just to gawk? You will have to wait a few months for the Aspire R7 to debut. In the meantime, you can go to Acer's website to see what the R7 has to offer spec-wise and to see some additional pictures. Strange design? You bet. Worth a look? For sure!