8 September 2014

Acer launches Aspire R 13 and R 14 convertible notebooks

Acer has announced the Aspire R 13 and Aspire R 14 Series, two new convertible notebook lines that can transition between various notebook and tablet style modes of operation. Both notebooks are designed for those who don’t want to give up a traditional notebook design, but want more options and flexibility. 
Source: Acer. The R 13 in one mode.

“Acer’s goal is to deliver an experience consistently beyond everyone’s expectation at all price points,” said Jason Chen, Corporate President and CEO, Acer. “These new Aspire convertibles are the perfect device to sit in the middle of your mobile world - a device that is both portable and capable of efficient productivity.”

Less than 25.4 mm thin and just over 1.5 kg, the Aspire R 13 Series incorporates a 13.3" display and 
Acer’s unique Ezel Aero Hinge that allows the display to rotate into six different positions:

Notebook mode - provides a precise and spacious keyboard for maximum productivity.
Ezel mode - brings the display close for convenient reading and web browsing.
Stand mode - makes it easy to draw a flow chart, take notes, brainstorm with others or edit artwork. The stand is sturdy enough for drawing and other touchscreen interactions.
Pad mode - enables the R 13 to be used as a tablet for web browsing, playing games or watching videos. The screen fits perfectly in the chassis frame, so it’s streamlined and easy to hold.
Tent mode - the ideal position when space is limited, such as an airplane’s seatback tray.
Source: Acer. The Aspire R 13 in anothe rmode.

Display mode - good for viewing photos and video or playing games with others.

All R 13 Series models offer premium touch screen displays with super crisp images and fine detail. Both the touchscreen and outer lid are both encased in a sheet of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for durability. In addition, anti-fingerprint technology helps eliminate smudges and makes the displays easier to clean, while Corning’s newly developed AR/ETC technology minimises reflections and improves the display’s contrast. A built-in light sensor automatically adjusts the screen’s brightness to enhance the screen image, making it easier to view against the ambient lighting. 

Available in either super high-resolution (WQHD) (2,560 x 1,440) or full high-definition (FHD) (1,920 x 1,080), both display options include Zero Air Gap Technology, which reduces reflections, heightens contrast, creates bright and crisp images and improves readability in sunlight. FHD models also feature IPS technology, which provides wide viewing angles, making them ideal for sharing movies and photos or for work presentations. 

The R 13 Series can also be used with an optional Acer Active Pen for drawing, creating and collaborating. The pen comes with a pressure sensor for professional drawing and a hover sensor for easy access to functions. It also supports palm rejection so users can write on the screen comfortably. 

For maximum performance, models offer Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, up to 1TB Solid State Drives with RAID-0 support and up to 8GB of memory. Leading audio features include Dolby Digital Plus Home Theatre for cinematic surround sound, and Acer Purified Voice, a combination of hardware (dual-array mic) and software (voice recognition and audio processing). It is also Skype certified. To keep the powerful R 13 running cool and quiet, the Aspire R 13 boasts a dual air-intake design for noise-free computing. Models with a FHD display deliver up to eight hours of battery life. 

All models can also be used with the optional Acer Active Pen. The R 14 Series of convertible notebooks features a 360 degree dual-torque hinge that allows it to be used in four usage modes. 

Acer’s new R 14 notebook incorporates a 360 degree dual-torque hinge design that allows effortless transformation into four different modes for productivity and entertainment needs - notebook, pad, display or tent. 

Constructed of strong zinc alloy and soft rubber, the hinge design allows the lid to be laid completely flat, without any gap between the chassis and lid, for easy collaboration and sharing. In tablet mode, the display can be flipped over and lays completely flat against the chassis as well, for a clean, streamlined design. When the notebook is used in display mode, the hinge slightly raises the entire system, preventing the keyboard from touching the table or other surface. For convenience, the images and audio on the R 14 automatically reverse channels when the modes are switched, so the visuals and sound are always aimed the right way.

The R 14 features a 14" HD (1,366 x 768) display with Zero Air Gap technology. As with the R 13, the R 14 supports Acer Touch Tools to help the user capture, collect, write and share screen data effortlessly through touch. 

The Skype Certified models are available with a range of Intel processors, including Pentium, Core i3, i5 or i7, and can be configured with up to 12GB of memory for powerful performance. Some models offer NVidia GeForce 820M graphics to enrich the overall visuals. There are two options for storage, 500GB or 1TB.

To find out about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office or retailer via www.acer.com.