As more people migrate to smartphones and tablets for their daily computing and Lolcat laughs, desktop and laptop sales have started to slump. It's not just that people are confused by Windows 8, but it could also be the fact that notebook designs haven't changed much in the last two decades, aside from getting slimmer, better displays and faster guts.
The Acer Aspire R7 is an attempt to re-imagine the PC, as a portable hybrid laptop, desktop and tablet. The R7's main attraction is most definitely its "Ezel" hinge that allows its display to tilt forwards at different angles. Along with the 15.6-inch (1920 x 1080 resolution) display, the R7 also packs an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, 6GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive and 24GB SSD (customizable up to 1TB or 256GB of SSD), HDMI port, three USB 3.0 ports and an SD card slot, and Windows 8 Pro.
Plastic, the 5.5-pound R7 is not — it's made of aluminum and measures 1.12-inches thick. No word on battery life, though. The built-in Dolby Home Theater v4 and four eight-watt speakers should also pack a decent punch for audiophiles.
You can find out for yourself whether the R7 is the perfect compromise for portability or not when it hits retail on May 17 for $999 in the U.S.