Quad core 8th gen processor, NVidia graphics and a Wacom EMR pen!
Although the press release below mentions Active Pen support, it's unclear whether the new Acer models will support N-Trig, Wacom or another brand.
Graceful Transitions, Infinitely Adaptive: Acer Unveils the New Aspire R 13 Convertible Notebook
- Maximum usability and graceful transitions between a variety of user modes, packed with leading edge technologies, including Windows 10 and Qualcomm® Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO technology, for a faster, more productive, and versatile user experience
- Innovative Ezel Aero Hinge™ for easy transition between modes; a sturdy U-frame structure made of die-casted magnesium-alloys enhances stiffness and is infinitively adaptive
- Measures at just 18.5mm thin, weighs in at just 1.6 kg, the Aspire R 13 incorporates powerful 6th Gen Intel® Core™ processors
Acer today announced the new Aspire R 13 (R7-372T) convertible notebook, offering maximum usability and graceful transitions between a variety of user modes, while packed with leading edge technologies for a faster, more productive, and versatile user experience.
Graceful Transitions. Infinitely Adaptive.
The Aspire R 13 makes use of Acer’s patented Ezel Aero Hinge™ that supports six modes: Users can maximize productivity with the most efficient method of keyboard input in classic Laptop mode, and switch to Display mode by hiding the keyboard at the back or laying 180 degrees flat, ideal for collaborating, sharing and entertainment. Converting to Tent mode gives users the option to use in a confined space, while a masterfully-crafted magnet design allows the device to be fully converted into Pad mode – without any gaps whatsoever. Transitioning to Ezel™ mode makes it possible to tilt the screen to angles that suit exact viewing needs, and with Stand mode, users can use an Acer Active Pen to draw and take notes on the display, as if on an easel.
The innovative Ezel Aero Hinge™ provides graceful transformation between modes, with a sturdy U-frame structure made of die-casted magnesium-alloys die-casting that enhances stiffness while maintaining a slim design. The patented 180-degree rotatable “center” hinge allows users to adjust the screen to any angle, while the dual-torque “system” hinge provides a wobble free touch experience and easy screen-opening. With this innovation, the Aspire R 13 is infinitely adaptive with maximum usability – from using as a regular notebook, to using the hinge to clamp it to a cubicle, or even enjoying a movie on the sofa while cleverly shifting the weight of the device to the user’s lap.
The Aspire R 13 supports Thunderbolt™ 3 which brings Thunderbolt to USB Type-C at speeds up to 40Gbps - eight times faster than USB 3.0 - creating one compact port that does it all, delivering the fastest, most versatile connection to any dock, device, or display. Thunderbolt 3 unlocks the possibility of connecting to an external graphics device for serious gaming needs. In addition, the Aspire R 13 can be configured with 2 SSDs in a RAID-0 setup to provide twice the data throughput rate.
Just 18.5 mm thin, and weighing in at just 1.6 kg, the Aspire R 13 incorporates powerful 6th Gen Intel® Core™ processors. The new processors have been designed to improve performance, graphics, and battery life – so consumers can be confident while powering through productivity tasks.
“The Acer Aspire convertible PCs, powered by the new 6th Gen Intel Core processors, will offer incredible performance and long battery life in a sleek design, designed for people who want both power and mobility,” said Kirk Skaugen, Intel senior vice president and general manager, Client Computing Group. “The 6th Gen Intel Core processor is our best processor ever, enabling the perfect combination of productivity and flexibility for the Acer convertible PCs.”
For faster connection speeds, new additions to the Aspire R 13 include Qualcomm® VIVE™ 2x2 802.11ac Wi-Fi with Qualcomm® MU | EFX MU-MIMO technology, allowing up to three times faster1 downloads compared to other 802.11ac products, especially in crowded networks.
“Qualcomm MU | EFX MU-MIMO technology holds tremendous benefit for the connected user experience, and we’re pleased to provide this option for Acer’s new Aspire R Series notebooks,” said Rahul Patel, senior vice president and general manager, connectivity, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “With Qualcomm MU-MIMO in computing devices, smartphones, routers and access points, we are anticipating users will experience faster, more efficient network availability for downloading, streaming, browsing and gaming.”
Hardware Suited for Work and Play
The Aspire R 13 has a built-in Precision Touchpad (PTP) that enhances the accuracy and performance of touchpad navigation, where consumers can tap, swipe, scroll, and zoom more easily than ever, and instantly become more efficient and productive with new three- and four-finger touchpad gestures supported by Windows 10. Acer TrueHarmony Plus with Dolby® Audio™ provide powerful audio with immersive surround.
Pricing and Availability
The Acer Aspire R 13 will be available in North America in October with prices starting at US$899, and in EMEA in October with prices starting at €1,099. Exact specifications, prices, and availability will vary by region. To find out about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office or retailer via www.acer.com.
The new products were unveiled today at the next@acer press event at IFA Berlin in Germany, where the company announced its latest devices and solutions for gamers and consumers for the holiday season. Visit Acer’s booth at IFA 2015 in Messe Berlin (Hall 12/101) or learn about the new product range on acer.com/ifaberlin2015/.
1. MU-MIMO availability and specification will vary depending on model and region. To achieve the best performance, both the transmitter and receiver must support MU-MIMO. The product is based on an IEEE 802.11ac draft specification and multi user scenario. Actual speed will vary based on range, connection rate, site conditions, size of network, and other factors. The claim of up to 3x faster transmission speed is valid only under scenario when wireless AP supports 4 MU streams.
N-Trig, the Israeli company behind the digitizer tech in the Surface Pro 3 and many other top Windows tablets and convertibles, has updated its website and now offers a link to a line of replacement pens available via Amazon.
Currently discounted to $40 from their $50 list price, the DuoSensePen2 models are not compatible with all N-Trig digitizers. The new pens can only be used with the following devices: Microsoft® Surface Pro 3, Sony VAIO® Duo 11/13, VAIO Tap 11, VAIO® FIT Family, Acer® Aspire ® R7 572, ASUS Taichi 21/31 and Fujitsu Stylistic Q702.
The pens come in an assortment of five colors.
I recently had a chance to compare the DuoSensePen2 (above, green) with other N-Trig pens from (top to bottom) Sony, Microsoft and Acer. The new model is a full inch shorter than the Surface Pro 3 pen, although it surprisingly doesn't feel much lighter.
A clip cap would be a welcomed addition and help to better balance the pen in the hand.
The DuoSensePen2's nib is about the same consistency as the SP3 pen, slightly softer than the Sony's. Unfortunately, the pen does not ship with any spares.
Of the four N-Trig pens I've tried, I most like the feedback from the Acer Active Pen from my Aspire R7-572 convertible. Be aware that Acer's latest models use Synaptics digitizers and are not compatible.
With the Surface Pro 3 pen selling for $50, these new N-Trig pens are a nice option if you'd like to save a few bucks on a replacement or spare. Hopefully for the next generation, N-Trig will lengthen the pen to a standard size and perhaps design a flared barrel that's closer to a traditional paintbrush.
As you might tell by the low volume of posts in recent weeks, things have been a little slow on the Windows tablet news front lately.
Thanks to reader Michael Pearman, we just learned that N-Trig has issued a new update to its Wintab driver, available here.
This driver is required for older software that does not support Windows' real-time stylus.
According to the N-Trig post accompanying the release, the September 2014 update addresses pressure issues with the following software:
- Adobe Illustrator
- Adobe CS6 After Effects
- Adobe Flash Professional CC
- Adobe Fireworks CS6
- Autodesk Maya Entertainment Creation
- Autodesk Mudbox
- Softonic PaintTool SAI
I'm downloading it now and will update the "Surface Pro 3: What Runs, What Doesn't" feature accordingly. N-Trig has published its own extensive list of compatible software here. If you have a chance to test the driver with older software, please let us know your findings in the comments section below.
UPDATE: Sad to say, the new driver doesn't appear to help the performance of Illustrator CS6 or CC on my Surface Pro 3. The software still misses about every fourth pen stroke. Let me know if your performance varies.
BERLIN -- Acer today expanded its popular 2-in-1 notebook line with the new Aspire Switch 11 series of 11.6-inch models and a new Switch 10 that boasts a 1080p Full HD 10.1-inch display. The Aspire Switch 2-in-1 lines combine a full Microsoft Windows® -based notebook and tablet in one flexible device.
The new Aspire Switch models were unveiled today at Acer’s Global Press Conference at IFA 2014 in Berlin, Germany, where the company announced their entire line of holiday products. They can be viewed at the Acer Booth in Berlin Messe (Hall 12/101), which will be open to the public from September 5th through September 10th.
Not only is the Acer Aspire Switch series beautiful, it’s intelligent. It offers four flexible modes for touch, typing, viewing, and sharing. The magnetic detachable Acer Snap Hinge™ has two hooks to firmly connect the tablet to the keyboard and a 2-way connector that holds the tablet for convenient two-sided viewing. This innovative design enables easy transitioning between modes, latch-free keyboard docking and additional storage capability.
“We’re thrilled that the flexibility and portability of our Acer Aspire Switch series has resonated with customers,” said Jerry Kao, general manager of Acer Notebook Business Group. “Our new models sporting larger 11.6-inch screens with durable Gorilla Glass 3, an anti-fingerprint coating and a responsive Chiclet keyboard should be a hit with both students and professionals alike.”
“2-in-1s offer a great value proposition to consumers who want a laptop and a tablet in one device,” said Navin Shenoy, VP of Intel PC Client Group and GM, Mobile Client Platform Division. “Acer’s new line of 2-in-1s provides more compelling choices that elegantly work, share and play in a variety of modes – all powered by the outstanding performance of Intel processors.”
Aspire Switch 11 Series
The new Aspire Switch 11 notebooks featuring 11.6-inch displays are outfitted with durable Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to help safeguard the screens from damage and scratches. They’re also protected with an anti-fingerprint coating to reduce fingerprints and smudges, while making them easier to clean. In addition, a Chiclet keyboard provides good travel distance and well-spaced keys, which deliver solid tactile feedback, making typing easier and more comfortable. Two front-facing stereo speakers deliver clear audio for enjoying movies, videos and music.
Two models are available in this series. Engineered for power users, the Aspire Switch SW5-171 features a Full HD 1080p display and a HD webcam for enjoying images and videoconferences in sharp detail. Up to a fast 4th generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor delivers plenty of power for multitasking and fueling casual games and movies. It’s also outfitted with 4GB memory and up to a 128GB1 SATA hard drive for storing a large archive of data and applications. Connectivity to external storage, peripherals and other digital devices is provided via full-sized USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports.
Designed for mainstream users, the Aspire Switch SW5-111 is outfitted with a 1366 x 768 resolution display. It offers ample power with an Intel® Atom™ Z3745 quad-core processor, 2GB memory and sufficient room for archiving data with up to 64GB1 eMMC storage. Two USB 2.0 ports – one full sized and the other micro – provide connectivity to peripherals and digital devices. A 2.0MP front camera with Full HD 1080p audio/video recording enables videoconferences and capturing images on the fly.
Both models include Microsoft Windows® 8.1 for full PC productivity, micro HDMI® for connecting a full-size display via just one cable and MicroSD for reading a wide variety of SD cards. Excellent wireless connectivity is enabled with Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11 a/b/g/n.
Aspire Switch 10 Series
The Aspire Switch 10 offers a new model, the SW5-012 that features a Full HD 1920 x 1200 or a HD 1280 x 800 10.1-inch display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to help protect the screen from scratches. One of the thinnest 2-in-1 devices on the market, it measures less than 8.9 mm thin (0.35 inches) in tablet mode and 20.2 mm (0.44 inches) with the keyboard dock.
Weighing just 0.585 kg (1.29 lb.) for the tablet and 1.17 kg (2.58 lb.) for the combined tablet and keyboard, the thin and light design is perfect for frequent travelers. It delivers long battery life of up to 8 hours2 (HD) and 7 hours2 (Full HD) for almost a full day of computing. This model provides solid performance offering up to 32/64GB1 of storage, 2GB of RAM and an Intel® Atom™ quad-core processor. It offers a 2MP HD webcam with 1920 x 1080 resolution and 1080p Full HD audio/video recording. The Switch 10 SW5-012 also comes pre-loaded with Microsoft Windows® 8.1 along with Microsoft Office 365 Personal 3 at no additional expense, so users can create and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents virtually everywhere.
Switch 10 and Switch 11: Four Modes; Robust, Attractive Design
Featuring a magnetic detachable design for latch-free docking and smooth transition, the Acer Snap Hinge allows users to switch easily between four modes of usage.
Notebook – fully functional with a spacious keyboard and a Precision Touchpad for content creation and other productivity apps
Pad – thin and light for those on the go; ideal for browsing the Internet, viewing movies, playing tablet games and taking notes with an optional Acer Active Pen
Display – a stable mode, ideal for showcasing presentations in small meetings, sharing photos and videos with friends or enjoying videoconferences
Tent – hands-free experience for watching movies and/or maximizing space in confined spaces, such as while traveling on a plane or train
Thin, lightweight and durable, the Aspire Switch series was made for taking to class, for work and on the road. The rear cover is made from aluminum with NIL (nano imprint lithography) and is finished with a gentle gray brush stroke for an aesthetic touch.
Zero Air Gap technology delivers sharp images, while Acer LumiFlex™ optimizes screen visibility during outdoor activities, even in bright sunlight. IPS technology provides wide viewing angles and accurate colors from edge to edge.
The Precision Touchpad supports six touchpad gestures and delivers greater sensitivity and palm rejection by distinguishing between intentional finger gestures vs. accidental contact by the palm of the hand.
Built-in Acer BYOC™ 4 means users will never be unprepared as they can easily access and manage their data anywhere. Acer BYOC Apps offer real time information, data management, and data security across multiple devices for immediate synchronizing.
Optional accessories include an Acer Active Pen that provides fast, precise input for those who prefer to handwrite notes, an Acer Snap Case that protects and packs the tablet and keyboard for easy carry, and a micro USB cable that serves as a connection and charging hub.
Pricing and Availability
The Acer Aspire Switch 11 series will be available in October in Pan America with prices starting at US$399, in EMEA with prices starting at €399.
The Acer Aspire Switch 10 series will be available in September in Pan America with prices starting at US$329.99, and in EMEA with prices starting at €329.
To find out about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office or retailer via www.acer.com.
1. Accessible capacity varies: (MB = 1 million bytes; GB = 1 billion bytes)
2. Actual battery life varies depending on product specifications, computer settings and applications or features launched. All batteries’ maximum capacity diminishes with time and use.
3. Office 365 Personal 1 year activation required within limited time. Specifications vary depending on region.
4. Acer BYOC is supported on Windows 7 and Windows 8 Desktop, Windows RT, Android 2.3 or later, and iOS 5.1 or later. To set up your personal Acer BYOC service, you'll need at least one PC and one mobile device with the Acer BYOC Apps installed and must designate one PC as your Personal Cloud Storage.
5. IDC 2013
EDITOR'S NOTE: The two Aspire models announced earlier this month at IFA replace last year's 15.6-inch Aspire R7-572 model, which we reviewed here.
BERLIN - 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. The R 13 Series features Acer’s Ezel Aero hinge that allows the display to rotate into six different positions. 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. Both notebooks are designed for those who don’t want to give up a traditional notebook design, but want more options and flexibility.
“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 Inc. “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.”
Both the R 13 Series and R 14 Series were unveiled today at Acer’s Global Press Conference at IFA 2014 in Berlin, Germany, where the company announced their entire line of holiday products. They can be viewed at the Acer Booth in Berlin Messe (Hall 12/101), which will be open to the public from September 5-10.
Aspire R 13 Series - Intelligent Construction and Smart Features Enhance Work and Play
Less than 1 inch thin and just over 3 pounds (1.5 kg), the lightweight Aspire R 13 Series incorporates the inventive Acer Ezel Aero hinge that provides both flexibility and stability. The 13.3-inch display is affixed to this special hinge at the sides, which allows the screen to rotate 180-degrees so it can be used in six different ways. This quick and effortless way to transition between various modes gives it the productivity features of a traditional clamshell notebook with the convenience of a tablet. Acer’s patented dual-torque system hinge keeps the display stable and in place when touch navigation is used. It is attached to a forged U frame, which also helps to enhance stiffness while maintaining the notebook’s slim design.
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 steam-lined and easy to hold.
Tent mode - the ideal position when space is limited, such as an airplane’s seatback tray.
Display mode - good for viewing photos and video or playing games with others.
The Aspire R 13 is crafted to last and packed full of cutting-edge features. The touchscreen and outer lid are both encased in a slim, but strong, sheet of Gorilla® Glass 3, making them tough yet beautiful.
All R 13 Series models offer premium touch screen displays with super crisp images and fine detail. Available in either super high-resolution (WQHD) (2560 x 1440) or full high-definition (FHD) (1920 x 1080), photos, videos, games and presentations are strikingly vivid and detailed; text is sharp and crystal clear. Both display options include Zero Air Gap Technology, which ensures vivid, lifelike visuals. It reduces reflections, heightens contrast, creates bright and crisp images and improves readability in sunlight. FHD models feature IPS technology, which provides wide viewing angles, making them ideal for sharing movies and photos or for work presentations.
In addition, anti-fingerprint technology helps eliminate smudges and makes the displays easier to clean, while anti-reflective technology minimizes 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 see and read based on the ambient lighting in the room.
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. With great accuracy and sensitivity, the Acer Active Pen can be used as a computer mouse, with the upper and lower buttons serving the same functions as the left and right buttons on a mouse.
The pen works with Acer’s exclusive pen-enabled software, Acer Hover Access, which is pre-installed on all models, and features several innovative applications for work or play: note-taking, painting and editing. Simply hover the pen closely over the display for the sensor to detect, and then click on the pen’s side button to launch apps: Acer Screen Grasp, as well as Microsoft OneNote, Windows Journal, Microsoft Sticky Note and Microsoft Fresh Paint.
The R 13 Series also features the Acer Touch Tools app, which includes:
Acer Screen Grasp - allows any image to be easily captured, personalized and shared to social networks or pasted to documents.
Acer AccuFinger - helps accurately place the cursor in text documents and acquire tiny items on the screen when using fingers.
The pen and software make using the R 13 convenient, fun and productive in 3 easy steps: Hold the Acer Active Pen above the screen and the Acer Hover Access software will automatically detect the pen; click the button on the side of the pen; launch apps to write notes, paint or edit.
In addition to its innovative features, the R 13 Series includes powerful technologies, making them fast and responsive for a wide variety of work and entertainment uses. For maximum performance, models offer Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, up to 1TB2 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, which ensures webcam/video chats, conference calls, VoIP calls and voice commands are always crystal clear. To keep the powerful R 13 running cool and quiet, the Aspire R 13 boasts an advanced dual air-intake design for comfortable and noise-free computing. For all day computing, models with a FHD display deliver up to 8 hours3 of battery life.
Pricing and Availability
The Aspire R 13 Series will be available in October in Pan America with prices starting at $899.99 (USD), in November in EMEA with prices starting at €899, and in Asia.
Aspire R 14 Series – Effortless Transformation
Acer’s new R 14 notebook makes it easy to play, share, display or work. Its clean, refined design 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.
Notebook mode - the most efficient way for work and productivity; ideal for vast amount of keyboard input.
Display mode - brings the screen closer for watching movies; it can also be used as a large photo frame.
Tent mode – perfect for smaller spaces, such as the fold-down tray on an airplane or on a kitchen counter.
Pad mode – for use as a tablet, Internet browsing, playing light games, sharing information.
Acer’s inventive 360 degree dual-torque hinge design delivers the perfect combination of flexibility and strength, making it easy to change modes with one hand for a wobble-free touch experience. Constructed of strong zinc alloy and soft rubber, it provides durability and the perfect amount of touch resistance. In addition, the hinge design allows the lid to be laid completely flat without any gap between the chassis and lid. Collaboration and sharing are made easier when the display is laid completely flat. 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-inch HD (1366 x 768) display with Zero Air Gap technology, which helps to eliminate reflections in sunlight, resulting in higher contrast and crisper images. It also supports Acer Touch Tools that helps the user capture, collect, write and share screen data effortlessly through touch. 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. Roomy 500GB2 or 1TB2 hard drives provide ample storage for files, photos and videos. Skype Certified, the R 14 provides crystal clear communications with uninterrupted audio and visuals free of echos, gaps and lags, making it easy to connect with friends, family or co-workers across the globe.
Pricing and Availability
The Aspire R 14 Series will be available in October in Pan America with price starting at $599.99 (USD), from mid-October in EMEA with price starting at €499, and in Asia.
To find out about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office or retailer via www.acer.com.
1) Specifications vary depending on model.
2) Accessible capacity varies: (MB = 1 million bytes; GB = 1 billion bytes)
3) Actual battery life varies depending on product specifications, computer settings and applications or features launched. All batteries’ maximum capacity diminishes with time and use.
Users of N-Trig equipped hardware such as the Sony VAIO series or the Acer Aspire R7 no longer have to settle for running 32-bit versions of Photoshop and other software that require Wintab drivers for pen pressure.
Thanks to reader Jeffrey Chow who just informed me that N-Trig posted a 64-bit driver on its support website earlier today. You'll find the download links on the right side of this page (see photo above).
UPDATE 6/2/2015: The link (and website) listed above appears to be dead now that Microsoft has completed its purchase of N-Trig's pen technology. Visit this post for more details and a new download link. http://surfaceproartist.com/blog/2015/6/2/new-download-link-for-n-trig-wintab-driver
This is another big step in closing the compatibility gap between N-Trig and rival Wacom.
I'll test this with my two N-Trig convertibles in the next couple of days. Please report your findings in the comments section below.
UPDATE March 20, 2014: N-Trig today released 64-bit version of its Wintab driver. See this post for details.
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I guessed correctly that behind Sony's cryptically named SOAOTH-P0092513-1082.EXE is an N-Trig supplied driver that doesn't discriminate by manufacturer.
Using Universal Extractor 1.6.1 from LegRoom, I opened up the executable and found it contains a much friendlier installer named WinTab_Setup_x32.exe.
I ran the extracted installer on my Acer, rebooted and (voila!) pressure sensitivity is available in 32-bit Photoshop CC.
Don't you love it when stuff just works?
If you have another N-Trig equipped device, give the installer a try and let me know in the comments section below if it works for you!
Competition in the 15+ inch Windows 8 convertible space is beginning to heat up with the release of Acer's Aspire R7 refresh.
The Core i5-equipped model R7-572-6423 is sold exclusively at Best Buy for $900. This includes 8 GB of RAM, 1 TB of storage and a 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 display with N-Trig active digitizer support.
The closest size competitor is Sony's VAIO Flip 15A which retails for $1250 at Best Buy. That extra $350 nets you an i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M graphics vs. the Acer's Intel 4400.
You can get a comparably priced Sony at Best Buy by going with the Flip 14A.
Below are unboxing shots with first impressions.
If you can live with the N-Trig digitizer (no Photoshop, Painter or other Wintab program pressure sensitivity), the Acer is a decent option.
It's a pleasure to draw on a 15+ inch display though it comes at the cost of extra weight. The R7 weighs 5.3 lbs so you'll definitely want to keep this on your desk or lap as you work. Don't think about holding it in one hand.
The keyboard keys have a bit more travel than the Sony's and feel a little squishier. A lot of users have complained about keyboard flex in the Sonys, but it doesn't bother me too much. I also prefer the Flip's brushed aluminum finish, although I like the rubberized bottom of the Acer vs. the plastic bottom of the VAIO.
The keyboard and trackpad placement is terrible for standard laptop use, but it's secondary if you want to use this primarily as a drawing tool or in Ezel mode. The omission of a pen is odd, but it doesn't ship standard with the Sony either. The pen costs $50 direct from Acer vs. $30 for the Sony pen.
Opening, closing and transitioning between laptop, easel, tablet and display modes is very easy compared to the Sony. However, it's not possible to lock the screen in place, which could be an issue for some.
UPDATE: I've run into an issue with the R7 that may force me to take it back before I'm able to do much more testing. The screen is intermittently shutting itself off in tablet mode. This unit may have a defective or loose connection.
Acer ships with a lot of custom apps that seem redundant with Skydrive and other Microsoft standards.
In my brief tests of the pen, accuracy seems very good and perfectly in line with what I've seen on the Sony. If you're a Manga Studio artist, be assured that you can work very comfortably with 256 levels of pressure.
UPDATE: In tablet mode, the R7 has quite a bit of flex on the screen which some may find distracting. See the video below for a demonstration.
Despite the superiority of Wacom tech, these lower cost N-Trig entrants will surely put downward price pressure on the Surface Pro and others.
UPDATE: The $350 price difference (Best Buy configurations only) is not insignificant, and either convertible will work for Manga Studio, ArtRage or Sketchbook Pro artists. But in my estimation, the Flip is the better way to go for those wanting the largest possible Windows 8 portable art solution.