Acer has announced its new convertible in India dubbed the Aspire R13. The device is available through Croma retail stores and carries a hefty price tag starting at Rs 83,999. It runs Windows 8.1 and claims to be among the very few devices that are Skype-certified.
Sporting a 13.3-inch display, the Aspire R13 is less than inch thin and just over 1.5 kgs. The full HD 1920 x 1080 display supports Zero Air Gap Technology, anti-fingerprint technology and a built-in light sensor that automatically adjusts the screen’s brightness. It also gets a layer of Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
It comes with Acer’s Ezel Aero Hinge, allowing display to rotate into six different modes. The notebook mode aims at offering a spacious keyboard and the ezel mode helps bring the display closer for convenient reading and web browsing. The stand mode is to simplify drawing a flow chart, taking notes, editing artwork and so on.
There’s the pad mode that converts the device into a tablet for web browsing, playing games or watching videos. The tent mode claims to be an ideal position when space is limited, such as an airplane’s seatback tray. Finally, the display mode is for viewing photos and videos.
Acer also lets users opt for an optional Active Pen. The pen has a pressure sensor for professional drawing and a hover sensor for easy access to functions.
The device is powered by fourth generation Intel Core i5 processor, has up to 512 GB of SSD with RAID-0 support and up to 8GB of memory. The audio features include Dolby Digital Plus Home Theatre, Acer Purified Voice and dual air-intake design. Completing the package, it includes a battery that promises to deliver up to 8 hours of battery life.
Vineet Durani, Director – Windows Business Group, Microsoft India said, “While smartphones are very personal and laptops are predominantly viewed as work devices, 2-in-1s offer the flexibility of having both the efficiency and productivity of a PC and the ease and mobility of a tablet. The Windows-based Aspire R 13 from Acer is a great companion device for consumers and we are excited to be a part of the launch today.”
All models come pre-installed with Acer Hover Access pen-enabled software. Then there’s the Acer Touch Tools app that comes with Acer Screen Grasp and Acer AccuFinger. Screen Grasp makes it easy to capture any image, personalise it and then share on social networks. Acer AccuFinger helps to accurately place the cursor in text documents and acquire tiny items on the screen when using fingers.