|Ever since Windows 8 was announced last year a slew of crazy-looking computers have been introduced. Take Lenovo’s IdeaPad Yoga laptop, which has a screen that rotates all the way around to turn into a tablet. Or Asus’ Taichi with its two screens, which allow you to use the device as a laptop and then close the lid to make it a tablet.|
But Acer has just upped the ante in the funky Windows 8 computer game. Today, at an event in New York City, the company introduced the Aspire R7, a full-fledged 15.6-inch laptop with a “floating” screen. The screen hinge allows the touchscreen to be propped up and then angled, like a desktop monitor or all-in-one computer. You can then even flip the touchscreen around, so if a person is sitting across the table they can see it. The idea, Acer says, is that all the touchscreen Windows 8 laptops are awkward to use — you have to reach out over the keyboard and trackpad. This brings the screen closer to you.
Speaking of the keyboard and trackpad, Acer decided that putting the trackpad below the keyboard was just a bit too traditional. On the R7 it put the trackpad above of the keyboard so that when the screen is folded down you can still use the keyboard.