Acer today announced it has been named a 2015 CES Innovation Awards Honoree for its Aspire R 13 Series of Convertible Notebooks. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 29 product categories.
The Aspire R 13’s display is affixed at the sides to Acer’s unique Ezel Aero HingeTM, which allows the screen to rotate 180-degrees, so the notebook can be used in six different ways:
- 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.
- Display mode - good for viewing photos and video or playing games with others.
- Tent mode - the ideal display position when space is limited, such as an airplane’s seatback tray.
In addition, 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. These unique hinges enable the Aspire R 13 to combine the productivity features of a traditional clamshell notebook with the convenience of a tablet.
Thin and lightweight at less than 1 inch thick and just over 3 pounds, the notebook is still highly durable. The 13.3-inch touchscreen display and outer lid are both encased in a slim, but strong, sheet of Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3. The displays are 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 displays 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 it 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 Corning’s newly developed AR/ETC 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 Aspire R 13 Series can also be used with an optional Acer Active Pen for drawing, creating and collaborating. 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.
In addition to its innovative design, the Aspire 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 1TB(1) Solid State Drives with RAID-0 support and up to 8GB of memory(2).
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 Aspire 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 hours(3) of battery life.
“Acer is thrilled to be honored with this prestigious award,” said Maarten Schellekens, Vice President, Acer Global Marketing & Branding. “The Aspire R 13 combines intelligent construction and smart features that enhance work and play. It’s the perfect notebook for those who don’t want to give up a traditional notebook design but want more options and flexibility.”
Entries are evaluated on their engineering, aesthetic and design qualities, intended use/function and user value, how the design and innovation of the product directly compares to other products in the marketplace and unique/novel features present.
Products chosen as CES Innovation Honorees reflect innovative design and engineering in some of the most cutting edge tech products and services coming to market.
2015 CES Innovation Honoree products are featured on CESweb.org/Innovation, which lists product categories, as well as each product name, manufacturer information, description, photo and URL.
1) Accessible capacity varies: (MB = 1 million bytes; GB = 1 billion bytes)
2) Specifications vary depending on model.
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.