Pros I personally like the touchpad away from the front; with the touch screen I am finding that I don't need it very often. I have been playing touch games on it rather well; it is designed with Windows 8 in mind so am loving that part of it.
Cons Price is a little high. The only con I can see so far is that some of the functions aren't always real precise with the touch screen. But that is more of a Windows 8 issue than the Acer itself. It is a little heavy but not outrageously so.
Summary I love it! The design is cool, the ease of movement is great. I like the slight tilt when in tablet format. I also really like that I can move the screen closer to me when I am searching items in the games. I am very glad I purchased it.
Pros screen is bright and angle in tablet mode makes the product usable.
Cons you need two hands to lift the screen so the screen doesn't pivot on the hinge. Laptop needs to be sold with better wireless card and a full ssd option. The power button is easy to press and can accidently be hit when in tablet mode.
Summary I have been using the newest version of the aspire r7 (572) for about three weeks. The product is pretty good on it's own and if all you do with your laptop is media consumption it is probably just fine the way it is. The latest version updates the processer to a haswell i5 and swaps the ssd cache and hdd combo for a 1TB hdd. The hard disk is kind of slow and you can notice the lag if you have used an ssd before.
While I didn't experience any loss of internet connectivity, the card itself is kind of slow. After changing some settings between the card and the router I received some improvements but it still didn't feel very fast. I installed a new Samsung 840 EVO ssd to replace toe HDD and bought an Intel wireless card to replace to replace the Broadcom card the laptop came with. Both of these two changes greatly enhanced the experience with the laptop and even if I factor in the cost of those upgrades the laptop is still less than other systems with these configurations. Upgrading is really easy with this device and only took about 10 minutes total.
The screen is really responsive to touch and the colors look great on this device. The screen has good visibility from a variety of angles as well. The easel hinge is really sturdy and feels durable. People might complain that the device doesn't go flat when in tablet mode. This is really the opposite of an issue because the device is intended to have an angle. The angle the hinge creates makes the tablet experience superb because the screen is easy to view and use when on your lap. I have used other hybrids that go flat and when it is on your lap it makes if very hard to see the screen because laps aren't flat and even if they are your neck is in a really uncomfortable position. The only problem with the angle of the hinge is that you can't really walk around with the product in tablet mode, but really at 15" and at over 5lbs who wants to carry this thing in one hand like a tablet.
The trackpad is not really an issue because if you are just using this for media consumption you are probably just using the touch screen and if you are using this for more technical applications you can use the pen (if you have it) or a mouse. The trackpad is large and responsive so if you can get over its placement it works really well. In the end this product is great because it is fairly well priced (for a 15" touch screen laptop) and it is easy to upgrade if you choose to. I used a yoga 13 pro prior to this device and the only advantage the yoga 13 had was weight, the R7 is heavy.
Buy this if you are looking for a good hybrid experience for under $1000. If you only want a laptop without the two-in-one options get something less expensive. It is easy to update if you don't like what you get and it will still cost less after the upgrades than a laptop with those upgrades and similar options to the r7.
Pros Keyboard and touch screen work great together thanks to the brave design choices. I haven't used the touchpad at all and I sure don't miss it. Fast startup and really fast performance in general. The laptop feels solid and it's a pleasure to use it.
Cons While the keyboard is very good, the spacebar takes some getting used to. It's not a problem after a few days, though.
Summary This machine has yet to disappoint me and I now finally understand why Windows 8 exists. Using the touch screen in combination with keyboard shortcuts can get anything done and you won't lose a beat. The only function the touchpad serves is as a reminder of how lucky you are to be using a touch screen, hopefully future designs will get rid of it altogether as it is a crude and uncivilized device.
To those complaining about the lack of a palm rest for the keyboard, I would like to remind you that not so long we were all using desktop keyboards, most of which didn't have a palm rests. Nobody was complaining back then. Tip: use this notebook on a desk. Boom! Instant palm rest! It's really slim so it isn't awkward at all. By the way, you're not actually supposed to use a palm rest while typing as it is one of the factors that could cause a repetitive stress injury. Look it up!
The screen is stunning and it responds beautifully to gestures.
This laptop is really fast, faster than most people would need it to be, so don't worry about it. You might wanna get rid of McAfee as soon as possible and you might also want to invest some time in configuring Windows 8 the way you want it. It's not exactly intuitive, but once you wrap your head around it you'll like it.
I'm willing to consider that this might not be the right machine for everybody, so think it through. If you just want to use the touch screen every now and then, don't buy this laptop. In fact, don't buy a touch screen laptop at all, as the ones that just have a touch screen and no way to move it up front and right next to the keyboard are very uncomfortable and, frankly, useless.
If, on the other hand, you like and want to use a touch screen regularly, this laptop is the way to go! To put it simply, it just feels right. You don't need to awkwardly stretch your hands to get to the screen, it's not one of those convertibles that leave your keyboard exposed in tablet mode and you definitely won't have to use it in a so called "tent mode".
This is a brave, fast and modern machine that will get you really exited about computers again. It gets a 5 out of 5 stars from me.
Pros TouchPad above keyboard is just for show piece. You may not use this touch pad. Low grade quality
Cons THE WIRELESS CARD HAVING POOR SIGNAL QUALITY. ONE CAN NOT USE IT AFTER 15FEET.USELESS TOUCH PAD.
SLOW HARD DRIVE performance.
screen it good but require some color calibration.
value for money=== not good
Pros Keyboard and touchpad away from the front of the keyboard. More like an actual keyboard that you would use in a desktop.
Don't have to use a mouse.
Windows 8 works awesome! Apple Beware.
Cons Space bar is odd.
Summary Overall, great laptop. I'm in the process of discovering. Acer is on to something though. I think they've grabbed the consumers that use tablets a lot and like laptops.
So far so good.