The Best of Everything
Acer’s Aspire R7-572 just might offer the most configuration for the dollar and pound when it comes to a slim notebook. At $899, and available only at Best Buy stores, it has everything you’d want in a classroom computer with a 15.6-inch HD touchscreen that works just as well with fingers as with N-Trig’s optional $49 DuoSense active stylus. The display is enhanced by Acer’s Touch Tool apps, which include programs to arrange images and accurately grab tiny items on screen, regardless of how pudgy your fingers are.
The 5.3-pound system is powered by a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor and has 8GB of RAM as well as a mammoth 1TB hard drive. But the best part about the R7 is that while it looks like the typical notebook when closed, it has Acer’s Ezel-Hinge inside. Open the system and the screen can be elevated and angled to a comfortable viewing position or folded flat over the keyboard, creating a tablet.