Acer Aspire R7.
If the design factor of the tablet continues to erode laptop sales but the glass keyboards still fail to impress those who like to feel what they're typing, then what about a futuristic-looking hybrid like the Aspire R7 from Acer? It's a tablet with a keyboard body. Acer has cobranded its new convertible notebook with the latest Star Trek film, Into Darkness, in which the computer stars as a product placement. Instead of a conventional laptop hinge, which allows a screen/tablet to rotate and unattach, the Aspire R7 has an Ezel[TM] hinge that allows it to float over the keyboard at any viewing angle. The 15.6", 1,080-pixel responsive touchscreen is bright and, like the body, encased in metal. The R7 is powered by an Intel Core i5 1.8 GHz processor with Turbo Boost to 2.7 GHz. There's 6GB of RAM memory, a 500GB SATA hard drive, and a 24GB solid-state drive. There's an HD webcam with dual microphones, and the sound system is optimized Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater with Intelligent EQ and Surround Virtualizer. Networks include wireless A, B, G, and N, and it's Bluetooth enabled. There are two USB 3 and one USB 2 ports, and the operating system is Windows 8. The R7 is only 1.1" thick, but, at 5.3 lbs., it isn't a lightweight. It's available for just under $1,000. www.explorebeyondlimits.com