updated 04:58 pm EDT, Mon September 2, 2013
Aspire R7 upgraded with Haswell, Acer Active Pen support
Acer is adding a large touchscreen monitor and upgraded versions of notebook lines to the manufacturer's IFA showcase, alongside a selection of Android devices. The Aspire R7 with its floating "Ezel mode" gains an Acer Active Pen as alternative input, the Aspire E1 range gains new processor options, and a 27-inch WQHD multi-touch display will be introduced at the event later this week.
The Aspire R7, known for having a unique hinge arrangement that allows the notebook to position the display in a number of ways, now includes pen input through its 15.6-inch 1080p display. Taking advantage of this, Acer includes a number of apps on the notebook, including painting app MemoryBinder, ScreenGrasp for image capture, and AccuFinger for more accurate item selection without the use of the pen, reports Engadget. The revised Aspire R7, complete with an upgrade to Intel Haswell processors, will go on sale in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa later this year from 999 euro ($1,320).
The existing Aspire E range, including the Aspire E1, will also benefit from Intel Haswell chips, and the option of AMD A-Series processors. New models will also offer 10-point multi-touch displays from mid-October, at a base cost of 399 euro ($527).
The T272HUL 27-inch display has a resolution of 2,560x1,440, and 10-point multi-touch. Offering 178-degree viewing angles, the display can be tilted by up to 60 degrees, includes a 2-megapixel webcam, microphone, and two 2-watt speakers. Connections for dual-link DVI, DisplayPort, HDMI, and three USB 3.0 ports are also included. Acer will be shipping the T272HUL this month for 799 euro ($1,055).