On Monday at IFA in Germany, Acer announced updates to several devices, including the Aspire R7 (shown above) – a unique 15.6-inch laptop that comes with a unique “Ezel Hinge” that allows you to move its HD display forward and into four different modes: “Ezel Mode,” “Notebook Mode,” “Display Mode” and “Pad Mode.”

With “Ezel Mode” you can have the display float over the keyboard at various angles, and the device can be used as a traditional laptop or like a tablet sitting on a table. Find out more here. On Monday Acer is announcing it is updating the Aspire R7 to come with fourth-generation (Haswell) Intel Core processors.

Acer is also announcing its new Acer Active Pen that comes optional with the Aspire R7. The pen uses electromagnetic induction technology and will respond to pressure sensitivity like an actual pen, so you’ll get a more natural writing experience.

Acer is also updating its Aspire E1 series of laptops to be thinner than the previous generation, come with fourth-generation Intel Core processors, and are available with a 10-point multitouch display. You will be able to choose from two high-definition display sizes: 15.6 inch and 14 inch. The 15.6-inch model comes with a variety of discrete graphics options from NVIDIA or AMD. Updated Aspire E1 series laptops will be available in mid-October starting at $449.

Head over to the Windows Experience Blog for more on the Aspire announcements and further news as hardware partners make announcements from IFA in Germany.

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Steve Clarke
Microsoft News Center Staff