Just like the Dead Or Alive classic song, the new Acer Aspire R11's screen can be spun right around - quite literally - to accommodate various positions to take on laptop, tent, stand and tablet forms.
We've seen a variety of solutions in the 2-in-1 market, with the likes of Lenovo offering a variety of similar solutions in its Yoga line-up. Acer is on a similar tip with the Aspire R11 - at least it didn't actually call the range Pilates, eh? - as the screen and keyboard are firmly connected at all times.
Keeping the two together is a sturdy hinge, described as a "reinforced, dual torque" one, with "wobble-free" strength to hold the screen position wherever it sits throughout that 360-degree circle.
While the wobble-free part is true, in some positions the R11's screen has excessive flex - press on the section between the two hinges and that panel will warp out of shape and distort the on-screen image. So we'd be a little careful with handling this device.
That said, in any of its sturdy positions the Aspire R11's screen is perfectly legible. The 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 resolution LED-backlit panel might not be the brightest that we've ever seen, nor the most resolute, but the Zero Air Gap technology keeps reflections to a minimum and the viewing angles are fine - an essential in a multi-format device where the screen's position could be anywhere.
Using the R11 feels natural, with ample key size and a large enough trackpad. Depending on your personal working methods you may use the touchscreen facility more than typing anyway, with a good responsiveness from Windows.
In its closed position the R11 shows off its fabric textured cover. Thing is, from our experience with the sky blue model, we wouldn't describe the cover as being anything resembling "fabric" of any form. It's plastic through and through, albeit with some added texture. Hardly the most premium of finishes, but then for the £300 starting price it's in the realms of budget laptops anyway - only this one can do that much more.
The start price will rise if you wish to configure the R11 to do that much more. With support for up to 8GB RAM and 500GB or 1TB hard disk options, there will be two Intel Pentium options (unspecified at present) available.
Ports comprise Ethernet, HDMI out, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, SD card reader, 3.5mm headphones jack, along with power and volume controls housed on the opposite side.
The Acer Aspire R11 will be available from July, just in time to ship with Windows 10 we would think.