Summary: At $1,399, Acer's Aspire S7 392-6807 packs a gorgeous, quad-HD screen and capable performance into a drool-worthy package. Unfortunately, there just isn't enough high-res content suitable for this display yet to make up for the trade-off in battery life. For $100 less, you can get the same sexy design with a nice full-HD screen in the older Aspire S7-392-6832, which boasts 2 more hours of juice.
Conclusion: At the outset of this evaluation, we said that the Acer Aspire S7 gives us a look at how far ultrabooks have come, but also lets us peek at where they’re headed. The Aspire S7 solves some of the major problems of early ultrabooks (like less than optimal battery life and performance that lagged too far behind that of full-sized laptops). Current ultrabooks are a competent tool that will rarely make you feel like you’re sacrificing performance for size.
Pros: Strong performance in office applications and reasonable graphics capabilities, Dual-torque hinge means you can touch the screen without moving the display, Solid battery life, although there is room for improvement here, Sturdy, light chassis that should withstand day-to-day bumps and bangs
Cons: Keyboard layout puts important keys in unexpected places, Drive space is limited (though extremely fast)
Conclusion: If your budget is generous and you have a taste for the best, the Acer Aspire S7 is a top contender. The glass lid, 0.51" slim design and 2.87 lb. weight make for a stylish and attractive Ultrabook that competes nicely with the also very light and chic Sony Vaio Pro 13. The Acer is a bit pricey, but you do get a nice set of upgrades: Core i7 rather than i5 CPU, 8 gigs of RAM and a 256 gig SSD drive that augment performance.
Pros: Gorgeous design, very light, rigid frame, good performance.
Haswell to the rescue: Acer’s refreshed Aspire S7 Ultrabook reviewed
2 September 2013
Conclusion: Intel’s Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge processors made it possible to shrink laptops to Ultrabook-level thickness without completely ruining performance compared to a thicker, more conventional laptop. As we saw when we reviewed the new MacBook Air and again in Acer’s new Aspire S7, Haswell allows PC makers to reach the same size, weight, and performance levels without sacrificing battery life.
Pros: Attractively styled and well-built, Great 1080p IPS touchscreen, RAID 0 SSD makes for very quick storage speeds, Improved port layout and key travel, Battery life goes from bottom-of-the-barrel to not-half-bad
Cons: Keyboard still uses an odd layout that seems unnecessary given the unused space in the palmrest, Tweaky trackpad, Not much of a performance upgrade over last year’s model, though it’s still plenty fast for most general computing tasks, Keyboard still uses an odd layout that seems unnecessary given the unused space in the palmrest, Tweaky trackpad, Not much of a performance upgrade over last year’s model, though it’s still plenty fast for most general computing tasks, ...
Summary: If you're shopping for a Windows 8 ultrabook, and price is no object, you should buy the Aspire S7. It has only a few, minor issues, like the trackpad and the occasional odd performance niggle. Mostly it's a powerful, useful, beautiful machine that's perfectly suited to the mobile lifestyle yet still a solid multimedia machine — as long as you have headphones, and maybe an external hard drive.
Pros: Gorgeous design, Great battery life, Beautiful display
Summary: With the Aspire S7-392-6411, Acer has shown that it can incorporate reviewer and user feedback. The company improved both the keyboard and the battery life from the first go-round, all while retaining the sleek, sexy chassis we adored in the first version. The 4th generation Intel processor adds a nice boost in performance, and the 1080p touchscreen really pops. We just wish Acer didn't play peek-a-boo with the power button placement.
Conclusion: We didn't think it would be Acer who would set a new standard for Ultrabook design, but credit where it's due, the Aspire S7 is one of the most stunning laptops we've seen in recent years. Dual-torque hinges, an impossibly-thin body and a Gorilla Glass top combine to create a chassis that's extremely well built and beautiful to behold.
Excerpt: The Good Dual-SSD storage Precise, clean finish Brilliant touchscreen Many bundled accessories The Bad Abysmal battery life Poor audio performance 4GB RAM limit Limited to Windows 8 Ultrabooks abound. Just about every major manufacturer makes them, and too many look like the MacBook Air. The 2011 Intel spec for ultrabooks is very detailed, and gives guidelines for performance, enhancements, and even battery life.
Conclusion: This machine is Acer's best effort yet. It's an Ultrabook that makes the Windows 8 experience an enjoyable one - and on a personal note, it's the first in many moons that's made certain Apple-exclusive family members of mine think about trying a switch (having seen it at Thanksgiving, of course).