Summary: If you're in the market for a quad-HD experience, the Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus can be found for $1,299 on Amazon and offers 8 hours of battery life. But if you want a better-looking machine with an equally attractive screen, the Aspire S7 is still one of the better Ultrabooks.
Summary: Intel's 4th generation Core processors, based on the company's Haswell microarchitecture, have done good things for ultrabooks this year. Thanks to Haswell, Ultrabooks have moved much closer to Intel’s original vision of thin, light, low-power (but still powerful) systems that eschew outdated...
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.
Pros: Gorgeous design, very light, rigid frame, good performance.
Excerpt: I'm at 38,000 feet, in seat 20B on a Delta flight from San Francisco to New York City. I’m next to a large man in a pink shirt and tortoiseshell Ray-Ban glasses, who could barely wait until 10,000 feet to reach underneath his seat and pull out his laptop.
Pros: Gorgeous design, Great battery life, Beautiful display
Summary: However, $1,499 isn't pocket change. For the same price, you can get the lighter Sony VAIO Pro 13 with the same CPU and RAM, and a larger 256GB SSD. Nevertheless, we prefer Acer's keyboard and like that you get nearly 9 hours of endurance without strapping on an external battery.
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.
Conclusion: The Acer Aspire S7 11.6" is easy on the eyes both in terms of visual appeal and the sharp IPS full HD display. It looks and feels like a luxury notebook, with a hint of James Bond since it's so small and sleek.
Pros: Elegant design, supremely thin and light. Excellent full HD touch screen.
Summary: At 11.9mm, the Acer Aspire S7 is incredibly slim and looks fantastic in its crisp, white suit. The addition of the touchscreen means that navigating through Windows 8's big tiles is delightfully simple.
Pros: extremely slim; attractive white design; touchscreen for Windows 8; Full HD display; capacious hard drive.
Cons: expensive; not fantastic performance for the money; trackpad isn't very responsive.
Summary: The S7 is kitted with the aforementioned Core i7, 4GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage configured in RAID 0. This potent combination is supplemented by the slightly-better-than-expected Intel integrated graphics 4000.