Summary: - Acer's updated S7 13-inch ultrabook offers some impressive improvements to an already good system that makes it a solid choice for those looking at a very thin ultrabook. There are some systems that are lighting or slightly thinner, but the design is much more solid and well executed from a...
Summary: Complaints about the first S7 were limited to four aspects: too short a battery life due to the very small battery (only 4680 mAh); fan noise was too loud, especially in operation under full load; a reduction of the maximum display brightness when running on battery; last but not least, the...
Pros: good running times, unobtrusive fans, even under load, high office performance, very good workmanship, convincing feel of the keyboard
Cons: display brightness not always sufficient, WLAN not up to date, keyboard illumination with an unfavorable hue
Excerpt: It's hard not to fall in love with the Acer Aspire S7's looks and fall in love we did. This Ultrabook isn't only about looks however. Intelligent design and hardware choices means that this device performs just as good as it looks.
Summary: I'm just going to come out and say it right now: If there has ever been a notebook worthy of the term "Ultrabook," then the Acer Aspire S7-392 is that notebook. From great performance and battery life, to excellent portability and design: the Acer Aspire S7-392 truly has it all.
Conclusion: Ignoring all debate about OS benefits, app libraries, Apple mystique, and so on, we'd say that the final balance tips just barely in Acer's favor. But even if you disagree, it's clear that across the board the S7-392-9460 is a remarkable, drool-worthy slip of machinery.
Pros: Several noteworthy updates in this second incarnation, including better cooling, Excellent touch pad sensitivity and accuracy, Luscious Gorilla Glass design, Strong performance and battery life
Cons: A six-row keyboard would have been better, Screen not the brightest, Dongles for extra video or LAN connectivity not included, No Thunderbolt
Summary: Evolution. Acer refreshed its stylish 13.3-inch Aspire S7. Besides a Haswell Core i7 and a WQHD display, the ultrabook also gets a larger battery. Our review shows whether the Aspire S7-392 can beat its predecessor and if it can even ascend to the throne.
Pros: Very good application performance, Good battery runtimes, Bright and high-contrast WQHD display, Well built, Large opening angle of the display (180°), Fast RAID 0 SSD, Always quiet, DisplayPort, VGA, Fast-Ethernet and USB 2.0 via adaptor, The excellent application performance, the good battery r...
Cons: Glossy display, Throttling under maximum load, Nothing particular. Everything that you could expect from such a small notebook is available.
Summary: The first Aspire S7 was already a great ultrabook, except probably for the paltry battery life. The new Haswell-powered Aspire S7 has certainly solved that shortcoming. Same great design, lightweight form factor, impressive performance and a day-long battery life.
Conclusion: If you're looking for a svelte laptop to show off, yet still be able to do real work in Windows 8, the Acer Aspire S7-392-6411 is the ultrabook you want at the top of the list. It's the current pinnacle of the ultrabook trend and shows the brilliance that the PC makers can return under Intel's...
Pros: Very thin and light. Strong build quality/sturdy materials. Dual friction hinge. Very good benchmark test performance. Speedy wake from sleep. 8GB of memory. 2.4 and 5GHz Wifi support. No Bloatware. Very good battery life. Full size HDMI port.
Cons: Odd keyboard layout. Could use a larger SSD array. Thinness is expensive.
Conclusion: For the most part, Acer’s updated S7 is a triumph of improved design and internals. Battery life is a lot better (although screen brightness is sacrificed), the keyboard’s travel no longer feels as shallow as a reflecting pool, and fan noise is no longer all that noticeable.
Pros: Still thin, light, and attractive, Battery life is much improved, Better keyboard, Runs quieter than previous model
Cons: Gets very warm under load, Minor aesthetic issues mar the overall design, Keyboard still isn’t great, Screen not as bright as previous model
Acer Aspire S7 review (2013): the second time's a charm for Acer's flagship Ultrabook
13 August 2013
Conclusion: The second time's a charm for Acer: the company's refreshed S7 Ultrabook addresses all the things we disliked about the original. Just be prepared to pay a premium over competing laptops with similar specs.
Pros: Nice build materials, Great viewing angles, Fast performance, longer battery life, Improved touchpad, Now runs quietly
Cons: Enormous power brick, No 2,560 x 1,440 option in the US, Power button is difficult to press, Expensive for what it is