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. In its class, this ultrabook is not unfairly priced. For those who need to balance style, ruggedness, speed, and productivity, the second-gen Aspire S7 deserves our hearty recommendation.
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 runtimes and the low system noise. It also looks very good.
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 increasingly stringent standards for ultrabooks.
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. But, while a new fan design helps keep the noise down, Acer has mostly played a game of whack-a-mole when it comes to heat and fan noise.
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
Summary: The Acer Aspire S7-392 is what the original should have been: it offers long battery life, runs quietly and brings a much-improved trackpad. Of course, it also has an exceptionally light build, quality materials, a fast SSD and a crisp display with wide viewing angles -- the S7 already excelled in those areas. Whereas before we recommended this with caveats, we now endorse it whole-heartedly. Mostly, anyway.
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
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.
Pros: Sexy and lightweight design, Strong graphics and performance, Fast boot and transfer times, Above-average battery life, Beautiful 1080p touchscreen display
Cons: Hidden power button, A few undersized keys, Not the fastest SSD