Summary: 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. If only the battery life was better and the keyboard more ergonomic, this could have been the best Ultrabook yet.
Pros: Slim form factor, Gorgeous screen, Great build quality, Heat management
Cons: Average battery life, Keyboard could have been better
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
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
Acer's Aspire S7 gets a fourth-gen Intel Core i7 CPU and more built-in ports, but it has a couple of issues
Good Gear Guide.au
4 September 2013
Summary: Acer's premium Ultrabook gets a fourth-generation Core i7 CPU, which gives it much better overall battery life without really sacrificing performance. It's a very good unit, but it has some issues that could be annoying to some users, including touchpad that 'clicked' every time we picked up the laptop from the palm rest area.
Pros: Looks good and feels good overall, Long battery life, Very good screen
Cons: Keyboard could be better, Touchpad clicked whenever we picked up the unit, Power button location, No accelerometer