Thursday, 14 February 2013

Acer Aspire S7: Review and Features of Windows 8 Ultrabook

Ultrabooks and hybrid PCs can be truly remarkable pieces of hardware but in order to find them, you have to look at the ones costing close to a lakh as these are generally the flagship models.

Acer Aspire S7, Acer Aspire S7 Review and Features, Windows 8 Ultrabook

We have already seen some from Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung and Sony and now, it’s time to take a look at Acer’s flagship offering called the Aspire S7.

Acer Aspire S7 available in white Gorilla Glass 2 or sleek aluminum, the Aspire S7 Series Ultrabook is pretty and smart. Its Full HD touch display beckons you to be social, get stuff done and have fun. The keyboard auto-illuminates.1 to the perfect glow for comfortable use in dim settings, while Acer TwinAir cooling makes this Ultrabook a pleasure to hold.

Acer Aspire S7, It may not be the world's thinnest -- that title belongs to its 13-inch brother, the S7-391 (0.47 inches thick) -- but the 11-inch Acer Aspire S7-191 is remarkably svelte and portable. This aluminum beauty weighs just 2.2 pounds, making it lighter than the 11-inch MacBook Air (2.4 pounds), as well as the Sony Vaio Duo 11 (2.8 pounds). It is even lighter than the HP Envy x2 (3.1 pounds) when that tablet is connected to its keyboard.

The touchable, classy ultrabook is targeted right at the road-warrior, power-hungry, super-user. The S7 is an expensive machine. The starting price hovers near $1400, but our Core i7 configured spec clocks in at $1650. For the price customers do see a superlative spec sheet and a beautifully designed body.

Features of Acer Aspire S7 Windows 8 Ultrabook:

Glass: Radically thin, supremely strong, scratch resistant and easy to clean: White Gorilla Glass 2 makes the beauty of the 13.3" Aspire S7 Series gleam at an ultra-thin 11.9 mm. The 11.6" model, with its sleek aluminum unibody, is just 12.2 mm slim. Either Ultrabook gives you the freedom to go anywhere, carefree and looking fabulous.

Touch: The Aspire S7 Series' crisp, Full HD display generates deep detail, and 10-point touch puts control at your fingertips. Able to open 180 degrees,.1 this Ultrabook can be laid flat and used from both sides for terrific teamwork. Choose the versatile 13.3" model or the ultra-mobile 11.6" rendition.

Glow: In the park, on the bus, out camping or wherever it's dark, you can rest assured there will be light: The Aspire S7 Series' electroluminescent backlit keyboard illuminates automatically, optimizing its glow to suit the ambient light and keep your eyes comfortable.

Cool: The Aspire S7 Series is always cool under fire with one fan pulling in cool air and another releasing warm air. Comfortable in your lap and under your palms, smart technology makes this Ultrabook experience a real joy all the time.

Technical Specifications of Acer Aspire S7 Windows 8 Ultrabook:

  • 13.3" 1920x1080 LED backlit multi-touch display
  • Intel Core i7-3517U (1.9 - 3.0GHz)
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • 4GB of DDR3 RAM
  • 256GB SSD
  • SD/MMC card reader
  • 2 USB 3.0, HDMI, audio jack
  • 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
  • 1.3-megapixel webcam
  • Chiclet keyboard
  • Multi-gesture touchpad with integrated buttons
  • 4-cell Li-Polymer battery (4680mAh)
  • 12.73 x 8.79 x 0.47 inches, 2.86 pounds
The good:
  • Slim and sleek 2.2-pound design
  • Extended battery included
  • Very fast SSD
  • Blazing boot time
The bad:
  • Poor endurance without extended battery
  • Relatively dim display
  • Limited keyboard travel