Slim, sexy and with a great battery life – the Acer S7 Aspire Touchscreen Ultrabook (REVIEW)

March 25, 2014
At a recent Acer function where we were introduced to their latest computers and tablets, it was the Acer S7 Ultrabook that stood out – it looked and felt super sexy, and it combined a keyboard with a touchscreen. Other things that stood out were its very light weight (weighing just over 1kg), and its flexability – it literally folds out and sits flat. This function hasn’t really served me yet, but I can see how it could be useful in meetings, or even lying down if you want to read it like a big book.
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What they say (the specs):

Intel Core i5-4200U Dual-Core 1.6GHz (TurboBoost to 2.6GHz)

8GB memory

13.3-inch LED-backlit, multi-touch at 1920 x 1080 with IPS display

Webcam

3 USB ports

SD memory card slot

Weights 1.3kg

Around 8 hours of battery life

Backlit keyboard

Aluminum Unibody and Gorilla Glass enclosure

One-year warranty

Runs on Windows 8

R21 999

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My thoughts

This is one of the thinnest laptops I’ve ever tried (it’s half an inch thick) and I loved its feel, look and flexibility. It has everything else I’d want from a Windows laptop – bright and clear HD screen, good battery life, an instant wake-up from sleep mode and decent processing speed.

I’m always on the go with my laptop, and it bears the scratches and fingerprints to prove this. The Acer S7 feels hardier than most laptops I’ve tried, especially since it’s so lightweight – it has a Gorilla Glass covering and aluminium casing, and after two weeks of working with the machine, one could barely tell I’d been there. I like that the Ultrabook comes with a carry case and a cloth for cleaning the screen.

I liked the touchscreen – after all my tablet usage, it’s almost instinctive these days that I reach for a screen and touch it, and this is something I loved most here.  The keyboard was a little tricky at times – I found a few of the buttons a little squashed, and repeatedly touch typed several wrong keys. I’m sure that in time I would have mastered it.

Did it work fast enough for me? Yes. And did it switch between many windows, apps and sites without a lag? Yes. Did it do everything I need from a laptop in terms of productivity and entertainment? Yes, though I found the sound slightly lower that I would like. I’m a fan of cranking up the music while I’m cooking, for example, and this didn’t quite start the kitchen party.
For those looking for a great laptop with brawn and brains, and who want a high-end Windows machine, then I think the Acer S7 is a fantastic choice.

 

 

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