Stick­ing to tra­di­tion

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - COVER STORY -

This is what Ul­tra­books are meant to be. The Acer As­pire S7 is right up there with the likes of the Sam­sung se­ries 9 and the Toshiba Pro­tégé z580, the very pin­na­cle of size-zero de­sign. It sits on the desk­top like an alu­minium cov­ered cut­ting board, a thin one to be pre­cise.

Though it has a brushed alu­minium fin­ish on top, the bot­tom is white plas­tic which is a bit of a spoiler for the ex­cel­lent de­sign. But still some great thought has gone into the de­sign, with fans be­ing tucked into the rear of the hinge and speak­ers two strips on both sides of the rear front. Though the dis­play side is ul­tra­thin, it does not feel flimsy like in some other ul­tra­books. Fac­ing it is a full-size back­lit key­board which has just the right amount of travel to keep you in­ter­ested. The back­light­ing is in­ter­est­ing too, with charac- ters gleam­ing in a green­ish tint. The track­pad is a bit too smooth though and some of the Win­dows 8 ges­tures needed some hard­work to ex­e­cute.

But then you will hardly ever touch the track­pad as there is an 11.6-inch touch­screen for all you nav­i­ga­tion pur­poses. It is also a 1080p Ful­lHD dis­play so you will really en­joy some of the bet­ter de­signed Win­dows 8 apps along with your col­lec­tion of movies. Sound is an­other plus point with this Ul­tra­book and that is be­cause Acer has roped in Dolby to pro­fes­sion­ally tune the speak­ers. The fact that the Dolby Home The­atre pow­ered speak­ers are fac­ing down­wards has not really af­fected the sound qual­ity. How­ever, the cam­era is not very im­pres­sive.

This Ul­tra­book runs on a 3rd gen­er­a­tion In­tel Core i5 pro­ces­sor and so even power users won’t have any trou­ble with this de­vice. Also, this is among the coolest Ul­tra­books we have seen, maybe that is why it has a pla­s­ticky base. The S7 eas­ily munched through most of the tests that we usu­ally sub­ject Ul­tra­books to.

The S7 has two USB 3.0 ports, a miniHDMI at the back and a Mi­cro-SD card reader. Like many of the new Ul­tra­books and con­vert­ibles the S7 too have a small­ish power adapter which will eas­ily go into any bag. Acer has also loaded some of its Win­dows 8 apps as well as ported some cloud-based pro­grammes that it uses in Ico­nia se­ries to the de­vice.

For, any­one look­ing to buy a tra­di­tional Ul­tra­book or lap­top in 2013, the As­pire S7 is one of the best avail­able op­tions. It is slim, handy and very pow­er­ful.

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