ACER ASPIRE S7 (2013)
Acer didn’t introduce a new Ultrabook model for 2013, choosing instead to refresh its well-received 2012 Aspire S7 with a new fourth-generation Intel Core i7-4500U 1.8GHz processor, and a boost in RAM from 4GB to 8GB.
We’re fine with the lack of innovation because the Aspire S7 remains one of the bestdesigned Ultrabooks available. It’s the thinnest Ultrabook in our shootout, measuring just 11.9mm, and it’s also light at 1.3kg. The overall design is also surprisingly tasteful for an Acer product, with a clean all-white aesthetic, which includes a sleek Gorilla Glass lid, and an aluminum unibody chassis. Its clickpad is both well sized and responsive, and we’re also quite fond of its backlit chiclet keyboard, which, while a bit on the shallow side, offers a firm and comfortable typing experience. There’s just one questionable design decision: The power button is awkwardly located out of sight on the left edge, between the power and USB port, which can take a bit of getting used to.
One area where we would like to have seen an upgrade is the display, where the S7 now falls behind a few of its competitors, including the ASUS Zenbook UX301, Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro and HP Spectre 13. At 1920 x 1080, the Gorilla Glass 2 Full HD touchscreen display is still more than sufficient, but when scrutinized next to the 2560 x 1440 resolution displays of the Zenbook UX301 and Spectre 13, there’s a small, but noticeable, step down in clarity. Having said that, at a relatively compact display size of 13.3-inches, it’s hard to see much difference between each model when you’re sitting a distance away from the screen, and the S7’s Intel HD 4400 integrated graphics will certainly have an easier time driving the lower resolution display.
In terms of value, the S7 is priced slightly on the high side (surprising for an Acer), with the i7 model coming in at $2,498.
“THE OVERALL DESIGN IS ALSO SURPRISINGLY
TASTEFUL FOR AN ACER
PRODUCT, WITH A CLEAN ALL-WHITE AESTHETIC.”