ACER AS­PIRE S7 (2013)

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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.




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