When Acer's new Aspire S7 Ultrabooks hit the market, they're sure to garner attention for their ultra-slim profiles. Starting at $1,199 for the 11-inch version and $1,399 for the 13-inch model, these two Windows 8 systems impressed us with their design, tailored for Microsoft's new operating system.
There's no understating how thin these notebooks felt. Even though both have a touchscreen, both are less than half an inch thick and weigh less than 3 pounds--2.3 in the case of the 11-inch version. We especially liked the Gorilla Glass lid on the 13-inch version, whose white coloring hid fingerprints, unlike the black glass lid on the HP Envy Spectre.
The lid on the S7-391 tilts back 180 degrees, so it can lie flat on a table, enabling others to share what's on the screen more easily. A unique dual-torque hinge design also ensures that the screen won't wobble when touched in an upright position.
Both the 11 and 13-inch S7 feature an all-aluminum unibody design, which made them feel sturdy despite their thinness. We also liked the cool blue backlighting for the keyboard, but the travel felt a tad shallow.
While there's no VGA port, both will ship with a microHDMI to VGA adapter, as well as a USB to Ethernet adapter, which will please the business set. Also appealing to road warriors: both systems should get about 6 hours of battery life, and an optional slice battery should double that.
|Display||11.6 inches, 1920 x 1080||13.3 inches, 1920 x 1080||13.3 inches, 1920 x 1080|
|CPU||Intel Core i5-3317U||Intel Core i5-3317U||Intel Core i5-3317U|
|Hard Drive||128GB SSD||128GB SSD||256GB SSD|
|Weight||2.29 pounds||2.86 pounds||2.86 pounds|
|Size||11.17 x 7.7 x 0.48 inches||12.73 x 8.79 x 0.47 inches||12.73 x 8.79 x 0.47 inches|