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Acer Aspire S7: An elegant & classy lightweight

Acer Aspire S7: An elegant & classy lightweight



13.3-inch Full HD 1920x1080p Acer ComfyView LED-backlit TFT LCD with integrated multi-touch, 10-finger touch support


Intel Core i5-33171.7GHz


256GB SSD with Raid 0 support, 4GB DDR3 RAM


Acer Crystal Eye HD webcam with 1280x720 resolution


2-in-1 card reader (SD, MMC), two USB 3.0, HDMI Micro port with HDCP support




The Aspire S7 is a head-turner and would add prestige to anyone carrying it into the local café or a corporate boardroom. This ultrabook surpasses the demands of Windows 8 applications and should be more than enough for the needs of the typical business executive or entrepreneur.

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Who would have thought that a laptop with a glass lid can still be one of the lightest ultrabooks in the market? Acer did.

The white Gorilla Glass lid on the 13.3-inch Aspire S7 is not only lovely to look at and touch but is scratch-resistant and easy to clean as well. Acer took a minimalist approach, with the brand logo as the only adornment on the top lid. The logo starts as a shiny chrome then glows fluorescent white when power is turned on.

The body is not much larger than the screen and is only 11.9mm-thick from front to back. At a mere 1.3kg, the Aspire S7 is an ideal carry-around notebook. A stitched velour-lined leather carrying case is provided not just for convenience but also for added style.

Opening the top lid automatically powers up the unit and, depending on ambient light, illuminates the keys with a soft electro-luminescent glow. Being a hunt-and-peck typist, I find that the soft aquamarine hue of the backlight fails to give enough definition to the keys the way bright white does. I’m sure, though, that touch typists wouldn’t share my concern.

The best feature of the Aspire S7 is its Full HD 1920 x 1080p IPS display. You get crisp and vibrant colors, and wide viewing angles. This is pretty handy when watching HD movies, which come out adorable on this display. And it is a 10-point multi-touch screen as well!

A bit of a letdown is the notebook’s sound quality. The volume from the bottom-mounted speakers gets attenuated depending on the surface the notebook is sitting on. Placing it on a pillow or on the bed almost completely mutes it. The speaker placement also negates whatever tuning the Dolby Home Theatre v4 audio enhancement brings.

Connectivity and interface options are adequate but not ample. The Aspire S7 has two USB 3.0 ports, a 2-in-1 card reader, and an HDMI Micro port with HDCP support. It comes with the 720p Acer Crystal Eye HD webcam, a built-in microphone, and a combination mic-and-speaker jack compatible with Acer smart handhelds.

The typical battery life is about four to six hours, depending on usage. Standby time (with the lid closed) can last for days, thanks to the Green Instant On technology.

Powered by an Intel Core i5 1.7GHz processor and an integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU, the S7 packs 4GB of system memory and 256GB SSD in Raid 0 configuration. This is more than adequate to handle the less resource-intensive Windows 8 environment but can be a little taxing with resource hogs when on desktop mode.

The Acer Aspire S7 is an elegant machine that will add prestige to anyone carrying it into the local café or a corporate boardroom. The delectable 1080p display is definitely a rare gem in notebooks of this size. These two factors will be key in determining whether you would shell out P75,000 to be its proud owner.

Review by Doddie Batac

First published in Speed May 2013

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