- Editor's Rating
- Superb quality
- Beautiful IPS screen
- Good performance
- Good keyboard
- Very loud fan
- So-so touchpad
Quick TakeThe Acer Aspire S7 offers exceptional quality and good performance with only a few issues.
Without a doubt, the Acer Aspire S7 is one of the highest quality notebooks currently available, and with a $1,650 price tag it should be. Despite its beautiful design and good performance, there is one flaw that just can’t be overlooked.
Sporting a 13.3-inch 1080p touch-enabled display, the Aspire S7 has a full 1920 x 1080 resolution, which lends itself nicely to Windows 8, bringing high detail pictures to life. Its IPS panels are also a major plus, providing unlimited viewing angels and never compromising a picture despite the view. Combined with the its white Gorilla Glass and silver aluminum design, the Aspire S7 is surely a beautiful machine.
Even at just .4-inches thin, Acer’s latest offering provides a respectable port selection, including mini-HDMI, two USB 3.0 ports and a media card reader. NotebookReview did find the location of the power button rather troublesome though, as it is easy to hit when picking up the notebook. The Aspire S7’s keyboard is neatly integrated otherwise, producing precise action and proper feedback.
The specifications of the Aspire S7 meet its high-end price point, with the device packing an Intel Core i7-3517U dual-core 1.9GHz processor and a 256GB SSD, though the notebook only supports 4GB of RAM, which is a little underwhelming compared to most Ultrabooks that have 8GB. And while the Aspire S7 only ran for two and a half hours on its 4-cell li-polymer battery, it still performed well compared to some of the best-in-class touch Ultrabooks, according to NotebookReview.
So what’s the flaw? The Aspire S7’s cooling system. Rather than getting air through gaps in the chassis, the notebook has a dedicated fan intake on the back where it exhausts air out the larger center opening. The fan produces an unbelievable amount of noise in this process, so much so that the Aspire might be distracting to use in a classroom or meeting.
The superb quality of the Aspire S7 Ultrabook from Acer is undeniable, but one can’t ignore the notebook’s shockingly loud fan noise, especially with its hefty price tag.