Acer has released an Ultrabook that truly lives up to its name. The Acer Aspire S7-391 may be a bit on the expensive side, but if you are an individual who is constantly working and on the go it will quickly turn from an expense to an asset that will be beneficial to all areas of your life.
Ultrabooks are thin, light and extremely quick. They are designed to be portable and responsive to your needs. The Apsire S7 meets those factors, breaks through them and then adds a full HD multi-touch screen that is truly a pixel packed beauty to behold.
The Aspire has been blessed with an Intel i7-3517U 1.9 GHz Dual Core, 4 GB RAM and a 256 GB Solid State hard drive. All of these added together produce an astounding boot time of 1.5 seconds. It weighs in at a mere 1.3kgs and its profile is super slender at 135mm. It is also equipped with a webcam, 2 x USB 3.0 ports, gesture enabled touchpad, memory card slot, Bluetooth and of course Wi-Fi. There is no optical drive but that isn’t a minus at all as most data is either consumed via internet or external memory devices.
The screen is Full HD IPS panel and is powered by the Intel HD 4000 chipset. It produces superior quality images which were very noticeable when re-watching The Avengers on it. Every scene was crisp and sharp with accurate and vivid colours. The 13.3” screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 2 as it serves as a multi-touch touchscreen with the ability to be opened flat which aids in group sharing of a presentation or media. Windows 8 is flawless with its interface as you navigate via touch and swiping. In this environment Windows 8 truly excels and the benefit of the redesign of Windows can be seen in the productivity increase. The body is made of beautiful aluminium that remains cool to the touch as the unit’s temperature is kept regulated by its TwinAir cooling system which can get a bit noisy when pushing the Ultrabook to its limits.
Enough about the technical specifications of this savvy Ultrabook, let me share with you my impressions as I used it and integrated it into my life. Upon receiving the unit I was impressed with the packaging and how it was fitted together with all the components packed in their own compact compartments. It was even more impressive that they included a free Acer brand Bluetooth mouse that was simple to pair with the Ultrabook and very responsive on most surfaces that I used it on. It also comes with mini HDMI to VGA adapter and a USB to Ethernet port adapter. Acer didn’t stop there and they have shipped the Aspire S7 which its own Ultrabook sleeve to protect it whilst on the move. These come at no additional cost and add heaps to the benefit of the usability of the Ultrabook. I haven’t even turned on the unit and I am already impressed.
Taking the Aspire S7 in hand is a real treat. The body looks fantastic in aluminium and feels very welcoming to the user. Added to the looks is of course the weight which at first I thought was missing the battery but it wasn’t, and once again I was impressed with the lightness and finish of the Aspire S7.
Flip open the lid, hit the power button and boom 1.5 seconds later I am looking at the Windows 8 logon screen. The speed of this Ultrabook is amazing, it was so amazing I even shut it down and performed the boot again to be astounded again by the super quick boot time! Windows 8 is a gem on this Ultrabook, and when signed in with your Microsoft account all your setting and wallpapers from your other computers are automatically synced across and before you know it (and with little effort on your side), your new Acer Aspire S7 has been personalized to your preferences.
Whether you are banging out articles in word, browsing the net, consuming media or playing games, the Aspire S7 is an absolute pleasure to use, so much so that it calls out to you when you are not using it to be more productive. The more you use it, the more you want to use it. From touchscreen to touchpad to it’s illuminated keyboard, actions are performed swiftly and accurately with no frustration experienced on the user’s side.
The only downfall I experienced (until I applied a software update to the Acer drivers) was the Wi-Fi Connectivity often dropping a connection or unable to pick up the Wi-Fi signal at all. This was a short lived downfall as a quick visit to the Acer website provided improved drivers for the Wi-Fi adapter.
Battery life was superb with usage sitting at six hours before needing to find a power outlet to charge it. This was achieved doing mostly Excel and Word processing with minimal gaming and media consumption. Fortunately in this day and age a plug point is never far away to keep this sleek Ultrabook topped up and rearing to go.
Every day was a brilliant experience with the Acer Aspire S7, it just makes you want to use it and take it with you anywhere to continue using it. It is an excellent spec’d Ultrabook and a companion that will treat you well and keep you happy throughout your day. The recommended retail price is R24 999 and, although you can get higher spec’d Notebooks for that price, you won’t get the same satisfaction that you would get from using the Acer Aspire S7. Go buy one today, you won’t be disappointed.