Acer Aspire S7-392

87
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Score
87

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Acer Aspire S7 review (2013): the second time's a charm for Acer's flagship Ultrabook

Summary

The second time's a charm for Acer: the company's refreshed S7 Ultrabook addresses all the things we disliked about the original. Just be prepared to pay a premium over competing laptops with similar specs.

from $1047.99+
Pros
  • Nice build materials
  • Great viewing angles
  • Fast performance, longer battery life
  • Improved touchpad
  • Now runs quietly
Cons
  • Enormous power brick
  • No 2,560 x 1,440 option in the US
  • Power button is difficult to press
  • Expensive for what it is
Acer Aspire S7 review (2013): the second time's a charm for Acer's flagship Ultrabook

It wasn't easy writing a conclusion (much less a headline) for our original Acer Aspire S7-391 review. The company's third Ultrabook was near-perfect, with a stunning full HD display, exceptionally fast performance, an extra-light chassis and one of the most sophisticated designs we'd seen on any Acer machine, ever. Even so, the battery could barely last past the four-hour mark -- a poor showing, even compared to other machines on the market. Plus, the fan noise was some of the loudest we'd heard, so you couldn't enjoy that blazing SSD without a good deal of distraction. We ultimately recommended it, but with a sigh. This wasn't the Ultrabook we thought it would be.

Fortunately for us, we no longer have to hem and haw over whether to recommend an exquisite laptop with worst-in-class battery life: Acer recently released an update to the S7, aptly called the S7-392. Available with a 13-inch screen (the 11-inch version has been discontinued), it arrives with Haswell processors, a larger battery and the promise of seven-hour runtime. Additionally, Acer retooled its cooling setup so that the fans supposedly operate much more quietly. Otherwise, it's the same laptop: same keyboard, same thin and light design, same 1080p screen. So can we crown it a winner now?

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Scores

Engadget

87
 

Breakdown

Speed and features
8.0
Durability
8.0
Display
8.3
Portability (size / weight)
8.9
Battery life
8.4
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Specs

Aspire

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
1.6 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI
System RAM
8 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to7 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad
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Specs

Aspire

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
1.6 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI
System RAM
8 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to7 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad
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