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87 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
87

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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.

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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
87 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
87

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

87
 

User Reviews

30
CoBullet
Honestly, I don't suggest this to anyone. While the computer is great and all...read more
90
ArsalaanLaFleur
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
90
wiczerd
I bought the refurbished version of this, returned one whose battery was not...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
83
Average Critic Score
Product Review
Engadget
Acer's upgraded the S7 to Haswell CPUs (Core i3, i5 and i7), but it also squeezed in a bigger battery -- 47Wh, up from 35Wh. Between that bigger cell and new chipset, Acer is rating the battery life at seven hours, which, if true, would correct one of the OG model's biggest shortcomings.
 
80
CNET
The Acer Aspire S7, a Windows 8 launch favorite that holds up nicely, gets a needed update to the latest CPUs for better battery life.
 
90
Engadget
The Acer Aspire S7-392 is what the original should have been: it offers long battery life, runs quietly and brings a much-improved trackpad. ... Whereas before we recommended this with caveats, we now endorse it whole-heartedly.
 
80
Laptop Magazine
The Acer Aspire S7 is a slim, stylish Ultrabook that offers strong performance, very long battery life and a gorgeous, full-1080p touch screen
 
90
Gizmodo
This has been my favorite Windows laptop to date. The 14-inch Razer Blade was pretty wonderful as well, but its screen was too much of a letdown.
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Expert Reviews
With an improved battery life and keyboard, plus that new screen, the new Acer Aspire S7 looks to be a fantastic device. It will still appeal to those for whom looks and weight are more important than sheer endurance, but that covers a lot of people.
 
70
PC World Australia
Acer's premium Ultrabook gets a fourth-generation Core i7 CPU, which gives it much better overall battery life without really sacrificing performance. It's a very good unit, but it has some issues that could be annoying to some users.
 
80
Digital Trends
With a new CPU, bigger battery, an improved keyboard, and standout aesthetics, Acer’s updated Aspire S7 is seriously worth considering.
 
80
Ars Technica
Switching from Ivy Bridge to Haswell makes this refreshed Aspire S7 everything that the first model aspired to be (get it?). We still don’t like this keyboard very much, but otherwise the S7 offers most of what you could ask for of a non-convertible Ultrabook.
 
90
PC Mag
It's the current pinnacle of the ultrabook trend and shows the brilliance that the PC makers can return under Intel's increasingly stringent standards for ultrabooks.

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