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79
Engadget
Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Engadget Summary

With each successive generation, Acer comes closer to building the perfect Ultrabook. Its first model, the S3, had a low-rent feel, with short battery life, trailing performance and a stiff trackpad. The S5 improved on that with a nicer design and blazing speeds, due to a RAID 0 disk setup. But thanks to a low-res screen, among other shortcomings, it ultimately felt overpriced for what it was.

Now we have the Aspire S7, the best-made Ultrabook Acer has put out, with a stunning 1080p display and that same fast performance we recorded on the S5. One problem, though: Acer never did figure out the battery life. The S7's runtime is short even compared to other touchscreen Ultrabooks, which generally have not been lasting as long as non-touch models in our tests. While it's easy for us to praise Acer for having come so far, it's tougher to recommend a mobile device with skimpy battery life, especially when it has such a lofty starting price. If you don't mind carrying a charger everywhere you go, this is otherwise a premium piece of hardware. But if battery life is important (or if you're simply looking for more of an all-around performer) you'll have to let out a deep sigh, as we did, and keep looking.
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Scores

Engadget

79
 

User Reviews

80
tombionic
This ultrabook is thin, light, and is absolutely gorgeous. I had been hesitating...read more
90
stevencwong
I picked up mine at the Microsoft Store in Canada. Thankfully, they sold them...read more
90
rifin2000
I bought this S7 last month and have been using it all everyday in my office...read more
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Average Critic Score

Noise

46
 

Speed and features

83
 

Durability

92
 

Display

91
 

Expandability

60
 

Battery life

57
 

Portability (size / weight)

96
 

Design and form factor

91
 

How It Stacks Up

84

Engadget

84
 

Critic

73
 

User

78
 
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90
 
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89
 

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86
 

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80
 
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88
 

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93
 
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