79
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A good product that falls short of greatness.
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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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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Model
S7-391-6810

Key Specs

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows
System RAM
4 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to12 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad

General

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows (8)

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i5) (3317UB)

Optical media

Optical drive
no

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3

Storage details

Storage interface
SATA (no)

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Docking station port
no
Fingerprint reader
no
IR port
no
Integrated webcam
yes
Security lock slot
yes
Case lighting
no

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
4 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to12 hour

Input

Keyboard
yes (Backlit)
Pointing device
Trackpad

Connections

Thunderbolt
no
FireWire / 1394
no

Audio

Audio outputs
3.5mm
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
yes
Speakers
Stereo

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no
Model
S7-391-9886

Key Specs

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows
System RAM
4 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to12 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad

General

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows (8)

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i5) (3317UB)

Optical media

Optical drive
no

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3

Storage details

Storage interface
SATA (no)

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Docking station port
no
Fingerprint reader
no
IR port
no
Integrated webcam
yes
Security lock slot
yes
Case lighting
no

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
4 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to12 hour

Input

Keyboard
yes (Backlit)
Pointing device
Trackpad

Connections

Thunderbolt
no
FireWire / 1394
no

Audio

Audio outputs
3.5mm
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
yes
Speakers
Stereo

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no
Model
391-73514G12

Key Specs

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows
System RAM
4 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to12 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad

General

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows (8)

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i5) (3317UB)

Optical media

Optical drive
no

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3

Storage details

Storage interface
SATA (no)

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Docking station port
no
Fingerprint reader
no
IR port
no
Integrated webcam
yes
Security lock slot
yes
Case lighting
no

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
4 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to12 hour

Input

Keyboard
yes (Backlit)
Pointing device
Trackpad

Connections

Thunderbolt
no
FireWire / 1394
no

Audio

Audio outputs
3.5mm
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
yes
Speakers
Stereo

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no
Model
391-53314G12

Key Specs

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows
System RAM
4 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to12 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad

General

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows (8)

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i5) (3317UB)

Optical media

Optical drive
no

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3

Storage details

Storage interface
SATA (no)

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Docking station port
no
Fingerprint reader
no
IR port
no
Integrated webcam
yes
Security lock slot
yes
Case lighting
no

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
4 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to12 hour

Input

Keyboard
yes (Backlit)
Pointing device
Trackpad

Connections

Thunderbolt
no
FireWire / 1394
no

Audio

Audio outputs
3.5mm
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
yes
Speakers
Stereo

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no
Model
NX.M3ESA.002

Key Specs

Model
NX.M3ESA.005

Key Specs

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