November 26, 2012
- Extremely attractive, thin design
- Solid performance
- Responsive touch screen
- Keyboard has some flex
- Below average battery life
The Acer Aspire S7-391 is a new Windows 8-toating ultraportable that features an eye-catching, stunningly thin design. It also has a touch screen, so it makes complete use of the new Windows 8 operating system. We did like the performance the S7 offered but battery life could have been better.
The design of the Acer S7-391 is definitely one of its major selling points, which seems to follow suit with a lot of the other new Windows 8 ultraportables. It has an aluminum case that looks very appealing and a very thin design that measures 12.7 x 8.8 x 0.5-inches (wdh) and weighs 2.9-pounds. Despite the thinness, it doesn't feel flimsy or fragile, which is always a concern for something this thin. For frequent travelers or people always on-the-go, this is definitely a laptop to fit your lifestyle.
Acer includes a decently-sized keyboard surrounded by an anodized aluminum deck that gives it a look at is similar to the Apple MacBook Pro. We found the typing experience to be decent but nothing special as there was a little bit of flexing. The clickpad is nicely placed and large in size which makes for a good experience.
The 13.3-inch touch screen display has a native resolution of 1920 x 1080-pixels. The small size and 1080p HD resolution does mean that text can get quite small while surfing the Internet or just while navigating Windows, so you'll want to most likely increase the text sizes. The higher resolution does mean that you get more screen real estate to use for side-by-size windows, which is rare for a 13-inch ultraportable. We liked the quality of the image very much but found the display to show a lot of glare and reflections.
Because the display is a touch screen, it pivots 180 degrees and lies flat to be used as a tablet. The touch sensitivity of the touch screen was very responsive and we had no trouble navigating the Windows 8 interface and using the new touch gestures. We do wish the screen rotated too and folded down over the keyboard because this would make more sense as a tablet.
The port selection the Acer Aspire S7-391 includes two USB 3.0 ports, a micro-HDMI output, a headphone jack and an SD/MMC memory card reader. Acer also includes a USB to Ethernet adapter if you are without wireless and also makes, but not includes, an HDMI to VGA adapter. Acer also does not include a micro-HDMI to HDMI cable, so you have to obtain one yourself if you intend on using it. Wireless connectivity includes both 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.
Our review unit includes a configuration with the popular third-generation Intel Core i5-3317U (1.7GHz) CPU, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD hard drive and integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics. A more expensive model offers an Core i7 CPU and dual 128GB SSD hard drives. Overall performance with the Core i5 configuration was very good and definitely on-par with other new Windows 8 ultraportables.
Battery life is maxed out at about 4-hours, which is definitely less than some of the other new ultraportables coming to the market.
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