It's sliver thin. It's feather light. It's attractive—not quite beautiful, but attractive—without the design tropes of the MacBook Air. Made of aluminum, glass, and a white magnesium underbody, the Aspire S7 feels sturdy despite its lack of mass. The 11.6-inch screen is a lovely 1920x1080 IPS display equipped with a multitouch panel. The keyboard and trackpad surface has a uniform silver look, and save for some relatively tame branding elements, is about as clean as a PC input surface gets. When it's dark, the keys emit a muted green glow. It makes the machine look like something nerds would be using in a future 100 years from now.
That's not to say everything is perfect. The trackpad is a bit undersized (especially for vertical scrolling). Though the keys have a decent amount of tactile feedback, they're just a bit too flat for my liking (obviously this was a decision made with size concerns in mind). And, speaking of the underside, a lot of the design work around the ports and buttons is amateur compared to the rest of the machine. But none of these gripes are necessarily deal breakers.
Acer Aspire S7 Specs
- Processor: 1.9GHz Dual Core Intel Core i7 (Turboboost to 2.4GHz) As tested; retail models have a Core i5 processor.
- Memory: 4GB
- Storage: 256 GB SSD
- Graphics: Intel HD 4000
- Dimensions: 0.48 x 11.17 x 7.7 inches
- Weight: 2.29 pounds
- Display: 11.6-inch, 1920x1080 IPS LCD
- Ports: 2 USB 3.0, Mini HDMI, Micro SD
- Standard Battery Test: 1 Hours 40 minutes
- Price: $1200 (base) $1650 (as tested), available Oct. 26, 2012
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