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The 13.3-inch version of Acer's Aspire S7 is rather striking. With a white lid covered in Gorilla Glass, a white base, screen bezel and silver interior, this is one of the nicer-looking Windows 8 laptops.
- Touchscreen: yes
- USB 3.0: 2
- Video: micro HDMI (VGA via adapter)
- Ethernet: 100Mbps via USB 2.0 adapter
- Wireless: dual-band 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0
The lid is a bit difficult to open, but once you're there, you're treated to a gorgeous 1080p IPS screen (which increases resistance the further you open it, so the screen doesn't wobble when you tap it), a backlit keyboard and a large touch pad. Our review touch pad was a little loose and clacky, but we did receive a pre-production version of the S7, so hopefully this is fixed for the final release. Speakers are best described as functional — you'll get much better results out of having a set of headphones plugged in.
Much like the 11.6-inch version, the backlit keyboard actually makes things more difficult to see in half-light, appearing in a somewhat dull aqua. In the dark, though, it's perfectly fine. The travel is quite short on all of the keys, due to the thinness of the laptop, so if you're put off by shallow typing, it's best to look elsewhere.
Like the 11.6-inch model, Acer has also made some interesting keyboard shuffles. You'll find a giant delete key to the left of the arrow keys, for a start. The Caps Lock key is tiny, as to the right of it a tilde has been crammed in. The dedicated home/page up and end/page down buttons that have been placed around the arrow keys are also a bit of a mind bend, considering that these are usually on the arrow keys themselves, and activated by the Fn key. One thing does make sense, though: Acer has moved the F1-F12 keys down to the number buttons, and activated by the Fn key.