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Acer Aspire S13

The Acer Aspire S13 offers great value for the money, and a unique design, too...

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Acer Aspire S13

The white version, starting at $800, £650 or AU$1,399, has matte aluminum surfaces that resist oily fingerprints.

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Even the aluminum lid has a special ridged texture to keep it looking good. It might look like plastic, but it's cool to the touch.

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You also get a matte antireflective screen, unlike many recent thin laptops. It's a crisp 1080p IPS panel with wide viewing angles.

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And -- surprise! -- it's a touchscreen, too. One of the only ones we've see without a glass front.

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Some creature comforts are lacking, though...

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The keyboard is thin to the point where it makes typing feel a bit stiff and stunted.

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The touchpad's palm rejection isn't adequate. I found the mouse cursor would jump around a bit when I would type things, too.

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And while you get all the basics, there isn't a great port selection on this Windows 10 PC...

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You'll find USB-C, USB 3.0 and HDMI video output on the right...

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...and only another USB 3.0 port, headset jack, and a very shallow SD card slot on the left.

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Here's how shallow the SD card slot is. You'll want to remove it immediately after you transfer files, and you'll need to figure out where to put the stopper.

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You can't charge the laptop over USB-C, either -- you'll need to use the included proprietary charger.

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Still, an aluminum laptop at this price, with excellent performance, battery life, and plenty of fast solid-state storage is nothing to sneeze at.

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Here are the vents to keep all those components cool.

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One last photo of the Acer Aspire S13.

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