While for the most part it's quiet, just like the 11.6-inch model the S7 can whip up quite a noise under load.
Battery life (time)
- 3h, 21mDell XPS 12 (Core i7 3517U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD)
- 2h, 55mAcer Aspire S7 (13.3-inch, Core i7 3517U, 4GB RAM, 2x 64GB SSD RAID 0)
- 2h, 21mAsus Taichi (Core i5 3317U, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD)
- 2h, 16mAcer Aspire S7 (11.6-inch, Core i7 3517U, 4GB RAM, 2x 128GB SSD RAID 0)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
We've moved to a new battery test for Windows 8, a modified version of our heavy battery test for Windows 7. We loop a 720p video until battery depletion, with the screen brightness set to 40 per cent and the ambient brightness adjustment turned off.
Out of the Windows 8 laptops we've tested so far, the 13.3-inch version of the S7 does reasonably well. In the context of the, things don't look so healthy. We'd imagine that it's a combination of a limited battery space and the full HD IPS touchscreen that's putting most of the strain on the laptop.
The 13.3-inch version of Acer's Aspire S7 laptop is gorgeous. There are a few minor niggles, it's expensive and battery life isn't the best, but despite all this, this is one of the better Windows 8 solutions out there at this point in time. Let's hope Acer finds a way to bring the cost down.