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Acer Aspire S7 (13.3-inch) review: Acer Aspire S7 (13.3 inch)

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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

Battery life (time)

  • 3h, 21m
    Dell XPS 12 (Core i7 3517U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD)
  • 2h, 55m
    Acer Aspire S7 (13.3-inch, Core i7 3517U, 4GB RAM, 2x 64GB SSD RAID 0)
  • 2h, 21m
    Asus Taichi (Core i5 3317U, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD)
  • 2h, 16m
    Acer 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 more frugal Windows 7 laptops, 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.

Conclusion

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.

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