CNET First Look
The glass-topped Acer Aspire S7 gets a new CPUBetter battery life adds to the appeal of this slim Windows 8 touch screen ultrabook.
I'm Dan Ackerman and we are here taking a look at the Acer Aspire S7. Now if this looks familiar or sounds familiar, that's because the S7 was one of the first Windows 8 laptops that we saw that was specifically built with Windows 8 in mind because it was very thin and had a touchscreen built in. It was one of our favorites because it really had a cool unique look especially because on the back of the lid instead of aluminum or plastic, it was actually a big Gorilla Glass panel which was kind of funky and maybe a little bit lighter and was still very sturdy even though it was glass. This new version of the S7 looks pretty much identical. The big change here is that it has one of Intel's new 4th generation Core i series processors in it, also known by the codename Haswell. What that gives you is not so much increased performance. I mean that's fine but it gives you much better battery life. In fact in systems like the MacBook Air which I would consider a pretty competitor to this, we got 12 hours of battery life on our test. This guy got a little bit above 7 but that's still better than the original S7 that we saw last year. The rest of it is made out of aluminum, a little bit of plastic. The keyboard is still a bit on the shallow side. I like the large touchpad however. If you're looking for a laptop that's really gonna stand out in the crowd but still be fairly useful and be super thin and light, if you're willing to pay a little bit more, this guy is $1399 for a Core i5. That's what I have here. The first version we looked at was I think a Core i7 for about $1600 or $1700. Then you definitely wanna take a look at the S7. There's some other very nice thin Ultrabooks out there as well like the Sony Vaio Pro Series and of course any of those really do get compared to the MacBook Air. I love the design on this guy. I'm not sure I'd pay this much for it, but I'm glad I get to play around with it for a little while. I'm Dan Ackerman and that is the Acer Aspire S7.