Acer Aspire S7 Windows 8 Device
I have just spent the last hour using some of the latest Windows 8 devices from the people at Acer. I fell in love with the Aspire S7 , it is a work of art. There you go I am putting it out there straight away. I would take this into battle against any Apple based product confident of victory ( and yes I do have apple devices).
The Aspire S7 is modeled off the same amazing design principles as the Mac Book Air, thin, light, amazing to touch and something that looks great. It also has some unique things that stand it out amongst a large and soon to be crowed Windows 8 hardware market. Key to this is the use of Gorilla glass across the front and yes on the back of the device. The front screen is also a touch screen which allows you to use the new Windows 8 interface and the new start screen ( which I have become a huge fan of). This makes the top of the laptop almost scratch proof and will hopefully keep it looking crisp and new well after you have purchased it.
The Aspire S7 is only 14 mm when the lid is closed, even at only 14 mm the Aspire S7 has a swag of ports including video out via HDMI , two USB 3.0 ports, full SD card slot and of course an audio jack. I also noticed that this model has Dolby Home Theater sound built into it which explains why this sounded so good. On the networking front you get the standard 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and front facing web camera.
Inside you are greeted with and Intel i7, 4 GB of Ram, 128 SSD and in the model that I had it sported a Intel HD graphics card ( this might changed in other models). With these spec’s you get a crisp response and the ability to do some basic gaming and video editing work. When you wake this device up sleep , I timed it at just 2 seconds (with the official time being 1 second) and from cold boot taking 8 seconds.
In that all important area of battery life the Aspire S7 runs on a 4 cell battery which has a registered battery life of 6 hours but under load it is reported to be about 3.45 hours ( Wi-Fi enabled with Office and some video playback happening).
Bottom Line: The Aspire is thin and light in construction along with a really clean design and one of the best touchscreen based ultra books that I have had a go on. In the PC world the price of this device is up there on the more expensive side ( for apple people it will priced at and entry point for a Mac Book Air) but it is the first device that I would take my personal credit card out and purchase. This will be for a while I believe the leading Windows 8 Ultra book in the market. My only slight grip is that the keys on the keyboard feel a bit light.
Overall I would strongly recommend this device, I rate it 4.5 out of 5 in the Ultra Book space.