Acer Aspire S7 Review: Beauty Brawns

The Acer Aspire S7 is a one of its kind Ultrabook that promises to amaze you in one or another way. This slim and gorgeous Ultrabook gives the Macbook Air stiff competition, and with the fine glass and aluminium finish it feels like a machine from the future!

Hardware Specifications

  • CPU: 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-4200U (dual-core, 3MB cache, up to 2.6GHz with Turbo Boost)
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4400
  • RAM: 8GB DDR3
  • Screen: 13.3-inch, 2560 x 1440 IPS, LED backlit display with 10 finger multi-touch
  • Storage: 128GB SSD in RAID 0
  • Ports: 2 USB 3.0 (1 with power-off charging) ports, 1 HDMI, 1 combo headphone/mic jack, 1 Acer converter port, 1 SD card reader
  • Connectivity: Intel Centrino Advanced-N7260, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi with MIMO, Bluetooth 4.0, Intel Wireless Display
  • Camera: 1280 x 720 HD webcam

Sweet eh?

Looks and Feel

The Acer Aspire S7 measures at 12.72 x 8.78 x 0.51 inches (WxDxH) and weighs in at 1.3kg. It is one of those kinds of notebooks that require only one glance to tell that it means serious business. The Acer Aspire S7 has this aluminium frame with these panels of stark whitened glass set into the lid. The S7 has a highly reflective screen, and its lid can even fold back a full 180 degrees, but I found that the only problem was that it doesn’t go all around, rendering it uncomfortable to use as a tablet.

Personally speaking I loved the backlit keyboard which lights up automatically depending on the ambient light conditions. It has this out of this world greenish tinge, along with the blue function keys which only add to the aesthetic appeal.

Performance and Battery

In terms of performance, the Acer Aspire S7 is a good contender when compared to the Dell XPS 13, and the 13-inch Macbook Air. Acer claims that the Aspire S7 can run for up to 7 hours, but when we had it run under a normal workload with over 12 tabs open in Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome each, YouTube buffering at 1080p, an image heavy chat application, a PDF reader, and a Word Document open, the results were a bit disappointing. It ran for just about 5 hours, a whole 2 hours short of what the company claims.



Even though the Acer Aspire S7 has proved itself to be one of the coolest and quietest out of Intel’s Ultrabook Class, it still needs some major work to do on the keyboard and its placement of keys, as well as battery life. It’s clear that the Aspire S7 wasn’t meant to be used by the normal office goer, or school student, as the price indirectly dictate so. The Acer Aspire S7 costs roughly Rs.1,00,000, which might turn some heads… but other than that the Acer Aspire S7 is a machine built for the future, and owning it now means, owning the future!

If you have any questions or queries related to which laptop you should opt for, or whether or not the Acer Aspire S7 should be your next buy, then drop me an email on and I’ll try my best to clear all your doubts.

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