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  • December 12, 2012 10:05 am

    Review: Solid design, great touchscreen can’t save Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook

    I confess I linked to this only because of the headline. The review isn’t quite as negative as that makes it out to be, either:

    If Acer’s touchscreen-equipped S7 Ultrabook is an example of what we can expect from the company going forward, it might just be able to pull off this image rehabilitation. We’ve spent a few days with the 13-inch model, and there are quite a few things to like about it. It still has a few notable flaws, though, and they stick out all the more because of the laptop’s good qualities.

    The Aspire S7 is a kind of odd beast otherwise, physically between the MacBook Air 13” and the Retina MacBook Pro 13”. The MBP is thicker, heavier, more expensive, and in most other respects—even counting all the ports that PC users gotta have—just kicks the S7’s ass. The Air is thinner, lighter, cheaper, and in certain respects still kicks the S7’s ass. The S7’s big feature is, of course, its touchscreen, but my experience using an iPad with a physical keyboard leaves me unconvinced this is an ideal interaction mode.

    "Acer: at least we’re better than Packard Bell."

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