Among the most successful Acer series of laptops is the Aspire brand that is why the company does not want to let go of such name that easily. Unsurprisingly, Acer announces yes another series of Aspire, this time its Aspire S7 touchscreen ultrabooks that will come in two models, the 11.6 inches and 13.3 inches models. In the world where speed matters a lot, Acer couldn’t just put a hardware that is mediocre for the devices that would become its flagships in this year’s ultrabook battle. We already heard that Gigabyte X11 is the lightest ultrabook and LG X Note Z350 is the thinnest. Acer does not promise what aspect its ultrabooks would excel only an assurance that these devices will also sport Intel’s iCore series–it means that we will be getting either an i5 or an i7 system on chip (SOC).
In this post, although we will be talking about the 11.6-incher and 13.3-incher, let’s talk about them collectively as both will have the same specs (more or less). Acer didn’t actually announced the entire specs of these laptops, what it did was to launch a sneak peek on what people could expect. So, the main purpose was to tease us and I admit it’s really working. Among the lucky ones are the testers from Engadget who have first hand experience with the device and if it were not because of them, we won’t have sufficient info about these ultrabooks.
To start with, let’s talk about the processor. There’s no doubt Acer will make use of Intel’s Third Generation Ivy Bridge SOCs knowing that these devices will have to compete head-to-head with Gigabyte’s lightest and LG’s thinnest…and yes, those two manufacturers will be using the same SOCs too. Basically, the benchmark has been set by the first manufacturers who released their ultrabooks for this year. The thing is, Intel’s processors have been built to withstand more heat than the previous SOCs so manufacturers have the luxury of building their laptops as thin and as light as they could and that’s what exactly happening right now. That being said, people will choose which devices to perform best but they will choose which one has an edge over the other in terms of design and features.
Acer Aspire S7 11.6″ and 13.3″ have 180 degrees fold-back screens. It means that you can let it lie down on the table straight without the fear of breaking any latch or something. Acer tries to lure people with the flexibility of its devices. But aside from that, you would also get full HD displays whichever you choose. This is one of the luxuries manufacturers could enjoy if it were to choose to use Intel’s iCore processors and there is already a GPU attached to the main unit. But there is a greater possibility that Acer will have to use a separate GPU for these devices if it wants to be faithful to the feature it announced. Aside from flexibility and full HD display, Acer also made sure its powerful devices won’t go overheat by installing Twin Air cooling system. The company hasn’t told us more about this cooling system but we know the main purpose. Lastly, if you are a touch-loving person, you would surely appreciate it if you can execute commands through touch. That’s one of the features these devices take pride of.
There is no further information as to the pricing and availability of these devices. But since these are ultrabooks, we can expect that they will be marketed at premium prices. Perhaps, the difference in price is not much of a gap but people should choose which device best fit their lifestyle. It is a matter of portability if a buyer will have to choose between these devices, of course price will also come into play but not much.