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Acer Aspire S7 (2013) Review

The updated Acer Aspire S7 is the ideal sequel. Acer has taken the well-built albeit flawed utlrabook and turned it into a true top-tier competitor. Increasing the capacity of its 4-cell battery and making the move towards Intel’s new fourth-generation Haswell processors, the old endurance problems that plagued the first generation Acer Aspire S7 are no longer an issue.

While Acer was quick to rectify the Aspire S7’s faults, the company also held onto the device’s best features. The unique white metallic chassis design returns with an improved keyboard and even faster performance; all while retaining its incredibly thin form factor.

With key improvements to performance and battery life along with a unique sophisticated design the Acer Aspire S7 has become one of the most appealing ultrabooks on the market.

Build and Design

There are very few things in the tech world that should remain static, but the Acer Aspire S7’s chassis design is one of them. The distinctive white aluminum chassis makes a triumphant return in the 2013 model. A protective layer of Gorilla Glass 2 seals away the bright metallic lid. The glossy finish not only serves as an additional buffer to the elements, but a visual stimulant; as the glass surface easily catches the light creating a reflective sheen that further accentuates the attractive aesthetic.

A thin silver strip runs along the outer edges of display case down towards the device’s 180-degree display hinge. That same silver adorns the device’s deck, keyboard and touchpad. Finally the Aspire S7 tops off it design with an LED backlit “Acer” logo. The lettering sits atop the middle left-hand side of the device’s display case. When the lid is closed the backlit lights turn off causing the lettering to appear in silver. However, when the device is active the fluorescent white LED lights turn on causing the logo to contrast sharply against the white metallic backdrop.

Utilizing high-grade build materials and unibody design the Acer Aspire S7 affords considerable durability despite its slim frame. The bottom half of the chassis is resilient failing to budge when pressure was applied. The display case proves less stubborn, flexing slightly under pressure and noticeable rippling does appear on screen. While the screen rippling could be troubling, the device’s protective Gorilla Glass 2 case and sturdy display hinge design provide insurance that the Aspire S7 will hold up under wear and tear.

Measuring in at 12.7″ x 8.8″ x 0.56″ and weighing in at 2.87 lbs. the Aspire manages to pack its visual splendor inside an incredibly thin form factor. With a practically non-existent 0.56″ thickness the Aspire S7 makes most compact competitors such as the 0.68″MackBook Air appear bulky by comparison.  However, the Aspire S7 is still not the thinnest device on the market; the Samsung Series ATIV Book 9 is marginally thinner with a 0.51″ thickness and lighter weighing in at only 2.56lbs.


Given the Acer Aspire S7’s thin form factor it is not surprising that users will have to make some concessions when it comes to connectivity. With  its limited real-estate the Aspire S7 is only able to offer a sparse selection of ports, but the device still manages to cover the essentials; featuring two USB 3.0 ports, an SD-card reader, a HDMI connecter, an audio jack and an Acer Converter Port.

Left: power jack, USB 3.0, SD card readerRight: Acer Converter Port, HDMI connector, USB 3.0 port, audio jack


The Acer Converter Port can easily be mistaken for a Mini-Displayport. In fact Acer?s proprietary port may be compatible with some devices that utilize a Mini-Displayport connection, but Acer offers no guarantee that the port will work in that capacity. Instead Acer?s port is designed to pair with a dongle that features VGA, Ethernet and USB 2.0 connectors. While not as convenient as built-in ports, the dongle provides a solution to the Aspire S7?s limited surface area and helps the device offer a considerable level of connectivity.

Unfortunately Notebook Review was unable to test the dongle as it was not included with the review unit, but the dongle is included with a retail version of the device.


Display and Sound

Keeping in line with the device’s eye-catching aesthetic, the Acer Aspire S7 features a sharp 13.3″ 1080p IPS display. Images and text are detailed and easy to read on the vibrant 288nits screen. Color contrast is also exceptional as Notebook Review noticed how crisp the default background image of a sunflower appeared with the bright white petals laying across the clear blue sky backdrop.

The display affords ten-point touch controls, quickly responding to swipes and multi-finger command prompts without lag. The consistent accuracy of the display’s touch controls makes navigating the device solely through touch commands a viability if desired.  Using touch controls is even easier thanks to the Aspire S7’s display hinge, which becomes noticeably more resistant past 90 degrees to ensure that the display holds its position when implementing touch commands.

The Aspire S7 also boasts flexible viewing angles. Along the horizontal axis image quality remained consistent; though slight color loss and minor reflections can be seen at around 180 degrees. The display behaves similarly along the vertical axis, with the display holding up when the screen is titled both forwards or backwards. The glossy display does become slightly reflective in direct lighting, but the impact is small and does little to mar the viewing experience that the Aspire S7 provides.

The notebook houses a pair of speakers on the bottom back end of the device’s chassis. While the speaker location isn’t an issue when the device sits on hard flat surface, the speakers do sound muffled when using the device as a laptop. The small notebooks is loud enough to provide audio for a small group of people, but the device will likely struggle to fill an entire room with audio.

The S7 is outfitted with Dolby Home Theater v4. The software package provides audio pre-sets for movies, music and games; offering a number of graphic equalizer options for users who want complete control over their settings. The software does help to add some life to the otherwise hollow sound experience of the Acer Aspire S7, but even with the help of Dolby Home Theater the speakers leave much to be desired.

While listening to an orchestral track Notebook Review noticed a considerable amount of distortion from the speakers. Even when turning the speakers down to 50 percent capacity there was still some distortion as the speakers failed to fully detail the nuances of the track. Luckily this issue is far less pronounced with other types of media, as Notebook Review had no problem enjoying various television streams. The speakers will suffice for normal use, but if users want a quality audio experience they will have turn to an external device.

Keyboard and Touchpad

The Acer Aspire S7 features a silver LED backlit Chiclet-style keyboard. The rounded keys are outfitted with a matte finish that is smooth to the touch. Acer makes the most out of the device’s slim frame offering adequate spacing and considerable travel distance given the device’s minuscule 0.56″ thickness. With responsive tactile feedback each key quickly snaps back into place after it has been released. The Aspire S7 offers a tightly controlled typing experience that allows users to type with speed, precision and comfort.

Located directly below the spacebar the Aspire S7 houses a sizable touchpad. Outfitted with a smooth silver finish the touchpad allows for frictionless travel affording better accuracy and precision. Devoid of mouse buttons the touchpad instead relies on multi-finger gestures. Equipped with Synaptics drivers the touchpad performs wonderfully, with each swipe, click and multi-finger gesture immediately resulting in the desired result.


Acer Aspire S7-392-6411 review: Glass-topped ultrabook delivers performance, style

One of my favorite early Windows 8 laptops was the Acer Aspire S7, and it quickly became a favorite for much of the rest of our PC-savvy staff as well. The original S7 scored points by being a new-from-the-ground-up ultrabook, rather than an existing Windows 7 product updated with new software. The new version, the S7-392-6411, essentially identical on the outside, remains one of the thinnest, slickest-looking ultrabooks available, highlighted by a white minimalist chassis and a lid covered with Gorilla Glass.

Since then, we've seen many thin, touch-screen laptops with high-end processors and 1080p screen resolutions, including the Sony Vaio Pro 13 and the Samsung Ativ Book 9, plus impressive hybrids such as the Lenovo Yoga 13. Despite the increase in competition, this remains a great, eye-catching design, thanks to the bold white-and-silver design (a nice break from the dark palette of most laptops) and the Gorilla Glass lid, which promises strength and a lighter overall weight.

The new Aspire S7 moves to Intel's latest fourth-generation Core i-series processors. The 2012 version we tested had a previous-gen Core i7 chip for $1,649, while the 2013 model has a Haswell-generation Core i5 for $1,399.99, which includes a 128GB solid-state drive (SSD) and 8GB of RAM. That's a premium price, especially for a Core i5 laptop, considering a 13-inch MacBook Air starts at $1,099, but it's competitive with similar Sony and Samsung ultrabooks.

This is a hard laptop not to like, and even though the basic design is about 10 months old, it still feels very cutting-edge, at least visually. The $1,399.99 price is still a bit of a reach, especially considering that I don't love the keyboard and touch pad, but it's also very portable and reasonably powerful, and will look great at a coffee shop.

Acer Aspire S7-392-6411MacBook Air 13-inch (June 2013)Sony Vaio Pro 13Samsung Ativ Book 9
Display size/resolution13.3-inch, 1,920x1,080 touch screen13.3-inch, 1,440x900 screen13.3-inch, 1,920x1,080 touch screen13.3-inch, 1,920x1,080 touch screen
PC CPU1.6GHz Intel Core i5-4200U1.3GHz Intel Core i5-4250U1.5GHz Intel Core i7-4550U 2GHz Intel Core i7-3537U
PC memory8,192MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz8,192MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz
Graphics128MB Intel HD Graphics 44001,024MB Intel HD Graphics 50001,659MB Intel HD Graphics 440032MB Intel HD Graphics 4000
Storage128GB SSD128GB SSD512GB SSD hard drive256GB SSD hard drive
Optical driveNoneNoneNoneNone
Networking802.11b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0802.11a/c wireless, Bluetooth 4.0802.11b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0802.11b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0
Operating systemWindows 8 (64-bit)OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.4Windows 8 (64-bit)Windows 8 (64-bit)

Design and features
Aside from moving a few ports around and the absence of the words "Professionally tuned" stamped above the keyboard, this is essentially the same Aspire S7 design we liked so much last year. It's very thin and light, although the glass-covered lid feels a bit top-heavy. You may recall that the original HP Envy Spectre (from early 2012) had a similar design, putting glass both on the back of the lid and the wrist rest. Here it's just the lid, which is good, as it never really worked on the wrist rest.

Of course, this isn't an all-glass laptop (which sounds like a crazy idea, but I bet someone will eventually pitch one). The rest of the body is aluminum over a plastic base, and the entire thing has a MacBook-like feel. White (behind the glass surface on the back of the lid) and silver is an unusual, but not unheard-of, color combination these days. Most laptops, apart from MacBooks, tend to be matte or glassy black, with maybe a little gray or some red accents thrown in. Just by being different the Aspire S7 achieves an upscale look that stands out.

The keyboard has flat-topped, island-style keys that sit in a gently sloping, indented keyboard tray. The keys feel deeper than the original S7's, based on my memory of that system, making for a less error-prone experience -- but it may just be that my tolerance for shallow ultrabook keyboards has grown with repeat exposure. One thing I miss is having a separate row of Function keys; instead those functions are mapped as alternates to the numeral keys. It's an odd omission, as there's plenty of room at the top of the keyboard for an additional row.

The large touch pad has a great surface with just enough friction, but multitouch gestures are a bit finicky. Interestingly, this version has a Synaptics touch pad, rather than the Elan model on the original S7 from 2012. Side by side, I'd say this new S7's touch pad is more responsive, but it still pales in comparison with what you get from a MacBook.

One highlight of the system is the 1,920x1,080-pixel-resolution, 13.3-inch display. Despite some touch-screen laptops making their lids slightly thicker, the lid here still seems very thin, and is perfectly flat, not convex at all. The screen has decent off-axis viewing and while it's glossy, it's not overly reflective.

The screen hinge is designed with touch-screen use in mind. It acts like any other laptop hinge from the closed position to about 120 degrees or so. After that, the hinge stiffens considerably, so tapping and swiping on the screen results in less shaking or movement under your fingers. It's a small feature, but a clever one for Windows 8 laptops.

FeaturesAcer Aspire S7
VideoHDMI and Mini DisplayPort
AudioStereo speakers, combo headphone/microphone jack
Data2 USB 3.0, SD card reader
Networking802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Optical driveNone

Connections, performance, and battery
On a small laptop, you're going to give up a certain number of ports and connections, but at least the new S7 has two video outputs, HDMI and Mini DisplayPort. You also get a couple of USB 3.0 ports and an SD card slot, but no Ethernet jack, which would be tough to fit into the slim body.

Unlike the more expensive Acer Aspire S7 we tested in late 2012, this newer model has an Intel Core i5 CPU instead of a more powerful Core i7 one. In day-to-day use, the effect is minimal, especially as the Core i5 here is from the latest generation of Intel CPUs, aka Haswell. In anecdotal use, just like the roughly comparable Sony Vaio Pro 13 or Samsung Ativ Book 9, the S7 always felt fast and responsive, including excellent touch-screen response. It's certainly more power than you're likely to need for Web surfing, social media, office productivity, and HD video playback.

Battery life is where the advantage of Intel's Haswell chips is really felt. The Acer Aspire S7 ran for 7 hours and 14 minute sin our video playback battery drain test, about 50 minutes longer than the pre-Haswell S7 we tested in 2012. That's not at great compared with the 12-plus hours you'll get from a 13-inch MacBook Air, but it's a solid number for a 13-inch ultrabook.

Even though the basic design comes from the very first wave of Windows 8 laptops in late 2012, the Acer Aspire S7 still looks and feels cutting-edge. You'll get similar performance and slim bodies from other PC makers, sometimes for a bit less money, but aesthetics and feel count for something, and this is certainly a laptop that stands out from the crowd. At $1,400 it's a bit of a reach; for $1,199, it'd be a killer deal.

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System configurations

Acer Aspire S7-392-6411
Windows 8 (64-bit); 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-4200U; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz; 128MB (Dedicated) Intel HD Graphics 4400: 128GB SSD

MacBook Air 13-inch (June 2013)
OSX 10.8.4 Mountain Lion; 1.3GHz Intel Core i5-4240U; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz; 1,024MB (Shared) Intel HD Graphics 4000; 128GB Apple SSD

Samsung Ativ Book 9 (13-inch, 2013)
Windows 8 Pro (64-bit); 2GHz Intel Core i7-3527U; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz; 32MB (Dedicated) Intel HD Graphics 4000; 256GB SSD

Sony Vaio Pro 13
Windows 8 (64-bit); 1.5GHz Intel Core i7-4550U; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz; 1,659MB (Shared) Intel HD Graphics 4400; 512GB Samsung SSD

Dell XPS 12
Windows 8 (64-bit); 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-4200U; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz; 1,745MB (Shared) Intel HD Graphics 4400: 128GB Lite-On IT SSD

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Acer is swinging for the fences with the new $1,499 Acer Aspire S7-392-6411 Ultrabook. The second generation of the company's S7 series sports some welcome updates, such as improved battery life, a better keyboard and a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor. But the Aspire hasn't ditched the aspects of the S7 we loved, namely the super-slim, all-white chassis and the 1080p touch-screen that continues to turn heads. The end result is a home run for Ultrabook shoppers.


One thing's for sure: Acer can definitely make a pretty laptop. Like the Aspire S7-391 before it, the S7-392 rocks a scintillating, all-aluminum, unibody chassis. Covered in Corning Gorilla Glass 2, the lid of the S7 is an absolute vision in white. We love the silver border that lines the lid as well as the light-up Acer logo in the center.

The lid is about a millimeter shorter than the deck, a configuration that is interesting to look at, but makes opening the notebook a bit of a hassle. When closed, the lid shows off the sturdy, rounded, silver hinge that enables the display to tilt back a full 180 degrees.

After opening the lid, we took a moment to appreciate the silky feel of the silver, matte keyboard deck. We love how the sides of the deck curve upward at a gentle angle and how the keyboard resides in a subtle recess.

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Too bad the power button is stashed along the left side of the laptop toward the hinge; there would be plenty of space on the deck for the power button.

Like its predecessor, the 3-pound Aspire S7-392 has a barely there profile, measuring 12.7 x 8.8 x 0.51 inches. That skinny figure makes the 2.4-pound, 12.7 x 8.5 x 0.68-inch Sony VAIO Pro 13 and the 3-pound, 12.8 x 9 x 0.11 - 0.68-inch MacBook Air look a little chubby. However, the 2.6-pound Samsung ATIV Book 9 matches the Aspire S7 for thinness, with its 12.4 x 8.6 x 0.51-inch frame.


Click to EnlargeThe Aspire S7's 13.3-inch, 1080p display does a great job of displaying vivid colors, particularly blues, greens and yellows. When we weren't being freaked out by the flesh-colored demon during the 1080p trailer for "Bad Milo," we had time to check out the finer details of the creature's eerily moist skin folds. Ken Marino's blue shirt and olive-green tie drew our gaze as he shrieked in terror. Viewing angles were broad, allowing us to move past 45 degrees in either direction.

The 10-point touch screen proved responsive to our probing digits. We easily pinch-zoomed, cycled through apps and cued up the Charms menu. We also like that the S7's hinge stiffens as you approach 90 degrees, which kept the lid from wobbling as we used the touch screen.

This notebook's screen measured a bright 329 lux on our light meter, beating the 236-lux ultraportable average. The S7 also outshone the ATIV Book 9, the Air and the Pro 13, which scored 284, 263 and 237 lux, respectively.

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Click to EnlargeAcer insists on placing the Aspire S7's pair of speakers on the bottom of the notebook. The end result is muffled audio that barely fills a small room, but it should suffice for a small audience. The Dolby Home Theater v4 software did little to alleviate the hollowness we heard on Kem's "If It's Love." The keyboard was clear, as were the vocals, but the bass was virtually nonexistent.

Acer has also included its Purified.Voice technology, which the company claims will eliminate background noise and volume reduction during video chats and VoIP calls. During our test Skype call, our caller reported loud and clear audio when we were in the general proximity of the Ultrabook. When we began to move around the room, however, the caller said our voice became distant. He could also hear our keystrokes as we typed.

Keyboard and Touchpad

Click to EnlargeThe Aspire S7's gray, island-style keyboard has relatively well-spaced keys. Thanks to the keyboard's electroluminescent backlighting, it's easy to keep typing in dim situations. Better yet, the lighting automatically adjusts depending on the ambient light levels.

While still a little shallow for our liking, Acer noticeably improved the travel from the first-generation S7. We encountered snappy feedback on the Ten Thumbs Typing Test, scoring 50 words per minute, slightly below our 55 wpm average.

Click to EnlargeHowever, there's still room for improvement. The Tilde button is much larger than the Caps Lock key, and the Left Tab button is undersized. There's also more than enough room for a row of function keys -- no need to double them up with the number keys.

The 4.2 x 2.4-inch Synaptics touchpad is both spacious and responsive, a great improvement over the original S7. Performing Windows 8 gestures, such as summoning the Charms menu and switching apps, was a fluid experience. Two-finger scroll and rotate were also smooth and reliable.

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Click to EnlargeAcer outfitted the S7 with a new thermal system designed to keep the laptop at a cooler temperature. Comprised of a pair of high-speed thermal fans, the TwinAir system uses one fan to pull in cool air, while the other blows out hot air.

After 15 minutes of streaming a full-screen Hulu video on the S7, the notebook's touchpad measured a cool 79 degrees Fahrenheit. The space between the G and H keys and the S7's undercarriage were slightly warmer, at 84 and 85 degrees, respectively. All of these measurements are below our comfort threshold of 95 degrees. Nevertheless, the previous S7 registered a cooler 75, 80 and 80 degrees in the same locations.

Toward the back of the S7, near the hinge, we measured a toasty 101 degrees, but it wasn't uncomfortable in our lap.


Click to EnlargeCombined with Acer's Crystal Eye software, the S7's 720p webcam captures bright color in photos and in stills, under both natural and fluorescent lighting. The test shots accurately captured our chocolate skin and our green shirt. Despite some pixelation, the camera managed to catch some of the black-and-gold shading on our shirt.


Click to EnlargeA single USB 3.0 port sits on the Aspire S7's right side along with HDMI, an Acer Converter Port, a combination headphone/mic jack and a secure lock slot. Another USB 3.0 port sits on the left with a SD Card reader and the power jack.

Although it looks like a miniDisplayPort, the Acer Converter Port is not guaranteed to work with peripherals that use the former connection. Rather, the S7 ships with a dongle that has connectors for VGA, Ethernet and USB 2.0.


Click to EnlargeFor such a svelte laptop, the Acer Aspire S7-392 packs quite a wallop. Its 1.6-GHz fourth-generation Intel Core i5-4200 CPU with 8GB of RAM ably streamed an episode of "Breaking Bad" from Netflix while performing a system scan with 8 open tabs in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer.

On the PCMark 7 benchmark, the S7 notched 5,051, well above the 3,800 ultraportable average. The Sony VAIO Pro 13 and its 1.8-GHz Intel Core i7-4500U CPU scored 4,698. The Samsung ATIV Book 9's 2-GHz Intel Core i7-3537U processor posted 4,490.

During Geekbench, the S7 notched 5,184, failing to meet the 6,082 average. However, the S7's score placed it only slightly behind the ATIV Book 9's showing of 5,187. The Pro 13 did somewhat better, with 5,507, while the MacBook Air and its 1.7-GHz Intel Core i7-4650U processor scored 8,333.

The Aspire S7's 128GB SSD booted Windows 8 in an agile 9 seconds, faster than the 23 second average. The ATIV Book 9 (128GB SSD) and the Pro 13 (512GB SSD) both loaded Windows 8 in 7 seconds.

The S7 lost a little footing during the File Transfer Test, duplicating 4.97GB of mixed-media files in 45 seconds. That equals a transfer rate of 113 MBps, slightly above the 101 MBps average. However, the ATIV Book 9 clocked in at 154.2 MBps, while the Air (256GB SSD) and Pro 13 registered a blistering 318.1 MBps and 392 MBps, respectively.

When we ran the OpenOffice Spreadsheet Macro Test, the Aspire S7 matched 20,000 names and addresses in 5 minutes and 12 seconds. That's faster than the 5:55 category average, but several seconds behind the Pro 13 and ATIV Book 9, which posted times of 5:10 and 5:09, respectively. The Air completed the task in a speedier 4:26.

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Click to EnlargeThe Acer Aspire S7-392's Intel HD Graphics 4400 GPU with 128MB of VRAM offers better performance than the last-generation integrated GPU. However, you'll still be limited to mainstream fare such as "World of Warcraft."

On the 3DMark11 benchmark, the S7's score of 895 easily toppled the 749 ultraportable average. The Sony VAIO Pro 13, which also has an Intel HD Graphics 4400 GPU, notched 600. The Samsung ATIV Book 9 and its older Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU scored 597.

During the "World of Warcraft" test, the S7 managed 39 fps on autodetect at 1366 x 768, which dropped to 28 fps at 1080p; both are below the 40 fps ultraportable average. By comparison, the ATIV Book 9 notched just 20 fps at 1080p, and the Pro 13 hit 30 fps. At its native resolution of 1400 x 900, the MacBook Air averaged 50 fps.

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Battery Life

The biggest improvement of this newest edition of the Acer Aspire is its endurance. On the LAPTOP Battery Test (continuously surfing the Web over Wi-Fi), the Acer Aspire S7-392's 4-cell, 6280mAh lithium-ion battery lasted 8 hours and 53 minutes. That's more than double the previous S7 (4:10) and nearly 3 hours longer than the 6:05 ultraportable average. This runtime is also almost 4 hours longer than the Samsung ATIV Book 9 (5:07). The Sony VAIO Pro 13 posted 7:20, but nearly doubled that time to 14:38 with its extended battery. The MacBook Air lasted an epic 12:29.

Software and Warranty

Click to EnlargeAcer has trimmed the fat on its software offerings -- in a good way. Multimedia aggregators Photo, Media and Docs come in handy for keeping track of all your files, including documents, images, video and music. Acer Cloud lets you share all sorts of files stored on your PC with other devices, including smartphones and tablets.

Acer Recovery Management lets you restore the notebook to its factory settings, and Acer USB Charge Manager allows you to change the charge settings on the designated USB port.

Skype is the only third-party app preloaded onto the S7.

The Acer Aspire S7-392-6411 comes with a one-year limited warranty.


Our $1,499 configuration of the Acer Aspire S7-392 features a 1.6-GHz Intel Core i5-4200 CPU with 8GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD and an Intel HD Graphics 4400 GPU with 128MB of VRAM. The $1,699 model (S7-392-9890) has a 1.8-GHz Intel Core i7-4500U processor, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and an Intel HD Graphics 4400 GPU with 128MB of VRAM.

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Click to EnlargeWith the Aspire S7-392-6411, Acer has shown that it can incorporate reviewer and user feedback. The company improved both the keyboard and the battery life from the first go-round, all while retaining the sleek, sexy chassis we adored in the first version. The 4th generation Intel processor adds a nice boost in performance, and the 1080p touchscreen really pops. We just wish Acer didn't play peek-a-boo with the power button placement.

However, $1,499 isn't pocket change. For the same price, you can get the lighter Sony VAIO Pro 13 with the same CPU and RAM, and a larger 256GB SSD. Nevertheless, we prefer Acer's keyboard and like that you get nearly 9 hours of endurance without strapping on an external battery. The MacBook Air offers more than 12 hours of battery life and a faster SSD, but that system has a lower-resolution display and lacks a touch screen. In all, the modifications Acer made to the Aspire S7-392 make it the best Ultrabook yet.

Acer Aspire S7-392-6411 Specs

BluetoothBluetooth 4.0
CPU1.6-GHz Intel Core i5-4200U Processor
Card SlotsSecure Digital
Company Website
Display Size13.3
Graphics CardIntel HD Graphics 4400
Hard Drive Size128GB
Hard Drive Speedn/a
Hard Drive TypeSSD Drive
Native Resolution1920x1080
Operating SystemWindows 8
Optical DriveNone
Optical Drive Speedn/a
Ports (excluding USB)security lock slot, Proprietary, Headphone/Mic, HDMI, USB 3.0
Size12.7 x 8.8 x 0.51 inches
Touchpad Size4.2 x 2.4 inches
USB Ports2
Video Memory128MB
Warranty/Support1-year limited warranty
Weight3 pound
Wi-Fi ModelIntel Centrino Advanced-N7260


Sherri L. Smith has been cranking out product reviews for since 2011. In that time, she's reviewed more than her share of laptops, tablets, smartphones and everything in between. The resident gamer and audio junkie, Sherri was previously a managing editor for Black Web 2.0 and contributed to BET.Com and Popgadget.
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Acer Aspire S3

The Acer Aspire S3 ($899.99 direct) is the first ultrabook in the PCMag Labs, the first of many in the next few months. If this sliver of a laptop is the shape of things to come, consider us excited. This new breed of laptop checks off all of the boxes Intel has laid out for the ultrabook category—ultra-thin, ultra-fast, and ultra-affordable, with more than 5 hours of battery life. Compared with similar laptops and the few Ultrabooks we've spent time with, like the Asus Zenbook UX31 ($1,099 direct) and Lenovo IdeaPad U300s ($1,199 direct) (stay tuned for our review of both), it falls short on a couple features, but it still gives you a slim, mobile laptop for less than premium competitors.

A Word on Ultrabooks
When Intel announced the guidelines for ultrabooks, it became clear that it intended to create a new laptop sub-category that most closely resembled the specs of the Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Thunderbolt)'s ($1299.99 direct, 4 stars), with requirements about thickness (under 0.83 inch), battery life (at least 5 hours), and faster boot times that would rely on Intel's Rapid Start technology. Intel has also made it clear that it wants ultrabooks to carry sub-$1000 price tags.

There are laptops that meet some of these requirements—most notably the Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Thunderbolt)—but this unit is the first that meets all of them. The Samsung Series 9 hits plenty of these points, but it costs far more and lacks Intel's Rapid Start technology. Thus, while the MacBook Air 13-inch and Samsung Series 9 (NP900X3A) ($1,599 street, 4 stars) have many similarities, they are not ultrabooks under Intel's definition. So while we may compare the Acer Aspire S3 to, say, the Editors' Choice Toshiba Portege R835-P50X ($889.99 list, 4.5 stars), it's still, technically speaking, in a category by itself. Until there's an opportunity to dig into the other ultrabooks recently announced, like the Asus Zenbook UX31, we won't be able to compare the Acer Aspire to its closest competitors on anything but a superficial level.

Like the Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Thunderbolt), the Aspire S3 is ultra-thin, measuring a scant 0.51 inch thick, not including a bit of thickness added by the four foam-rubber feet underneath. It measures 0.7 by 12.6 by 8.5 inches (HWD) , making it small enough to slip into a backpack or large purse, while adding less bulk than a single-subject college ruled notebook. It's also extremely light, at a featherweight 2.94 pounds, which is barely more that the MacBook Air 13-inch (2.9 pounds).

One of the first differences you'll notice once you get your hands on the Aspire S3 is in how it feels. Though its magnesium lid and silvery color scheme resembles laptops with all-metal construction, the rest of the chassis (including the palm rest) is made of plastic. Like the MacBook Air 13-inch, it's thin and lightweight, but the MacBook feels solid and luxurious, while the Aspire S3 feels less substantial.


The 13.3-inch widescreen display—at 450 nits—is even brighter than the screen found on the Samsung Series 9, thanks to an LED-backlit screen. The 1366-by-768 resolution doesn't match the 1,440-by-900 one on the MacBook Air, or the 1,600-by-900 screen on the Asus Zenbook UX31. It also has pretty narrow viewing angles, and anyone attempting to share the screen will likely see the image in negative, so content consumption will be primarily a one-person affair. Audio is another story: the Aspire S3 has two 3DSonic speakers, one on either side, with the experience improved thanks to Dolby Home Theater v4 audio enhancement. The quality of sound produced by the slim ultrabook is unexpectedly robust and clear.

Also notable is the keyboard. The chiclet-style keys look similar to the square-tiled keys of the MacBook Air, and they also manage to impart the same smooth typing and shallow keystrokes. The quality is quite good, but you won't find a backlight on the Aspire S3 like you would on the MacBook Air. The touchpad may not be enormous, but it's large enough for all of the gestures available on the glass-topped trackpad. The right and left mouse buttons are integrated into the trackpad surface as well, and clicking is as simple as pressing on the face of the mouse, or in either lower corner. It's the closest I've seen to replicating the Apple clickpad experience on a Windows laptop, and it managed to pull it off pretty well. As testing wore on, however, I did notice that multitouch controls, like zoom and scroll, didn't always register properly.

That ultrathin profile is achieved, in part, by offering few features. Along the back edge of the Acer Aspire S3, you'll find two USB 2.0 ports and an HDMI port. On the right edge of the laptop you'll find a media card reader (SD, MMC), and on the left, you'll find a headset jack, combining a headphone and microphone jack in one. Internally, the Aspire S3 is equipped with 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless options, and a 1.3-megapixel webcam atop the 13-inch screen. But what don't you get? To maintain that greyhound-thin profile, Acer has jettisoned common connections like a VGA port, Ethernet, and optical drive, which is par for the course in all the Ultrabooks we've seen so far. You also won't enjoy the faster speeds of USB 3.0, which you will find on the Zenbook UX31, and the even faster speeds of Thunderbolt technology, which is only found on Apple products right now.

Though several competitors have opted to use nothing but solid-state flash memory in their Ultrabooks, Acer has chosen a mechanical hard drive, which offers greater capacity for a lower price. The 320GB 5,400rpm spinning hard drive offers far more storage than the 128GB solid-state drives (SSD) found standard in the MacBook Air and Asus Zenbook UX31. On the flipside, the spinning drive is more prone to damage from bumps and falls, and doesn't offer the same speed and responsiveness that an SSD can provide. Acer addresses the responsiveness problem with an additional 20GB of flash memory, allowing the Aspire S3 to have the same speedy boot and wake times offered by an SSD. To protect the hard drive from physical damage, the Aspire S3 is equipped with an accelerometer that activates drive protection whenever the laptop is moved.

Acer includes a lot of pre-installed hardware on the Aspire S3. Some of it is useful, like, Acer's wireless media sharing solution, Microsoft Office Starter 2010, and a 60-day trial of McAfee Internet Security. Others are just bloatware, like a New York Times reader, the Barnes & Noble Nook App, Blio e-reader, Acer Games, and dedicated links to eBay and Netflix. You'll also find a number of Acer utilities for everything from tweaking the sleep settings to using the webcam.

Acer Aspire S3 The Aspire S3 runs on a dual-core Intel Core i5-2467M 1.6 GHz processor. If that processor model sounds familiar, it's because it's the same ultra-low voltage CPU found in the 11-inch MacBook Air, as well as the new crop of Ultrabooks, including the Asus Zenbook UX21 ($999 direct, not yet reviewed) and Lenovo U300. It's energy efficient and less prone to overheating, making it the ideal CULV processor for the thin, light, long-lasting ultrabook. Though bolstered with 4GB of RAM, PCMark 7 scores showed that it's not quite a match for the Intel Core i5-2557M CPU found in the 13-inch MacBook Air. In PCMark 7, our day-to-day performance test, the Aspire S3 scored 1,899 points, significantly behind the 3,186 scored by the MacBook. In tests like CineBench R11.5 (1.93) and Photoshop CS5 (5:37), the Aspire S3 performed well. Although it fell behind the Apple MacBook Air, it met or even beat the scores of the Samsung Series 9 (1.36 in Cinebench; 5:53 in CS5) and Toshiba R835-P50X (2.04 in Cinebench; 5:36 in CS5). Only time and lab testing will tell us how the Aspire S3 stacks up against the incoming ultrabook competitors.

Acer Aspire S3 Benchmark

With only the integrated graphics offered by the Core i5 processor, the Aspire S3 wasn't equipped for graphics-intensive activity like gaming, but that's no surprise. In 3DMark06, the Aspire S3 scored 3,530 points at 1,024-by-768 resolution settings and 1,791 at its native 1,366 by 768; this beats out the Samsung Series 9 (2,441 at medium) but not the MacBook Air (4,781 at medium) or Toshiba Portege (4,550 at medium). The Aspire S3 scored 16.3 frames per second (fps) in Crysis and 15.4 fps in Lost Planet 2 at medium resolution settings. Neither test could run at full resolution and detail, indicating that you'll be relegated to very basic gaming on the ultrabook.

Acer estimates that you'll get as much as 7 hours of continuous use out of the Aspire S3's internal sealed battery, but our testing clocked it at 5 hours 20 minutes in MobileMark 2007. That's not too shabby for a small 3-cell, 36Wh battery. By comparison, the MacBook Air lasted 5:46 with a 50Wh battery, the Samsung Series 9 lasted 6:04 with a similar battery. The Toshiba Portege R835-P50X lasted 9:26, albeit with a much larger 66Wh battery. Like the MacBook Air and the Samsung Series 9, the Aspire S3 sheds some girth by sealing the battery inside the chassis, making it inaccessible to the regular user. This looks to be the rule rather than the exception, so be aware that swapping out batteries for longer life won't be a viable option for this or any other ultrabook. Acer also claims that the Aspire S3 provides 50 days of standby time—20 days more than the 30 days claim for the MacBook Air and certainly more than the 14 days being offered by Asus UX21 and UX31. We couldn't test this claim overnight, but you should feel confident that you can leave the laptop in standby mode for a while.

The Acer Aspire S3 is the first ultrabook we've seen, so it's a bit early to tell where it fits within the overall category. It has some definite high points, like a super thin profile, larger storage capacity, and affordability that is currently unmatched. But it also rang hollow on a few important notes: the build quality simply feels cheap, despite the magnesium lid, and the screen doesn't offer the same resolution offered by competitors. At the moment, the MacBook Air 13-inch or the Editors' Choice Toshiba Portege R835-P50X are stronger choices, but the ultrabook landscape will be changing rapidly, so stay tuned.

Check out the test scores for the Acer Aspire S3

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Acer Aspire S3

Bottom Line: The Acer Aspire S3 has a super-thin profile, larger storage capacity than competitors, and unmatched affordability, but it has some rough patches, like a cheap-feeling construction and a disappointing display.


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Acer Appoints Jason Chen as Corporate President and CEO Effective January 1st

Acer announces the appointment of Jason Chen as Corporate President and CEO from January 1st next year. Taking the important role of leading Acer through its corporate transformation, Chen is currently the senior vice president of Worldwide Sales and Marketing at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). The resolution was approved by Acer’s board of directors today.

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New Acer FT200HQL Display: Ergonomic, HD+, Capacitive Touch For $199

Acer America is now offering its FT200HQL 20-inch class LED-backlit display with 10-point capacitive touch for consumers in the United States for an affordable price of $199. The ergonomic design provides an excellent Windows 8 experience for a wide range of environments.

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Acer K335 LED Projector Delivers Big HD-Ready Visuals in a Portable Device

HDMI/MHL Transmits Audio & Visuals from Smartphones and Tablets to a Big Screen.

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Acer Announces “Build Your Own Cloud” and the Transition to a Hardware Plus Software and Services Company

Acer today signaled a significant change in the approach the company will be taking to the ICT Industry. The new vision will enable Acer customers to seamlessly integrate their PC and mobile devices for accessing data — anytime, anywhere — through Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC™). Acer will also enhance its own designed apps for BYOC to improve the customer experience. This vision sets a new milestone for Acer to transform from a hardware company into a “hardware + software + services” player as it prepares to embrace new opportunities in the era of cloud technology.

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Acer to Award Winning School a Technology Makeover to Promote 21st Century Learning

Furthering 21st century learning, Acer America today announced the Acer Extreme Classroom Technology Makeover program that provides K-12 schools in the U.S. the opportunity to transform a classroom with immersive tablet technology. Acer will be awarding an educator with a classroom set of Acer Iconia W Series tablets with a retail value of $15,000. Its goal is to help teachers and their students benefit from the latest technology.

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Acer Aspire Z3-600: Flexible, Portable All-in-One Fun

Acer America today announced the Acer Aspire Z3-600 portable all-in-one (AIO) series combining a 21.5-inch Full HD display, a flexible hinge design and convenient touch.

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Acer Sells 300,000 Smartphones in Thailand through Partnership with Telecom Operator - A further 500,000 units expected to be sold in 2014

Acer has partnered with Advanced Info Service (AIS), Thailand’s largest mobile operator, to offer the Acer Liquid Z3 smartphone with AIS’ 3G Super Combo package at over 950 AIS dealers and 7,000 branches of 7-eleven stores nationwide. 300,000 units have been sold since August.

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Acer Introduces Industry’s First $299 Touchscreen Chromebook

Acer America today announced the availability of its first touchscreen Chromebook, the new Acer C720P, a new model in the Acer C720 Chromebook line that was introduced last month. The new C720P provides the many benefits of touch on the device’s 11.6-inch HD LED back-lit display to take advantage of the Chrome interface.

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Acer’s Aspire R7 full featured notebook gets updated with 4th Generation Intel Processor and support for an active stylus

Acer America today announced the immediate availability of the new Aspire R7-572, the second generation of Acer’s revolutionary notebook that redefined the touch and type computing experience through its unique Ezel-Hinge. The Ezel-Hinge allows the display to flip, reverse, lie flat or float above the keyboard to maximize usability.

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Acer’s Board Elects Stan Shih as New Chairman and Interim Corporate President as J.T. Wang and Jim Wong Step Down

Acer announces that its Board of Directors has elected the company founder, Stan Shih, as Chairman and interim Corporate President with immediate effect. Shih shall serve as Acer’s Chairman until the end of his term on the Board. Chairman & CEO J.T. Wang and Corporate President Jim Wong have both stepped down in light of the company’s recent performance. The Company will hand over the Corporate Presidency to the appropriate candidate as soon as possible.

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Acer Launches ‘A Touch More’ Global Campaign to Highlight Progressive Design Features Across Growing Touch Product Range

Acer is preparing to launch a comprehensive global marketing campaign “A Touch More” to highlight its product range and innovations. This new campaign is designed to re-energize Acer’s premium brand positioning through above and below-the-line activities, including public relations, social media marketing, in-store and out-of-home advertising.

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Acer Veriton Commercial Desktops Increase Power and Performance with 4th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors

Acer America today announced that its new Veriton Series commercial desktops are now offered with powerful 4th generation Intel Core processors, Intel’s fastest and most advanced chips to date.

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Acer Collaborates with Taiwan National Cheng Kung University for High Performance Computing

Always a supporter of research and the education market, Acer is proud to jointly announce with Taiwan's National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) a revolutionary system design for high performance computing. Making user of Acer's Altos R380 F2 with two Intel Xeon Phi cards per node, this new architecture uses a daisy-chain design and intelligent networking to do away with the need for expensive switching technology. In so doing, this architecture eliminates the bottlenecks which are often associated with fat tree, switch-based topologies, and can help some of the costs associated with parallel computing.

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Acer Named as CES Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering Award Honoree for Two Innovative Products

The elegant Acer S7 Ultrabook and intuitive R7 notebook were recognized for their industry-leading design, innovation and functionality.

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Acer Expands Industry-Leading C720 Chromebook Line with $199 Model

Value-based model makes a great holiday gift at only $199.99; Fast performance, up to 8.5 hours of battery life; Available at and Best Buy.

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Acer’s Commercial Customers Keep Business Running on New TravelMate P645 Ultrabook

Acer America today announced the TravelMate P645 Series commercial ultrabooks that deliver longer battery life and improved performance as well as new reliability features that will keep customers working longer and more effectively.

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Acer TravelMate X313 Convertible Ultrabook: Strong Yet Flexible Design Provides Maximum Versatility

Offering all the benefits of an ultrabook in a unique design that easily transforms into tablet-mode, Acer America today announced that its new TravelMate X313 convertible ultrabook with Windows 8 Pro is available to commercial customers in North America.

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Acer Chairman and CEO J.T. Wang Tenders Resignation; Corporate President Jim Wong to Succeed as CEO - Wang to remain in chairmanship to fulfill tenure as Acer begins a comprehensive restructuring and transformation

Acer announces that the resignation of J.T. Wang, Chairman and CEO, has been approved by its board of directors. Wang shall remain in chairmanship until the end of his tenure next June. The Board and The Search Committee also agreed that Corporate President Jim Wong will succeed Wang as the new CEO from January 1, 2014. A comprehensive restructuring plan has been formulated by the Acer management team, and without delay, the Board will commence with its corporate transformation.

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Acer Q3’13 Financial Results: Consolidated Revenue NT$92.15B (US$3.11B), Operating Loss NT$2.57B (US$86.61M), Intangible Asset Impairment NT$9.94B (US$335.13M), PAT NT$-13.12B (US$-442.19M), EPS NT$-4.82

Acer’s financial results for Q3 2013, approved by its Board of Directors, are: Consolidated Revenue of NT$92.15B (US$3.11B), up 3.1% quarter-over-quarter and down 11.8% year-over-year; an Operating Loss of NT$2.57B (US$86.61M). In addition, due to a non-cash related intangible asset impairment of NT$9.94B (US$335.12M), profit after tax was NT$-13.12B (US$-442.19M), and earnings per share was NT$-4.82.

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Acer Iconia W4 Tablet features a Vibrant Sharp 8-inch Display and Windows 8.1 for both Work and Play On the Go

Acer today debuted the new 8-inch Iconia W4 tablet that features IPS and Zero Air Gap technologies providing a sharp display with enhanced clarity and brightness.

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Acer C720 Chromebook Launches with Sleek Design, Speed and Security

Acer America today debuts its new Acer C720 Chromebook line that features processors based on the Haswell micro-architecture for faster performance and up to 8.5 hours of battery life.

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Acer Liquid Z3 Smartphone Honored with Good Design Award 2013 - With all-essential features and colorful options

Acer announces that the Liquid Z3, a 3.5-inch compact-size Android smartphone built with essential communication features, has been honored with the Good Design Award, further consolidating Acer’s position as an innovator in product design. Organized by Japan Institute of Design Promotion, the Good Design Award honors distinctive designs to encourage sound industrial development and aims to enrich society through design.

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Acer’s New Aspire ZC-605 Series: Comfortable Ergonomics in a Compact All-in-One

Acer America today announced that its Acer Aspire ZC-605 Series combining a 19.5-inch LED display and popular features in the convenience of an all-in-one PC is available for consumers in the United States for just $599. The understated look and feel provides a neat, uncluttered appearance, while smart ergonomics ensure comfortable and easy viewing.

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Acer Altos Servers and Veriton Workstations Support New Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v2 Series Processors

Acer announces the support for the latest Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v2 series processor across its line of high performance Altos servers and Veriton Workstations starting September 2013. With up to 50% more cores per processor, lower thermal design power (TDP), and improved clock speeds, the new line of Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v2 processors offers extraordinary performance for companies and researchers alike.

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Acer Showcases New 10.1-inch Iconia A3 Android Tablet; Liquid S2 Smartphone with 4K Recording; and Touch & Type Devices at IFA 2013

Acer will unveil at IFA 2013 the new 10.1-inch Iconia A3 Android-based tablet with an enhanced cinematic experience; the new Liquid S2 smartphone, Acer’s first smartphone with 4K recording; and the refreshed Ezel™ hinged Aspire R7 notebook with new touch apps and the new Acer Active Pen for more precise touch control.

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Acer Helps Thailand’s Rangsit University Build Education Cloud

Acer Smart Cloud Builder has been chosen by Thailand’s Rangsit University to host its administration and research applications. With this private cloud, the institution expects to further enhance operational and academic efficiency, minimize the resources needed, and lower total cost of ownership (TCO). The solution also provides the flexibility to scale up for future expansion needs. Acer’s cloud builder solution is already installed and is fully functioning at Rangsit University.

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New Acer Ultra-High Resolution Monitors; Big, Bold, Beautiful

Acer America is now offering its three LED monitors offering ultra-high resolution and large 27- and 29-inch screens for consumers and commercial users in the United States.

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Acer America Recognized as 2013 Microsoft U.S. Multinational OEM Partner of the Year

Acer America today announced it has won the 2013 Microsoft U.S. Multinational OEM Partner of the Year Award for the United States. The company was honored among a global field of top Microsoft Corp. partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology.

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Acer 1H’13 Results: Consolidated Revenue NT$181.35B (US$6.02B), Operating Loss NT$585M (US$19.4M), PAT NT$171M (US$5.68M), EPS NT$0.06

Acer’s financial results for 1H 2013, approved by its board of directors, are: consolidated revenue of NT$181.35B (US$6.02B), down 18.9% on year; operating loss of NT$585M (US$19.4M); PAT of NT$171M (US$5.68M); and earnings per share of NT$0.06.

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Acer K132 DLP LED Portable Projector; Pint-Sized Powerhouse Delivers HD Visuals

Acer America today unveiled the Acer® K132 DLP® portable projector that provides excellent portability with HD-ready projection and long LED life for a low cost of ownership.

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Introducing the ‘Acer Promise’ for SMBs - Part of Continued Investment in Commercial Business Segment and Superior Product Quality

Acer today announces ‘Acer Promise’(1) a new program targeted especially at Small/Medium Businesses/SoHo covering its TravelMate commercial notebook range. Customers purchasing a qualifying Acer TravelMate commercial notebook between August 1 – October 31, 2013 are eligible to claim a 50% refund if the product fails and needs repair under warranty within the first year.

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New Acer Veriton Z Series 20-Inch Class AIO; Flexible Platform Streamlines Space, Maintenance and Collaboration

Acer America today announced that its new 20-inch class Veriton Z2640G all-in-one (AIO) commercial desktop is now available for users in business, education and government.

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Acer C7 Chromebook Line Expanded for Education, Business Customers

Acer America today announced that it has expanded its line of Acer C7 Chromebook models for its commercial customers, including schools and businesses that need reliable, fast and affordable technology for their students and work forces.

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Acer’s New Z3-605: Comfort, Control and Crisp Audio All in One

Acer’s First All-In-One Desktop With Harman Kardon® Speakers Sets a New Standard for AIO Sound Quality.

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Acer Introduces New Multimedia Monster, Predator AG3 Series

Acer America today announced the U.S. availability of the Acer Predator AG3-605 Series of desktops offering power, performance and superb audio for games, movies and more. Targeted at those wanting a mainstream gaming or multimedia machine at an attractive price, the Predator AG3-605 Series desktops are available in a range of configurations with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $999.99.

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New Acer Aspire M5 Notebook Offers Top-of-the-Line Technology at an Affordable Price

New Aspire M5-583P-6428 Available Exclusively at Best Buy in the United States.

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Acer Partners with Intel® Education Software to Deliver 21st Century School Solutions

Acer is bringing to market notebooks and tablets outfitted with Intel® Education Software (IES). Acer will offer IES on the TravelMate B113 notebook and the Iconia W510/W510P tablet with plans to expand the offering to the full line of products targeted at the education market.

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New Acer K520 Hybrid Laser-LED Projector Displays Vibrant Imagery With an Extended Lifecycle

Acer America Corp. today announced the Acer K520 hybrid laser-LED projector for commercial users in the U.S. This new projector leverages hybrid laser-LED technology that has an exceptionally long life span, reducing maintenance and lamp replacement costs. It offers great picture quality, a high contrast ratio and excellent color saturation, and is ideal for users in education and other commercial environments.

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Faster Acer C7 Chromebook at Walmart for $199

Acer C7 Chromebook line expands to popular retailer just in time for summer travel and back-to-college preparation.

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New Acer Veriton P Series Workstations Now Available in the United States

Delivering rock solid stability for advanced applications, Veriton P Series workstations feature high-performance Intel® Xeon® processing, NVIDIA® Quadro®, NVS™ and Tesla® graphics and premium technical service.

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Acer to Offer Only One Exclusive Aspire R7 “Star Trek Into Darkness” Limited Edition Notebook to Fans Worldwide in Charity Auction

Boldly going where no one has gone before, Acer and Paramount Pictures have partnered in the creation of an Aspire R7 Limited Edition notebook to celebrate the release of the film, “Star Trek Into Darkness.” Acer created only 25 units of the revolutionary R7 touch-enabled Limited Edition notebook and none have been available for purchase. The companies are now offering just one of these unique products on eBay as part of an exciting auction package to benefit two worthy charitable organizations.

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Acer Enhances its Flagship Ultrabook™, the Aspire S7

Featuring improved battery life, 2nd generation Acer TwinAir cooling, and WQHD display technology for exceptional entertainment and productivity

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Acer Debuts Industry’s First 8-Inch Windows 8 Tablet

Pre-installed with Microsoft Office, the Acer Iconia W3 is the only tablet that can put the desktop into a single hand.

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Acer Launches the Aspire S3 Ultrabook™ In the New S Series Family Style

The beautiful, powerful Aspire S3 integrates Acer design and innovations derived from the flagship Aspire S7

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Acer Introduces the Aspire Z3 Series All-In-One PC for Home Entertainment and Everyday Computing

The ultimate family AIO PC with ultra HD and optimized sound

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Acer Captures Five Design & Innovation Awards from iF Design and Computex Taipei

Acer has won five prestigious Computex Taipei Design & Innovation (d&i) awards this year. The revolutionary Aspire R7 notebook with Ezel™ hinge, new Aspire S7 Ultrabook™, T2 and H6 monitors, and Orbe cloud storage device impressed the judges with their outstanding features and designs.

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Acer Aspire R7 Notebook and B6 Monitor Win Best Choice Awards at Computex 2013. B6, made with post-consumer recycled plastic, wins Green ICT award

Acer announces that the Aspire R7 notebook and B6 Series monitors have been selected to receive Best Choice awards at this year’s Computex Taipei. The Aspire R7, Acer's revolutionary notebook, competed in the Computer & System category, while the B6 monitors, made with post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic, stood out in the Green ICT award category.

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The Revolutionary Acer Aspire R7 Notebook Garners Red Dot and Computex d&i Design Awards

The new Acer Aspire R7 notebook that redefines the touch and type computing experience has captured two prestigious awards for outstanding design – the 2013 Red Dot and Computex d&i. In both instances the R7 was evaluated by a jury comprised of international design experts that bestowed the notebook with their seal of approval.

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Acer Inc. Q1 2013 Financial Results: Consolidated Revenue NT$91.97B (US$3.08B), Operating Income NT$29M (US$0.97M), PAT NT$515M (US$17.24M), EPS NT$0.19

Acer Inc. announces the financial results of Q1 2013, with the consolidated revenue of NT$91.97B (US$3.08B), operating income of NT$29M (US$0.97M), profit after tax (PAT) of NT$515M (US$17.24M), and earnings per share (EPS) at NT$0.19.

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Acer Defines Touch and Type Experience with New Aspire R7

Designed to create the best touch and type experience, the R7 features a repositioned keyboard and a high-definition touchscreen mounted on a revolutionary “Ezel Hinge” that allows it to flip, reverse, lie flat or float.

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Acer Redefines the Computer with the Aspire P3

Built to be the ideal mobile computing device for users who create and consume content, the Aspire P3 is a new form Ultrabook powerful enough to be their primary PC.

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Acer Delivers Full Featured One-Handed Tablet for Everyone with Iconia A1 Tablet

Acer today unveiled the Acer Iconia A1, the company’s first full-featured 7.9-inch tablet targeted at modern day explorers, adventurers, digital freaks and mobile executives requiring an all-day mobile companion. Thanks to a sleek and light-weight design that is comfortable to hold in one hand, it also easily fits into a purse or bag. The new Acer Iconia A1 keeps people entertained and connected with smooth and speedy navigation, browsing and media playback powered by a fast quad-core processor.

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Acer Brings Thinner, Lighter Designs to Mainstream Notebooks with Versatile Aspire V5 and V7 Series

At a press event held today in New York, Acer unveiled an updated and slimmed down Aspire V5 Series of notebooks and also introduced the powerful new Aspire V7 Ultrabook. The new V Series represents Acer’s largest and most versatile line of mainstream notebooks with numerous models available in a variety of colors with varying screen sizes, resolutions, with or without touch and with varying performance and graphics capabilities.

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Acer launches new Global Advertising Campaign featuring Superstar DJ Tiesto

Acer’s latest advertising campaign follows Tiesto’s personal assitant, Vernon, using his Aspire P3 to turn into a Superstar DJ.

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Acer and Paramount Pictures Unite to Promote Acer Mobile Products and New “Star Trek Into Darkness” Movie

Acer America demonstrates how its progressive mobile products enable consumers to explore beyond limits by linking to new Star Trek film, releasing in theaters May 17.

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New Acer B6 and V6 Series Displays Deliver Superb Visuals in an Ergonomic and Eco-Conscious Design

Acer America is now offering its Acer B6 and V6 LED-backlit displays combining smart ergonomics and eco-conscious materials for both professional customers and consumers in the United States.

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Acer T2 Series Touch Monitors Win the Red Dot Award for Design Excellence

Acer’s T2 series touch LED monitors have been awarded with the Red Dot, one of the world’s most sought-after quality marks for excellence in product design. The award is presented annually in the international competition by a jury of 37 design experts for the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen of Germany. Design guru Jimmy Choo joined as a member of the jury for the first time in this year’s competition, which received 4,662 entries in 19 categories. The T2 was selected in the “computers and information technology” category.

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New Acer H5370BD Projector Brings Affordable, Immersive HD Entertainment Home

Acer America today announced its latest home entertainment projector for customers in the U.S., the Acer H5370BD. It delivers a native HD-ready resolution in the 16:9 widescreen format, robust performance and 3D projection for exciting 3D gaming and movies for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $549.

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Acer Thin Clients Now Citrix Ready HDX Verified

Acer thin clients together with Citrix HDX technology deliver a high-definition user experience for desktops, applications, devices and networks.

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Acer 2012 Preliminary Financial Results: Consolidated Revenue NT$429.5B (US$14.7B), Operating Income NT$1.03B (US$35.2M), PAT -NT$2.91B (-US$100M), EPS -NT$1.07

Acer Inc. announces the 2012 preliminary financial results, with the consolidated revenue of NT$429.5B (US$14.7B), down 9.6% YOY, and operating income of NT$1.03B (US$35.2M). Due to the recognition of intangible assets impairment of NT$3.5B (US$120M), profits after tax (PAT) resulted in losses of -NT$2.91B (-US$100M), and earnings per share (EPS) was -NT$1.07.

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Acer Expands Commercial Offering with New Veriton P Workstation and Altos Server - More options for professional computing and rendering

Acer announces its entry to the professional workstation market with the Veriton P series and new Altos servers thereby expanding its commercial offering. Emphasizing flexibility for various customer needs, the new workstations and servers support a wide range of computing configurations and feature the Intel® Xeon® E3 and E5 processors, ECC memory, RAID support, and backup components to maximize the performance and run time.

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Acer to Hold 5th Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Forum - Continues to explore and lead the global trend of sustainable management

Acer Inc. will hold its annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Forum on March 22 in Taipei. The two important keynote speakers for this seminar are Peter Bakker, president of World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and Mervyn E. King, chairman of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC): both will join Chairman J.T Wang for the high level panel discussion. In addition, Acer has invited global non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) and stakeholders to explore sustainability topics with Acer’s suppliers. Throughout the course of the year, Acer’s effort in CSR has gradually been recognized, and the company is now leading in Asia as well as in the global ICT industry.

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Acer Launches Commercial Series LED-Backlit Monitors Made with Post-Consumer Recycled Plastic - Complies with EPEAT® standards for environmental protection

Acer today introduces its B6 Series and V6 Series LED-backlit monitors, targeted to business users. These monitors are made with post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic and are EPEAT Gold registered in several countries, including Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland and the USA.

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Acer C7 Chromebook Boosts e-Learning, Collaboration

Acer America today debuts new Acer C7 Chromebook models for its commercial customers, especially schools looking for a way to enhance student learning with technology that is affordable and impactful.

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New Acer H6510BD Projector Takes Immersive 3D Gaming and Movies to the Big Screen

Acer America today announced that its Acer H6510BD projector for displaying 3D movies and games is now available for customers in the United States. The Full HD 1080p projector adds depth and crisp detail to digital entertainment with instant 2D-to-3D conversion without requiring extra software for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $799.

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Acer Presents New Smartphone Lineup at Mobile World Congress

Acer will be showcasing its family of smartphones at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Target users range from first-time smartphone buyers looking for intuitive simplicity, to tech-savvy customers in need of feature-rich multimedia and communication experiences. Acer's smartphones complement the company's other mobile products, which include tablets and notebooks, and the new lineup reinforces the company’s commitment to the smartphone market.

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New Acer H6 Series Monitors; Sleek, Seamless, Smart

Acer America is now offering its H6 Series LED-backlit displays to consumers in the United States. Svelte and savvy, the new monitors feature near zero frame construction for elegant aesthetics as well as seamless visuals when using multiple monitors simultaneously, including video walls.

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Acer Thin Clients Receive Microsoft® RemoteFX Software Certification

Acer America today announced it has received Microsoft® RemoteFX logo certification for its Veriton N2110G thin client running the Windows Embedded Standard 7 (WES7) operating system. Microsoft® RemoteFX features virtualized graphics resources and intelligent codecs to accelerate graphics even for remote users.

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Acer Extends AcerCloud to Top Three Operating Systems, Making it Easy to Share Files and Media among Windows, iOS and Android Devices

Acer today announced cross-platform support for AcerCloud, the company’s file sharing and media management solution, free to Acer customers. Consumers can now share, retrieve and enjoy their multimedia and data files using a variety of computing devices, regardless of which operating system they are running – Windows, Android or iOS.

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Acer Tablet Family Welcomes New Arrival For New Users

  • Acer expands tablet portfolio with its 7” Acer Iconia B1-A71
  • Ideal for first time users or families opting for a 2nd tablet for their children
  • Also easy to carry, read and explore, and powerful enough for fast media consumption – it is an excellent mobile companion for the busy executive

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Acer Aspire S7-392 Review

Acer Aspire V5 review: A touch-screen Windows 8 laptop for less

The Acer Aspire V5 is a thinnish, run-of-the-mill 15-inch laptop, conservative in design, and modestly priced at $729 for this Intel Core i5 configuration. But, it includes a touch screen, and not as a special feature worthy of promotional point-of-sale stickers, but simply as a matter of course, because that's what (according to one reading of the tea leaves) you'll expect from all but the cheapest of budget laptops in the world of Windows 8.

I've seen this exact configuration for as little as $699; it includes a Core i5 CPU, 4GB RAM, a 500GB hard drive, a backlit keyboard, and an optical drive. Even more impressive, I've seen a configuration that trades down to a Core i3 CPU but keeps the rest of the specs, including the touch screen, for $529 as a Black Friday promotion at Best Buy.

If you're looking for an inexpensive entry point to the Windows 8 touch experience, that's going to be hard to beat; the V5 is decent-looking for a $700 laptop, but for $529, with its edge-to-edge glass and big, buttonless touch pad, it's a real looker.

That said, the plastic body looks best from a distance -- seams are too evident close up, and the thick lid and tiny keyboard keys won't help this pass for a high-end system. The 1,366x768-pixel screen resolution feels low for a 15-inch laptop, although that's still what you're most likely to find in this price range. My biggest complaint is the smallish four-cell battery, which only ran for about 3.5 hours in our tests -- it keeps the V5 from being a real road-worthy midsize laptop.

Price as reviewed$729
Processor1.7GHz Intel Core i5-3317M
Memory4GB, 1600MHz DDR3
Hard drive500GB 5,400rpm
ChipsetIntel HM77
GraphicsIntel HD4000
Operating System
Dimensions (WD)15.0 x 9.9 inches
Height0.9 - 1.0 inches
Screen size (diagonal)15.6 inches
System weight / Weight with AC adapter5.4/6.0 pounds

Design, features, and display
The Acer Aspire V5 is without a doubt a product of its times. Like so many other 2012 laptops, it's much thinner than older midprice 15-inch laptops. It's a clear dividend from the emphasis on superslim ultrabooks. The V5 isn't an official Intel ultrabook, but the diet most laptops have gone on leave it looking like something we'd be amazed by a couple of years ago.

Of course, nearly every other mainstream laptop is similarly thin now, from Dell's Inspiron z line to HP's sleekbooks, so yesterday's enviably thin is today's merely average.

The V5's matte-silver plastic body looks fine, especially from a few feet away. But, up close, it lacks any personality or detail. The body flexes a bit under the fingers, and the single black plastic screen hinge feels especially cheap. If you pick up the Black Friday $529 version of the V5 you'll still feel like you found a machine that looks more expensive than it is. For $700-plus, there are some better-looking laptops out there.

The wide interior panel is dominated by a keyboard that goes nearly edge to edge and includes a full number pad. It's surprising, then, that the individual letter keys are on the small side, and the number pad keys are even narrower, leading to plenty of room between the very widely spaced keys. The keys wiggle a bit under your fingers, but the keyboard tray itself has less of that bouncy flex feeling that I'd expect to find in a very low-cost laptop. The keyboard is also backlit, a feature we still rarely see in a budget laptop.

The touch pad is pleasingly large, and of the button-free clickpad variety often reserved for more expensive laptops. With plenty of space, multifinger gestures such as the two-finger scroll, have room to breathe, although the touch pad response is a bit jumpy compared with the best non-Mac examples. Fortunately, with a touch screen, you won't have to struggle with the awkward Windows 8 touch pad gestures as much. And, in fact, I found myself using the screen for a lot of basic navigation, much as I did on the Acer Aspire S7, another non-transforming touch-screen clamshell.

That 15.6-inch touch screen is both a system highlight and one of its disappointments. The screen is crisp and bright (for a budget laptop), and the edge-to-edge glass over the entire front face gives it an upscale look. The touch panel is very responsive -- I have yet to find a Windows 8 laptop or hybrid that has a sluggish touch screen. But, the 1,366x768-pixel native resolution feels dated and low-end in a 15-inch laptop. Some things, such as the Windows 8 main menu and some of Microsoft's native apps, scale well to that lower resolution, but Web surfing in particular felt off, with too-large text and limited screen real estate.

Audio is predictably thin-sounding, but the speakers at least get reasonably loud. For YouTube videos it'll work, but music begs for headphones.

Acer Aspire V5Average for category [midsize]
VideoHDMI (VGA via dongle)VGA plus HDMI or DisplayPort
AudioStereo speakers, headphone jackStereo speakers, headphone/microphone jacks
Data1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, SD card reader2 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, SD card reader
NetworkingEthernet (via dongle), 802.11n Wi-Fi, BluetoothEthernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Optical driveDVD burnerDVD burner

Connections, performance, and battery life
The Acer Aspire V5 has a decent selection of ports and connections for such a thin 15-inch laptop. But both space and budgetary considerations mean the VGA and Ethernet jacks are only available via an external dongle, and there's only one USB 3.0 port (but two USB 2.0 ones).

Acer offers about two dozen configurations of the V5, but that includes different screen sizes and models with and without separate number pads. This exact Core i5 configuration is $729, but I've seen it available for $699. The most interesting version is the Best Buy exclusive V5-571P-6648 SKU (this is the V5-571P-6499), which is on sale for $529 right now. It trades down to a Core i3 CPU, but otherwise largely mirrors our review unit, including the touch screen.

The 1.7GHz Intel Core i5-3317U CPU in the Aspire V5 is the same processor found in the majority of new Windows 8 laptops we've tested. Not surprisingly, the performance difference among these systems was very slight; any would be fine for everyday use, including HD video playback, office tasks, Web surfing, and even some very basic gaming. With only Intel's HD 4000 graphics, you won't get great performance out of newer games, but the low screen resolution at least means you can't crank the settings beyond 1,366x768 pixels.

One area where the Aspire V5 was bested by the competition is battery life. Despite the low-power components, low screen resolution, and large body (which could, in theory, hold a big battery), the system ran for only 3 hours and 44 minutes on our video playback battery drain test. That's one of the lowest scores we've seen in a Windows 8 laptop thus far, and really not enough for a full day of on-the-go work. Acer's own very similar Aspire M5 ran for more than two additional hours.

The Aspire V5 includes a standard one-year mail-in parts-and-labor warranty. Acer has gotten better about making online FAQS and documentation easier to find, and offers e-mail, chat, and phone support. Note that you'll have to enter a serial number for the Acer Web site to display the tech support phone number, but it's 866-695-2237.

Acer's middle-of-the-road 15-inch Aspire V5 is neither inspiring nor especially disappointing. It stands out by adding a touch screen to Windows 8 at a very reasonable price, and especially caught my eye because of some holiday/Black Friday price breaks. At $699 or so, it's worth a look. If you can find one for much less, it's hard to beat for value.

Find out more about how we test laptops.

System configurations
Acer Aspire V5-571P-6499
Windows 8 (64-bit) w/ SP1; 1.7GHz Intel Core i5-3317U; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz; 128MB (Dedicated) Intel HD 4000; 500GB Hitachi 5,400rpm + 20GB SSD Hybrid

Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 1.7GHz Intel Core i5-3317U; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz; 64MB (Dedicated) Intel HD 4000; 128GB ADATA XM11 SSD

Toshiba Portege Z935-P300
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 1.7GHz Intel Core i5-3317U; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated) Intel HD 4000; 128GB Toshiba SSD

Sony Vaio T13
Windows 8 (64-bit) w/ SP1; 1.7GHz Intel Core i5-3317U; 6GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 32MB (Shared) Intel HD 4000; 500GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Acer Aspire M5-481PT
Windows 8 (64-bit) w/ SP1; 1.7GHz Intel Core i5-3317U; 6GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz; 128MB (Dedicated) Intel HD 4000; 500GB Hitachi 5,400rpm + 20GB SSD Hybrid

HP Envy 4-1102
Windows 8 Pro (64-bit) w/ SP1; 1.7GHz Intel Core i5-3317U; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz; 32MB (Shared) Intel HD 4000; 500GB Hitachi 5,400rpm


Now discussing:

Acer Aspire laptops

Not to be confused with Acer Aspire desktops.

Acer Aspire (stylized as Λspire or ΛSPIRE) is a series of personal computers by Acer Inc. aimed at the casual household user or for small business use. The Aspire series covers both desktop computers and laptops. Acer developed the series in order to cover from essentials to high performances.[2]

Many of the Aspire laptops, such as model 8920G, have built in Blu-ray drives, 5.1 audio outputs and transflective displays. Acer was the first to include these drives in laptops. Most Aspire laptops have water-resistant screens, such as the 1410 and the 5741 Z.[citation needed]

In 2007, Acer introduced the Gemstone series that marked a milestone in the Acer Aspire line.

As with many Windows laptops, different models may have different specification in different parts of the world.

Aspire series[edit]

List of Acer Aspire series models[3]

  • A111-31
  • A114-31
  • A114-32
  • A311-31
  • A314-31
  • A314-32
  • A314-33
  • A314-41
  • A315-21
  • A315-21G
  • A315-23
  • A315-31
  • A315-32
  • A315-33
  • A315-41
  • A315-41G
  • A315-51
  • A315-52
  • A315-53
  • A315-53G
  • A514-51
  • A514-51G
  • A514-51K
  • A515-41G
  • A515-44
  • A515-45
  • A515-51
  • A515-51G
  • A515-52
  • A515-52G
  • A515-53
  • A515-53G
  • A517-51
  • A517-51G
  • A517-51GP
  • A517-51P
  • A615-51
  • A615-51G
  • A715-71G
  • A715-72G
  • A715-74G
  • A715-75G
  • A717-71G
  • A717-72G

The Aspire series was introduced in 2017 with four main models: 1, 3, 5 and 7.

Despite similarities with the Aspire E series, in many regions, the Aspire series is sold alongside the Aspire E series.

In 2018, the Aspire 6 was launched exclusively for Malaysia. The Aspire 6 is simply an Aspire 5 with a Captain America inspired aesthetics.[4]

The Aspire 5 was originally launched with Intel Kaby Lake processors (i5-7200u and i7-7500u) and then was updated with Kaby Lake R processors (i5-8250u and i7-8550u) and more recently updated with Whisky Lake processors (i3-8145u, i5-8265u and i7-8565u) which came along with a redesign which involved slimmer bezels but dedicated maintenance panels for RAM and storage was omitted.[5] More recent products such as the A715-74G and A715-75G feature a choice between the Coffee Lake 9th Gen Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, or the AMD Ryzen 3 and 5 processors.

Aspire E series[edit]

List of Acer Aspire E series models[3]

The Acer's Aspire E series also contains the Aspire ES sub series. The Aspire E comes with either a 14" or 15.6" 16:9 display named E14 and E15 respectively. The Aspire ES comes with either an 11.6" or 14" 16:9 display named ES11 and ES14 respectively.

The Aspire E series has been updated annually with newer Intel Processors. The Aspire E series is currently offered with Intel 8th generation Intel Core i series processors but has been offered with 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th generation Intel Core i series processors.

The Aspire E15 and Aspire 5 are similar but different.

The Aspire E15 weighs 5.27 lb and its dimensions are: 15.02" x 10.20" x 1.19". It has a SD Card slot, 2x USB 3.0 Type-A ports, 1x USB 2.0 Type-A port, RJ-45 Ethernet network port, HDMI Output, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C port and 1x VGA Port.

Aspire F series[edit]

List of Acer Aspire F series models[3]

  • F5-521
  • F5-522
  • F5-571
  • F5-571G
  • F5-571T
  • F5-572
  • F5-572G
  • F5-573
  • F5-573G
  • F5-573T
  • F5-771
  • F5-771G
  • FDC-VMD4
Also known asAspire F15
Operating systemWindows 10
CPUIntel Core
2.5 GHz; Dual-core
8 GB (standard)
Up to 32 GB (maximum)
Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce 940MX
Up to 4 GB Dedicated graphics memory
SoundTwo speakers
ConnectivitySD Card
2x USB 3.0
1x USB 2.0
Network (RJ-45)
HDMI Output
1x USB 3.1 Type-C
VGA Port
Power4-cell 2800 mAh Li-ion
65 W
Dimensions15.02" x 10.20" x 1.12"
Mass5.07 lb

The Acer's Aspire F15 is a 15-inch laptop.

Aspire M series[edit]

List of Acer Aspire M series models[3]

  • M3-481
  • M3-481G
  • M3-580
  • M3-580G
  • M3-581G
  • M3-581PT
  • M3-581PTG
  • M3-581T
  • M3-581TG
  • M5-481
  • M5-481G
  • M5-481PT
  • M5-481PTG
  • M5-481T
  • M5-481TG
  • M5-581G
  • M5-581T
  • M5-581TG
  • M5-582PT
  • M5-583P

This sub-series has since been discontinued. Its unofficial successor is the Acer Swift series.

Aspire One[edit]

Main article: Aspire One

Acer Aspire One is a line of Aspire subcompact notebooks (netbooks) similar to the Asus EEE.

Aspire P series[edit]

List of Acer Aspire P series models[3]

Aspire P3[edit]

The Acer Aspire P3 is an 11.6-inch IPS LCD textured titanium-alloy maid ultrabook with an Intel Core i3-3229Y 1.4 GHz processor for i3 models and Intel Core i5-3329Y 1.5 GHz processor for i5 Models, 128 GB Solid State Drive, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity in 9.9 mm thin profile and a 2 or 4 GB of RAM. It also has one ventilation fan inside to cool the ultrabook when it is heavily used. This ultrabook was listed as a top-5 hybrid convertible laptop of 2013 by[citation needed]

Aspire R series[edit]

List of Acer Aspire R series models[3]

  • R3-131T
  • R3-431T
  • R3-471T
  • R3-471TG
  • R5-371T
  • R5-431T
  • R5-471T
  • R5-571T
  • R5-571TG
  • R7-371T
  • R7-372T
  • R7-571
  • R7-571G
  • R7-572
  • R7-572G

Aspire R 11[edit]

The Acer Aspire R 11 (model R3-131-...) is an 11-inch convertible (2-in-1) laptop with a mainstream folding design.

Aspire R 14[edit]

The Acer Aspire R 14 (model R3-471T-...) is a 14-inch convertible (2-in-1) laptop with a mainstream folding design, similar to the Lenovo Yoga 3 14 laptop. It has a display resolution of 1,366x7,68, and comes with 5th generation Broadwell Processors, a 1 TB HDD, and 8 GB of RAM.[16]

Aspire R7[edit]

The Acer Aspire R7 (model R7-572-...) is a 15.6-inch convertible (2-in-1) laptop with a single-hinge "Ezel" folding design. It has a display resolution of 1,920x1,080 and N-Trig DuoSense technology stylus support. It comes with 4th generation Haswell Processors, a 1 TB HDD, and 8 GB of RAM.[17][18]

Aspire R 13[edit]

The Acer Aspire (model R7-371t-...) is a 13.3" convertible (2-in-1) laptop with a double-hinge "Ezel" folding design. It has two available display resolutions of 1,920x1,080 or 2,560x1,440, and Synaptics stylus support. It comes with either 4th generation Haswell, 5th generation Broadwell Processors or 6th generation Skylake processors, solid state hard drives in sizes of 128, 256, or 512 GB, and 8 GB of RAM.[19][20]

Aspire R 15[edit]

Acer promotional model with laptop at Computex 20160531.jpg
Also known asAspire R15
Type2-in-1 PC
Release date2015
Operating systemWindows 10
CPUIntel Core i5 or i7
Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 520
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX with 2 GB Dedicated Memory
SoundTwo speakers
InputSD/SDXC card
1 USB 2.0 port
USB Type-C
HDMI port
2 USB 3.0 ports
Headphone jack
Power4-cell non-removable lithium-ion battery
Dimensions14.59 x 10.09 x 0.79
Mass4.8 lb
WebsiteAcer Aspire R 15

The Acer Aspire R 15 (model R5-571T-...) is a 15.6 inch convertible (2-in-1) laptop with a mainstream folding design.

Aspire S series[edit]

List of Acer Aspire S series models[3]

  • S3-331
  • S3-371
  • S3-391
  • S3-392
  • S3-392G
  • S3-951
  • S5-371
  • S5-371T
  • S5-391
  • S7-191
  • S7-391
  • S7-392
  • S7-392 (InstantGo)
  • S7-393

Aspire S3[edit]

The Acer Aspire S3 is a 13.3-inch Ultrabook with an Intel Core 1.6 GHz processor, 320 GB hard drive, a media card reader.[21] Moreover, it has an integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000-chip and four gigabytes of RAM.[22] Overall, the Ultrabook weighs 2.98 pounds.

Aspire S5[edit]

The Acer Aspire S5 is a 13.3-Inch Ultrabook, which the company says is the world's thinnest Ultrabook.[23] It is just 15mm-thick and so two millimeters thinner than the MacBook Air.[24] It weighs 2.97 pounds and includes an Intel Ivy Bridge processor, 8 GB of DDR3 RAM, SSD storage for speed and increased shock resistance plus professionally tuned Dolby Home Theater v4.

Aspire S7[edit]

The Acer Aspire S7 is a 13.3-inch ultrabook, a successor to the Aspire S5. It uses the same aluminum frame wrapping a pearly white plastic and Gorilla Glass encasement and is able to bend backwards 180 degrees and lie flat. It weighs roughly less than 1.3 kg and includes an Intel Ivy Bridge processor, 8 GB of DDR3 RAM, SSD storage for speed and increased shock resistance plus professionally tuned Dolby Home Theater v4.[25]

Aspire S13[edit]

The Acer Aspire S13 is a 13.3-inch ultrabook, a successor to the Aspire S7. The computer has an Intel Core i5 dual-core processor, 1080p display, SSD storage, USB-C port, and 8GB of ram.[26]

Aspire Timeline series[edit]

Main article: Acer Aspire Timeline

Acer Aspire Timeline is a discontinued sub-line of the Aspire series which consisted of ultrabooks. The indirect successor to the Aspire Timeline's are the Acer Swift lineup.

Aspire V Nitro series[edit]

List of Acer Aspire V Nitro series models[3]

  • VN7-571
  • VN7-571G
  • VN7-572
  • VN7-572G
  • VN7-572TG
  • VN7-591G
  • VN7-592G
  • VN7-593G
  • VN7-791G
  • VN7-792G
  • VN7-793G

Aspire V series[edit]

List of Acer Aspire V series models[3]

The Acer Aspire V series consists of the Acer Aspire V, Acer Aspire V3, Acer Aspire V5, Acer Aspire V 13 and Acer Aspire V15.

Aspire V5[edit]

The Acer Aspire V5 is notebook available in 14 and 15.6 inches and comes with a silver scratch resistant exterior. It is considerably slim and is offered in both 10-point multi-touch and non-touch variants. The V5 comes with a HD display with a resolution of 1366×768 pixels and a webcam on top. The left consists of a power slot, the heat-sink, a proprietary slot to plug-in the adaptor for the Gigabit Ethernet port and the VGA port, an HDMI slot, a USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.It also came out sometimearound late 2012 and early 2013[27]

Aspire VX series[edit]

Aspire VX 15[edit]

The Acer Aspire VX 15 specifications includes the use of either an Intel Core i5-7300HQ or an i7-7700HQ, 8 or 16GB DDR4 SDRAM, a 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) 16:9 and either a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 with 4 GB Dedicated Memory or a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti with 4 GB Dedicated Memory.[28]

Aspire VX 5[edit]

The Acer Aspire VX 5 specifications includes the use of either an Intel Core i7-7700HQ, 8GB DDR4 SDRAM, single-channel, a 15.6" 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI HD and either a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop) - 4096 MB, Core: 1493 - 1620 MHz.[29]

Other models[edit]

List of other Acer Aspire models[3]

Other Acer Aspire branded laptops include the Aspire One Cloudbook.

Aspire 4720z[edit]

Acer Aspire 4720z was a line of consumer laptops during 2006 to 2008. It featured Wireless B/G, Bluetooth, 5.1 audio output. These laptops were part of a class action lawsuit which claimed the laptops did not come with enough on-board RAM to run the pre-installed Windows Vista operating system.[30]

Aspire 5738[edit]

Acer Aspire 5738 is a dual-booting (Android and MS-Windows)[31] 3D laptop, which includes Dynamic Digital Depth TriDef software.[32][33]

The Acer Aspire 5738PG computer also includes the Acer multi-touch technology.[34][35]


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