Acer Aspire S7-191 Ultrabook Review
Back at IDF San Francisco in September last year, the Acer Aspire S7 was personally one of the highlights of the show for me. Built by Acer with close co-operation with the Intel's performance gurus, the Ultrabook was heralded as an engineering marvel, incorporating Corning Glass and aluminium for its relatively thin unibody chassis together with a very responsive touchscreen and storage I/O to create a fluid Windows 8 user experience. The Aspire S7 and its Iconia tablet relatives also repesented a new industrial design direction for the Taiwanese firm, which previously only sold bland and uninspiring creations for the value end of the mass market.
Accessories: Leather Sleeve, Bluetooth mouse, microHDMI to Analog VGA dongle, USB to 10/100mbps Ethernet dongle, 65W power adapter.
One of the things that immediately sticks out on the 11.6" SKU is the removable 3-cell battery bar, which adds an additional 2500mAH of power to the internal 4-cell 3790mAH, giving the user the choice between mobility and productivity. Acer touts a combined battery life of 9.5 hours, a claim that we shall investigate later.
Behind, we find numerous large fan exhaust holes and a single mini-HDMI connector for display output from the integrated HD4000 GPU.
A total of two USB 3.0 ports is provided for expansion, joined by a microSD slot and a single headphone jack.