Acer Aspire S7 Might be the Sexiest Ultrabook Yet [Hands-on]

Earlier this summer at COMPUTEX, the world got its first look at the Acer Aspire S7, Acer’s first Windows 8 ultrabook. Acer has now officially released the final specs of the ultrabook, along with pricing and availability.

The Aspire S7 will be available in 13.3” and 11.6” models, both of which will feature full HD IPS 1920 x 1080 resolution 10-point touch displays. To take advantage of that touchscreen, the screen can be folded back a full 180 degrees so it can lay flat on a table, although other Windows 8-equipped ultrabooks from other brands will be able to fold back a full 360 degrees. One cool trick you’ll be able to do is press a hotkey that flips the image on the display 180 degrees, so you can show something on the screen to someone across from you while the display is laying flat on a table. The hinges are dual-torque, so the display won’t bend back when you’re trying to use the touch capabilities while the display is upright. It’ll be interesting to see how well that feature will stand the test of time.

The S7 will be powered by your selection of Intel Ivy Bridge processors (i5 or i7), and storage will be handled by solid state drives. Battery life is being put at about six hours, but you have the option of adding a second battery that will extend life to 12 hours. The build quality is much better than older Acer models – the S7 has an aluminum unibody design, but stays ultrabook light and compact, at 2.29 pounds and .47 inches thick.

TwinAir is the name given to Acer’s new cooling system, which they claim works to extend battery life and keep the ultrabook comfortable to use and cool to the touch. The S7 will also ship with Acer Cloud, which allows for easy data transfer between the S7 and mobile Android devices. If the S7 is in sleep mode, Always Connect technology allows users to remotely wake up their ultrabook over a Wi-Fi connection with their mobile device, for the purpose of accessing data.

The S7 will have a backlit keyboard that adjusts to lighting levels in the room automatically. Acer Green Instant On technology dramatically speeds up boot up and resume times (actually, a lot of that might be due to Windows 8, which boots up much more quickly than Windows 7). You can also look forward to USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI-out port, and a Thunderbolt port.

The Acer Aspire S7 will hit stores on October 26th, right alongside the release of Windows 8. The 11.6” model will start at about $1,200, while the 13.3” model will start at about $1,400.

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