While Lenovo and Asus are using Intel’s fourth-gen Core i3, i5 and i7 processors (nicknamed Haswell) to enrich their laptop line-ups with brand new models, Acer seems to be employing a more timid strategy to make Haswell mainstream and simply rehashes old notebooks.
Okay, “old” may not be the best way to put it, as the Aspire M5 and Aspire S7 are still in their prime. But the general idea is Acer isn’t very keen on making a big effort and redesign its portable computing machines from scratch in order to integrate the Haswell platform.
Regardless of all that, I’m fairly certain you’ll want to give the refreshed Aspire S7 a shot. Going by the far too convoluted full name of Aspire S7-392-6832, this fellow is available via Amazon starting today for $1,320.
A pretty penny by any standards, but it’s not like you don’t get what you pay for. The Haswell CPU powering this thing is a Core i5 unit clocked at 1.8 GHz, you get a whopping 8 GB of RAM to go nice with that, plus a 128 GB SSD, and, as a pièce de résistance, a stunning 13.3-inch touchscreen with 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution (aka Full HD).
Wait, I may have misspoke. The 13-inch display is uber-cool, not doubt about it, but this Aspire S7 ultrabook also comes with a generous 4-cell battery, capable of running for a full seven hours between charges. What do you guys think, which of the two is the 13-incher’s pièce de résistance after all?