Acer Aspire S7 Touch Screen Ultrabook Review – World’s Fastest Ultrabook Intros New SSD Form Factor


You may not see this for long (and its definitely not common) but you get a freebee simply for reading! Over the last little while, we have been assisting with beta besting new benchmark software called Anvil Storage Utilities which is an absolutely amazing SSD benchmarking utility. Not only does it have a preset SSD benchmark, but also, it has included such things as endurance testing and threaded I/O read, write and mixed tests, all of which are very simple to understand and utilize in our benchmark testing.

Acer S7 Anvil Utilities

 Anvil Storage Utilities provides some of our best information yet along with full identification of the ultrabook and sub-system where we can see that INtel RST 11.5 is in use for the RAID configuration.  Although high sequential transfer speeds are a bit lower, the low 4k random write performance of 141MB/s confirms what we saw earlier and 4k-QD16 IOPS is also pushed to 103,168 IOPS which was definitely not expected.


The SSD Review uses benchmark software called PCMark Vantage x64 HDD Suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. There are eight tests in all and the tests performed record the speed of data movement in MB/s to which they are then given a numerical score after all of the tests are complete. The simulations are as follows:

  • Windows Defender In Use
  • Streaming Data from storage in games such as Alan Wake which allows for massive worlds and riveting non-stop action
  • Importing digital photos into Windows Photo Gallery
  • Starting the Vista Operating System
  • Home Video editing with Movie Maker which can be very time consuming
  • Media Center which can handle video recording, time shifting and streaming from Windows media center to an extender such as XBox
  • Cataloging a music library
  • Starting applications


The Acer S7 Total Point Score reached a high of 49385 points with a high transfer speed of 1038MB/s transfer speed when testing in Windows Media Player.  This is perhaps the highest transfer speed we have seen achieved in Vantage, however, the remaining seven tests were very dissappointing as all remained in the SATA 2 range, the lowest being 128MB/s which is one of the worst results we have seen from an SSD in some time.  We would love the opportunity to test a ‘fresh’ Lite-On SSD as we are certain these results are indicative of the constant testing on this SSD, paired with the manufacturers OS and software configuration.