REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
The Acer S7 is the smallest and most powerful ultrabook available on the market today. In fact, we cannot find any notebook that is available in a standard configuration with read and write performance of up to 1GB/s and this ultra will be looked at very closely by those media professionals that have so long relied on their Apple product for professional media services. It is just that powerful.
Acer (and Lite-On) have done this by marketing a brand new SSD form factor that would technically allow RAID configurations to be utilized in todays portable systems right from the initial point of sale. At a time when many might have expected to see such a form factor fit within the specifications of NGFF (New Generation Form Factor) expected later this year, Acer looked elsewhere to an mSATA design that, for the most part, would be considered propietary where the form factor uses a custom pin layout that provides for two physical SSDs to be placed on a single PCB.
On the negative side, relocation of the power button is a must in future development and it would be great to see less fan use resulting in a longer battery life per charge. Where many ultrabooks are reaching up to ten hours per charge, the typical of four hours is very low if we were to compare this system on battery life alone. Last but not least, although we understand that heat must be effectively dissipated for the smallest and most powerful ultra on the market, one can feel the heat when the system rests on your lap or legs when using the system on the road.
Price is our next consideration and the Acer S7 can be found right now at Amazon at $1129.99 for the 11.6″ version with the 13.3″ model starting at $1299.99 for the base model and running up to a high of $1619.96 for the configuration tested on ouir bench. While our configuration does not fall into the definition of Intel’s ultrabook pricing guidelines, perhaps it is once again worthy of mentioning that this is the most powerful ultrabook (actually laptop) money can buy and their will be many a media professional jumping at the Acer S7 ultrabook.
After all, it is chalk full of features to include an IPS HD screen, Gorilla Glass protection, highest possible transfer performance available, not to mention the S7’s incredible build. If we could just relocate that power switch….