One of the best new ultrabook models we've seen, the Acer Aspire S7, may be one of the products that could save Microsoft's latest operating system, Windows 8. While Windows 8 received mixed reviews the fact remains that the best way to experience the OS is with a machine that was designed to take advantage of everything the OS has to offer.
Designed for Windows 8, the Acer Aspire S7 boasts a touchscreen and is sheathed in a super thin and sleek aluminum unibody chassis. Replete with a shockingly thin display, the 13.3-inch Acer Aspire S7 also benefits from tough, durable Gorilla 2 on the back.
Priced around $1,399, the Acer Aspire S7 is one of the more expensive Windows 8 ultrabooks that we expect to see in the coming weeks. Thankfully, most things about this laptop speak to its premium price point: The impressive 13.3-inch display rocks a full HD 10-point touch display. One of thinnest ultrabooks out there, this baby is a scant 11.9mm thick and weighs only 2.9lbs (not including the relatively small power brick).
The Acer Aspire S7 ships with a small Bluetooth-enabled mouse that is designed for road warriors but in our tests we found it to be pretty flimsy. Of course, this is anything but a deal breaker as the world is awash with aftermarket mice.
Being a relatively small laptop the keyboard is also pretty small and the keys are pretty shallow. I found myself making mistakes quite a bit, but that's too be expected with a ultrabook.
The interesting thing with a device like this is exactly how you'll interact with it. Less hardcore Windows types will probably be content to live in the Tiles (formerly Metro) interface while more hardcore Windows users will spend the lion's share of their computing time in desktop mode. The interesting thing about this is that even in desktop mode you'll find yourself using a combination of the keyboard, touchpad, mouse and touchscreen throughout your day.