Acer Aspire S7 Series Ultrabooks come to ME
Anodized aluminum unibody and ‘thin as a smartphone’, says Acer
First previewed at Computex Taipei, Acer today announced its Aspire S7 Series to the Middle East market.
Acer said, "the thinnest and lightest Ultrabooks have been hailed as one of the most exciting Windows 8-based touch Ultrabooks to launch". The range was also featured prominently in Microsoft's launch event in New York and highlighted as "one of the best PCs ever made".
Acer describes the S7 as "thin as a smartphone... an iconic combination of power and beauty".
The company has opted for use of straight lines, glossy white glass, electroluminescent lighting and anodized aluminum and the dual torque hinge and Acer Green Instant On/Always Connect features aim to provide control and seamless usability.
"Acer took a fresh approach to the design and development of the Aspire S7, using premium construction methods and materials," said Jim Wong, corporate president of Acer.
"The high level of engineering and design quality we set for the S7 was achieved by placing the user experience as our top design priority, and by our ongoing commitment to introducing technologies into our products that truly complement human behavior, and stimulate curious and progressive thought and action."
All models in the Aspire S7 Series feature a unibody design made from a single block of aluminum with a process that Acer claimed saves energy and material; the result is an ultra-thin chassis that is designed for durability and portability. They also feature Full HD IPS 10-point displays with 1920 x 1080 resolution. In addition, wide-viewing angle technology is aimed at providing consistent and accurate colour from viewing angles up to 178 degrees.
The screen is surrounded by a glossy white Gorilla Glass 2 lid that is smooth to the touch and measures 11.9 mm, yet is "super strong, scratch resistant and easy to wipe clean", according to Acer.
The company claimed it is the first to use Gorilla Glass 2 for notebook construction; others, it said, have only used it for decorative finish. Designed to be visually striking, the glass also provides structural strength, yet is flexible enough to handle the impact of daily use, Acer said. A thin, soft cushioning is included between the aluminum frame and the glass, so if the S7 is dropped, the shock should mainly be absorbed by the chassis and not the glass.
The smaller and lighter 11.6-inch model, also with a Full HD touchscreen, features an all-aluminum unibody and aluminum cover with cross-direction brushed finish, designed to "repel fingerprints and smudges".
Taking advantage of the touch benefits associated with Windows 8, the touch-enabled screen on the 13.3-inch S7 can be laid back flat 180 degrees, and the image orientation reverses for touch-and-show sharing. A dual torque hinge on the lid is designed to deliver the ideal amount of resistance for touch control. When the lid is pushed between 100 and 120 degrees, the torque increases 1.6 times to keep it upright and stable for touch control, Acer said. The sturdiness is achieved by attaching the hinge structure directly to the forged display frame so the frame is actually part of the hinge, and affixes both the panel and glass as well.
To ensure the Aspire S7 runs cool, Acer created a new thermal solution called "TwinAir" cooling, an innovative thermal design that extends battery life and keeps the Ultrabook cool and comfortable to use. Two small high-speed (10,000 rpm) thermal fans are used; one to pull in cool air, while another releases warm air. The placement of the fans is designed to ensure that the warmest components are kept away from the user's fingertips and lap.
Acer incorporated an electroluminescent (EL) backlit keyboard that automatically turns on/off and adjusts its brightness level based on ambient lighting. This light-sensing backlit keyboard is one of the thinnest backlit solutions currently available, Acer said, and is optimizsed for visual comfort and easy visibility in dim environments.
Despite its ultra-thin design, Acer said the Aspire S7 packs powerful technologies, including third-generation Intel Core i5-3317UB or i7-3517U processors and solid state drives in a RAID 0 configuration for fast read/write times and low noise levels. An embedded Li-Polymer battery provides up to six hours of battery life, and an optional second battery doubles computing time up to 12 hours.
In addition, the S7 ships with a micro HDMI® to VGA cable for use with projectors for presentations, and a USB to RJ45 port for connecting to a wired network.
The Aspire S7 Ultrabooks include Acer Green Instant On technology for fast boot and resume, and Acer Always Connect, which lets users manage their multimedia and data on all their devices at anytime, anywhere, even from sleep. It also ships with AcerCloud to provide customers with remote access to the digital data residing on their Ultrabook via their tablet or smartphone, and share it among their other PCs and mobile devices at any time. For example, users can take photos on a smartphone, and then view them on their S7 at home or in the office.