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Acer's Touch-Based Aspire S7 Ultrabook Arrives Soon

By - Source: Slashgear | B 13 comments

Acer's sleep Aspire S7 Ultrabook with an optional touchscreen will arrive next month.

SlashGear reports that Acer's Aspire S7 Ultrabook will arrive in two sizes on store shelves by the end of September, starting at $1,465 (£1,149.99). Both will initially come packed with Windows 7 given that Windows 8 won't become available until October, but will be geared more for Windows 8 users thanks to the optional touchscreen.

Acer will reportedly offer the Aspire S7 in 11.6- and 13.3-inch models, the latter of which will feature the company's new "white glass" finish it touted during Computex 2012 back in June. The base specs will include an Intel Core i5 Ivy Bridge processor, 128 GB of SSD storage, and 4 GB of RAM. Other features will include HDMI, USB and memory card reader ports, a 9- or 12-hour battery cycle (depending on the model), and a backlit, light-sensing keyboard.

For those who want a little more than the base configuration, both Aspire S7 models will provide additional options including more RAM, greater storage space, upgrades to Core i7 CPUs and more. As previously stated, touchscreens will be an option as well, likely jacking up the overall price quite a bit. Both will reportedly sport Acer's new Twin Air cooling system to keep the Ultrabooks from heating up your lap, and a sleek aluminum metallic unibody design.

"The new S7 range are singular ultra-mobile devices that blend performance, aesthetics and user-friendliness, giving modern day explorers the most complete and satisfying computing experience," Acer said back in June. "The larger model additionally sports a glossy, sculpted glass cover, delivering a trendy and elegant appearance."

So far Acer hasn't released an official announcement, so stay tuned for confirmed specs and an actual street date.


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    killerclick , August 11, 2012 4:11 PM
    I'm guessing most will ship without touchscreens.
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    greghome , August 11, 2012 5:06 PM
    starting at $1,465 (£1,149.99).

    At that sort of price, I'd rather grab a Thinkpad T430U........or better yet a Thinkpad X1 Carbon.......

    Better build quality, water drainage system, a more professional look, more security features and a keyboard nipple :D 
    Who would get the Acer ultrabook over the slim Thinkpads :/ 

    If someone hates the whole Thinkpad look, I'd say get an Asus Zenbook,
    It would be a better buy compared to this .

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    sync_nine , August 11, 2012 5:31 PM
    I'll pass the buck and wait for a year till i climb the ultrabook bandwagon
    Hopefully by then manufacturers will gain some more production efficiency and prices of such laptops will drop below $1000
    IMO these things are overpriced for the performance they give. If you ask me, a fairer price would be $800-850....till then i'll just wait or stick with my current laptop.
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    Anonymous , August 11, 2012 6:44 PM
    Acer's sleep Aspire S7 Ultrabook with an optional touchscreen will arrive next month.

    As a heads up, I think you meant sleek.

    Touchscreen on a laptop never seems to work. :/ 
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    CaedenV , August 11, 2012 8:07 PM
    I really wonder what the price difference would be between adding a touch screen vs adding an intigrated leap motion sensor... I mean if the retail sensor bar costs ~$70, then surely an integrated bulk purchase solution would be 1/2 that right? Anyone know what the cost of the touch part of a touch screen costs?
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    kcorp2003 , August 11, 2012 11:04 PM
    d'oh... and i was waiting for this one.
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    belardo , August 12, 2012 8:01 AM
    If you are going to pay the ThinkPad or Mac price... might as well buy the real thing.

    Surprised the apple police hasn't gone after ACER yet.
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    icemunk , August 12, 2012 1:38 PM
    Way to pricey. I want something with similar specs, for $800.. 8GB of ram would be nice too.
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    damianrobertjones , August 12, 2012 2:17 PM
    It seems to be like this:

    Desktops: Price will stay the same. No need to change
    Laptops: Ultra cheap will stay ultra cheap or shift forward £150
    Ultrabooks: Stay close to £800/£1000
    Tablets: Fill in the middle and low end with Wacom devices around £1000

    All bases covered
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    tntom , August 12, 2012 4:59 PM
    Peoples perception of what an expensive laptop is, seems to have shifted. Is this a result of Apples rise, or that fact that MBP seem to be the benchmark for all others by journalists now?

    I feel like when I read Laptop reviews any more I am watching a really lame version of Top Gear. A lot of really expensive cars I can't afford. And affordable cars being panned for not being like the 100K+ cars.

    I love TopGear, for the record.
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    DavidC1 , August 12, 2012 10:29 PM
    UK includes 25% VAT so it'll likely end up at 1149 dollars rather than 1149 pounds.

    I see a possible resurgence of Acer with the S7. 12.5mm thick, awesome design, FullHD touchscreen is a step up from the much touted Asus Zenbook Prime. It doesn't have critical flaws like on the S5 where it mechanically raises the device to reveal ports.
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    eddieroolz , August 13, 2012 6:41 PM
    Ultrabooks still need to mature. The prices and feature set is still a bit high and sparse.
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    back_by_demand , August 13, 2012 8:22 PM
    OK, let me get this straight
    It has a screen 1 inch bigger, but lower resolution than a Surface Pro, also has the same CPU, but cannot convert into a tablet
    And they are selling it for $1465

    Nope, still don't get it...