Acer announced that its Aspire S7 series of Ultrabooks sold in the United States will soon be outfitted with IPS panels packing a 2560 x 1400 resolution. The IPS technology provides consistent and accurate color from viewing angles up to 178 degrees.
"The celebrated Aspire S7 Series Ultrabook just got even better," reads the product listing. "Take your show on the road with an improved 8 hours of battery life, and work more efficiently on the enhanced auto-illuminating keyboard."
One of the company's Ultrabooks getting the screen upgrade is the S7-392-6425 (opens in new tab) costing $1,499.99. This unit will have an Intel Core i5-4200U dual-core processor clocked at 1.6 GHz, 8 GB of DDR3L RAM, a 256 GB SSD and Windows 8.1. Other features include an SD card reader, Intel HD 4400 graphics, Wireless N connectivity and more. The screen will be LED-lit, measure 13.3 inches, and provide multi-touch support.
Another model is the S7-392-9439 (opens in new tab), costing $1,799.99. This version will have an Intel Core i7-4500U dual-core processor clocked at 1.8 GHz, 8 GB of DDR3L RAM, a 256 GB SSD and Windows 8.1. Additional features will include an SD card reader, Intel HD 4400 graphics, Wireless N connectivity and more. The screen will be LED-lit, measure 13.3 inches, and support multi-touch. A 6280 mAh Li-Polymer battery promises around 7 hours on a single charge.
Is $1,799.99 rather steep for an Ultrabook? The cheapest offerings in this series is $899.99: the S7-391-6818 and the S7-391-6468. The latter Ultrabook will sport a 13.3-inch LED-lit screen with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, an Intel Core i5-3337U dual-core processor clocked at 1.80 GHz, 4 GB of DDR3 RAM, a 128 GB SSD, Wireless N and Bluetooth 4.0, and more.
There are 13 Aspire S7 Ultrabooks in all (opens in new tab), sporting either Full HD resolution or the WHQD. The new models will be available next week at a variety of online and retail outlets, including Amazon, NewAge, Microsoft Stores, Frys and Microcenter.