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Following in the footsteps of the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro brings a retina display to a smaller form factor, while retaining the same design language as the 15-inch MacBook Pro.

Description

The Zenbook UX31A is the direct replacement of the UX31, though don't be fooled by the similar product names, this is a serious upgrade we're talking about. Ivy Bridge processors from Intel and matte screen options will be available with the highest spec offering 1920 x 1080 resolution on a 13.3-inch IPS display.

The Sony VAIO Z (mid 2012) shares the same design as its predecessor and still has a proprietary Light Peak port that connects it to that unique external GPU / optical drive combo from last year. The difference now is that you won't have to purchase the Power Media Dock to get the VAIO Z, which means that the starting price is now much lower. Of course, the big change to the VAIO Z is that it now has Ivy Bridge processors

The Acer Aspire S7 series are touch-enabled Windows 8 ultraportable notebooks with a slim, unibody construction comprised of aluminum with a glass-covered lid. It features a 13.3-inch, 1080p display, Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, USB 3.0, and a 128GB or 256GB SSD.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Oct. 23, 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,699.00

Availability

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: June 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,149.99
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: June 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,599.99
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Oct. 26, 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,399.99

Also Known As...

  • Alias: S7-391-6810, S7-391-9886
  • Laptop type: Mainstream
  • Width: 12.35 inches
  • Depth: 8.62 inches
  • Thickness: .75 inches
  • Weight: 3.57 pounds
  • Color: Silver / Black

Hardware

  • Laptop type: Ultraportable
  • Width: 12.8 inches
  • Depth: 8.78 inches
  • Thickness: 0.71 inches
  • Weight: 2.87 pounds
  • Color: Silver
  • Laptop type: Ultraportable
  • Width: 13 inches
  • Depth: 8.27 inches
  • Thickness: 0.66 inches
  • Weight: 2.57 pounds
  • Color: Black, Gold
  • Laptop type: Ultraportable
  • Width: 12.73 inches
  • Depth: 8.79 inches
  • Thickness: 0.47 inches
  • Weight: 2.86 pounds
  • Color: White, Black
  • Operating system: Mac OS X

Software

  • Operating system: Windows 7
  • Operating system: Windows 7
  • Operating system: Windows 8
  • Screen size (diagonal): 13.3 inches
  • Display surface: Glossy
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 2560 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1600 px
  • PPI: 227

Display (base)

  • Screen size (diagonal): 13.3 inches
  • Display surface: Matte
  • Technology: LCD
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1600 px
  • Resolution (Y): 900 px
  • Screen size (diagonal): 13.1 inches
  • Display surface: Matte
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1920 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1080 px
  • Screen size (diagonal): 13.3 inches
  • Display surface: Glossy
  • Technology: LCD
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1920 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1080 px
  • Touch technology: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes

Display (max)

  • Size (diagonal): 13.3 inches
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Backlit: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1920 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1080 px
  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Number pad: No

Keyboard

  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Number pad: No
  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Number pad: No
  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Multitouch: Yes

Mouse

  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i5
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 2.5 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.1 GHz

Processor (base)

  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i5-3317U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.7 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 2.6 GHz
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i5-3210M
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 2.5 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.1 GHz
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i5-3317U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.7 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 2.6 GHz
  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 2.9 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.1 GHz

Processor (max)

  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-3517U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.9 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3 GHz
  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-3612QM
  • Cores: 4
  • Clockspeed: 2.1 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.1 GHz
  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Brdige
  • Model: Core i7-3517U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.9 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.0 GHz
  • Graphics type: Integrated
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 4000

GPU (base)

  • Graphics type: Integrated
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 4000
  • Graphics type: Integrated
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 4000
  • Graphics type: Integrated
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 4000
  • Base RAM size: 8 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM speed: 1600 MHz

Memory

  • Base RAM size: 4 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM speed: 1600 MHz
  • Base RAM size: 4 GB
  • Max. config RAM size: 8 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM speed: 1333 MHz
  • Base RAM size: 4 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)
  • Base drive capacity: 128 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 768 GB
  • Card reader: Yes
  • Card reader support: SD

Storage

  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)
  • Base drive capacity: 128 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 256 GB
  • Card reader: Yes
  • Card reader support: SD, MMC
  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)
  • Base drive capacity: 128 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 512 GB
  • Card reader: Yes
  • Card reader support: SD, Memory Stick Duo
  • Options: Flash Memory (SSD)
  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)
  • Base drive capacity: 128 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 256 GB
  • Card reader support: SD, MMC

Optical Drive

  • Optical drive type: External
  • Compatible media: DVD Super Multi, BD Combo, Blu-ray burner
  • Speakers: 2

Audio

  • Speakers: 2
  • Audio brand: Bang & Olufsen ICEpower
  • Speakers: 2
  • Audio brand: Dolby Home Theater v4
  • Speakers: 2
  • Audio brand: Dolby Home Theater v4
  • Video resolution: 720p

Webcam

  • Video resolution: 720p
  • Effective pixels: 1.3 megapixels
  • Video resolution: 720p
  • Effective pixels: 1.3 megapixels
  • Ambient light: Yes

Sensors

  • Ambient light: Yes
  • Ambient light: Yes
  • Biometric scanner: Yes
  • USB 3.0: 2
  • Thunderbolt: 2
  • HDMI: 1
  • 3.5mm mic / headphone combo: 1

Port options

  • USB 3.0: 2
  • Mini VGA: 1
  • Mini DisplayPort: 1
  • Micro HDMI: 1
  • 3.5mm mic / headphone combo: 1
  • USB: 1
  • USB 3.0: 1
  • Ethernet: 1
  • Ethernet type: 10/100/1000 (Gigabit)
  • HDMI: 1
  • 3.5mm headphone: 1
  • Docking connector: Yes
  • USB 3.0: 2
  • Micro HDMI: 1
  • 3.5mm mic / headphone combo: 1
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 5GHz, 2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • Wireless video: WiDi
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 5GHz, 2.4GHz
  • GPS: Optional
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 2.1 + EDR
  • Wireless video: WiDi
  • Carrier options: Verizon Wireless, Sprint, AT&T
  • 3G: Optional
  • LTE: Optional
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0

Security

  • Trusted platform module: Optional
  • Trusted platform module: Yes
  • Size: 74 Wh
  • Chemistry: Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted time: 7 hr

Battery

  • Size: 50 Wh
  • Chemistry: Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted time: 6 hr
  • Size: 4000 mAh
  • Chemistry: Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted time: 6 hr
  • Size: 4680 mAh, 4 cell
  • Chemistry: Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
  • Quoted time: 6 hr

Bundled Accessories

Gigabit ethernet to USB 3.0 dongle, Mini VGA to VGA dongle
Noise-cancelling earbuds
  • The Verge Battery Test: 6 hours and 18 minutes

Benchmarks

  • PCMarkVantage: 13128
  • 3DMarkVantage (GPU): 3316
  • The Verge Battery Test: 5 hours and 46 minutes
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