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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 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.

The Dell XPS 12 is a convertible Windows 8 tablet with edge-to-edge glass covering a 1080p 12.5-inch IPS display. It features an Intel i5 or i7 processor, a built in 128 or 256 SSD and USB 3.0.

The Envy Spectre XT TouchSmart is an updated Envy Spectre XT with a touchscreen display designed for use with Windows 8. It features a 15.6-inch LED backlit display, an Intel i5 or i7 processor, Thunderbolt USB 3.0 and HDMI.

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

Availability

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Oct. 26, 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,399.99
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: October 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,199.00
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: December 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,399.00

Also Known As...

  • Alias: S7-391-6810, S7-391-9886
  • Alias: XPS Duo 12, XPS 12 Ultrabook
  • 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: 12.73 inches
  • Depth: 8.79 inches
  • Thickness: 0.47 inches
  • Weight: 2.86 pounds
  • Color: White, Black
  • Laptop type: Convertible tablet
  • Width: 12.48 inches
  • Depth: 8.46 inches
  • Thickness: 0.59 inches
  • Weight: 3.35 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Laptop type: Ultraportable
  • Weight: 4.77 pounds
  • Color: Black/SIlver
  • Operating system: Mac OS X

Software

  • Operating system: Windows 8
  • Operating system: Windows 8
  • 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: Glossy
  • Technology: LCD
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1920 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1080 px
  • Touch technology: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Screen size (diagonal): 12.5 inches
  • Display surface: Glossy
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Backlight: WLED
  • Resolution (X): 1920 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1080 px
  • Touch technology: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Screen size (diagonal): 15.6 inches
  • Display surface: Glossy
  • Technology: LCD
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1920 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1080 px
  • Touch technology: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Number pad: No

Keyboard

  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Type: Chiclet
  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Multitouch: Yes

Mouse

  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • 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 i5-3317U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.7 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 2.6 GHz
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Sandy Bridge
  • Cores: 2
  • 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 Brdige
  • Model: Core i7-3517U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.9 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.0 GHz
  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Bridge
  • 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: Intel HD 4000
  • Dedicated VRAM size: 512 MB
  • Graphics type: Integrated
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: Intel HD 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 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

  • Options: Flash Memory (SSD)
  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)
  • Base drive capacity: 128 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 256 GB
  • Card reader support: SD, MMC
  • Options: Flash Memory (SSD)
  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)
  • Base drive capacity: 128 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 256 GB
  • Options: Flash Memory (SSD)
  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)
  • Speakers: 2

Audio

  • Speakers: 2
  • Audio brand: Dolby Home Theater v4
  • Speakers: 1
  • Audio brand: Waves MaxxAudio
  • Speakers: 2
  • Video resolution: 720p

Webcam

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

Sensors

  • USB 3.0: 2
  • Thunderbolt: 2
  • HDMI: 1
  • 3.5mm mic / headphone combo: 1

Port options

  • USB 3.0: 2
  • Micro HDMI: 1
  • 3.5mm mic / headphone combo: 1
  • USB 3.0: 2
  • Mini DisplayPort: 1
  • 3.5mm mic / headphone combo: 1
  • USB: 1
  • USB 3.0: 2
  • Thunderbolt: 1
  • Ethernet: 1
  • 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
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 3.0
  • Wireless video: WiDi
  • 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
  • Size: 74 Wh
  • Chemistry: Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted time: 7 hr

Battery

  • Size: 4680 mAh, 4 cell
  • Chemistry: Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
  • Quoted time: 6 hr
  • Size: 47 Wh, 6 cell
  • Chemistry: Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted time: 6 hr
  • The Verge Battery Test: 6 hours and 18 minutes

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