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The Acer Aspire S7 series for 2013 are touch-enabled, ultra-portable Windows 8 notebooks with a slim, aluminum, unibody construction and features a 13.3-inch, 1080p display or optional high-resolution WQHD (2560 x 1440) display, 4th generation Intel Core processors, and starts with 128GB of SSD storage.

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 2013 model of the 13-inch MacBook Air features Intel's fourth generation "Haswell" processors, new Intel HD graphics, 802.11 ac Wi-Fi, and faster flash storage. The new processors allow the MacBook Air to have a quoted battery life of 12 hours.

The Toshiba Kirabook is a premium Windows 8 notebook featuring a high-res 13.3-inch display with touchscreen options, a magnesium-alloy contruction, and Harman/Kardon speakers plus DTS Studio Sound processing. The Kirabook comes with a 256GB SSD, 8GB or RAM, and up to a 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processor.

The VAIO Pro 13 is Sony's answer to a flagship 13-inch ultrabook. It uses a carbon fiber body to keep the weight down to 2.3 pounds. The combination of Intel's new Haswell processors and a large lithium polymer battery provide more than 7 hours of use before needing a charge.

The Dell XPS 12 for is a convertible Windows 8 tablet with a 12.5-inch, 1080p touchscreen and can be configured with up to a 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD for storage.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: January 2014
  • Price at launch: $1,399.99

Availability

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Oct. 26, 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,399.99
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Jun. 10, 2013
  • Price at launch: $1,199.00
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: May. 12, 2013
  • Price at launch: $1,599.99
  • Status: Available
  • Price at launch: $1,249.00
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: June 2013
  • Price at launch: $1,199.00
  • Alias: Aspire S7-392

Also Known As...

  • Alias: S7-391-6810, S7-391-9886
  • Laptop type: Ultraportable
  • Width: 12.72 inches
  • Depth: 8.78 inches
  • Thickness: 0.51 inches
  • Weight: 2.87 pounds
  • Color: White

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: Ultraportable
  • Width: 12.8 inches
  • Depth: 8.94 inches
  • Thickness: .68 inches
  • Weight: 2.96 pounds
  • Color: Silver
  • Laptop type: Ultraportable
  • Width: 12.44 inches
  • Depth: 8.15 inches
  • Thickness: 0.7 inches
  • Weight: 2.66 pounds
  • Color: Silver
  • Laptop type: Ultraportable
  • Width: 12.68 inches
  • Depth: 8.5 inches
  • Thickness: .68 inches
  • Weight: 2.34 pounds
  • Color: Black, Silver / Black
  • Laptop type: Convertible tablet
  • Width: 12.48 inches
  • Depth: 8.46 inches
  • Thickness: 0.79 inches
  • Weight: 3.35 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Operating system: Windows 8

Software

  • Operating system: Windows 8
  • Operating system: Mac OS X
  • Operating system: Windows 8
  • Operating system: Windows 8
  • Operating system: Windows 8
  • Screen size (diagonal): 13.3 inches
  • Display surface: Glossy
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1920 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1080 px
  • PPI: 166
  • Touch technology: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes

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): 13.3 inches
  • Display surface: Glossy
  • Technology: LCD
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1440 px
  • Resolution (Y): 900 px
  • Screen size (diagonal): 13.3 inches
  • Display surface: Glossy
  • Technology: LCD
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 2560 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1440 px
  • PPI: 221
  • Screen size (diagonal): 13.3 inches
  • Display surface: Glossy
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1920 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1080 px
  • PPI: 166
  • Touch technology: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Screen size (diagonal): 12.5 inches
  • Technology: LCD
  • Resolution (X): 1920 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1080 px
  • Touch technology: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Size (diagonal): 13.3 inches
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Backlit: LED
  • Resolution (X): 2560 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1440 px
  • PPI: 221
  • Touch technology: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes

Display (max)

  • Size (diagonal): 13.3 inches
  • Technology: LCD
  • Backlit: LED
  • Resolution (X): 2560 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1440 px
  • PPI: 221
  • Touch technology: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Number pad: No

Keyboard

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

Mouse

  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Haswell
  • Model: Core i5-4200U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.6 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: Haswell
  • Model: Core i5
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.3 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 2.6 GHz
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i5-3337U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.8 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 2.7 GHz
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Haswell
  • Model: Core i7-4500U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.8 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.0 GHz
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Haswell
  • Model: Core i5-4200U
  • Turbo clockspeed: 2.6 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: Haswell
  • Model: Core i7
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.7 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.3 GHz
  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-3537U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 2 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.1 GHz
  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Haswell
  • Model: Core i7-4650U
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.3 GHz
  • Graphics type: Integrated
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 4400

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 5000
  • Graphics type: Integrated
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics
  • Graphics type: Integrated
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 4400
  • Graphics type: Integrated
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 4400

GPU (max)

  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 5000
  • Base RAM size: 8 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3L

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: 1600 MHz
  • Base RAM size: 8 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM speed: 1600 MHz
  • Base RAM size: 8 GB
  • Max. config RAM size: 8 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM speed: 1600 MHz
  • Base RAM size: 4 GB
  • Max. config RAM size: 8 GB
  • Base RAM speed: 1600 MHz
  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)
  • Base drive capacity: 128 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 256 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
  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)
  • Base drive capacity: 128 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 512 GB
  • Card reader: Yes
  • Card reader support: SD
  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)
  • Base drive capacity: 256 GB
  • Card reader: Yes
  • Card reader support: SD, miniSD, microSD
  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)
  • Base drive capacity: 128 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 512 GB
  • Card reader: Yes
  • Card reader support: SD
  • Options: Flash Memory (SSD)
  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)
  • Base drive capacity: 128 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 512 GB
  • Speakers: 2

Audio

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

Webcam

  • Effective pixels: 1.3 megapixels
  • Video resolution: 720p
  • Video resolution: 720p
  • Effective pixels: 1 megapixels
  • Video resolution: VGA
  • Effective pixels: 1.3 megapixels
  • Video resolution: 720p

Sensors

  • Ambient light: Yes
  • USB 3.0: 2
  • HDMI: 1
  • 3.5mm mic / headphone combo: 1
  • Docking connector: Yes

Port options

  • USB 3.0: 2
  • Micro HDMI: 1
  • 3.5mm mic / headphone combo: 1
  • USB 3.0: 2
  • Thunderbolt: 1
  • 3.5mm mic / headphone combo: 1
  • USB 3.0: 3
  • HDMI: 1
  • 3.5mm mic / headphone combo: 1
  • USB 3.0: 2
  • Ethernet: 1
  • Ethernet type: 10/100/1000 (Gigabit)
  • HDMI: 1
  • USB 3.0: 2
  • Mini DisplayPort: 1
  • 3.5mm mic / headphone combo: 1
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • Wireless video: WiDi

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, 802.11ac
  • 802.11n frequencies: 5GHz, 2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • Wireless video: WiDi
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • NFC: Yes
  • Wireless video: WiDi
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • NFC: Yes
  • Wireless video: WiDi

Security

  • Trusted platform module: Yes
  • Size: 6280 mAh
  • Chemistry: Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
  • Quoted time: 8 hr

Battery

  • Size: 4680 mAh, 4 cell
  • Chemistry: Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
  • Quoted time: 6 hr
  • Size: 54 Wh
  • Chemistry: Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted time: 12 hr
  • Size: 4 cell, 52 Wh
  • Chemistry: Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
  • Quoted time: 6 hr
  • Size: 4740 mAh
  • Chemistry: Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted time: 7 hr
  • Size: 50 Wh, 6 cell
  • Chemistry: Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted time: 8.7 hr

Benchmarks

  • The Verge Battery Test: 13 hours and 29 minutes
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