The Acer Aspire S7 ( Acer Keyboard ) was introduced by the company nearly a year ago in June 2012 as one of the company’s first touchscreen ultrabooks, and by far one of their best to date as it included a Full HD display, is made of a mixture of aluminum, white plastic and glass and comes with either an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor.
For the sake of this review, we decided to review the mid-range S7-391-6413 in order to get a good understanding of what the Aspire S7 is all about without having to gush over how powerful the Intel Core i7 processor is as this model has a pretty strong Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 1.8GHz. So without further ado, let’s take a look at how the Acer Aspire S7 did in our review .
Owning a MacBook Pro ( Apple MacBook Pro Keyboard Cover ) for work, laptops are extremely important to me as there’d be no way I’d be able to pay the bills without being able to write, edit video and produce regular content for this fine website. The power of a laptop is important to me as I need it to edit video and play the occasional modern-day video game like SimCity or Call of Duty: Black Ops.
Portability is also extremely important to me in a laptop as I often attend events both in New York City and in remote locations. Lugging around a heavy laptop is not my idea of a good time, so the lighter it is, the happier my back will be.
Lastly, a laptop’s keyboard is also of importance considering a good portion of my day is spent writing stories. If a laptop’s keyboard doesn’t feel right, it could ruin my workflow, meaning you won’t get to read as many exciting and interesting stories from moi.
Just to clarify, I’ve been reviewing a number of laptops recently so I’ll certainly spend a bit of time comparing it to others I’ve used in the past, but just wanted you to know what I currently own and use on a regular basis for my day-to-day work
Keyboard: The keyboard of the Acer Aspire S7 is aesthetically pleasing as it seems to pop straight out from the aluminum material that its base is made from such as Acer ONE Netbook AOA (Black) Keyboard . The keys are a slightly darker tone of aluminum that gives them a nice contrast from the rest of the base’s aluminum, and I also noticed there’s a slight dip in the base close to where the keys are located, which is also a nice touch, although I’m sure not many people will notice it.
As for the feel of the keys themselves, I wasn’t too fond with the Aspire S7’s keys as they barely provide any feedback and feel squishy without a hint of a click felt towards the end of each key press. As I used its laptop keyboard , it was hard for my fingers to distinguish when a key was pressed successfully as that feedback in the end just isn’t there. I also didn’t like the layout of some of the keys, specifically the location of the arrow keys and the Home and End keys as it seems like they were thrown in last second in the bottom corner of the keyboard and are one the smallest keys on the entire keyboard.
The palm rests were nice as the entire base of the S7 is made of aluminum, which helps in having your hands glide across with little effort. Having your palms hit the edge of the palm rests won’t result in a sharp feeling as the edge has been smoothed down slightly, which is a welcome feature for those of us who don’t like a sharp edge.
The trackpad on the Aspire S7 feels like its made of a much smoother aluminum than the base, similar to how the keys look and feel. It’s a wider trackpad, which will probably help in moving the mouse’s pointer all over the screen with very little effort, that is, as long as you tweak its settings as we found its default speed of the trackpad was a little too slow for our liking. With its default setting, we had to move our finger across the trackpad two to three times in order for the pointer to move from one edge to another. Clicking on the trackpad can be performed by simply tapping it, or clicking on the majority of the trackpad, except for the bottom-right region which is specifically for right-mouse clicks.
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