Among the plethora of new notebooks, ultrabook, tablets, convertibles running Windows 8 on show at IFA, the Acer Aspire S7 is an immediate standout. Normally known for bland and generic hardware, Acer has an absolutely gorgeous device with the Aspire S7, a touchscreen-enabled ultrabook that comes in two screen sizes, 11″ and 13″.
The 11″ device is made completely out of aluminum, with Gorilla Glass in front of screen, while the 13″ model’s front cover is also made of Gorilla Glass. Additionally, the 13§ model’s display can be opened to a full 180 degress, laaying completely flat, which should make using the touchscreen much easier. Apart from those differences, both feature a distinctive, minimal design that does have similarities with the MacBook Air, but manages to differentiate with sharper, less rounded corners – which you could interprete as more Metro – and a color contrast: the Gorilla Glass panel is glossy white, compared to the brushed silver look of the rest of the device. It definitely looks a bit weird, especially with the glass covered front of the 13″, but not necessarily bad. The bottom is also a nice, clean white.
As for the specs, there are no surprises: low-voltage Core i5 or i7, 4GB RAM, SSD with up to 256GB, 2 USB 3.0 ports (conveniently, one on either side) and an SD card reader. While the 11″ model on display only had a 1366×768 panel, the final screen resolution is supposed to be 1920×1080 for both variants.
Of course, it’s too early to tell if Acer can follow through and deliver a complete, polished experience with the S7 – we can’t say yet how well the keyboard and touchpad will hold up in everyday use, and how practical a touchscreen ultrabook can be. However, the Aspire S7’s design is absolutely top-notch and miles better than anything else Acer has on show, so we definitely hope it’ll be able to deliver on all fronts.