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Acer Aspire S7-391-9886 13.3" Touchscreen Convertible Ultrabook

  • Intel Core i7-3517U 1.9GHz
  • 4GB DDR3, 256GB SSD
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Craig W.
  • 6/13/2013 8:07:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsLove it!

Pros: Fast, small, sleek, touch screen, high resolution screen, long battery life, and glassy.

Cons: Power button location, Windows 8, No optical drive, bloatware preloaded with the acer laptop.

Other Thoughts: The power button is located on the side of the laptop. I often would pick up the laptop just to accidently put it to standby. Not a huge deal, went into power options and changed pushing the button to do "nothing". Problem solved. Also, Acer insists on loading their laptops with all sorts of programs that you don't want and will never need. Spend a little time rmvoing them all and you'll be happy!

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  • Curtis D.
  • 12/11/2012 1:06:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsVery Nice Laptop, but Wi-Fi is Garbage

Pros: This laptop is beautiful, light and has the best screen you can find on a Windows PC in this form factor. I have had no issues with the operation of the keyboard or touchscreen and am overall very happy with my purchase.

Cons: The one big problem I have had with this laptop is that it will not connect to the WiFi network in my office building (even though my iPhone, iPad and two other laptops connect to the same network with no issues). It does, however, connect perfectly with my Apple Extreme router at home. I have tried updating the drivers and contacting Acer support but have had no luck thus far in finding a solution.

Other Thoughts: I note that others have also trouble with the WiFi on this model, and a Google search reveals many others having trouble with Atheros WiFi modules in general in various laptops. Hopefully it is merely a driver issue which will be corrected soon.

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  • Terry K.
  • 12/8/2012 3:22:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSadly - It's a pretty paperweight...

Pros: Very pretty hardware that mostly works..

Cons: Wifi is garbage - needs proper driver support or you have a pretty paper weight that you need to restart to reconnect to wifi. And so far - no support..

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  • Eric Y.
  • 12/7/2012 2:42:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsWOW - and it works perfect with ubuntu

Pros: Crazy thin.
Best screen I've seen anywhere outside of the retinabooks(but basically the same).
Nice fast i7
Extremely shallow-typing(low-throw) keyboard. Allows me to type deadly fast.

and again!!! - Best display in a non-mac possibly ever.

Cons: you might get muurdered due to jealousy
only 4gb of ram
bad location of tilde and caps lock keys, but I'm getting used to it... And I'm a person that sets caps lock to control and uses control(caps lock)-C to exit insert mode in vim. so I press caps lock at least 500 times per day.

Other Thoughts: a little hassle to remove the windows EFI garbage, but after I figured that out it's golden with ubuntu.
Don't keep windows on this beauty, put linux on it and you'll have the envy of all your tech friends.

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  • Joy S.
  • 12/1/2012 12:11:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent laptop

Pros: I have owned this model for about two weeks. Overall I am very satisfied. I purchased this (from Newegg)because I have severe pain on both my hands due to carpal tunnel syndrome. So I was hoping that with touch screen capabilities and decent hardware, I could use this both at work and home. I am able to work well using the touch screen. I do not use touchpad at all (I am not a fan of touch pads). I sparingly use mouse when working in excel. With every other application (MS word, powerpoint, Firefox, Internet explorer, file explorer etc) I can do most tasks on touch screen. Key board is okay when compared to my previous Macbook Pro.

Pros.
Excellent design and light weight
About 200 GB is free after installing commonly used programs (MS office, antivirus, Photoshop etc). That leaves enough space for personal files.
Good hardware performance. Works at comparable speeds to a desktop machine.
Very fast file copying speeds from external sources.
Acer provided accessories are very nice (laptop case, connectors for external monitor and Ethernet)

Cons: Cons
Comes with bloat wares. Uninstalled all of them.
Windows 8 metro interface sucks (not fault of acer). So I installed third party program called classic shell (free) . That gets rid of metro interface and puts back windows 7 type desktop. So I avoid metro interface like plague. However, Windows 8 has some improvements. First, it can mount mount ISO images without third party programs such as virtual clone drive. Zip functions has improved. So one can get away without winzip etc. The best part is refresh my pc option. With this one can easily restore the OS if it slows down. This avoids the hassle of formatting and reinstalling all programs.
As many people pointed out, touch functions are not very accurate on the edge of the screen. This has to do more about tiny font size display. I adjusted the screen size to 150% zoom level under personalization options. After this icons and fonts are more viewable. With bigger size, the touch accuracy on the corners improves much more.
Battery life is not very good. If you are watching movies, you can expect about 2.5 to 3.00 hours.

Other Thoughts: Overall I am happy with this computer and would recommend buying.

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  • Scott H.
  • 11/25/2012 4:20:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsNice little ultra-portable

Pros: Extremely thin and light, but still feels very solid
Beautiful 1920x1080 display
the best, most usable touch screen I have seen on a laptop
Includes a travel case
Includes micro-HDMI to VGA and USB to ethernet adapters
Small footprint AC adapter
Decent battery life for its weight/size
Very usable touchpad
SSD Hard drive

Cons: Memory is not upgradable
Atheros wifi is not upgradeable
Pricey for what it is

Other Thoughts: The display is amazing, but the high resolution makes the desktop itself a little hard to read. It is easy enough to fix by increasing font size, and I don't view this as a con, as it is always better to have too much resolution than not enough.

The hard drive has a 14Gb hidden partition that contains a system image. To create a backup using the Acer software, you will need a dedicated 16Gb or larger USB drive. The software will format the drive, turning it into a bootable windows 8 install disk complete with the extra Acer software.

The big complaint I have is on the non-upgradeable hardware. I understand the size demands removing standard sockets, but this means the memory and wifi chip are both built into the mainboard, and cannot be upgraded. And the wifi chip is an Atheros, which despite several different driver versions, I flat out could not get connected to 3 different Netgear routers when set to WPA2/AES encryption. WPA works fine, just not WPA2/AES.

There is very little travel on the keys, and it takes a bit of getting used to. I returned the first laptop because the "S" and down arrow keys were so sensitive they would register a key press just by resting a finger on them. Actually pressing the keys resulted in a triple key register. None of the other keys were this way, and this problem was not present on the replacement I received. So along with looking for dead pixels, this might be something to check when you receive the laptop.

Also worth noting, the HDD is a Lite-On branded PCI-E form factor SSD (with Toshiba stamped on the chips). I had no luck finding details on the particular model, but the form factor alone means your hard drive upgrade options are limited and expensive.

After the first few charge cycles, I was able to get an average of 5:32 of web browsing/music playing out of the battery, using both wifi and the bluetooth mouse, and with the screen brightness all the way up. This is a little better than the i5 version, which only got me 4:42.

Deducting 1 egg for price and lack of upgrade options. Otherwise this is a 5 egg laptop.

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