Acer's super-thin S7 ultrabook and W510 convertible: hands-on

Acer's super-thin S7 ultrabook and W510 convertible: hands-on

Summary: IFA provided an opportunity to get a closer look at some of Acer's upcoming Windows 8 devices.


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  • The MacBook Air may have spurred PC-makers to thin down their designs, but Acer's S7 makes Apple's lightweight runaround look positively obese.

    The MacBook air is 17mm thick. The 11.6-inch S7 is 11.9mm thick, while the 13.1-inch model is slightly more deep at 12.5mm.

    Image credit: David Meyer

  • Inside, the S7 models will feature Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 or i7 processors, and up to 256GB of SSD storage.

    The 11.6-inch version weighs 1.3kg. It comes with two USB 3.0 ports, a microSD slot and micro-HDMI.

    As with most Windows 8 products, the exact pricing is yet to be released.

    Image credit: David Meyer

  • Acer's spin on the hybrid/convertible genre is the 10.1-inch Iconia W510.

    It is similar to HP's Envy x2 and Samsung's Ativ Smart PC, in that it is essentially a touch-capable Windows 8 ultrabook with a screen that can be removed and used as a tablet.

    Image credit: David Meyer

Topics: Windows, Laptops, Mobility

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About David Meyer

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  • Price, please

    • Ditto,

      The close-ups do look a bit... Budget...
  • Crappy slide show format.

    If ZDNet can't come up with a better way to present their articles, I'm gone.
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  • The Acer w510 convertible as a Presentation tool

    Really??? how many times would you be using a 10.1 screen for a presentation?
  • Why are you assuming it can't be done and done right?

    Anybody can say it can't be done. My respect goes to the person that CAN make it work.