Acer's Windows 8 Aspire S7 notebooks start at $1,199

Acer has become one of the first PC makers to finally admit what it will be charging for at least some of its Windows 8 hardware products. The company announced that its Aspire S7 series of Ultrabook-based notebooks will be priced starting at $1,199 for the 11.6-inch model.

Engadget reports that Acer will also sell a 13.3 inch model of the Aspire S7 for $1,399. Both models will be released with 4 GB of RAM, an Intel Core i5-3317UB processor and a 128 GB SSD. The 11.6 inch model weighs just 2.29 pounds while the 13.3 inch model weighs 2.86 pounds. In addition, Acer will sell another version of the 13.3 inch model, with a 256 SSD and an Intel Core i7-3517UB processor, for $1,650.

All of the models come with a lid that can be titled by 180 degrees, which lets the Ultrabooks lay completely flat on a desk. The 11.6 inch model lid is made of aluminum while the 13.3 inch model's lid is made of Gorilla Glass. The notebooks will have a battery life of up to 12 hours if you put in an optional second battery. All of the Aspire S7 notebooks will all go on sale officially on October 26th, the launch date of Windows 8.

Source: Engadget | Image via Acer

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And people wonder why the investors are calling for flat PC sales.
While everyone agrees that tech advancements need to be made, nobody wants to pay what it costs to make them. How long did Gorilla Glass (the original one) *sit* within Owens Corning (who knows more about display glass than Mrs. Smith's knows about pies) until some brave soul adopted it for smartphones? Folks are looking at all the new features included in this year's crop of Ultrabooks and derivations (most of said features were NOT part of the original crop - at any price) - however, even though pricing - including said features - remains flat in absolute terms - suddenly their current laptop or notebook can soldier on a bit longer.

Acer for $1200? Have to agree with others about the rapid adoption (or lack there of) with each new OEM announcement. I understand this is all new tech and all that but if they expect us to buy this in droves (instead of keep what we have for years to come), they need to rethink their pricing strategies....

I mean really, if these are the prices we'll be seeing on shelves and stuff, I'll keep my current laptop for another 2-3 years. It runs Windows 8 fine. Doesn't have touch screen but a touch screen isn't worth a $1000+ to me...

Mediocre article, you forgot to mention the most important point:

"Acer Aspire S7 series Ultrabooks are 11.6" and 13.3" laptops which both include 1080p capacitive IPS touchscreens"

Draken said,
Mediocre article, you forgot to mention the most important point:

"Acer Aspire S7 series Ultrabooks are 11.6" and 13.3" laptops which both include 1080p capacitive IPS touchscreens"

Yeah, that display alone jacks up the price on these. We're not talking low res 1366x768 etc.

Draken said,
Mediocre article, you forgot to mention the most important point:

"Acer Aspire S7 series Ultrabooks are 11.6" and 13.3" laptops which both include 1080p capacitive IPS touchscreens"

also their SSD's are actually pretty decent in their ultrabooks right now.. scoring a 7.9 in windows index score

GP007 said,

Yeah, that display alone jacks up the price on these. We're not talking low res 1366x768 etc.

These are also using IPS technology that is higher contrast, better viewing angle, and high color reproduction than what Apple is putting in their 'Retnia Display' Macbooks.

So that adds to the price as well.

These aren't the plastic creaky laptops of last year. Aluminum finish on one and gorilla glass on the other. My analogy for this would be that anyone can make a V8 motor with 400hp but do that in a 4 or 6 inline motor and that is engineering. It takes more effort and costs to design the thinner laptops we have now. No one is stopping anyone from buying the $500 17 inch HP laptops or Acers or whatever. You want thin with latest technology you have to pay the price. Sorry not everything should be $600 and below.

These aren't the plastic creaky laptops of last year. Aluminum finish on one and gorilla glass on the other. My analogy for this would be that anyone can make a V8 motor with 400hp but do that in a 4 or 6 inline motor and that is engineering. It takes more effort and costs to design the thinner laptops we have now. No one is stopping anyone from buying the $500 17 inch HP laptops or Acers or whatever. You want thin with latest technology you have to pay the price. Sorry not everything should be $600 and below.

NeoandGeo said,
Ok, please give us updated video drivers for your 2011 laptops that aren't older than the laptop itself.

Or download them from the vendor like every other normal person? You do realize AMD, NVidia and Intel all provide drivers for laptops, right?

funkydude said,

Or download them from the vendor like every other normal person? You do realize AMD, NVidia and Intel all provide drivers for laptops, right?

Switchable graphics is not supported by AMD unfortunately. I have to rely on official drivers from January of 2011 or hacked drivers by the community that introduce deal breaking anomalies.

Jesus what are you lot smoking? Acer did get into things at the budget range but these are clearly not budget devices, Ive used a decent Acer for a while now and can tell you the build quality is top notch, of course if you buy a CHEAP acer then you'll get a cheap Acer - apply that same logic to all brands and stop being stupid please.

thealexweb said,
Rapid adoption of Windows 8 seems to grow more unlikely with each OEM announcement, $1200 0.0

This are ULTRABOOKS, you can buy a regular laptop for less

oliver182 said,

This are ULTRABOOKS, you can buy a regular laptop for less

With...
8/10 point Touch Screens, Gorilla Glass, 1080p, i5/i7, and are the smallest/lightest touch notebooks ever made. Acer or not, they are making a technical splash.

These will run circles around a Mac Airbook, and you can use the Touch UI, and not have to donkey with 'gestures on a trackpad'.

They are also getting impressive battery life, especially with 'high usage' out of i5 and i7 class processors.

Acer has been known for cheap, but that doesn't mean these are same plastic computers they have shoved out in the past.

People also are forgetting that both Intel and Microsoft are also working with OEMs like Acer to get solid and powerful notebooks in the new 'tablet' size/weight group.

MS is also pushing for use of new composites in body design, and pushing up what is 'normal', like the higher quality touch screens, so most PC OEMs will be producing rather impressive devices, etc.

With several companies offering similar in class Windows 8 PCs, Macs are no longer the 'sexy'.

thenetavenger said,

snip

To the average user Ultrabooks are just expensive (allbeit better) laptops, if someone wants a Mac they want a Mac, no point OEMs imitating Macbooks.

thealexweb said,

To the average user Ultrabooks are just expensive (allbeit better) laptops, if someone wants a Mac they want a Mac, no point OEMs imitating Macbooks.

A computer that is a generation of technology ahead of a MacBook, is imitating it?

Wow, what are drinking, smoking, snorting?

The display alone in these are higher quality than the Retina display, even if they are only 1080p, they have more contrast, viewing range, etc.

They have a full 8 and 10 point touch screen, that is more accurate than the iPad, and includes real Gorilla Glass.

And on and on and on...

Apple didn't invent the Ultrabook, they only made it popular.

Besides this is a 'cheap' OEM making these, and yet they still make the new Airbook look like a sad toy.

tytytucke said,
I thought Acer was the cheap brand.
Makes me scared to see what the quality brand names are going to be priced. At least W8 runs on most older models anyway.

tytytucke said,
I thought Acer was the cheap brand.

the only bad thing I have found with acer is their trackpads and screens.. they upgrade those 2 things and their laptops are pretty good for the money

with this having a 1080p touchscreen should fix both problems