There’s no two ways about it – the 13″ Acer Aspire S7 is every bit as attractive as its smaller sibling. Whether open or closed, it looks incredibly thin and compact. This is enhanced by the colours and textures used, with a silver brushed aluminium surrounding the display and the keyboard. This is paired with, in the review unit sent, with white glossy plastic on the lid and matte white plastic on the bottom part of the machine, hidden from view during normal operation by virtue of its gradual slope. The S7 is one of the few Windows Ultrabooks that I’ve seen that looks good without cloning the design of one of Apple’s machines
If you close the S7 and give it a flex, you’ll notice that it feels very solid, with not even the tiniest bit of give. The display section itself is a bit more flexible, thanks to the plastic backing used instead of the aluminium we saw on the 11.6″ model, but it still feels well constructed. In concert with the protective cover and the normal common sense, the laptop should hold up for a good number of years.
The top of the laptop includes a white glossy plastic as mentioned before, with a backlit Acer logo on the left hand side. As with the smaller model, the charging and power LED indicators are integrated just below the hinge, so it’s possible to see them whether the laptop is open or closed.
Looking at the bottom, we’ve got that matte white plastic material. There’s little adornment here, with the various logos and regulatory notices concentrated into a thin strip. There’s also a Windows 8 logo centred just below this, which is removable with a little patience. The Dolby Home Theater branded speakers are here on the bottom too, with one on the left and one on the right. The last ingredient is the small grille through which hot air escapes; hopefully this will ensure that the laptop is less hot to the touch during gaming than its smaller brother.