Acer Aspire S13 review Slim and savvily priced#pc #laptop #technology
The Acer s13 is a response to the complaint that nice laptops are just too Bloom inexpensive. Not everyone can afford to Splash out 1 000 pounds on a computer and Apples cheapest. Air laptops havent been meaningfully updated in years. The Acer s13 starts at 549 pounds, making it the kind of machine that students and those a little more cash limited might buy its a bargain with some elements that stand up pretty well to machines almost twice its asking price. There are a few compromises too, but they sit in the shade of this things. Sheer value for money factor. The Acer s13 has no major flaws other than a trackpad that may well get on your nerves for the first week or so its otherwise, a terrific laptop that has everything you need in a portable computer and all for an affordable price. A good screen, a decent processor, great battery life and a super slim light frame are all major benefits, some of which are class leading for the price. Add the decent connectivity, comfy keyboard and decent speakers, and you have a real mid range winner. Not all of you are going to immediately fall in love with the textured plastic lit, but well leave whether thats enough to put you off a seriously versatile little laptop hate. The look be sure to check out the Asus zenbeck ux305 as an alternative when youre on a budget you can choose to either make something look nice inside or on the outside.
It applies to your house, your car, and now your laptop Acer has chosen to make the s13s insides look and feel great, leaving the bit passers but well see looking more ordinary, its lit is Rich. Soft touch, plastic and the underside is plain. Soft touch: plastic. The Silvery hinge gives the Acer s13 a touch of Ultrabook style, but even this is plastic. You can also get the laptop in a white and gold finish, but having seen them both in person original Hands On images, also in our Gallery, we think 95 of you will prefer the Black Version. Lift the lid and its like a different laptop. The keyboard surround is a moody black brushed aluminum. While the trackpad is ringed with a bright beveled line of metal, its a classy look, you could easily believe the Acer s13 is a 1000 pounds laptop from a user point of view, but on the outside its a bit more like a 500 pounds, one which is Fitting, given the price, there are no similar compromises from a more practical perspective, though the Acer s13 is Slim and light the perfect laptop. If you want something portable thats, also big enough to work on all day, it weighs 1.3 kilogram and is 15 millimeters thick thats. Thinner and lighter than the 13 inch MacBook Pro the various Asus sendik Rivals, look a bit nicer from the outside, but the Acer s13 has everything you need in a portable model.
Its also well made especially given parts of the build are affected by the fairly modest budget. Theres, almost no keyboard flexing no bowing of the frame. If you pick it up by one end, dont undervalue this solidity, a rigid keyboard is more important than a fancy. Looking lit, Acer has also nailed the s13s connectivity packing in a mix of old and new. You wont have to buy a bunch of new adapters for your current gear, but you also get one of the new USB C 3.1 ports that we frankly dont have all that much use for yet. But this will probably be indispensable in a year or two older style. Connectors include two full size: USB 3.0 ports, a full size, HDMI and the full fat SD card slot, rather than the phone centric micro, SD kind. This is a true mainstream crowd. Pleaser array you can plug the Acer s13 into a monitor or TV, with a normal, HDMI, cable and photography fans dont have to carry around an annoying card reader just to edit their picks its the polar opposite of a 12 inch MacBook. In other words, one part thats better than some machines at the price is the screen, its a 13.3 inch 1080p IPS screen with a matte finish, which kills Reflections but can make the display look less punchy. We still see laptops not all that much cheaper using those poor, TN Tech screens. So getting a pretty sharp ips1 in this Acer is a huge bonus.
Its contrast is good enough to watch films in a darkened room without the screen. Looking like a big gray box too, it makes a decent TV replacer if youre a student or are the unfortunate one who took the Box room in a flat chair. The color is vivid as well, but the tone is quite cold and slightly green skewed Acer could have calibrated the s13s display a bit better, but its cracking Hardware regardless the Asus zenik ux310u, is sharper still, but has worse contrast, so isnt necessarily the outright winner. If the two are pitched Head to Head, the s13s screen isnt a touch surface, but in return you get a laptop that shrugs at being used Outdoors like its no big deal. Its hinge also bends back quite far, which is Handy. If say, you need to use it while its perched on your knees or in reality, the floor. We are honestly surprised by just how good the keyboard is too. Like almost all slim laptops, its keys are shallow, but their action is a very high quality with a real sense. The feel has been carefully designed and optimized its a joy to type on, and it even has a keyboard backlight a feature thats still not guaranteed in mid price style. Laptops like this. There are two levels of backlight intensity, a good extra. If you like, a subtler keyboard light, we cant be so nice about the trackpad, though its a bit annoying the quality of the surface and the feel of the click mechanism are both very good, but its button layout is a bit of an ergonomic fail.
It makes you accidentally press the right button, frequently theres no magic to this either. The Acer s13 trackpad is split down the middle. The right button Zone takes up half the width of the pad and about an inch or two of its height. However, because the trackpad is shifted to the left of the frame in a Macbook its dead center, your finger naturally Strays towards the right side of the pad. Time is the only solution. After a while youll get used to the position and naturally modify how you hold your hands, it is a Pity the positioning isnt that bit smarter, though the other little compromise affects just about all cheaper ultrabix. The entry level. Acer s13 only has 128 gigabyte storage because its an all SSD drive, theres, no near endless store for media games, and so on and youll probably have to prune your files now and then the higher end version of the s13 has 256 gigabytes, though it costs an Extra 100 pounds and also has a better Core i5 CPU having an SSD, does transform a Windows machine though wed rather have a 128 gigabytes SSD than a 500 gigabytes, hard drive for day to day light use. The Acer s13s performance is largely indistinguishable from atop and core i7 machine, even though the variant were using has an entry level core I3 CPU, the dual core Intel: I3. 6100. U CPU clocked at 2.3 gigahertz paired with 8 gigabytes Ram.
For many of you, the difference between this and the pricier Core i5 wont be all that great, particularly as gaming performance is roughly similar to that of other Core Series. Cpus dont expect recent games to run well, but those five years old or more should be playable. If you fiddle with the graphic settings a bit, Skyrim runs fairly well on low graphics, for example, it doesnt run well with the visuals turned up, though, if youre going to be doing more, demanding work, definitely consider paying the extra for the core i5 version. However, for lightwork the core I3 CPU is perfect. One of the Acer s13s few weak points is that Under Pressure, it lets out quite obvious higher pitch fan noise. This is the downside of using a fairly small diameter High Revolution fan, rather than a larger one. That can afford to spin a bit slower. It may get on your nerves if youre sensitive about such things, the fan does its job, though the s13 doesnt get unusually hot, or even particularly warm. If you keep its duties like its completely silent a lot of the time too, the fan only kicking in as needed. The s13 also lasts ages. If you dont ask it to do anything too demanding it can play 10 hours of video between charges and should last through a full days work. Its stamina is excellent. We found that, thanks to the good quality matte display, you can use it at minimum brightness in a cafe without struggling, which is perhaps how you get it to last for Acers claimed 11 hours.
The Acer s13 also has loudspeakers. They sit at each end of the laptops, Underside and pump out enough volume to make gaming or a bit of podcast listening enjoyable enough. You can customize the tone a bit too using a pre installed. Dolby EQ app to start with the s13s treble, was a little sharp but switching to the dynamic preset that alters the tone to suit whatever youre listening to improved matters. Theyre still laptop speakers lacking any real bass depth but are among the better ones out there. Their one issue is that theyre very easy to partially block if you use the Acer s13 on your knees, a good screen, a decent processor, great battery life and a super slim light frame are all major benefits, some of which are class leading for the price.