Acer's Aspire S7 Series Ultrabooks Want to Feel Your Touch

Paul Lilly

With the launch of Windows 8 just weeks away, hardware makers are starting to announce touch-friendly systems in preparation of Microsoft's next generation operating system (OS). That includes Acer, which just unveiled what it claims are the world's thinnest touch-capable Ultrabooks: Aspire S7 Series . Like Windows 8, the Aspire S7 Series will be available to purchase starting October 26, 2012.

Acer claims the S7 models are as thin as a tablet at just 0.47 inches when measured at the leanest point, and weigh as little as 2.29 pounds, at least for the 11.6-inch model. We imagine the 13.3-inch version is probably a little heavier, though still probably under 3 pounds (if speculating).

Remarkably, both models boast Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) screen resolutions, an absolute rarity in the Ultrabook space, and unheard of in Ultrabooks models this size. They also feature an all-aluminum unibody design, rigid lids made of white Gorilla Glass 2 or aluminum, patent-pending TwinAir cooling technology, and a light-sensing keyboard. The S7 Series is essentially a MacBook Air for the Windows 8 crowd, and it comes from Acer.

"Acer took a fresh approach to the design and development of the Aspire S7, using premium construction methods and materials," said Sumit Agnihotry , vice president of product marketing for Acer. "We also used cutting-edge manufacturing processes that are not typically used in the PC industry, but were necessary to achieve the high level of engineering and design quality we set for the S7."

Under the hood you'll find 3rd Generation Intel Core i5 3317UB or i7-3517U processors and solid state drives in a RAID 0 configuration. The non-removable battery is said to provide up to 6 hours of run time, with the option of adding a second battery (and more weight) to double computing time to 12 hours.

Pricing for the 11.6-inch model will start at $1,199; for the 13.3-inch model, cost of entry starts at $1,399.

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