Acer’s view on the Aspire range is to combat the Apple MacBook Air. Which so far it has succeeded. The Acer Aspire S 13 is almost there, as it bares similar internal specs, but lacks the high-end look and feel of the MacBook Air.

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Acer Aspire S 13 Tech Specs

Display 13.3-inch FHD (1920×1080)
Battery 4030 mAh / Up to 11 hours
Storage 128 – 256GB SSD
RAM 8GB DDR3
CPU Intel Core i3-6100U 2.30GHz – Core i7-6500U 2.5GHz
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 520
Windows Windows 10 Home – Windows 10 Pro
WLAN 802.11 ac / IEEE
Ports USB Type-C/ SD Card, USB 3.1, USB 3.0, USB 2.0
Camera/Mic Yes
Fingerprint Reader Yes
Dimensions 12.9-inch thick / 1.3KG
Price R15 999

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Design

The Acer Aspire S 13 is thin and affordable, which means cutting back on the premium design features. Instead of any aluminium, we now have a plastic shell with an expensive facade. The textured lid gives the device a stylish look and the keyboard has a nice steel rim around it to give it personality. In theory the device is cheaply made, but you cannot see it here as the design and look bares a high-end feel.

Coming in at just under 1.5 kgs, the device is light and thin. You’re able to take it anywhere without it taking up too much space or feeling heavy. The display is a 13.3-inch LED, with a matt screen to eliminate gloss and reflection. The hinge is plastic, but has a steel look to it with an embossed logo to add some flair.

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Performance

The Acer S 13 does not come in any bigger models, but the internals vary depending on the model you look at. In theory, all the available models are pretty powerful, with a few CPU enhancements and storage space size varying from model to model. This is one powerful notebook to say the least. The model we reviews was a Core-i7 2.50GHz model with a massive 512GB of SSD. This makes the Acer S 13 an above average device as it has top hardware in it like the CPU and 8GB of RAM to hold it all together. We even tested World of Warcraft on it and we were able to run it at a 1280×720 on high settings. This is thanks to the Intel HD 520 Graphics chipset which gives the device its graphics power.

The screen on the S 13 is vibrant and clear. Although it is only 1920×1080, everything looks sharp. The screen is not touch screen, but the design of the laptop does not warrant it like the R 13 hybrid does.

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Acer has been including a fast charge USB port in its recent line up of notebooks and the S 13 has this too. It was able to charge our iPhone 6S Plus faster than the adapter itself. It also has a new Type-C USB port, which is the future of USB ports. Although we were unable to test the actual speed, we know that the Type-C ports boast up to 5GB/s transfer rate, which great for a notebook.

Battery life on the laptop was not that bad. Acer has a built-in battery saver mode, which we used and it helped during those rather intense situations. Other than that, Windows 10 has a decent battery gauge and we managed to get 9 hours max out of it with the battery save on and lowest brightness toggled.

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Unfortunately, the Acer Aspire S 13 suffers from the same poor audio as the R 13. Sound echoes and crackles at medium loudness, and it is not pleasant when watching an episode of Game of Thrones. It does have Dolby Audio built-in, and you can reduce the crackling by utilizing the pre-sets, but it still sacrifices on the sound quality.

Verdict

When putting it on paper, the Acer Aspire S 13 is thinner and more powerful than Apple’s high-end MacBook Air. This makes this device an extremely attractive buy for anyone looking for a portable laptop with the power to do anything you want on it. Other than the poor sound quality we could not fault the power in the device as it is really impressive, and compared to other notebooks, affordable

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