Matte display, backlit keyboard, lasting over 8 hours of real operation, weight 1300 grams. Acer Aspire S13 on paper looks like an ideal notebook. Although we've come up with some negatives, it's one of the most successful machines on the market. And at a reasonable price.
S13 looks great on paper. The matte 13 "full-HD IPS display, backlit keyboard, double-sided USB-C port, 14.6 mm thick and 1.3 kg make it an ideal everyday companion. i5 and 256GB SSD storage as well as Intel Core i7 and 512GB SSD storage, with 8GB of memory available.
Laptop design is very nice, crinkled surface (same as the white version, less noticeable) but it helps to cling dirt.
At first glance everything looks great. The board around the keyboard is aluminium, the matt finish of the entire notebook is resistant to fingerprints, the palmrests are pleasantly cool even with longer work, and the silver edges (aluminium cut) give a pleasantly luxurious look. The display cover is interestingly "knotted", but especially in the white version it get easily dirty.
The lid with the display is pleasantly strong despite the tiny thickness, and the stronger push cannot be seen on the display. The stiffness of the flipped display is not ideal, but nobody can wear it at the corner of the display, and after snapping it, it rests on the chassis and has no way to bend. I should only have some arguments about the strangely unmatched front and back of the display cover, the fingernail can be inserted between them and I would not think much work to simply disassemble the display.
On the side of the notebook, there are two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 3.1 (with two-sided C connector) and an unmachined HDMI port. And also a combined headphone / microphone port and SDXC card reader.
The combination of a thin body and relatively powerful processors has one drawback - the heat produced must be taken away somewhere. While the passive-cooled Alpha 12 convertible tablet was able to radiate the heat through the entire surface of the metal screen, here (from the keyboard part where the radiator is not radiating) the heat is carried away by the classic fan. And because it's tiny, it's spinning fast. And because it rotates quickly, its working tone is not pleasant. It's hard to know about normal work (internet, office), but when more power is needed, it's not loud but unpleasant.
The display has wide viewing angles, a nice sharp drawing and, above all, it is matte. It is pleasant looking at it even under the dim light conditions, which also helps with high brightness.
But a good software feature (which you can install with any third-party application on any laptop) is the Bluelight Shield, which reduces the blue colour of the display - resulting in less eye fatigue for longer work. The picture is yellowish (the black version of the laptop was better, than the white - here the white border around the screen keeps you focus on the yellowish white tone), but the eyes are subjectively less tired and irritated, especially at night work the night. Of course, do not forget to turn it off, for example, when editing photos.
Built-in camera quality does not deviate from the average, you can see at the image that a powerful electronic noise suppression is used, which somewhat eliminates the artwork. The microphone is moderately sensitive, the voice reads clearly in a busier environment, but with a little strange tone of voice.
The speakers are quite good, the higher centres and the heights are played well, sharply and in detail, unfortunately there are almost no of lower mid and bass, so listening to music without separate speakers or headphones should be avoided.
Both notebooks are equipped with the latest generation Skylake processors, the lower configuration is the i5-6200U, the higher is about the i7-6500U. In the lower configuration, you'll find a 256GB SSD from Kingston, a higher 512GB SSD from Samsung. Both notebooks have 8 GB of memory and 45.3 Wh battery.
The test results show that the power difference between i5 and i7 is not essential in everyday use - if you cannot save your computer often, you can save it. But the limit may be only 256GB of lower version storage space.
The Aspire S13 has succeeded Acer, many compromises resulting from the thin structure he managed to remove, the damage only to areas of noisier cooling, not so ideal touchpad and in case of white version - quite big power adapter.
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