The ultrabook market is full. There’s no more room for another product you might say. Asus’s ZenBook and Apple’s MacBook are the two titans of the ultrabook world and it looks like nobody gives a damn about other options. Well, why should they? Whoever has the balls to spend over a grand on a MacBook will never hesitate. MacBooks are the best ultrabooks in the world. ZenBooks appeared as a Windows alternative for MAC OS, especially designed by ASUS to compete with that specific product brought to life by Apple back in the 2006.
But how about Dell? Acer? Can these two make it against ASUS and Apple? Well, I think so because both have an ace up their sleeves and that would be the price. When Acer shows up on the market and says they can sell an ultrabook for $670, suddenly, people get interested. We all like MacBooks but we also like bargains and machines which rival the most powerful in the world but cost less. Today, we’ll talk about Acer Aspire S13, focusing on 6 main reasons why you should certainly buy one.
We’re not going to turn this laptop into a hero, because it lacks a lot of superpowers. We’re going to take a look at what Acer could improve on this Acer Aspire S13 because, as we all know, low price always comes with some quality compromises and Acer is no stranger to poor quality build. With this being said, let’s see why on earth you should go for an Acer Aspire S13 instead of an ASUS ZenBook or an Apple MacBook.
6 reasons why you should certainly buy an Acer Aspire S13 ultrabook
- It is great bang for the buck. This laptop is being sold right now for 670 dollars on Amazon for the non-touchscreen version, with a Core i5 processor and 256 GB SSD. This is great value for this price.
- It can deliver solid performance. If you opt for the 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6500U Processor, you will end up having a little beast in your backpack for less than a grand.
- Is very light and thin, great for mobility. 13.3 inches and 2.8 pounds. What else can you say about this? Of course, it is not as light as a MacBook but let’s be serious: +/- half a pound is not the end of the world…
- It has USB 3.1 Type-C. We want to see this port on every laptop. Even though Acer opted for only Gen 1 for the USB 3.1, it’s a great implementation.
- It has a good 1080p display. The display is 1080p and is pretty good. We all know Acer isn’t the brand which would invest in best quality displays for their laptops, but this time they’ve done it: the display is good even though viewing angles could sometimes be a pain. Brightness is average around 360cd/m2.
What could Acer improve about Aspire S13?
- Build quality. Man, this laptop seems to tear apart just lying on the table. But who would be surprised? It’s less than 700 bucks and packs an Intel Core i5 and a 256 GB SSD. Build quality can’t be good even though from some distance, this machine looks quite nice and promises great quality. However, we should appreciate the fact that Acer didn’t just go ahead and clone other manufacturers’ laptops like ASUS did…
- Battery. The battery is mediocre. Unfortunately, you won’t get more than 5 hours of web browsing. According to digitaltrends.com, this laptop will stay up for 4.46 hours of web browsing. You should go and read their review to see exactly how they did the testing.
- Noise and thermal. Well, what a surprise… The laptop is loud and gets hot… You should get used to this type of cheap laptops. Acer Aspire S13 is cheap for the price point it sells.
Which are the two Acer Aspire S13 model versions to choose from
The cheapest is the non-touchscreen version which packs a Core i5 6200U Processor 2.3GHz (Up to 2.8GHz), 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB SSD. The one grand model comes with a 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6500U Processor 2.5GHz (Up to 3.1GHz), same 8 GB of RAM, but a 512 GB SSD inside. The display is also touchscreen for the second model.
6th Generation Intel Core i5-6200U Processor 2.3GHz (Up to 2.8GHz)
13.3" Full HD Widescreen IPS Comfy View LED-backlit Display
8GB LPDDR3 Memory, 256GB SSD
Windows 10 Home
Up to 11-hours Battery Life
6th Generation Intel Core i7-6500U Processor 2.5GHz (Up to 3.1GHz)
13.3" Full HD (1920 x 1080) Multi-touch widescreen LED-backlit IPS display
8GB LPDDR3 Memory, 512GB SSD
Windows 10 Home
Up to 13-hours Battery Life