Unboxing the black & gold Acer Aspire S7 & my initial impressions

 The Acer  Aspire Swift 7 (S7) is the world’s thinnest notebook at a mere 0.39 inches thick.   I am amazed at how powerful, this slim and sexy  black and gold laptop is.

Remember my post on the Acer Aspire Swift 7 (S7) last September? I said to myself “I aspire to own the thinnest laptop in the world at incredibly less than 1 cm thin . I can dream, can I? Well, I want to lead a meaningful life so I vow to change the world through my writings. I aspire to do many great things.”

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Two months later, I now own an Aspire S7. At a mere 0.39 inches thick, it’s one of the thinnest laptops (as of this writing) . The premium black-and-gold design is a beauty to behold. The  1.1kg (2.48 pounds)  Aspire S7 is 12.8 x 9 x 0.39 inches which is so much lighter than my old 2.96 pounds Macbook Air.  The Aspire S7 has an Intel Core i5 processor paired with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB hard drive which is just right for my writing, photo editing, Netflix streaming, and web browsing needs.

The golden Acer logo stands out at the black aluminum lid, with golden hinge trimmed below it.   I love it but before I write a full blown review in another post, allow me to share my delight when I unboxed this pretty little thing.

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This black box was wrapped in carton, probably for added protection. The back of the box says the details of this premium laptop, Swift SF713-51 Model No. N16Q11

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The sense of anticipation …

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The Aspire S7 is wrapped in cellphone.

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There is a quick installation guide and two tabs on each side of the box.

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The power supply is on the right side . You will see later on that the  Aspire S7 has two USB-C 3.1 ports .

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There are two USB C adaptors .

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I notice the classy gold keypad but first things first.  The setup guide is easy to follow. When using the notebook for the first time, you have to plug in before turning on the power button.

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I am greeted with “Hi there..Let’s get a few things out of the way” which is pretty much filling in the basic information of the region I live in.

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And here’s the legal stuff which I will ask my lawyer-husband once I am over the excitement of writing this blog post.

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I am not sure if it is Windows 10 or Acer who is happy to see me . The feeling is mutual. Hello!
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I wait a few minutes while my Aspire S7 is getting critical updates.

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Then it is time to personalize my laptop. Fortunately, I have a Microsoft live.com account so this process was a breeze.

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Cortana is supposed to be my sidekick, probably similar to the Siri in my iPhone.  I will configure this later.

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Then I am greeted once again with another “We’re happy you’re here”. The whole unboxing till the “getting started” part took less than 30 minutes. I wasn’t really watching the time because each unboxing moment was so much fun. There you have it… a black-and-gold design that contrasts so brilliantly.

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The display up front is a 13.3-inch Full HD IPS panel  with a 1080 x 1920 resolution and the colors are vivid and look accurate. Just perfect for watching full HD videos on Netflix .  The Aspire S7 sports a seventh-generation of Intel Core i5 processor (Kaby Lake) with passive cooling mechanism . Yes , it is fanless.

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See, how slim the Aspire 7 is compared to my Macbook Air (2013) ?

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I would need to get used to the USB-C 3.1 port.

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Well, because I will need an adapter when I need to transfer files from a flash drive. Acer included two adapters, a USB-C–to–HDMI and a USB-C–to–USB-Type-A; and a headphone jack. The dual USB 3.1 Type-C ports are included for quick data transfer, connection to an external display, and to charge the laptop.   Acer Aspire S7’s USB 3.1 Port™ boasts a 5 Gbps data transit speed that will  help me power up my file transfers. I have to see to believe this, though.

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The black exterior  smudges easily but thankfully, it can be easily cleaned using an optical glass cloth.

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Battery life is expected to last nine hours but I have seen it last at less than eight hours. Perhaps if the brightness is 0%, the laptop battery can last over eight hours.

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I love the wide and comfortable trackpad but I am disappointed with the non-backlit keyboard when I need when I work in my dimly-lit bedroom. I also notice the gold hue is brightest with artificial lighting.

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These are my initial impressions . Remember, my laptop is just four days old so I will write more on  this “super-slim, super-lightweight, and super-quiet ” Aspire S7 laptop .aspire-switc-s7-with-my-cat

Oh , and this slim and gorgeous Acer Aspire S7 is priced at Php 64,999.

Acer Aspire Swift 7, the thinnest laptop in the world

To aspire is to rise up to a great plan, an abundant hope of fulfilling a worthwhile mission- Jon Mertz

I aspire to own the thinnest laptop in the world at incredibly less than 1 cm thin . I can dream, can I? Well, I want to lead a meaningful life so I vow to change the world through my writings. I aspire to do many great things.

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After attending the Acer launch of Aspire Swift 7 (S7) , the world’s thinnest notebook,  I believe that this gorgeous laptop is a perfect fit for my business and personal advocacies .   I am amazed at how lovely and thin it is.
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With a 9.98mm ultra-thin form factor and 1.125 kg with a 4-cell battery pack that can have a battery life of 9 hours and a 256GB SSD, the new Acer Aspire S7 is one laptop that’s built for the hardworking class.

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With an all-metal chassis, the thinnest laptop in the world is supported with a dual-channel 8GB of on board LPDDR3 SDRAM that has the ability to transfer data twice as much faster than the previous models and consumes very low power and produces less heat.

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I could not help but admire the perfect blend of black and luxury gold.

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It has a HD webcam with 1280 x 720 resolution, 720p HD audio/video recording and High dynamic range imaging (HDR) which is built in to make video conferencing easier, faster and more reliable.

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The ultra-fast wireless technology is featured. An 802.11ac wireless LAN with a 2×2 MU-MIMO technology can provide seamless connection on the web and with a Bluetooth® 4.0, wireless connectivity to accessories will be hassle-free.

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The USB Type-C port, supports DisplayPort™ over USB-C™ and DC-in is a revolution for a unified electric connectivity and USB technology.

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The Acer Aspire S7 is backed up with the latest Microsoft operating system, the Windows 10 Home in a 64-bit based processor to enjoy the advantages of 64-bit processing and the performance of 4 GB or higher memory.

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The #Aspire campaign is quite an inspiration.  It aims to aid the hardworking Filipinos who aspire and improve their lives personally and professionally. Under this campaign, two of the most influential people in career development and business have been chosen to be  #Aspire brand ambassadors, Francis Kong and Megan Young.

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“There’s a lot of people who are more successful because they simply did not give up. Never quit.” -Francis Kong

Francis Kong is no stranger to failures turned success. As an #Aspire brand ambassador, he shared his ideas and pointers on how to improve your career and how to be on top of your game. He shares that one must “never allow success to get into your head nor failure to creep into your heart”

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“It’s your decision on what you’re going to do with all your aspirations in life.” -Megan Young

Megan Young is  the “heart” of the #Aspire campaign. The 2013 Miss World beauty has more to show than her personal looks. She shared her thoughts on “who motivates you” and provided insights on how to be selfless while being dauntless in your career.

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The other Acer S Series: S3 and S5  offer a wider range of specifications designed for the heavier applications. Both series have an Intel® Core™ processor and an Intel® HD Graphics 520, supporting OpenGL® 4.4, OpenCLTM 2.0, Microsoft® DirectX® 12.

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Aspire S3 Gold
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Both have also the capacity to support up to 512GB of data for its solid-state drive (SSD). In addition from the top-of-the-line ultra-fast connectivity of the Acer Aspire S Series, S3 and S5 also features a gigabit ethernet, Wake-on-LAN ready and a higher battery life of a maximum of 12 hours.

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The suggested retail price of the Acer Aspire S series are as follows:

Aspire S3 Silver at 32,999 pesos
Aspire S3 Gold at 35,999 pesos
Aspire S5 at 39,999 and 44,999 pesos
Aspire S7 is at 64,999 pesos.