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Nearly perfect, but let down by mediocre battery life.
on 6 August 2013
I've had this ultrabook for a few weeks now, and overall it is still, for most purposes, definitely worth the £700 I paid. In my opinion, the biggest advantage to this is its SSD. Whilst the actual capacity might require anyone previously used to a larger HDD to buy an external hard drive - although it should be said that if, like me, most of your files are Office documents, the 128GB should be entirely sufficient, the great thing about it is its speed. Documents are rapidly loaded, moved, and saved, and the flash drive allows this ultrabook to load from off in at most 7 seconds, and anyone used to a HDD will find this difference in speed a godsend.
Also fantastic is the 1080p, 16:9 IPS screen. Combine the indiscriminable resolution with the near-360 viewing angles, you get a screen that is truly a pleasure to work on, and it makes writing those dreaded thousand word essays a little less straining. The touch functionality is a useful addition at times, however I've found that for most work tasks it is much more efficient to stick to the fairly good touchpad, which I haven't experienced any issues with. On this note, I should also comment that the WiFi reception on my model has been consistent and reliable, so perhaps this is a product-by-product fault.
The downsides of this ultrabook are quite limited, honestly. Apart from the vulnerable glass cover and the glossy screen, which are minor and common issues, the only real gripe is the battery life. Acer quotes 6 hours, but realistically when doing everyday tasks (word processing, casual surfing etc...) you can expect a solid 4 from this machine. If you intend to use this for mainly home use, allowing for the occasional outing, this will probably not be an issue. However, if you do plan to use this for daily ergonomic purposes, I would recommend finding a better performer among the plethora of this years ultrabooks, otherwise you'll probably be searching high and low for a plug point after not very long.
Overall though, a pleasure to use, which can't be said for most technology.