Acer Aspire S7 Vs Dell XPS 12, 1080p Touch screen Ultra-style competition

Acer Aspire S7 Vs Dell XPS 12,  Acer Aspire S7 and the Dell XPS 12 is one of the new two innovative Windows 8 featuring notebooks adopted  by a 1080p touchscreen, workmanship, with all the style. so lets take a look at these two devices and know more deeper.

Aspire S7 gorilla glass, to thin if blade, trying to bring a different reputation for Acer. XPS 12 has a carbon fiber shell, and will be Dell’s way of a forward-looking concept into reality. Two equipment from $ 1,199 (equivalent to about 7500 yuan), the minimum configuration is a Core i5 processor, 4GB memory, 128GB solid state drive and 1080p touch screen, but they are different style. Screen of the Acer Aspire S7 backward rotation to 180 degrees, fully lie flat on the desktop, and a 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch ($ 1,399, equivalent to about 8700 yuan) monitors optional specifications; Dell XPS 12 The 12.5-inch display can be rotated 180 degrees in the aluminum framework, transforming itself into a Tablet PC.

They each have their own advantages, but also each have their own shortcomings, so we the comparative evaluation of them. The Acer Aspire S7 and Dell XPS 12, who is better Win 8 laptops? Who is the better Tablet PC? Willing to spend $ 1,199, you should be who is brought home to it?

Hardware and design

One of my colleagues two months ago pointed out that the the Acer Aspire S7 is an example of how to design a stunning slim device “. It consists of fine aluminum, smooth white gorilla glass and powder coated magnesium alloy, less than half an inch thick, but it feels very durable. I can safely hold anywhere in this laptop, and even in the center of the screen, and picked it off the table.

Acer Aspire S7 front side

In addition to the constructor, its attention to detail is also admirable: thin Chi Colette keyboard with flat screen aluminum frame perfect match, looks almost like coming out from the same piece of metal. The Acer logo on the device is a transparent material, regardless of the lighting conditions, can be shining brilliance: When outdoors, it reflects ambient light in the room when it is revealed the light of the screen.

However, the Dell XPS 12 also has the same high retention rates. In laptop mode, the XPS 12 black and silver with like ice cream sandwiches, appear as eye candy. A distance, you will be shiny aluminum edge to attract, look at the past, you will be fascinated by it on the base and top cover elegant carbon fiber texture.

Dell XPS 12 Front side

However, what really makes passers-by stop onlookers scene when you spin XPS 12 top cover. Hold the aluminum outer ring, a push with the thumb, the screen is the same like the rotary trap changed position. You can turn the computer around to face you, as the keyboard bracket. Or close the roof, it completely turned into a Win 8 Tablet PC. Whether to rotate the screen to which angle, four spring-loaded latch magnet can let it stay in that position, and at the same time giving off a sweet “clicks”.

But its work feeling slightly worse than the Aspire S7. I reviewed this XPS 12 with the top cover closed when not match exactly, but feeling a bit firmly pressed carbon fiber part. However, its screen structure commendable: Dell use of the rotary shaft of the two plugs are connected together, the power supply, video signal, and a wireless antenna Contact screen. The company claims that you can open and close the XPS 12 screen at least 20,000 times. This, of course, comforting, because I rotated it in the evaluation process for at least a few hundred times. Rotate a bit addictive.

If you need to watch 1080p video on YouTube, in the course of their work using the XPS 12 is very convenient: Flip screen closed roof, hand holding it, the fingers of your left hand next to the volume control button. Website “portrait” mode? Rotate it 90 degrees, and a built-in the inertia sensor will automatically rotate the screen. It left an entity orientation lock switch, as well as the power switch – need to slide it open, rather than hold it, so when you this piece of equipment in a backpack, it will not worry about it accidentally turned on .

Acer Aspire S7 Vs Dell XPS 12 flipped

Unfortunately, they use as a Tablet PC, Dell and Acer are not properly solve ergonomic issues.

XPS 12 of the problem is that the weight and volume. Although it’s the back of a pair of rubber cushion to facilitate your grip, I still feel the XPS 12 is too heavy for a long time a single hand uncomfortable, even two hands to hold it, I always want to elbows on the table. In addition, there is a shortcoming: the XPS 12’s keyboard to work only when the screen back to laptop mode, but in fact, in a narrow place, such as aircraft seats, you may want to typing on the physical keyboard, the screen on your hands above. And XPS 12 shaft is tight, you need to use two hands to open the top cover, but in the screen to stay at certain angles, the relatively large damping is also very practical.

The 13.3-inch Aspire S7 bigger than XPS 12, but very thin and light, you can hold it with one hand, the gorilla glass surface is also very suitable for gripping. Compared with XPS, using S7, I far prefer the vertical screen to browse websites. It is very sturdy, and the shaft can be rotated 180 degrees, so you can hold the screen, two thumbs on both sides of the screen, to activate Win 8 multitasking gestures.

But Acer seems to consider not comprehensive enough: it does not have the automatic steering function, so you must press the Fn + O to the content on the screen to rotate clockwise 90 degrees. Even more annoying is Acer’s power button, it does not Dell as anti inadvertently mechanisms, completely exposed on the left edge, will be starting a bit of a reaction. At the time of writing this evaluation report, I accidentally hit it a dozen times, and each time it flew into the sleep state. But you do not have to worry about, Both devices are not accidentally open in your backpack, because when the screen is completely closed, rely press the power button to start the device.

Acer Aspire S7 Vs Dell XPS 12 front screen

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 360 degrees shaft Acer shaft is not good, but it also has its own characteristics. This is a two damper shaft, beginning damping is relatively small angle of about 100 degrees when it suddenly becomes larger, therefore, you can not only lift the top cover with one hand in a pinch, but also allows The screen stays on your right angle.

In the port side, Acer absolute advantage than Dell. Aspire S7 SD card reader, XPS 12, but 13.3 inches S7 also comes with the Micro HDMI turn VGA, USB to Ethernet switch interface, cheap bluetooth mouse and tank bag Microfiber. These things Dell did not.

In fact, the connection of two devices are not very good. Two USB 3.0 ports close together, peripherals may be difficult swappable XPS 12 and 13.3 inches S7 right, and the headphone jack with power switch are in close proximity. Acer’s SD slot is very shallow, so you always suspect that the card will fall out. Dell has a Mini DisplayPort port used to transfer video is very good, because the Mini DP to HDMI / DVI / VGA interface transfer interface is very cheap, but no transfer interface Dell box. And not the same as with the Apple laptop, Dell Mini DP port is not compatible with the Thunderbolt interface.

Screen and speakers

Dell and Acer laptop evaluation report in this section, we will strongly condemn their screen. The two companies in using high-quality LCD screen than the poor, but the Aspire S7 and XPS 12 is one of the few and. They have adopted a 1920 × 1080 pixel IPS panel, can display clear images, bright white and deep black. Wide viewing angle, you can easily screen flat on the table with a virtual keyboard input. If you can only pick one of the two words, I would definitely choose the Dell. 400 nits brightness, the XPS 12 screen than the Aspire S7 brighter, richer tone also seems. In addition, the backlight of the S7 occasionally flickering, and two short color white phenomenon, I hope that this problem only occurs on the device I tested, rather than widespread.

Acer Aspire S7 Vs Dell XPS 12 front touch screen

But on such a small screen, 1080p resolution, not bonus items. First, though, Acer and Dell actually a good touch response speed, high resolution, touch screen key size becomes smaller, so press the button need to be very accurate job. I found that even if the touch screen is useful in laptop mode, but transferred to a lower resolution will be more convenient to use. In addition, there is a problem: the keyboard typing with two laptops, I do the 1080p resolution text see eye pain.

There are many ways to solve these problems, such as “easy to use” menu, select “screen becomes greater, or from Control Panel> Appearance and Personalization> Display” to change text and icon DPI, but doing so completely lost value with a 1080p display. In addition, when you like to take the Tablet PC screen to get away from the face very close to the location, you will immediately feel the delicate beauty of the high-resolution, before it makes you feel uncomfortable eyes. So in the end to how how to set the resolution it? It’s a bit people dilemma. Only in IE and other applications, the effect of 1080p resolution will have maintained very good, because then you can directly reach two-finger zooming in on the screen, so I hope the entire Microsoft operating system can support two-finger zoom .

Sound quality, these two devices are not on the same level. Acer speaker is one of the worst speaker I’ve ever met, Dell was surprisingly good. Aspire S7 with Dolby Home Theater software to increase the volume, but it can not make up the opacity, husky voice, and distortion problems. The sound coming out from the sturdy metal palm rest below, even if you listen to only YouTube video of a person’s voice, I feel very bad. On the other hand, the Dell XPS 12 speakers Waves MaxxAudio help out sounds gorgeous, regarded as a laptop can be issued Tianlaizhiyin. Volume and frequency is increased, its effect is still very good. Almost no bass, but it was loud and clear, and gives a sense of warmth, the stereo separation is also relatively large. I like to listen to music in the XPS 12, its speakers are stronger than most laptop speakers.


Keyboard and touchpad

To make better use of the keyboard, the XPS 12 in the device thickness to make a little sacrifice. But the thickest point on the thickest point, I personally feel very value. For an ultra-pole of this, it is the key process is sufficiently deep, and typing experience quick response. The layout is typical Dell style: slightly concave, rounded texture of the plastic chiclet keyboard, the top line of the smaller function keys. The only fly in the ointment is that the keys are a bit stiff, but after some time may be much better.

I’m not bad said Aspire S7 keyboard, it is only with the XPS 12 is very different. S7 key way much shallower, the keycap is almost completely flat, you might think that this will cause some problems, but it does not actually. The keyboard of the Samsung 9 Series and shallow and stiff, slow response speed, but with S7 typing on both light and reliable. Aspire S7 typing speed is quite fast, because the finger does not need to move very far, and kick down the word, my fingers would not feel stiff, because typing does not require laborious keystrokes.

Acer Aspire S7 Vs Dell XPS 12 Keypad comparison

In addition, S7 is not specifically set function keys, if you want to press the F1-F12, you need to click on the Fn key and the corresponding number key to switch this function is mapped to the arrow keys and letter keys like brightness, volume, and hardware. The effect of actual use is very good. I personally think that, all these years, the function keys has become a bit like the appendix as dispensable, in fact, I prefer to hold down the Fn key and then press a number key. No special function keys, I do not inadvertently equipment tune into mute or turn off WiFi. I only hope that Acer to cancel the function keys released additional space to stay a little to the rest of the key, because I feel they get too close to a little bit cramped.

The keyboard of the two devices with different lighting. Dell is using the bright some glaring LED Acer uses soft light of EL (electroluminescent). Overall, I prefer the EL backlight EL backlight Acer less evenly distributed, some bright and some letters, some letters dark.

Many single, Dell is better than the Acer, but XPS 12 touchpad is a big problem. Aspire S7 Elan touchpad can XPS 12 the Cypress touchpad played rout. The accuracy of the pointer, gesture recognition rate, overall response rate, in which indicators Aspire S7 touchpad, if not perfect, are more than the XPS 12. While I like the XPS 12 touchpad soft touch, but when the finger across the Aspire S7 MacBook general, delicate texture of the glass like surface, I feel much better.

Acer touchpad, sometimes the cursor can not stay in the exact position, but it will not be like the Dell touch screen so erratic stop-and-go. Whenever I use XPS 12 touchpad sooner or later will completely strike, sometimes I can see the reason, sometimes the inexplicable. And it is often confused with the clicks and single-finger scrolling, two-finger scrolling and pinch zoom. Previously severely criticized XPS 13 touchpad, shortly after Dell greatly improved its performance, so I do not give XPS 12 touchpad final nail. Only now, it may make potential buyers own Tuisan.

Performance and software

Price of $ 1,199, the XPS 12 and Aspire S7 is equipped with a 1.7GHz Core i5 processor, 4GB memory and 128GB SSD. You can also pay more money to upgrade to a faster 1.9GHz Core i7 CPU and 256GB solid-state hard drive. It is worth noting that only Dell support 8GB memory expansion. Memory problems may be faster than you think. Although Acer’s first start will only take up 0.9GB of memory, but in my typical work state, that dozens of open browser tabs, push mail, Pandora radio and Win 8 Store application memory footprint soon rose to 3.3GB.


Acer Aspire S7 Performance

Handle this workload, the two laptops are good. Over most of this is not good at handling large amounts of data, but also can not play high-end games, but any other tasks they can successfully perform the biggest advantage is the fast response. With Win 8 and the blessing of the solid-state storage, Aspire S7 start in just nine seconds, XPS approximately 8.8 seconds, while the fast wake-up in just 1.1 seconds and 1.6 seconds respectively. Only once, Dell XPS 12 can not start, display the information that it does not recognize the built-in solid-state hard drive, after I restart the computer, everything will have returned to normal.

Dell and Acer are still some software pre-installed in Win 8 computer, but now the situation has been better than usual. Dell pre-installed software is rarely, Intel and Dell tool. Acer’s preinstalled software easier than ever before, removed, and not as previously flooded your “Start” screen.


Acer Aspire S7 acessories

Life time, noise and heat

Now we take a look at the “Achilles Heel” of these two laptops: battery life time. Standards Verge battery test is in progress, we will screen brightness set to 65%, cycle on a series of popular sites and high-definition images, the results Dell XPS 12 adhere to 4 hours and 33 minutes, the 13.3-inch Acer Aspire S7 adhere to three hours and 55 minutes. In the typical state, XPS 12 about using only four hours, S7, about 3 hours and 15 minutes. Given that they are from the $ 1,199 ultra-extreme, this results disappointed.

The life time of comparison:

Dell XPS 12 4:33

Acer Aspire S7 (13-inch) 3:55

HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 5:11

Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 13 5:08

Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, mid-2012) 5:34

Lenovo ThinkPad X230 7:10

ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A 5:46

HP Envy Spectre XT 5:21

Samsung Series 9 (13-inch, X3C) 5:19

Dell XPS 13 4:55

However, the cooling effect of the two laptops are good. When they play the game even in overload housing, there will not be any heat makes my palms sweat. Noise aspects of the two devices in most of the time can keep quiet, but the XPS 12 began to heat, it’s obvious whir fan, S7 sounds like a miniature Harrier jet is a vertical takeoff preparation. Both devices will have the annoying noise, the Acer more disturbing.

XPS 12 has nothing to do with the fan noise problem: laptop motherboard is to send a high-pitched whine, the same very disturbing, and I hope this is only an epiphenomenon. The launch of the XPS M1330 Dell a few years ago this problem, but not every XPS M1330 are whining. Dell said that they have not found the XPS 12 widespread this problem.

Acer Aspire S7 Vs Dell XPS 12

Acer Aspire S7 (13.3 inches) summary score 7.3


  • Nice sturdy base
  • Excellent 1080p touchscreen
  • Decent keyboard and touchpad
  • Shortcoming
  • Life time of three hours
  • Speaker huge difference
  • Memory can only be expanded to 4GB

The Acer Aspire S7 is the dazzling gorgeous, exquisite workmanship. It may be the first light enough, thin enough, strong enough and comparable to par with the Apple MacBook Air laptop. Aspire S7 Samsung 9 Series kind of annoying keyboard and fever, also unlike the Asus Zenbook Prime as a difficult to use the touch pad and a large number of pre-installed software. But its screen is not the Dell XPS 12, and speaker huge difference, the 13-inch model costs $ 1,399, I feel small expensive. If you do not consider the life time of the Acer Aspire S7 is a perfect minimalist laptop.

The life time of the S7 Acer Aspire short outrageous: 12 one less than the Dell XPS hours, two hours less than many of the more expensive ultra-extreme, three hours less than you can buy the best battery. If you still have extra spare cash, consider buying an external battery pack, Acer will be introduced, it can be extended to double life, mounted on the battery box, the device just as long a tumor. And the Aspire S7 memory can only be expanded to a maximum of 4GB, in order to break through this limit, you must be mastered industrial-grade welding technology Caixing.

However, regardless of the sales of Aspire S7, I want the industry to pay attention to its design. Aspire S7 thin, easy-to-use keyboard, two damping shaft and gorilla glass structure was surprisingly good, I hope I can see a similar design.

Dell XPS 12 Summary: score 7.6


  • Excellent 1080p touchscreen
  • Ingenious rotating shaft
  • Reliable keyboard and sound quality
  • Shortcoming
  • Touchpad too many problems
  • Battery life is generally
  • Port is too small
  • Too heavy, as a Tablet PC

Dai XPS 12 is a laptop liked as a very good use of portable multimedia devices. It has a high-quality keyboard, can cleverly turn, has an excellent speaker (for laptops) and Dream-class high-definition 1080p display.

However, as a Windows Tablet PC, the XPS 12 has some problems: high resolution screen serves users compared to Windows desktop applications, life time with other tablet PC simply slag, and the equipment is relatively heavy and difficult to carry it than walk around for a long time. The touchpad experience is not good enough, enough ports, makes it difficult to make up the determination to buy it. However, Dell may touchpad will solve the problem, if you do not mind carrying the charger, you will feel it is a very good device.

[ source : The Verge ]