Pros

  • Good price/performance ratio
  • Solid chassis with backlit keyboard

Cons

  • Heavy and bulky for an Ultrabook
  • Finicky and overly sensitive touchpad
  • Display and speakers underwhelming

Manufacturer’s Description

Ultra mobile at just 20 mm slim and 2.1 kg, this Ultrabook still provides a full-size chiclet keyboard for speedy input, and fast file transfers via USB 3.0 and Bluetooth 4.0.2 Pop a disc into the optical drive and savor the sound of Dolby Home Theater v4 sound. Need more liberation? Choose a model with 10-point touch control!

Manufacturer’s Website

http://us.acer.com

The Specs

Processor
Processor type Intel Core i5-3317U
Processor speed 1700.0 MHz
Display
Display size 14.0 inches
Display type Glossy LCD with LED Backlight
Touchscreen Multitouch
Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels
Graphics
Graphics Type Integrated
Primary Graphics Chipset Intel HD Graphic 4000
Storage
Drives included 1.0
Raid type none
Drive size 500.0 GB
Hard Drive Speed 5400.0 RPM
Drive type Hard Disk Drive
General Information
UPC Code 887401022066
Battery
Vendor Rated Battery life 8.0 hours
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces
  • Bluetooth
  • HDMI
  • USB 3.0
Wireless connection 802.11 n
Memory
Memory size 6.0 MB
Memory type DDR3
Memory max 6.0 GB
Dimensions
Width 13.4 inches
Depth 9.7 inches
Height 0.9 inches
Weight 4.4 pounds
Weight with Accessories 5.2 pounds
Optical Drive
Included Drives DVD Drive
Sound
Speakers Stereo
Storage Media
SD card Yes
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8
Other Features
Devices
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • Built-In Microphone
  • Built-In Webcam
Input devices Touchpad (multitouch)

Performance

Overall Performance
Worldbench Score 46.0
Worldbench Version 8
Battery
Battery Life 5:29   (hh:mm)
Start Up
Start Up 12.2   seconds (lower is better)
Office Productivity
PCMark 7 Productivity Suite 939.0   score (higher is better)
Web Browsing
Peacekeeper 2049.0   score (higher is better)
Storage Performance
PCMark 7 Storage Test 1621.0   score (higher is better)
File Compression 180.9   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 448.7   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 212.5   seconds (lower is better)
Audio Encoding 303.4   seconds (lower is better)
Power Usage
Working power usage 3.5   Watt hours
Idle power usage 11.6   Watts
Gaming
3DMark 11, 1280x720 Performance 624.0   score (higher is better)
Civilization V, Leader Benchmark, Low Quality, 1366x768 577.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
Civilization V, Late Game View, Low Quality, 1366x768 11.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt Showdown, Low Quality, 1366x768 34.4   Frames per second (higher is better)