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Acer Aspire S7-392 Pro review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £1205
inc VAT

A beautiful Ultrabook with great hardware, but its keyboard and screen are very poor


13.3 in 1,920×1,080 display, 1.3kg, 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-4200U, 4.00GB RAM, 128GB disk, Windows 8 Pro

The Aspire S7-392 Pro is the business edition of Acer’s flagship Ultrabook, the S7. It comes with business-oriented features such as Windows 8 Pro, TPM and vPro security support, but doesn’t sacrifice looks to do so.

Acer Aspire S7-392 Pro

Apart from these extra features, the S7 Pro is almost identical to the ordinary S7. Its stunning ice-white chassis is beautifully designed, and its weight of 1.3kg and maximum height of 13mm makes it ideal for portable computing. As you’d expect, this doesn’t leave much room for ports round the laptop’s sides, but Acer has made good use of the available space, giving you two USB3 ports, one of which supports Sleep and Charge, an SD card reader, an HDMI video output, a combined headphone and microphone jack, and a proprietary port for Acer’s bundled VGA adaptor.

Acer Aspire S7-392 Pro
Acer Aspire S7-392 Pro

One major difference between the S7 and the S7 Pro is the hardware inside the laptop. The S7 Pro comes with one of Intel’s brand new Haswell processors instead of an older Ivy Bridge model, so it gets a boost in processing power, battery life and graphics performance.

This was certainly the case when we ran our multimedia benchmarks, as the S7 Pro’s 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-4200U processor and 4GB of RAM helped the S7 Pro score 47 in our multimedia benchmarks. This is four points ahead of last year’s consumer S7, and it did particularly well in the multitasking section of our test. This means the S7 Pro should be more than capable of handling several different applications at once, so it should have plenty of power for everyday office tasks.

Acer Aspire S7-392 Pro

The laptop’s integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400 chip also performed well in our Dirt Showdown test. On High quality settings at a 1,280×720 resolution, it produced a steady 21.7fps. The graphics processor isn’t powerful enough to play modern 3D games at the highest settings, but you can experience some acceptable average frame rates if you’re willing to sacrifice graphics detail and anti-aliasing. In fact, the S7-392 produced an average frame rate of 28.1fps in our Dirt Showdown benchmark at a resolution of 1,920×1,080, which isn’t bad for a non-gaming laptop.

Acer Aspire S7-392 Pro

A great feature of the S7-392’s i5-4200U processor is its low energy consumption, which helped the S7-392 last an impressive 10 hours and 52 minutes in our light use test with the screen set to half brightness. Last year’s Ivy Bridge-based S7 lasted just over four hours under the same conditions, so this is a huge improvement.

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Basic Specifications

ProcessorIntel Core i5-4200U
Processor clock speed1.6GHz
Memory slots1
Memory slots free0
Maximum memory4GB
SoundRealtek HD Audio
Pointing devicetouchpad and touchscreen


Viewable size13.3 in
Native resolution1,920×1,080
Graphics ProcessorIntel HD Graphics 4400
Graphics/video portsHDMI, VGA via adaptor
Graphics Memory128MB


Total storage capacity128GB
Optical drive typenone

Ports and Expansion

USB ports2
Wired network portsnone
Wireless networking support802.11n
PC Card slotsN/A
Supported memory cardsSD, SDHC, SDXC
Other portscombined audio jack


Carrying caseYes
Operating systemWindows 8 Pro
Operating system restore optionrestore partition
Software includedN/A
Optional extrasN/A

Buying Information

Warrantyone year carry-in

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