Latest Macbook Air 13 vs Acer Aspire S7

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Rob587, Apr 22, 2014.

  1. Rob587 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 4, 2004
    Orlando, FL
    Macbook Air 13 $1,048
    Acer Aspire S7 $899

    I love Apple products, but $149 is a nice discount for a similar machine. Anyone have a solid argument for one or the other, or does it just come down to personal preference and how you feel about the OS?
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Pick the platform that best serves your needs, OSX or windows. If it doesn't matter to you then go with the cheaper model.

    I like OSX, and prefer what it has to offer over windows so I'm willing to spend a little more.
  3. Rob587 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jul 4, 2004
    Orlando, FL
    Its such a tough one. I love that Apple has no bloat ware or virus issues. But I dont like some of the compatabilty issues. lol
  4. bigeasy_uk macrumors 6502

    Sep 8, 2005
    Leamington Spa, England
    The MacBook Air has twice the battery life, better graphics card, better resale value, osx.

    The Acer has a higher resolution screen.

    I'd go with the Air myself!
  5. Mal67, Apr 22, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2014

    Mal67 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 2, 2006
    West Oz
    Windows 8.1.1 is actually quite interesting to use. I like the way you can pin Apps to the start menu amongst other things although I have Classic Start on there still. However build wise resale etc are likely to be higher for the Air. Is the Acer able to have its memory upgraded after purchase and if so by how much?
  6. kelon111 macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2013
    Acer has made some of the worst laptops I've used. There are reasons why some people call Acer laptops budget computers.


    Acer is known to offer horrible warranty service in most cases. Pay the $149 extra and get something with better warranty.
  7. skaertus macrumors 68040


    Feb 23, 2009
    The Acer Aspire link is broken.

    However, as I could figure out, we are talking about these two laptops:

    13-inch Apple MacBook Air: Intel "Haswell" Core i5 1.3 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, 1440x900 TN screen, 2.96 lbs.

    13-inch Acer Aspire S7: Intel "Ivy Bridge" Core i5 1.8 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, 1920x1080 IPS screen, 2.87 lbs.

    In my point of view, these machines are not similar. They are very different machines. As I can see, the Acer has only the following advantages over the MacBook Air:

    - the Acer is US$ 149 cheaper than the Air;
    - the Acer has a better screen, with a higher resolution (1920x1080), than the Air (1440x900);
    - the Acer is slightly lighter than the Air (2.87 lbs vs. 2.96 lbs);
    - the Acer has a touch screen while the Air does not (you should have in mind that OS X does not support touch screens, though, so it is not really an advantage).

    The MacBook Air, on the other hand, has several advantages over the Acer, and it is clearly a better computer in my opinion:

    - the Air uses a more recent processor, Haswell, which has advantages over the processor in the Acer laptop (an Ivy Bridge);
    - the Air has a better integrated video card (which comes with the more modern processor);
    - the Air has much better battery life than the Acer (some tests put the Haswell Air battery life at 12-15 hours, which is the best among ultrabooks, while the Ivy Bridge Acer Aspire S7 has about 4-5 hours of battery life, one of the worst among ultrabooks); this is in part due to the battery-saving capabilities of the Haswell processor;
    - the keyboard of the Air is better than the one found in the Acer;
    - the trackpad in the Air is stellar, while the one in the Acer is not;
    - the Acer looks and feels much more fragile than the Air.

    You can always find Ivy Bridge ultrabooks for sale, as they are outdated. A Haswell Acer Aspire S7 will be of course more expensive. But an Ivy Bridge Aspire S7 will certainly be cheaper. You will also be able to find a MacBook Air, or an Asus Zenbook, or a Dell XPS 13, or a similar machine, with an Ivy Bridge processor for a lower price. It's because it does not represent the last generation.
  8. mad3inch1na macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2013

    The main reason why I would recommend a mac laptop over a competing laptop is the Apple glass trackpad. Even if the aspire had a combination of battery life and performance that the MBA had, which I do not think it does, the trackpad would still be significantly worse. My friend just got a haswell acer laptop, and the trackpad response is abysmal. If you like the feel of OSX and don't expect desktop performance from your laptop, Apple is the way to go. Mac computers are ultimately the most user friendly systems out there. If you can sacrifice a bit of performance for a well balanced experience, then you are looking at a Mac. It really makes a huge difference, and the combination of all day battery life, speedy PCIE flash, and a perfect physical input system put the MBA ahead of any other consumer laptop.

    If you really need power, there are better Acer laptops for less money. My friend got a 13" acer with an i5 4200U, 4GB RAM, a gtx 750m, and a 1080p display for 700$. If you need to save money, you can get a windows laptop. That is a pretty bad price for what you would be getting, so it is hard to recommend it with the benefits that a MBA offer. The acer you are looking at isn't worth over 600$. Maybe then I would recommend it, and I bet you could find it for that price.

  9. Rob587 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jul 4, 2004
    Orlando, FL
    You guys really helped me understand the issue better. I really don't need the extra power. I'm more concerned with battery, track pad, and price.

    I need to buy on Amazon b/c I have Amazon credit, but I wish they had a new MBA 13 that was 1 or 2 generations older for a better price.
  10. gtanner00 macrumors member

    Apr 21, 2014
    If you were considering the more recent haswell S7 it would have been a Mich harder choice. With the Air you give up touch screen, high resolution, 180 degree hinge, and faster processor. With the S7 you give up the better GPU and OS x ability. The s7 is a really nice machine and Acer has really turned their image around when it comes to premium products. I decided to go with a macbook pro because both ultra books and the MBA do no have the CPu and GPU strength that I would be needing
  11. mad3inch1na macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2013
    Can you use your amazon credit on a used product from a 3rd party? I wouldn't recommend anything other than the 2013 model just because of the nearly doubled battery life it offers. Also, with a month left until WWDC, it can't hurt to wait, unless you really need it now. The new MBA may not be released, but it will most likely be announced.
  12. tdhurst macrumors 601


    Dec 27, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ

    Define: "compatibility issues"

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