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Acer wins rave reviews for new Windows 8 Aspire S7

Following disappointing financial results, Acer has been given a boost by the warm reception given to its new S7

Just a few days after it posted lower-than-anticipated profits, Acer is winning ace reviews for its Aspire S7 laptop.

While just one of a spate of devices from a range of big brands to be designed with the newly-launched Windows 8 operating system in mind, the S7 is relatively unique in that it is both a standard laptop yet it also boasts a fully-interactive touchscreen.

Moreover, it's also an ultrabook, tapping into the growing demand both among business users and also among leisure users for light, portable yet powerful machines.

Notably, according to one top review from leading Australian newspaper The Australian, thanks to the Windows 8 Metro interface, the touchscreen technology is far from simply a gimmick; instead, it makes for a more intuitive user experience and manages to bring the best of tablet computing to a lightweight laptop.

"If the S7 is a guide, Windows 8 is off to a good start on notebooks as this is a stylish and powerful ultrabook that shows off the new Metro interface in its best light," the review concludes.

Other pluses for the Australian reviewer were the more-than-adequate battery life of around six hours 40 minutes for constant video playback, as well as the "clear and bright display", though the Aspire S7 is, it was noted, a relatively new addition to the burgeoning ultrabook market.

Economic commentators and investors will be keen to see whether the newly-released S7 can help get Acer's profitability back on track.

Only last week, the Taiwanese company reported a $2.32 million profit for the third quarter of 2012, with this falling well below prior estimates.

Notably, Reuters has reported that the firm has not cited a single reason for the lower-than-expected profits, though it did note that Acer, along with numerous other Asian technology firms, has been affected by an unhelpful combination of foreign exchange losses and higher tax rates, while also adding that the company is set to give a detailed plan of its future plans later this week.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801478535-ADNFCR