That’s the same day that Microsoft’s new touch-friendly operating system will hit the streets.
Acer’s Aspire S7 ultrabooks come in two sizes. Prices start at $1199 for a model with an 11.6 inch display. You can also grab a 13.3 inch model for $1400 and up.
Under the hood, both models will have 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS displays, Ivy Bridge processors, solid state disks, and backlit keyboards with light sensors for automatic brightness adjustments.
Acer says the ultrabooks get up to 6 hours of battery life, and the company will offer an optional second battery for up to 12 hours of run time.
The 11 inch model has an aluminum lid while the 13 inch laptop has a Gorilla Glass lid. You can also tilt back the 13 inch lid 180 degrees and fold the laptop flat to use it like a tablet… with a big keyboard sticking out. The screen doesn’t fold over the base to hide the keyboard.
The base configuration for the 11.6 inch model includes an Intel Core i5-3317U processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB solid state disk. The laptop measures 11.2″ x 7.7″ x 0.5″ and weighs 2.3 pounds.
For $1400 you can get a 13 inch model with similar specs, but a 12.7″ x 8.8″ x 0.5″ case and 2.9 pound weight.
Acer will also offer a $1650 model with a 13.3 inch screen, Core i7-3517U CPU, and 256GB solid state disk.
The Acer Aspire S7 is a pretty slick looking machine which ticks pretty much all the boxes you’d want for a premium ultrabooks. But with a starting price of $1199, it seems a bit pricey. Sure, that price includes an HDMI to VGA cable and USB to RJ45 cable, letting you hook up nearly any peripheral to the computer. But it looks like high price tags have been holding ultrabooks back so far, and it’s not clear if adding touchscreens or Windows 8 will change that.