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For the past four years I’ve been using a Samsung Series 9 notebook as my go-to device for on-the-go computing. Four years later I’m still amazed at how sturdy, yet thin-and-light this 2.4 pound laptop is.

But the Sandy Bridge processor are non-removable battery are starting to show their age. So when The Microsoft Store launched a sale on Acer Aspire S13 laptops with prices as low as $599 last week, I jumped on that deal and bought a model with a Core i7 Skylake chip, a matte touchscreen display, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage.

It arrived last night and while it’s too early for a full review, here’s the short version: it’s a huge upgrade in terms of performance and battery life. It’s a bit heavier and a bit bigger than my Samsung laptop. But it’s still pretty compact, at less than 0.6 inches thick and less than 3 pounds.

I don’t love Acer’s keyboard layout, but I’m pretty sure I’ll get used to the position of the arrow/home/end/volume/brightness keys eventually. The good news is it is quieter to type on (the keys don’t clack as much).

More good news? It’s still on sale… as are several other compact notebooks.


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