The Acer Aspire 7 17.3” laptop is a sturdy creation, with a chassis of brushed metal and plastic and a tight hinge. It offers several ports for connectivity, including 2 x USB 2.0, USB 3.1 and USB-C, a neat fold-out Ethernet port, and a full HDMI port. It has a single combo headphone jack, Kensington Lock and an SD card reader and all the ports are placed towards the back of the laptop.
The keyboard is quite large but with a small number pad. It is comfortable to use with pressure-resistant keys and is optionally backlit. The touchpad is large but is placed to the left of the laptop, a bit awkward for right-handed users. It is responsive and fast and the key-clicks work well too.
The 17.3” display is a matte FHD IPS with decent color and brightness but not very accurate in color representation – not a great laptop for photo editing. Performance comes via a core i7 Kaby Lake processor, an energy-efficient GPU, 256 GB SSD, and a decent 16 GB RAM.
With a fingerprint reader included, audio that will do for basic use and battery life of up to 9 hours without Wi-Fi but only 5 with it, the Acer Aspire 7 is a laptop for relatively basic everyday use.