I'm just going to come out and say it straight away: I love this computer. I love everything about it, save for one massive flaw that would cause me not to buy it. The performance? Nope, it's everything you would expect from an Ultrabook.
The size or weight? Nope, this system is nearly as thin as the MacBook Air or ASUS Zenbook. The screen? Nope, the 1080p IPS screen is fabulous and even comes with touch. So, just what is it that I can't stand? The keyboard.
The keyboard equipped on this otherwise amazing system is abysmal. I can't recall using a worse keyboard on any other system, past or present, which was as bad as the one on the Aspire S7-191. It's absolutely atrocious.
Don't get me wrong, the keyboard does work as described. You hit keys and text displays on the system's gorgeous screen. But the act of actually pushing the keys is horrendous. They lack any sort of feedback. They're mushy and have almost zero throw. I do understand that there are engineering constraints when making a system this slim. To enable more throw, the system most likely would have to be thicker. In this instance, I'd be willing to make the trade.
By not having a keyboard that's capable of providing a decent typing experience, the system basically forces its user to bring along an external keyboard, basically reducing its portability below that of even the largest 17-inch gaming system.
If you rarely type on your notebook, I can think of no better system than the Aspire S7-191 for this class of laptops. However, if you even type a few e-mails a day, you're better off looking elsewhere in the computing world, especially when you factor in the price.
The system will set you back a costly $1,199.99 from Newegg at the time of writing. That's the cost of a premium machine. As I have been saying throughout this review, everything about this system is incredibly premium, save for the keyboard.
That's why I would never buy this system. As a writer, I use my keyboard heavily every day. I also use it to take notes during meetings and program applications. I would rather use a cramped 10-inch netbook keyboard than use the one equipped on the Aspire S7-191.
And that's the sad part. I absolutely love this system. It's simply gorgeous. The brushed aluminum, the IPS 1080p screen, and the form factor... wow! But without a decent keyboard, it's just not a useful system. It's like buying a car that has loads of horsepower and looks sleek, but has a mushy gearbox and steering.
If you are insistent that this is the system for you-don't get me wrong, I would buy it in a heartbeat if the keyboard was halfway decent-I would implore you to locate one in a store before purchasing it so that you can try the keyboard out for yourself. Unfortunately, I think you'll find the keyboard quite disappointing.
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