Keyboard and TouchPad
The Acer Aspire S7-191 features an island-style keyboard that has become popular of late. It's one of the worst keyboards that my fingers have used during my reviewing career, hardly passing as a keyboard. The typing experience provides nearly no feedback due to there being almost no throw in the keystroke.
There does not seem to be any keyboard flex present, likely due to there being no extra room inside the chassis for the keyboard to flex into. It also helps that the keyboard is cut from a piece of aluminum, providing extra rigidity.
As noted above, the throw of the keys is atrocious. Because of the thinness of the system, the keyboard has nearly zero room to allow the keys to be pressed. This lack of throw removes much of the tactile feedback that quick typists rely on.
The keys have a matte texture on the surface and appear to be perfectly flat. The surfaces of the keys appear to have the same texture and color as the rest of the aluminum body, resulting in a nice look and feel.
The backlight present on this system is that of a premium system. It has a very soft glow that can change in brightness to match the user's environment. This means it can be a soft backlight when typing in bed at night, or a slightly brighter one for use while watching TV in a darkened room.
The touchpad is made from a single piece of material, with all sections touch sensitive and able to be pushed down for a left click. There is no visible delineation for left or right click, meaning you have to take a guess as to where left click ends and right click begins.
The touchpad is recessed down into the palm rest of the machine just slightly. The surface is smoother than the surrounding aluminum and provides an excellent experience.
Acer has equipped the Aspire S7-191 with an 11.6-inch IPS screen pushing out a resolution of 1920x1080. Because the screen is touch-enabled, it comes with the drawbacks associated with having a touchscreen. This means it will have a slight glare problem, along with fingerprints ending up everywhere.
The screen features a giant edge-to-edge piece of glass to enable touchscreen functions. One drawback to having a touch-enabled system is that the screen is often smudged with fingerprints, causing reading to be a pain.
Color reproduction is excellent, due to the use of an IPS panel. Also as a result of using the more expensive IPS panel, viewing angles are much improved. This means you can move left or right and up or down without much change in color representation. With most systems, this would present issues with colors becoming distorted and text becoming unreadable.