Keyboard and TouchPad
The Aspire V Nitro comes with, as you would expect from a premium gaming system, a backlit keyboard. The color used by Acer is red, which is a common color for gaming keyboards to use. Brightness won't blind you at night, and the keys can still be seen in brighter conditions.
The keyboard Acer has chosen to equip the V Nitro with is quite solid. There is some flex present near the backspace key, but the WSAD keys are solid as can be. The typing experience is also quite good, and I had no difficulties adjusting to the keyboard from my mechanical desktop keyboard.
Key throw, as you would expect, is small, but it is noticeable enough to not affect my typing speed or accuracy. Noise from the keyboard is minimal, but enough that you can tell that the key was articulated.
The keys are perfectly flat. The overall keyboard design makes use of the now standard island style. Worthy of a mention are the arrow keys, which are those slightly odd half keys, but if you are going to use the arrow keys for gaming, they will do the job. You'll just be likely mishit the key every now and again. Besides, as a PC gamer, you should be using the WSAD keys!
The touchpad is made from a single piece of material. The touchpad is large and features a slight rubbery texture, like the texture some smartphones use. The entire trackpad depresses for a single click, and if you use two fingers, a right-click will register. The touchpad is ever-so-slightly recessed into the palm rest.
The Aspire S7 features a 15.6-inch Full HD display (1920x1080). It uses a matte display cover, helping to reduce glare. While colors stay quite true as you move off-angle, the display noticeably dims. This is most noticeable when the display is pushed back, i.e. you are below the optimal viewing angle. The display isn't the brightest I've ever seen, but it gets the job done.
I can't wait to take a look at the 4K-equipped V Nitro. That should be a thing of beauty.
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- Page 1 [Introduction & Specifications, Configurations and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Temperatures, Cooling and Noise]
- Page 3 [User Interfaces]
- Page 4 [Testing Methodology]
- Page 5 [Accessory Port Layout and Performance]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Gaming Performance]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - System Performance]
- Page 8 [Battery Life Performance]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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