I ended up snagging an Acer A7 haswell during that sale at the Microsoft store.
Sad to say, but I'm disappointed. Civ5 has a lot of graphical glitches that make it unplayable(despite the game's recent optimizations for ultrabooks) and the laptop is worse than bad.
And I think my fingers are too fat for a 1080p touchscreen. Ironically using teamviewer with my desktop's 1680x1050p display It worked perfectly so it's not the machine that is at fault.
I'm thinking about returning it and waiting for some 11'' Haswell machines which wouldn't look so bad at lower-res and would be a bit more portable. The only thing I ask, is which brands have the best keyboards(Dell and Lenovo?) And what could be behind this:
I've seen people on HD3000s playing fine, and have a friend with an iGPU older than the 'HD' naming scheme who can play fine(albeit at 5fps).. and the S7 wasn't overheating. In case it's not obvious my problems are: The dark filter over explored but not currently visable areas does not display, those graphical glitches, when the FoW was on I could see trees and cities through it, as well as textures on the edge of it would not load. I figured it was a driver error so I tried to update(Intel drivers told me to head to Acer's site and refused to install). Well, I used the drivers on their site and that's when the stretchy glitch started. Before it was just problems with the FoW.
One more question... would running the game on my desktop and streaming it to my laptop via Splashtop be an option? It runs at a consistent 30FPS maxed(input lag not a prob with turn based games) on my home network. The only problem is the touch screen is a little buggy(for whatever reason it acts as if there is an extra finger on the screen.. not a problem with teamviewer though TV only gets 5FPS with Civ . :/ ) My question is, would I be seeing this kind of performance 5 miles away at school?