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As an ultrabook that doesn't cost a bomb, the Acer Aspire S3 is essentially competing with the Samsung Series 5. Both cost between Rs. 50,000 and Rs. 55,000. These are, in other words, the entry points to the ultrabook world. Surprisingly, there is a pretty big gap between these two, and the next ultrabook – the Lenovo IdeaPad U300s that costs around Rs. 67,000. For anyone buying on a budget, these are the two options. Weighing 1.35kg, the Aspire S3 is significantly lighter than the rival, the Samsung Series 5 (read our review) that weighs close to 1.5kg. While it isn't as slim as the likes of the Dell XPS 13 (read our review) or the Asus Zenbook UX31E (read our review), it is still slim enough to easily slip into the bag. While the S3 doesn't have the eye-catching capability of let's say the Dell XPS 13 or the Asus Zenbook, it does have a very classy finish. The aluminium frame has to do a dual job here – maintain solidity as well as keep the entire package light. The lid has a brushed metal finish, and we are happy to report that it isn't at all a dust, scratch and fingerprint magnet like a glossy finish would have been. The same finish theme carries on throughout the ultrabook. The brushed metal finish on the lid looks very classy.
The Ultrabook world is continuing its rise to glory as the Acer Aspire S3 (here with the Core i7 processer inside) runs the thin show at .68 inches at its thickest point. This is by no means the thinnest notebook on earth, nor is it the Ultrabook with the most impressive set of specifications, but this relatively basic (if any Ultrabook is basic) model has a stack of features and a full package that will satisfy any general use owner. This notebook has a 13.3-inch Active Matrix TFT display at 1366 x 768 pixel resolution, CineCrystal (glossy) and clear as day coupled with Intel HD Graphics 3000 and Dolby Home Theater v4 audio enhancement on built-in stereo speakers - that means good entertainment. For those of you wondering, this device goes by the code S3-951-6432. You'll find that the display has a perfectly bright and sharp widescreen view for your gaming, processing, and video viewing needs, but beware the glossiness of the display if you're planning on using this laptop outdoors. Of course you're not the type of person to go galavanting around the park with a laptop, so you'll only be worried about your ability to have a great experience on the run.
The S3 is part of an all new series of notebooks for Acer and with regards to the Middle East region, the company claims that it is the first to hit the market with this new category of products. Intel unveiled this new notebook category earlier in the year at Computex, Taipei. The sample on test here is an early engineering model but we're told this sample is comprised of the same hardware that will make it into retail units. Aesthetically speaking the Aspire S3 is a sharp looking machine with a predominately gray exterior. There's a slight hint of black near the hinges for the LCD screen, which provides a nice contrast. The exterior boasts a slight rough texture and we're pleased to report that the surface does not pickup smudges or fingerprints at all. Measuring just 1.3cm thick and weighing 1.4kg, the S3 is a svelte offering. Apple's 13.3-inch MacBook Air in comparison measures 1.7cm thick and weighs 1.35kg. Despite the fact that the S3 is slightly slimmer in terms of thickness, the Air's stylish and contoured design makes it seem like a slimmer proposition to the naked eye. Acer claims this ultrabook offers up to seven hours of battery life but unfortunately, being a preproduction model, we were unable to run our Imtec battery benchmark to confirm the numbers for ourselves.
The first-generation ultrabook war is getting bloody, with the Toshiba Satellite Z830 and Lenovo Ideapad U300S emerging from the pits to take on the Asus Zenbook and this machine, the Acer Aspire S Series. This four-way battle royale should be a fierce contest, but can Acer do enough to beat down the super-thin-yet-powerful laptop competition?The Taiwanese company certainly has experience producing every variety of laptop, from the ultra-portable Timeline range of models such as the Acer Aspire Timeline X 3820TZ to the mighty Ethos multimedia machines including the Acer Aspire Ethos 5943G. One of its dinkiest offerings yet, the 13.3-inch Acer Aspire S3-951 is an appealing prospect for regular travellers. The Intel Core i7 2637M version we tested is priced at £900 in the UK and costs $1300 in the US (where it has the more specific name of Acer Aspire S3-951-6432), which is enticing, considering the impressive specs list.A less powerful Core i5 model can be bought for £700 in the UK, while in the US there are three cheaper Core i5 machines, two of which cost $900, while one retails at $1199.At 1.38kg, the Acer Aspire S3-951 is a similar weight to the other ultrabooks and just slips in under Intel's specified 1.4kg ultrabook weight.
Intel's Ultrabook guidelines describe the anti-netbook. Sure, Ultrabooks aspire to the MacBook Air's sleek, sexy design. But they're also intended as a counter to the blandness of boring 15-inch everyday laptops and to the underwhelming performance of netbooks. Of course, a laptop with improved performance, a svelte chassis, and light weight tends to come at a price, as we saw with $2000 (base price) Sony VAIO Z. Acer is offering its new Aspire S3 for a comparatively reasonable $899 (as of November 16, 2011), and you can find it discounted to sub-$850 online. Still, $850 isn't a budget price by today's standards. Can the Aspire S3 deliver on the promise of good performance in an ultralight, ultrathin package at a not-unreasonable price? The Aspire S3 looks good, and seems to handle well when folded--there's no weird weight distribution that might make it susceptible to drops when you're juggling it with other gear. The plastic shell isn't as rigid as the alloy shells on some Ultrabooks, but it's functional. Opening the Aspire S3 reveals a muted gray keyboard that almost disappears into the chassis and otherwise is notable for possessing the tiniest set of navigation keys (arrows, Page Up, Page Down, and the like) that I can recall seeing on any Windows laptop.
Review: The Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook costs less than a MacBook Air and even other knockoffs, but not without a few sacrifices.They’re here.Ultrabooks, the super-thin laptops developed to specifications laid down by Intel, are now available. Among the first wave is Acer’s Aspire S3.The company’s Timeline products have been among the best ultraportables for several years, offering an affordable alternative to those who couldn’t swing a MacBook - or an Asus U series. Acer’s focus on value has not been abandoned here, either, as the S3 retails at just $900, undercutting competitors by at least $100.That buys you an Intel Core i5 processor - but it’s an ultra-portable variant clocked at 1.6GHz rather than a standard part locked at 2GHz or above. Don’t let that fool you into thinking this is not a powerful machine, however, because all the other components are impressive. There’s the same Intel HD graphics found in this processor’s more powerful siblings, 4GB of RAM, and both a 320GB standard hard drive and a 20GB solid-state drive (SSD).Not bad. But cramming all this into a small frame is sure to be difficult, and the price tag of $900, even if it is $100 less than the competition, means this is far from a budget computer.
The Aspire S3 is Acer's first foray into the world of the ultrabook. It aims to offer enough of a kick to get through all your computing needs without taking up space in your backpack.Our model came packing an Intel Core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 240GB Solid state drive. Annoyingly, that configuration won't be available. Instead, you can get either an Intel Core i7 model with a 500GB hard disk drive or an Intel Core i5 model with a 240GB SSD. They'll cost you £899 and £1,099 respectively.The Acer Aspire S3 is immediately recognisable as part of the ultrabook crowd, due mainly to its super-thin design. At only 16mm thick at its thickest point, it's certainly svelte; with a width of 321mm and a depth of 217mm, it will easily slide into a backpack or an attractive leather briefcase without putting up any kind of fuss. The Acer S3 is an ultrabook, and ultrabook means thin -- it's even skinnier than an iPhone at its thinnest edge. It's about as wide as Apple's 13-inch MacBook Air -- give or take a millimetre -- but it's about 10mm shorter, so Acer will have had a little less room to play with for the keyboard and trackpad. The lid of the S3 is made from brushed aluminium, which felt particularly sturdy under our brutal poking.
The Acer S3 has certain obligations to fill to justify its ultrabook status. Decent battery life, processing power and a slim line (under 2 cm) are all part of the makeup required of this 13.3-inch to get it into the new category of laptops as defined by Intel. An ultrabook must be the perfect companion for travellers who can't make do with the capacities of a netbook. Does the S3 satisfy these needs? Answers below! Once the first 'Oh! It looks like a MacBook Air' thought has passed, you'll be able to appreciate what is a nice object. It appears to be made up of quality materials and seems well-finished. However, when you start handling it, you quickly realise that the shell is in plastic and not aluminium, which is what the Apple competitor uses. The good news is that the plastic in question is well disguised. The bad is that it's a lot less scratch proof than aluminium and you'll have to take care with it when carrying it around if you want it to retain its sheen. Nor is the keyboard anything like the MacBook Air keyboard, in spite of appearances. The S3's is disappointingly cheap: the chiclet type keys aren't all at the same level (some are slightly higher off the base than others!) and there's a little play on some of them.