Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook coming this week for $899

By on October 10, 2011, 4:00 PM

Acer's first "ultrabook" is finally hitting the market this week with a price below the magic $1,000 mark and a surprisingly good feature set. The 13.3-inch Aspire S3 is 0.51 inches thin and weighs only 2.98 pounds. Its chassis is made from magnesium alloy and under the hood it packs an Intel Core i5 processor, a 20GB solid-state drive operating system and the machine’s current state, as well as a 320GB hard drive for storage.

The system's LED-backlit display offers a 1,366 by 768-pixel resolution and is driven by the CPU's integrated Intel HD graphics 3000 graphics processor. It ships with a standard 4GB of RAM and offers connectivity options like USB and HDMI ports, a memory card reader, a headphone port, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0+ HSR.

In terms of battery performance, Acer is claiming 6 hours of continuous use and a whopping 50 days of standby power. The company has implemented a Green Instant On feature that can wake up the system from Sleep mode in just 2 seconds, or if the laptop goes into Deep Sleep mode (after 8 hours of nonuse) it can wake in 6 seconds. They also did away with the bottom vents and tweaked the machine to dissipate heat more efficiently.

The Aspire SE-951 will go on sale this week at U.S. and Canadian retailers for a suggested price of $900. Acer expects to roll out other Ultrabook models with Core i3 and Core i7 processor options as well as larger SSDs, but there's no date or pricing details yet. By comparison, Apple's 13-inch MacBook Air starts at $1,299 and comes with a 1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB flash storage.

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Win7Dev said:

Apple is going to have to come out with a "macbook lighter than air" if they still want to compete in the ultra thin category now. I would never pay $400 more just for a different OS. I have a hard enough time paying just $30 for an upgrade from windows 7 home premium to professional (student price, if your wondering where you can get the upgrade for $30)

Guest said:

This looks good. I don't mind paying $40 more to bump the 20GB SSD to 40GB (I am not willing to pay more than $2/GB at this point).

This might make Apple more popular by forcing them to lower their prices. Overall, competition is great for consumers.

Guest said:

Regarding my previous comment aobut 20GB to 40GB SSD upgrade, I forgot that Intel has SRT that uses the SSD as a cache (hybrid) to the HDD. So, 20 GB is plenty. Nice job, Acer. Now, bring down the price a bit and it would be even more awesome.

Guest said:

Does the Aspire use Intel's SRT or some other caching solution?

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