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The Acer 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 S3'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.
Compact and light.
Low priced for an Ultrabook.
Fair enough battery life (four and half hours under load).
Thin and Light.
Core i5 processor and 4GB memory provide potent performance.
Combination of spinning hard drive and SSD provides larger storage capacity without losing speed.
More affordable than competitors.
Nearly instant-on from sleep mode; moderate pricing
Keyboard and Screen could be better.
Poor audio quality.
Limited number of ports.
Surprisingly loud and aggressive fan.
Stuffed to the gills with shovelware.
Truction feels cheap.
Cheap plastic chassis.
Limited viewing angles.
The construction is a step below super-premium.
Connectivity is limited.
Below-average performance for a Core i5 processor.
By NotebookCheck on September 10, 2012
The prior Aspire S3-951 ultrabook could count its low price (for an ultrabook) to its purchase arguments. This no longer applies to the Aspire S3-391 because there are now a few ultrabooks that are considerably cheaper, for example Lenovo's IdeaPad...
By RegHardware on May 12, 2012
Product round-up It took a little while for the production lines to get going, but the first few months of 2012 have seen super-slim Ultrabooks completely outnumbering every other type of desktop or laptop PC coming our way. Intel’s tight definition...
By TopTenREVIEWS on April 11, 2012
The wedge-like design looks sleek, but you will find other ultrabooks that offer more solid...
By 5FWD on March 23, 2012
The Asus S3 feels like a middle of the road laptop. It does everything you need it to do without ever excelling itself. A short battery life is the real kicker, but that’s the price you pay for an ultrabook that costs a lot less than many of its...
By InsideHW on March 22, 2012
If you just want to read about new Kepler GPU right now click here ! Design, portability, low weight and good battery autonomy are the selling points of the new ultrabook category. Yet different users have different needs, and due to the...
By PC Pro on March 12, 2012
Despite being one of the cheapest Ultrabooks on the market, Acer's Aspire S3 is a solid, unshowy performer with serious low-budget appeal...
By Gadget Guy Australia on February 16, 2012
While there’s a lot to like about Acer’s debut Ultrabook, it’s not all perfect. Most of the issues we’ve highlighted are easily ignored, and at $1599, it’s $200 less than the Apple equivalent. Windows users after a good...
By PCWorld New Zealand on February 07, 2012
Acer’s Aspire S3 is the first ‘Ultrabook’ released in the New Zealand and Australian markets. Ultrabooks – ultra-thin and light laptops intended to offer long battery life without compromising on performance – are set to be...
By Maximum PC on February 06, 2012
You’d have to actively be avoiding the tech media over the past several months not to have heard about Ultrabooks. Their coming has garnered a boatload of buzz, fueled in no small part by Intel’s $300 million fund to get hardware and software makers...
By GadgetSpeak on February 04, 2012
The portable computer family continues to expand. First we has laptops/notebooks, then came netbooks closely followed by tablets. Now Ultrabooks join the...
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