Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook might be a good alternative for the ones which still does not prefer the Mac Book Air. as much of those guys would hate the Mac Book Air, they have to admit that now there are not many Windows options in that area, especially since Apple sells it for $999.
As Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook comes with a $899 price for the 1.7 Ghz i5 Intel processor, it looks like a saving solution for the groups of Windows Ultrabooks buyers. and it does not just come with a low price. Acer promises that Aspire S3 Ultrabook will wake up from its sleep in just 2 seconds and also it will be connected to its network in just half a second. not to mention that Aspire S3 Ultrabook features USB 3.0 and SSD storage. Boy, this ultrabook is pure gold…
Acer is honored to offer the Aspire S3 Ultrabook on the market , a 13-inch, Intel Ultrabook series, laptop . this type of computer should bring the mobility and versatility of the tablet PC for just $899.
We were fortunate to be among the first to take the Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook for a test in our laboratory, just before it flew to the rest of its World Tour. The Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook we are testing is powered with Intel Core i5 and SSD storage. now it surely looks like a good investment, compared to Mac Book Air and its $999 price.
Thin and light, are the first words that come when you have the Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook in your hands. in these two points, we can confirm that it meets the Intel conditions, having a thickness of just 1.33 cm and 1.35 kgs. of course, these measurements have been done with the closed lid of the new Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook. The consumer can not change the battery or hard drive or the SSD itself. The RAM memory is contained by the motherboard, so there is nopossibility to change this, either.
For a so compact unit , Acer has obviously tightened its components, but also used lightweight materials. thus, the chassis of the new Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook is made of magnesium and aluminum. in fact, only the upper part of the chassis is made of aluminum. The keyboard is the only plastic part of the Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook.
Some flaws on Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook
Even if the Ultrabook seems to be well-built, it still has some flaws. they can not be definitively attributed to poor design, but the copy of Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook that we tested is a Sample, a non-final version of the device. We note as well as the hinge of the screen shows a lot of play. this may be due to the many manipulations that Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook had to endure during many presentations. in addition, the black plastic back cover which does not stay in place and detaches easily. Hopefully these points will be corrected in the final version of the Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook.
Acer has made a good and sustained efforts on the ergonomics of the new Aspire S3 Ultrabook. Pleasant to the touch it is also fairly well organized. Unlike most laptops, the connection is not on its sides, but in the back of the ultrabook, just below the screen. this allows to have free sides which gives more space to the user. On the contrary, it is a stupid ideea when it comes to plug an USB stick.
The connector consists of two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port and a power jack. Yes, Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook gives limited communication possibilities, but in less than 2 cm thick, it seems hard to beat that numbers.
A microphone misplaced on the new Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook
On the sides of the ultrabook, there are two openings, one for SD and MMC cards and the other one needed to plugin some headphones. There is no possibility to connect a headset with a minijack. The Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook is equipped with its own microphone next to the keyboard. The only regret we had with this fact is that the microphone captures all the sounds as you type. next to the webcam would have been a better choice.
Meanwhile, the keyboard on Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook gave us a pleasant surprise. Its keys are nice. they have a short stroke and soft seizure, which is ideal for hours of working without fatigue. However, as on many computers less than 13 inches, the arrow keys are neglected and too narrow. and as a little touch of madness, Acer cut the “Enter” key in half, placing on its top a shortcut to the backslash. why would you do that thing?
Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook comes
with two new technologies: the Green Instant On and Instant Connect. they are created in order to meet Intel’s conditions for ultrabooks. Intel wants a quick start. therefore, the Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook can come out of standby mode in just 2 seconds and can access the Internet after another half a second. with these scores, Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook sets some records, definitely.
In standby mode, thanks to the Instant Connect, the Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook is capable of staying 50 days, according to Acer. as we had this ultrabook a day in the writing process, it was difficult to control this value. However, we were able to test its autonomy in some normal applications. Its battery resisted for 7 hours (almost a working day). an intensive test, using all the memory and processor load, drained the battery in just one hour and forty minutes. this does not represent the standard standby time, but it is good to know that multiplying the number of applications, the battery will be drained very fast. Using the Internet and some office applications didn’t seem to be a problem for the baterry autonomy of Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook.
And since we’re talking about Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook’s good things, then this is a good opportunity to mention the charger. it is very compact compared to the average of this class, even if it is far from that of a MacBook Air.
Powered by the Core i7 1.7 GHz processor, an 128 GB SSD and 4 GB of RAM, Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook is responsive and meets the requirements of most of the users. even the graphics is honest. There is an Intel GMA HD3000 with dedicated 128 MB . The surprise was to see Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook running a recent game (Torchlight in this case) with all the graphics options enabled, scoring between 45 and 60 frames per second, with very good flow.
The 13 inches display on Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook is also good, even if it is not a high-end one. The resolution is 1366 x 768 pixels. The colors are very natural and also it is the contrast.
At this moment, we can not find a better alternative to Apple’s Macbook Air. However, it is important to remember that the Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook finishing is below the laptop from Cupertino. There is no entire frame aluminium chassis here. nevertheless, with the equivalent configuration, the Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook is sold with $100 less than the MacBook Air.
But don’t forget that Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook inspires confidence in this new area of ultrabooks . soon, other manufacturers such as Asus will launch their solutions. until now it was the netbook and the tablet time. will 2012 be the year of Ultrabook?
Facts about Acer
The Acer company or Acer Incorporated is a computer manufacturer based in Taiwa,n specialized in the manufacture and sale of computers, monitors and other computer peripherals. it was founded in 1976 by Stan Shih .
The Acer Group now has interests in numerous other IT industry areas. therefore the Taiwan based company includes also: BenQ , Winstron , AOpen , AU Optronics , ULi …
Therefore, Acer developes (directly or indirectl)y most of the parts it incorporates into its products (audio chipsets and graphic displays etc.).
In 2005 , Acer was having 18% of the IT market share on the first quarter of 2005. Acer takes control of the U.S. computer manufacturer Gateway together with the eMachines brand in August 2007, and also on Packard Bell in September. therefore Acer becomes the third largest computer manufacturer in the world (10% of the world market share at that moment) behind the U.S. Hewlett-Packard and Dell companies, but ahead of the Chineese Lenovo Corp. it was producing 20 million computers a year, at that time
Acer’s policy is based on indirect sales only, by channel ditribution.
In March 2008, Acer announced the acquisition of Taiwanese industrial company E-TEN specialized in smartphones production for $ 290 million.
In early 2009, Acer relaunch Gateway brand in Europe .
Acers current CEO is Jim Wong, which has recently succeeded Gianfranco Lanci.
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