Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 23 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 23 October, 2011, 12:00am

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While its sleek silver aluminium look and feel, and the fact that it is only 1.3-cm thick, obviously conjures up visions of the Macbook Air, the Acer Aspire S3 is definitely much more than an Air wannabe.

For starters, Acer has decked out the Aspire S3 with the latest range of Intel i5/i7 processors, a 13.3-inch LED-backlit LCD, and the option for the latest SSD drive technology.

The basic model comes with a 1.6GHz Intel i5 chip, Windows 7, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 320GB hard-disk drive with something called 'embedded SSD (solid-state drive)' technology, which reserves a part of the memory to offer super-fast boot-ups like the SSD drives equipped with the Air.

However, Acer has gone a step further with the SSD capability by including its Green Instant On feature, which will wake the S3 up from sleep in 1.5 seconds, and from an ultra energy-efficient state called Deep Sleep in just six seconds. The energy efficiency from the Deep Sleep mode also means that the S3 will stay juiced up for up to 50 days - although it's unclear how much you can use it during that time.

Like the Air, ports are precious on the S3, with only 2xUSB, a 2-in-1 card reader, and HDMI output built-in.

The Acer Aspire S3 is priced at HK$6,998. Two advanced models offering either a faster i7 processor (2.8GHz), or an upgrade to a full SSD (250GB) are available at a slightly higher price.

Pros: ultra-thin and light, super-fast boot-up, long-sleep battery life

Cons: no Broadband port, no USB 3.0, no 3G