Acer was one of the first producers who succeeded in making the first ultrabooks . The Acer Aspire S3 wanted to be the cheapest of those listed in 2011 (Lenovo released U300S and ASUS launched the ZenBook series with ASUS UX21 and ASUS UX31 models).
Acer wanted to release the Aspire S3 ultrabook at a very good price, but had to make some compromises on the quality of materials used and even some hardware. As we are accustomed in recent years, the good prices are obtained with many sacrifices.
Specifications of Acer Aspire S3 fall in the ultrabook category, but stands out with too many elements, the only notable advantage is the prices. The design is nice, but the quality of materials gives the impression of cheap labor. The casing is made of a harder plastic and aluminum in the lid.
The cheapest Acer Aspire S3 comes equipped with Intel Core i5-2467M at 1.60GHz, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 320GB HDD, Intel HD 3000, Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium - $1000.
In conclusion, I can say that the Acer Aspire S3 is a ultrabook without great pretensions. I appreciated the layout, the keyboard and large opening angle of the screen.
Acer Aspire S3 strengths:
- Good configuration for a ultrabook;
- Comfortable Palmrest and keyboard;
- Nice design;
- Good price for certain configurations.
Acer Aspire S3 weaknesses:
- The plastic case is painted silver to mimic the aluminum;
- Audio weaker compared to competing models;
- Does not have USB 3.0;
Intel introduced at the Computex 2011 a new generation of portable as the ultrabook. To define Ultrabook systems, Intel started with what users want from their mobile devices. Ultrabook systems are built to provide users to work on thinner, lighter and elegant design, offering exciting experiences without compromising the performance.
The first Ultrabook systems that are available from the Christmas have the Intel Sandy Bridge range. They have a slim design and will open immediately with Intel Rapid Start technology.
The Ultrabook aims to be a very thin laptop - under 2cm thick, it cost under $ 1,000 (an obsolete feature of many manufacturers), to weigh under 1.4 pounds, will come equipped with the latest technology with processors from second generation Core i3/i5/i7 and enjoy great autonomy of the battery.
Year 2012 will be the year of ultrabooks. As reported by Intel officials, the processor from the Ivy Bridge generation, which will be incorporated in systems in 2012, will provide greater performance and efficiency. Intel has improved the graphics processor for video and gaming experience.
The Ultrabook Vision is a multi-annual one, involving efforts by the whole industry and will be completed in three phases. The first phase started in 2011 with the introduction of Ultrabook systems first and second phase will begin with the launch of Ivy Bridge generation of Intel during the first half of 2012. In 2013, Intel will release the processor "Haswell" at 22 nm, which will signal the third phase of transition to Ultrabook. Devices that will work with the future chip will transform the personal computing experience.
But until 2013, let's return to the Acer S3 model, a quality ultrabook, manufactured by Taiwanese standards recommended by Intel for the new category of portables. It proved to be the cheapest and the first that was within normal parameters and price.
But good price was achieved with sacrifices. Acer had to replace aluminum with plastic and use even conventional hard drives in some cheap configuration. The first touch is a spectacular product. Gives the impression of a cheap labor, and for many may be the deciding factor in purchasing this laptop.
Acer S3 - folding screen
The design is pleasant, has a thickness ranging from 13 mm to 17 mm and weighs about 1.4Kg. Its 13.3-inch LED screen is a classic, with an average grade. The resolution is that we got used to most recently laptops less than 16 inches - 1366 x 768 pixels.