Acer’s Ultrabook is thin and looks great but is it up to today’s standard…
• Ultrathin: 13mm
• Acer Green Instant On • Ultra-fast: Acer Instant Connect, which provides access to the Internet in just 2.5 seconds
• Ultra-light: weighs less than 1.4 kg
• Ultra Luxury: Acer FineTip chiclet keyboard
• The Aspire S3 features the latest 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i3/i5/i7 processors and a choice of 240 GB SSD or 320/500 GB HDD with embedded SSD for ultra-fast access and ample media and data storage.
• Packing professionally-tuned Dolby® Home Theater® v4, the Aspire S3 delivers vibrant, cinema-style surround sound and enhanced dialogue quality for optimum listening experiences.
• Standard HDMI® output is also included for connecting the Aspire S3 to popular HD peripheral devices for high-def digital/video playback and extension. Furthermore, users can quickly and easily share data or download photos from their digital cameras using the 2-in-1 card reader that supports SD™ Cards and MultiMediaCard™.
The Look & Feel:
I do like the design of this laptop and you can feel that it is quality on the outside (aluminium and magnesium alloy chassis) but the inside is more plastic, this doesn’t bother me but some people will feel ripped off. As it is an ultrathin laptop you can easily fit the laptop into almost any bag so it is very easy to carry and travel with. Not having an optical drive as expected with most netbooks and ultrabooks but what took me by surprise was that there is no network port so the device is Wi-Fi only. This is great if you live overseas but here we do not have Wi-Fi everywhere and if we do, most of the time you will have to pay for it. The next thing that I had a problem with was the touchpad, it looks great but where are the buttons? The buttons actually lies underneath the pad, I do not prefer the layout like this as sometimes when you press the button windows will pick up that your finger moved so the “click” will be a miss “click”.
The model I reviewed was the Core i5 version with a normal hard drive & an embedded solid state drive. That being said I understood why the OS took a while to load. I reckon with a full SSD that the boot up will be almost instant and will greatly improve the performance and not just resuming from sleep. The Core i5 CPU runs just as good as any other and even with extreme CPU load testing the temperature never exceeded 60 degrees. 4GB memory is more than enough for this device but you can always add that extra to get the most out of it. Although it comes with an Intel HD 4000 graphics card it still handled great as we played a few game on it and never experienced any issues. On the built-in display the max resolution is 1366 x 768 but when you plug into an HD screen with HDMI it will go up to 1920 x 1080.
I couldn’t find out how long the battery life should be, from full charge we worked on it constantly and got just under 3 hours out of it which I would say is about average. The charger is also quite small for easier travelling.