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Acer Aspire S3-391 13.3-inch Ultrabook - Aluminium (Intel Core i5 3317U 1.7GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8 64-bit)

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Core i5, 500GB HDD
  • Save time with Acer Green Instant On. Put the S3 to sleep and spring it back to life in less than 2 seconds
  • The sleek and stylish aluminium and magnesium alloy chassis is strong and light, helping the Aspire S3 weigh less than 1.4 Kg
  • Professionally tuned speakers with Dolby Home Theater v4 for cinema-quality sound
  • HDMI connectivity allows you to easily connect your S3 to any compatible TV or monitor
  • The Aspire S3 features an innovative thermal design that keeps you comfortable even when you use the notebook for hours at a time
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Product Information

Style Name: Core i5, 500GB HDD
Technical Details
BrandAspire
Item Weight1.3 Kg
Product Dimensions21.8 x 32.3 x 1.8 cm
Item model numberNX.M1FEK.004
SeriesAspire S3-391
Form FactorUltraThin
Screen Size13.3 inches
Processor BrandIntel
Processor TypeCore i5
Processor Speed1.7 GHz
Processor Count2
RAM Size4 GB
Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive Size500 GB
Graphics Card DescriptionIntegrated
Graphics RAM TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Operating SystemWindows 8
Lithium Battery Weight955 grams
  
Additional Information
ASINB009R16Z7K
Best Sellers Rank 27,676 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.5 Kg
Date First Available12 Oct 2012
  
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Product Description

Style Name: Core i5, 500GB HDD

Product Description

Aspire S3 Ultrabook
The breath-taking Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook is ultra-thin, ultra-light and ultra-responsive. Click here to see more details.

Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook -- Thin. Fast. Portable. Connected.

Experience the next revolution in computing with the Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook.

Thin

Ultra-Slim Design

Viewed from any angle, the Aspire S3 is super slender. At its thinnest point, it's just 13 mm (0.51") slim.

Ultra-Light

The 'champagne'-finish Mg-Al design gives the Aspire S3 a sleek look and feel and makes the notebook as light as a feather - at only 1.35 kg - while also protecting the LCD.

Features
See how all the features of the Aspire S3 fit together. Click here to see more details.
Integrated Design LCD

Revolutionary display technology integrates the LCD screen into the 13.3" frame, cutting the bezel thickness by a third. What's more, the LCD is protected by a resilient case design with aluminium cage for maximum protection.

Cool and Comfortable

The Aspire S3 features an innovative thermal design that keeps you comfortable even when you use the notebook for hours at a time. The airflow design channels air from the keyboard to keep the notebook constantly cool, and directs warm air toward the rear, away from you.

Fast

SSD & HDD options

Acer Aspire S3 is one of the only Ultrabooks with a hard disk drive (HDD) option***, providing large storage space (500GB). A solid state drive (SSD) enables fast data access, is light and quiet, and features a sturdy design for ultraportable devices.

Aluminium/Mg-Al alloy frame
The Aluminium/Mg-Al alloy frame is attractive and light, yet strong enough to protect the screen and components.
Next Generation Intel Core ULV Processors

The Acer Aspire S3 comes equipped with the power of the next generation Intel Core Ivy Bridge ULV (Ultra Low Voltage) processors, giving you the option of a Core i3, Core i5 or a Core i7. Designed to give you multitasking performance with the ultimate in power efficiency, the Intel Core ULV processors enable you to work faster and have more fun, with less waiting.

Portable

Indicator lights
Indicator lights are located on the corner of the S3, so you can know the battery and system status anytime. Click here to see more details.
Aluminium/Mg-Al Alloy Frame

Strong as steel, light as ABS plastic - the Aluminium/Mg-Al design of the Aspire S3 gives you the best of both worlds. But thin and light does not also mean hot - the innovative thermal efficiency found inside the S3 allows for comfortable extended use.

Powerful Longevity

Thanks to Acer Instant On, the Acer Aspire S3 with an embedded high-density, highly flexible and super-lightweight Li-polymer battery pack provides up to 6.5 hours of usage, and up to 80 days using Acer Green Instant On.* **

Acer Green Instant On

Put the Aspire S3 to sleep, and spring it back to life in just 1.5 seconds from Sleep mode. After 8 hours in Sleep mode, or after the period you set, the notebook enters Deep Sleep, conserving battery life for up to 80 days.* ** Yet, when you return, your Aspire S3 turns right on in 6 seconds, and everything looks exactly as you left it.

Comfortable keyboard
The S3 is designed for extended use, with a comfortable keyboard and an airflow design that channels hot air away from you. Click here to see more details.

Connected

Acer Instant Connect for 4x Faster Internet Connections

The Aspire S Series remembers your favourite access points (APs) or new places visited, and reconnects to them instantly, so you can get on the Internet in just 2.5 seconds - that's up to four times faster(^ ^^) than notebooks without this technology.

Acer Crystal Eye 1.3 MP HD Webcam

This HD webcam with built-in microphone presents clear, lifelike images, and supports video recording and photo capture. The Acer Crystal Eye webcam has a 1280 x 1024 resolution, and is also able to record 720p videos easily.

Acer InviLink Nplify 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Connectivity

Surf the Internet and stay in touch with your people with reliable, high-speed connectivity via Ethernet or Wi-Fi. A Wi-Fi CERTIFIED wireless-N network connection enables long-range, fast, reliable wireless Internet.

Acer clear.fi
With Acer clear.fi, it's easy to stream and share music, video and more across different devices. Click here to see a larger image.
Bluetooth 4.0 + HS

Bluetooth 4.0 is the latest standard for quick, short-range wireless file transfers, featuring low-energy technology that significantly reduces power consumption.

High-speed USB 3.0

The next generation of USB connectivity transfers data to and from external devices 10x faster than USB 2.0, taking advantage of capabilities supported by many of the newest devices.

Acer clear.fi Cross-platform Multimedia Sharing

Easy to set up, clear.fi takes the complication out of sharing your music, photos and movies between multiple devices. It will automatically detect new devices that have been connected, from PCs to Smartphones, running Windows, Linux, or Android. From there it's easy to search devices for music, photos and videos within the home network, easy to share between devices. Thanks to clear.fi and the HDMI port your PC can stream and appreciate the multimedia stored on any of the devices that are connected to your home network and clear.fi enabled.

Beautifully Rich Sound with Dolby Home Theater v4 & HDMI

Slender but bold, the Aspire S3 sports professionally tuned speakers with Dolby Home Theater v4 for trumpeting cinema-quality sound, while HDMI connectivity is your ticket to high-definition large-screen entertainment.

* In Deep Sleep mode, battery life lasts up to 80 days if the battery is fully charged when the notebook goes to Sleep.

** The listed battery life is based on MobileMark 2007 productivity mode testing with wireless on. Details of MobileMark2007 testing are available at the BAPCo website. Battery life rating is for comparison purposes only. Actual battery life varies by model, configuration, applications, power management settings, operating conditions, and utilized features. A battery's maximum capacity decreases with time and use.

*** With embedded SSD, which is integrated with the mainboard and dedicated to Acer Green Instant On. It is not visible in file explorers.

^ With previously used access points.

^^ Time based on testing with the following applications open: Internet Explorer 9 (Internet search and email web pages), PowerPoint viewer (file size 68 MB) and Excel (file size 108 MB) of Microsoft Office 2010 Starter, and logged in to Windows Live Messenger 2011.

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Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D.T. Aitkenhead on 18 May 2013
Style Name: Core i5, 500GB HDD Verified Purchase
I purchased this laptop in late April sadly at a higher price than it is currently being sold at. I read the comments and criticisms of the item with interest. However all can be addressed with some simple configurations;

1. Colours washed out - You can increase the Saturation in the Intel HD Graphic Properties (You can find it in the Control Panel called "Intel(R) Graphics and Media") click it and navigate to "Display" >"Colour Enhancement" > "Saturation", for my setting I slide it to 20, but it is up to the individual user whether you like more colour in it or not.

2. Problems with Windows 8 on a non touchscreen device - Download a little piece of software called 'Startisback' (www.startisback.com)and you can set up the Acer as not only a Windows 7 User Interface but allows you to flip between a Windows 7 and Windows 8 UI so you can have both.

3. Sensitive mouse pad - it does take a bit of getting used to but connecting a wireless mouse effectively bypasses the problem

This is a good piece of kit from Acer and with these minor modifications, it is truly excellent!
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54 of 62 people found the following review helpful By M. J. De on 15 May 2013
Style Name: Core i5, 500GB HDD Verified Purchase
Let me start with the cons:

CONS
- Fan often goes on, so it's noisy. This can happen while doing mundane stuff, like web surfing
- Colors are washed out. The only good thing about the LCD is that it extends all the way back, nearly 180 degrees
- Shallow key travel makes for a subpar typing experience. It really is quite shallow to other notebook keyboards I've used. Almost comparable to the Surface keyboard cover.
- Poor keyboard layout, e.g. function keys aren't activated by a fn + x combo, but more useful keys are; the lift shift key is cut in half; 1/3 of the Enter key is cut off; the tilde is placed oddly, etc.
- The trackpad is super-clicky, but otherwise ok
- Battery life is nowhere near 6hrs. I'm getting about 3 while not doing anything too heavy and screen brightness at around 75% (bluetooth off, wifi on). One might be able to get 4hrs, but I guess you'd have to be doing something as basic as word processing.

PROS
- I paid a mere 430 quid for the Core i5, latest Ivy Bridge version with 500GB HDD and 20GB SSD. That's crazy cheap for this thin and light notebook
- This thing is very thin and very light.
- 2 USB 3.0 ports, though some may not like their rear placement
- Full HDMI out port
- Decent design and construction, especially for the price
- Fully compatible out of the box with linux (Kubuntu in my case), save for one config edit for brightness control

I'd recommend this thing to anyone looking for a thin and light notebook on a budget provided you can score it for very cheap. If you need a lot of battery juice though, I'd look somewhere else.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 21 July 2013
Style Name: Core i5, 500GB HDD Verified Purchase
For the price, this is an excellent ultrabook. It zips along, is pretty smooth and is as light as a feather.
And I write as an iMac, macbook and ipad user.
The only real drawback is that, at the end of the day, Win 8 on a laptop without a touch screen is a slightly strange experience – kind of two worlds in one. I suppose each user needs to find their way of working, switching (or not), between the traditional Windows laptop experience and the Win 8 app experience. Personally, the win 8 app thing doesn't really do it for me. However, there are a number of very welcome additions in Win 8, such as the back-up facility, which is about as like Time Machine as it's possible to be without actually being Time Machine. There are several other Mac-like additions, all of them good.
At the end of the day, using this laptop feels rather like using a poor man's Macbook Air or Macbook Pro; but at this price, it's only those who can afford the huge price differential who should even think about a mac alternative instead of this great, value-for-money little machine. Then again, if you have the dosh, there's no comparison....
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful By MRS PATRICIA F COBBE on 8 Feb 2013
Style Name: Core i5, 500GB HDD Verified Purchase
Computer is light and fast. No disk drive incorporated, but works fine with an external drive. Windows 8 is a pain- really designed for touch screens, so does not work so well on a conventional laptop. It kept changing Windows whenever I touched the left side of the touchpad till I discovered how to disable this. On the plus side, the speed of start-up and connection to the Internet is impressive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mobo on 16 April 2014
Style Name: Core i5, 500GB HDD Verified Purchase
The lap top seemed okay, would have prefered a touchscreen. The problem was that when it was at rest it created a constant drone, must be the battery? It sounded like a low level hoover, so I sent it back
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zakariya Yahiya on 24 Mar 2014
Style Name: Core i5, 500GB HDD Verified Purchase
Really good build and value, and seems to be pretty reliable 7 months on. Worth a buy - good for university as it's easy to move around, looks good and does everything else you'll need it to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kjetil Sorensen on 27 Nov 2013
Style Name: Core i3, 500GB HDD
Works perfectly for surfing, office work, watching movies and some gaming! Battery capacity is also great and last between 3-4 hours when surfing or watching movies
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nigel Kerner on 14 Sep 2013
Style Name: Core i5, 500GB HDD Verified Purchase
Don't believe the experts. Acer are better than they say. I was put off by them but took a chance and have no regrets thus far. Experts you will find are not worth the paper their qualifications are written on.

This product does all it says on the label. Charge holding span of the battery could be longer but then it depends on how you use it. Would buy another one. Great value for money.
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