Acer Aspire S3 13.3 inch Ultrabook (Intel Core i5-2467M, RAM 4 GB, HDD 320 GB, Bluetooth, Windows 7 Home Premium with up to 6 Hours Battery Life)
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- Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook ultra-light notebook computer
- Acer Green Instant On -- resume your session from Sleep mode in just 1.5 seconds, or 6 seconds from Deep Sleep
- Up to four times faster internet connections
- Intel Core i5 processor and 4 GB of RAM
- 320 GB HDD for more file storage
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Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook
The Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook allows you to enjoy instant and enduring gratification, sharp performance featuring instant on, quick connectivity, and long battery life in an ultra-aerodynamic design.
Acer Green Instant On
Save time with Acer Green Instant On. Put the Aspire S3 to sleep and spring it back to life in just 1.5 seconds from Sleep mode -- ideal for quickly resuming your session when on the move, or to instantly check messages. After eight hours in Sleep mode, or after the period you set, the notebook enters Deep Sleep, conserving battery life for up to 50 days.* ** Yet, when you return, your Aspire S3 turns on in six seconds, and everything looks exactly as you left it.
Acer Instant Connect for Four Times Faster Internet Connections
The Aspire S series remembers your favourite access points (APs) or 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. With Acer Instant Connect you'll be able to get fast access to instant messaging and Internet services after your system resumes from hibernation.
Acer Crystal Eye 1.3 MP HD Webcam
This HD webcam with built-in microphone presents clear, life-like 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, allowing you to create and share videos with communities such as YouTube. The Acer Video Conference Manager software with Video Quality Enhancement (VQE) technology allows you to enjoy high-quality face-to-face chats on instant messaging software.
Acer InviLink Nplify 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Certified Connectivity
Surf the Internet and stay in touch with friends and family 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. Offering greater range and faster connection speeds than wireless-G, the Aspire S3 allows you to connect to a wireless LAN within 300 ft. and with a transfer rate of up to 300 Mbps.
Bluetooth 4.0 + HS
Bluetooth 4.0 offers quick, short-range wireless file transfers, featuring low-energy technology that significantly reduces power consumption.
Viewed from any angle, the Aspire S3 is super slender. At its thinnest point, it's just 13 mm (0.51") slim. Revolutionary display technology integrates the 13.3" frame, cutting the bezel thickness by a third and giving you the perfect slice of life.
The aluminium/Mg-Al design gives the Aspire S3 a sleek look and feel and makes the notebook light -- at only 1.35 kg -- while also protecting the LCD. Light and durable, the Aspire S3 is a pleasure to carry anywhere.
Embedded lithium-polymer Battery
The high-density, highly flexible and super-lightweight Li-polymer battery pack is custom-shaped to fit perfectly into the ultra-thin chassis of the Acer Aspire S3.
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.
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.
Take everything you need, everywhere you go. A 2nd generation Intel Core processor speeds up multitasking and consumes less power, while the solid state drive gives you quick access to your files, and an optional HDD*** offers huge storage space.
Thanks to Acer Instant On, the Acer Aspire S3 with embedded Li-polymer battery pack provides up to seven hours of use with an SSD, up to six hours of use with an HDD, and up to 50 days using Acer Green Instant On.* **
SSD and HDD options
The Acer Aspire S3 features a hard disk drive (HDD) option, providing large storage space (320GB or 500GB). A solid state drive (SSD) enables fast data access, is light and quiet, and features a sturdy design for ultraportable devices.
2nd generation Intel Core Processors
The Acer Aspire S3 comes equipped with the power of the second-generation Intel Core Sandy Bridge processors, giving you the option of a Core i5 or a Core i7. Designed to give you the ultimate in multitasking performance, the Intel Core processors enable you to work faster and have more fun, with less waiting. As well as faster performance, this processor enables better playback of high-definition content over the Internet, and allows you to enjoy the full Windows 7 Aero experience on your notebook, all while consuming less power.
Intel HD Graphics 3000
Intel HD Graphics with 128 MB of dedicated system memory, supports dual-stream HD playback, Microsoft DirectX 10.1 capable for the most popular intensive 3D games.
Beautifully Rich Sound with Dolby Home Theater v4 and 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. The key to manipulating your media is Acer clear.fi, which lets you easily manage, store, share and enjoy your files from any device in your network. You can also connect to social networking sites via clear.fi to check out new content from friends, as well as publish your own stuff.
Dolby Home Theater v4
Dolby Home Theater v4 maximises volume output, and provides surround sound and dialogue enhancement through professionally tuned audio via PC speakers, headphones or a home theatre.
HDMI with HDCP support
The built-in HDMI port allows you to transfer 1080p HD video to monitors, projectors and TVs for large-screen enjoyment and sharing of HD content with friends and family.
Acer clear.fi Cross-platform Multimedia Sharing
Ever wish it were easy to share your music, photos and movies between multiple devices, or even to share them with your friends on Facebook, Flickr and YouTube? Setting up a home server can be tricky, and who wants the hassle and expense of endlessly copying files to and from CDs, DVDs, and USB drives? With Acer clear.fi you can set your files free with the minimum of fuss.
Easy to set up, clear.fi takes the complication out of sharing. 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 can stream and appreciate the multimedia stored on any of the devices connected to your home network.
Shop the Full Acer Aspire Series
Find your perfect digital partner with the Acer Aspire range of notebooks. For efficient everyday multitasking, try the Aspire 5733 notebooks. For a fuller enjoyment of HD Internet media, movies, games and more, try the Aspire 5750 or 5755 series, or enjoy it all on a larger screen with the 17.3" Aspire 7750s. For the ultimate in entertainment, the Aspire Ethos range combines powerful processors and graphics with elegant and breathtaking designs. And, for those who want a long bettery life without sacrificing performance, try the ultra-light TimelineX and Ultrabook S3 ranges.
* In Deep Sleep mode, battery life lasts up to 50 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 www.bapco.com. 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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Top Customer Reviews
But, it suffers from the same problem as the latest MacBook Pros. There are no buttons for the trackpad. If you want to click, you need to press hard on the trackpad.
This means that if you want to drag'n'drop using the Trackpad, you need to press down on trackpad, and keep pressing down as you move your finger, and hope that you don't run out of trackpad to keep pressing on.
Btw, I bought mine in Switzerland, where it sells for 829 CHF (£567), so look out for bargains if you're passing through Duty Free anytime soon.
A great laptop, but... buy a mouse.
have had it for 1 month. screen is good. light and easy to use. I am quite pleased. BUT - the battery is nowhere near 6 hours. for normal use - internet browsing and word - it is more like 4 hours. also the keyboard is a bit uncomfortable - I make a lots of typos. either still have to get used more or it is not fully comfortable...
another minus is the fact that USB plugs are in the back of the laptop. whenever you need anything you need to close the screen and then turn the laptop to plug a usb key or anything you need. quite uncomfortable.
this being said - i would still buy S3 for these money. but hope future version would have USB elsewhere, better battery and better keyboard.
It's light enough to carry around but screen is big enough to do everything I like to do such as surf, watch movies, listen to music and play the odd online game.
The performance is excellent, everything loads really quickly and all round the system is very zippy.
Maybe the look isn't to everyones taste but personally i think it's stunning.
Those were all the good bits, now for the bad news. The battery life is fairly poor, i'm not getting much past 2.5 to 3 hours of usage.
The other issue is that the HD seems to be constantly reading/writing, it's been like this since the day I took it out of the box. I thought it was windows updates, etc that was causing it but 4 weeks on and it's still happening. Even when the machine is completely idle (turned on but no applications or anything running) it stills seems to be spinning away. It's not loud but seems strange and i'm worried it may make the HD bust.
I have logged the issue with Acer and the machine is being picked up tomorrow.
I had been looking for a laptop for weeks, and they all looked boring!
Then saw this, and brought it without regards to any limitations.
End result, a GREAT laptop that does the job, for over 5 hours!
I got mine from COSTCO who had a special offer on at £499+VAT until 11/12/11.
even at £699 its a great computer.
Only fault is that it only has HDMI video output, which has caused loads of problems as I have a 3 screen set up. HDMI can only output at 2400x600, so I had to find a way around this problem. I was considering returning the laptop, but had fallen in love with it. Solution buy 3 usb/vga output converters... that solved the problem, at a cost. But couldnt face returning the laptop, so this additional cost was worth it
Performance wise, it's fine. It should be with its Core i5 processor and 4Gb RAM. It runs everything quickly and effortlessly including Office 2010 and photo editing. Because it has a standard hard disk (it also has a small SSD) it gets a little hot in use, but cooler than traditional laptops.
The screen is OK without being brilliant. I think it looks a little washed out and the contrast could definitely be better. But the screen is basically fine. The keyboard is also OK, without being great. As other reviewers have noted, the keys are small, making it easy to make mistakes. But it's perfectly usable and better than any netbook keyboard. Oddly, I find the touchpad to be excellent. It's multitouch (you can do special things with two or more fingers -- which is more useful than it sounds) and responsive to movements. It's the best touchpad that I have used.
So, the Acer Aspire ultrabook is a mixed bag. It's cheap (for an ultrabook), looks great (better than most ultrabooks), great for travelling (due to its weight and slimness), and its fast. It has a so-so screen and keyboard. And it has a poor battery life.
The bottom line is that I would buy it again, due to its price/performance/looks ratio.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great look, easy to work with, short life spam. After 2 years of moderate use, you can start considering buying a new one. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Catalina Stefan
If I had a thousand more lifetimes I wouldn't buy this frustrating piece of sh!t again. Dreadful decisions made in the design of the b(_)gger. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Alistair Donegan
We bought one of these a couple of years ago (I never got around to leaving a review until now). It was purchased second hand after being 6 months old with a receipt (originally... Read morePublished on 7 July 2014 by M. Dominguez
It's very light, exactly what i wanted, looks good and works well, however for some ridiculous reason they have put the speakers on the bottom of the laptop, so the sound goes... Read morePublished on 14 Mar. 2014 by Luke1123
I AM VERY PLEASED TO USE THIS COMPUTER IS ENOUGH AS FOR MY NEEDS, ONLY WHAT annoys me, HOWEVER, THE GREATER able to buy, I highly recommendPublished on 28 Feb. 2014 by gaga
I've had this laptop for two years now and it's never let me down. Super sleek, fast and does the job perfectly - I wanted a lightweight laptop (an ipad with a keyboard... Read morePublished on 18 Feb. 2014 by Mike D
Ok, This Laptop is a Nice bit of Kit, very light weight which means carry around is a breeze, love the HD resolution sreen, especially when hooked u via HDMI to tv, looks great,... Read morePublished on 7 Oct. 2013 by Jordan
This is a great laptop to use. Its light and fast. No disk drive so I bought an external drive to upload stuff and it works fine.
The old one white screened after 8 months. Read more
I so wanted to love it. The pictures I saw of it made it look so much more than it was....I really thought it was a viable alternative to Macbook design at half the price but it is... Read morePublished on 5 Oct. 2012 by JT