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Acer's Aspire S3 Ultrabook hits US shelves October 16th for $900

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Acer Aspire S3
Acer Aspire S3

And Acer is the first out of the ultrabook gate -- the .51-inch thick, 2.89-pound Aspire S3 that we were quite impressed with back at IFA will be touching down on this side of the Atlantic on October 16th for just $899.99. The price is inline with Intel's sub-$1,000 target, but Acer's getting there with an interesting trick. While the 13.3-inch laptop (or MacBook Air replica) boasts a Core i5-2467M processor, Intel's integrated HD graphics, and 4GB of RAM, Acer's gone with a SSD and hard drive combo to keep the cost down; the 20GB SSD houses the Windows 7 Home Premium OS and the 320GB, 5400RPM hard drive stores your files and less-frequently used applications. Acer says additional configurations with larger solid state storage options will be available soon, but the pair apparently still provides two second resume times and speedy boot times. We're looking forward to testing claims and the six hours of battery life in the coming days, but if you just cannot wait for our full review, you can pre-order the primarily aluminum and magnesium machine today.