Acer Aspire S3 (2011)

Acer's first Ultrabook is the Aspire S3, and with a height of only 0.51 inch it will be the thinnest notebook you can buy when it becomes available fourth quarter of 2011. Featuring near instantaneous resume at only 2 seconds from sleep to wireless network connectivity.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: October 2011
  • Price at launch: $899.99

What You Need To Know

  • First ultrabook to be released
  • Criticized for its sub-par keyboard
  • Has a part metal, part plastic design
  • The highest-end model has a Core i7 processor and a 240GB SSD

Verge Review

Back in June, Intel laid out its plan for the future of the laptop. These "ultrabooks," as Intel thought it would be more appropriate to call them, had to become more like phones and tablets — more portable, more nimble, and unlike the ultraportables of past, more affordable. They had to be, well, more like Apple’s MacBook Air. However, Chipzilla did more than just present its vision: it provided a guiding light for those non-Apple manufacturers with a set of guidelines on how to create said...

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Basic Specs

Laptop type Ultraportable
Thickness 0.51 inches
Weight 2.98 pounds
Operating system Windows 7
Screen size (diagonal) 13.3 inches
CPU brand Intel
CPU family Sandy Bridge
Graphics type Integrated
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics 3000
The Verge Battery Test 3 hours 27 minutes

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Tech Specs

Also Known As...
Alias Acer Ultrabook Aspire S3
Hardware
Laptop type Ultraportable
Width 12.59 inches
Depth 8.52 inches
Thickness 0.51 inches
Weight 2.98 pounds
Color Silver
Software
Operating system Windows 7
Display (base)
Screen size (diagonal) 13.3 inches
Technology LCD
Backlight LED
Resolution (X) 1366 px
Resolution (Y) 768 px
Keyboard
Type Chiclet
Mouse
Type(s) Trackpad
Processor (base)
CPU brand Intel
CPU family Sandy Bridge
Model Core i5-2467M
Cores 2
Clockspeed 1.6 GHz
Turbo clockspeed 2.3 GHz
Processor (max)
Brand Intel
Family Sandy Bridge
Model Core i7
GPU (base)
Graphics type Integrated
Integrated GPU brand Intel
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics 3000
Memory
Base RAM size 4 GB
RAM type DDR3
Storage
Options HDD (5400RPM), Flash Memory (SSD)
Base drive type Hybrid
Base drive capacity 340 GB
Max. config SSD 240 GB
Card reader Yes
Card reader support SD, MMC
Audio
Speakers 2
Audio brand Dolby Home Theater v4
Port options
USB 2
HDMI 1
Connectivity
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi options 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
Battery
Size 3260 mAh
Chemistry Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Benchmarks
PCMarkVantage 5222
3DMarkVantage (IGP) 1475
3DMark06 (IGP) 3282
Just Cause 2 10
The Verge Battery Test 3 hours 27 minutes
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