Black Friday Ultrabook: Save $200 on Powerful Ivy Bridge Core i7 Acer S3, $799

Posted on 24 November 2012 by

Looking for a Black Friday Ultrabook deal on a powerful computer? Right now you can save $200 on the Acer Aspire S3 with the latest Ivy Bridge Core i7-3517U processor and 128GB SSD.

The first Ultrabooks launched in 2011 with ‘Sandy Bridge’ processors. In 2012 Intel launched its latest ‘Ivy Bridge’ processors which feature a number of improvements like processing power, efficiency, and more. Perhaps the biggest improvement is the upgrade from the older HD 3000 graphics in Sandy Bridge to the new HD 4000 graphics in Ivy Bridge. HD 4000 is up to twice as fast as HD 3000, according to Intel, and it really shows when you test it with games and other GPU accelerated programs.

So if you’re looking for a Black Friday deal on a powerful Ultrabook, take a look at the Acer S3 which you can currently pick up fully packed for $799 which $200 off the list price. This S3 comes with the most powerful processor available in an Ultrabook, the Ivy Bridge Core i7-3517U which includes HD 4000 graphics. There’s also a speedy 128GB SSD inside, alongside 4GB of RAM.

The Acer S3 Ultrabook has a 13.3″ display with a 1366×768 resolution. It weighs in at 1.35kg and is 17mm thick. Ports are not a strong point here; you’ll find only 2x USB 3.0, full HDMI, full SD card slot, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Still, if you are looking for portable power, $799 for an Ivy Bridge Core i7 processor and 128GB SSD is a deal worth looking at. Though our S3 review was of the previous (Sandy Bridge) model, it might still be worth checking out.

This S3 comes with Windows 7 though it should qualify for a discounted $15 Windows 8 upgrade, but be sure to check the fine print.

Acer S3 Ultrabook with Core i7 and 128GB SSD for $799

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