The Acer Aspire S3 is just about the lowest cost route into sub 1.5kg (3.3lb) laptopping there is, at least if you want an unrestricted Core processing platform. The 1.6Ghz Core i5-based Aspire S3 with Turbo Boost to 2.3Ghz, a hybrid (fast boot, fast resume) 320GB drive, 13″ screen, ultra-fast resume and a good suite of full-size ports, including a full+size SDHC card port, is significantly cheaper than other Ultrabook and Ultrabook-like options. Over the next week I’ll be giving it the full suite of Ultrabooknews tests for you. You won’t find this detail anywhere else: Unboxing and overview, first impressions, battery power analysis, live review with Q&A and of course a full detailed review.
I’ve already spent some time with it and am impressed with the value for money here. It’s not the most efficient Ultrabook, hasn’t got the best screen or fastest disk and isn’t the quietest but I haven’t yet seen anything that says ‘showstopper.’ The value proposition here is especially good when you consider the storage space and the Core i5 CPU.
I’m finishing off a full review of the Samsung 900X1B tomorrow so it will take a day or two before the S3 videos and posts start flowing but I’m planning the Live Review and Q&A session on Sunday 11th Dec at 2100 CET (Berlin. Other Timezones listed here.) Put it in your diary if you’re interested in the Acer Aspire S3 or want to know about Ultrabooks in general.
Thanks to @morganmobile, a reader here, for sending the S3 over for testing. Follow him on Twitter because he’s right in the middle of testing a number of ultra+mobile solutions right now and is sending out useful tweets.
If there are any specific questions or tests you’d like me to perform, do let me know in the comments below. Thanks all!