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Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook in ‘S7 Style’ with GT735M Re-Launch?

Acer Aspire S3 CES

Ah the good old Acer S3. It was one of the first Ultrabooks to hit the market and one that really drove prices down over the 2+ years it’s been available. In June last year Acer announced the new S3 in the S7 style but it’s a little confusing because we’re reading a lot of CES-related news about it now. What’s new? Didn’t it ever reach the market? Oh well, here are the details, possibly again, and a presentation video that MobileGeeks have just posted.

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Acer Aspire S3 in Champagne (and High-Contrast Keyboard)

The Acer S3 isn’t the best looking Ultrabook. I think most agree on that but this Champagne-coloured version is a step in the right direction, especially with the high-contrast keyboard which fixes one of the minor complaints I had about the original S3. In this video I give you a quick overview of the changes. I’m assuming the  S3-391 is available immediately.



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Acer Aspire S3 Review (320GB HDD)

Acer Aspire S3 (5)


From the day that the Acer Aspire S3 was launched  everyone knew that it would be coming in as a ‘value’ option in the Ultrabook field. We’ve tested it extensively over the last week and can say that it’s not only a ‘value’ option offering Core i5 performance where others in the price category are only offering capped Core i3, but it’s also an honest Ultrabook too. It doesn’t show-off, doesn’t have any outstanding features but it does everything well. From screen to keyboard to performance and battery life it works well as an all-round 1.3KG 13” Ultrabook. Read on for our full review of the Acer Aspire S3 320GB HDD, Core i5 Ultrabook. (Model MS2346 with Finnish keyboard layout being tested here.)

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UX31, S3, Z830 Ultrabooks. Live Review [Now Finished]


Update: Session is over. Videos of the session are available here.

Link to Live Video and Chat:

Tonight: Acer S3 (Core i5), Asus UX31 (Core i7), Toshiba Z830 (Core i7)

Join for Chat, Video and some fun. Bring your favourite tipple because it’s the last live session of the year.

Start: 2100 CET (Berlin – Your Timezone listed here) Duration: 2.5hrs. Agenda below.


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Skinned Acer S3 On Review Duties

It looks like Intel got themselves a nice little mod done on the Acer S3 and having seen it, we think there’s going to be more of this going on next year. Personalisation was always an important aspect for car manufacturers, why not with Ultrabooks? The casing paint-job is based on a CPU design and there’s an interesting I keyktop too.

ultrabook-I-key   ultrabooks3 mod

The modded Acer S3 appeared at a mini review by Design Milk and you can check out their thoughts on the Acer S3 here.

We’ll have a full review of the Acer S3 up tomorrow. It’s been better than expected and has turned out to be an honest Ultrabook with no showstoppers. Meanwhile, this article is being typed on a Toshiba Z830 and although its packed with specs, there’s an issue with fan noise that means we’re likely to switch to the S3 for the next article! Join us on Friday 16th at 2100 CET for a live review of the Toshiba Z830.

Overview Video – Acer S3 Toshiba Z830 and ASUS UX21


Ritchies Room has been doing a great job of presenting Ultrabook over the last few months and an even better job of answering user questions. Here’s a chance to watch a brief overview video showing the Acer S3 (Also arriving here for testing in the next 48hrs,) the Toshiba Z830 (with us next week) and the Asus UX21 (our full review here.)

If you’ve got questions for Ritchies I suggest dropping them in the comments on his latest article.

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Acer Already Shipping S3, HP Joining Ultrabook Party


In a report from Digitimes we’ve learnt that the Acer Aspire S3 is rolling off production lines and has started to ship to distributors. It’s an additional data point in the S3 timeline which looks like its leading right now.

There are more interesting points in the article too. Take the jump to read about HP in November, Acer later this month and Toshiba on the Quanta and  Company production lines. It looks like the gates have opened now that Intel’s Developer Forum is over.

Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook Model Details, Prices Listed in Hong Kong

Aspire S3Acer have launched the S3 Ultrabook in Hong Kong along with detailed specifications and recommended pricing. 3 models have been announced with the two lower-cost options using hybrid SSD/HDD options to offer storage space along with the speed required for quick resume times.

The S3-951-2464G34 comes with a Core i5-2467UM at 1.6Ghz with Turbo to 2.2Ghz, Windows 7 Home Premium and 4GB DDR3 RAM. The disk offers 320GB of storage to the user and 20GB used internally for fast-boot and resume.

The mid-range S3-951-2634G34 offers the same specification as above but improves on the CPU to offer the Core i7-2637UM which boosts up to 2.8Ghz

At the top-end, you’ll be sacrificing some CPU to get a 240GB SSD. The S3-951-2464G24 comes with the Core i5 seen in the base model.

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