What do you get if you combine the design of a notebook with the mobility of a Smartphone? Acer’s first Ultrabook, the Aspire S3 of course. With the benefit of hindsight we should have seen this one coming – a manoeuvre that conveniently blends the unique advantages of notebooks, tablet PCs and smartphones, into one smart-looking device. Although we have to admire Acer, which, without the benefit of hindsight, apart from exceptional technological retrospection, have introduced a new generation of notebooks, designed to satisfy user’s needs from these multiple devices in one convenient package – no wonder it’s been referred to as being an “ultrabook”.
The Acer Aspire S3 wants its users to be able to maximise their time and effort, after all this is the most desirable constituent on a modern technology user’s wish list. Does it deliver? Well in being equipped with Acer’s innovative Green Instant On Technology, we are told that the Aspire S3 resumes in a mega-quick 1.5 seconds, connects to the Internet in a barely able to blink 2.5 seconds, and delivers a remarkably long battery life – we’d say that the Aspire S3 is likely to ‘aspire’ to expectations.
Aesthetically the Aspire S3 is equally unlikely to disappoint. Encased in an aerodynamic ‘fingerprint-free’ metal frame, measuring just 1.3cm in depth and weighing less than 3lbs, the Aspire S3 promises to be both ultra-portable and pleasing to the eye. With a full-size Acer FineTip Chiclet keyboard, it is also designed for maximum productivity and supreme ease of use.
In featuring the latest second generation Intel Core i3/i5/i9 processors, the Aspire S3 full computing and digital creation capability and with a choice of 240 GB SSD or 320/500 GB HDD with embedded SSD , mega-rapid access is obtainable as well as ample media and data storage.
Looking this stylish and providing such quick and simple access, we are probably right to assume this machine’s listening experiences will be equally as impressive. And in featuring professionally-tuned Dolby Home Theatre v4, who are we to argue that the Aspire S3 won’t deliver enhanced dialogue quality for an ‘optimum listening experience’.
Other noteworthy features? Its integrated Acer Crystal Eye 1.3 megapixel camera and microphone, with superior Wi-Fi connections guaranteed by Acer InviLink Nplify 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Technology, shouldn’t miss out on having a mention, which, in simpler terms, means ‘on-the-go’ users can keep in touch with family, friends and colleagues with high-clarity video conferences.
Well the Aspire S3 certainly sounds impressive and it is hardly surprising that it has been predicted to become Acer’s star product during the last quarter of this year.
The financial damage? Between $799 and $1199 and in combining the very best of Smartphones and Notebooks, we can definitely live with those prices.