Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook on the skinny portable PC runway

Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook

The Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook is the latest in the series of scrawny portable PCs we’ve been seeing over the past few months. So those looking to buy a notebook best defining the word ‘portable’ will find no relief in the near future, assuming this is just the start of many more skinny laptops in the queue.

The 13.3” HD LED display on this Ultrabook leans on the lid and bezel to form an aluminum support frame in a rather thrifty manner that aims to employ the least amount of materials. It sports an Acer FineTip chiclet keyboard on the deck and a Crystal Eye 1.3MP webcam on the bezel. Showing a 1.3cm profile and tipping the scale somewhat below the 1.4kg mark, the Aspire S3 is designed to flaunt an aerodynamic exterior constructed from a lightweight aluminum/magnesium alloy chassis.

Campbell Kan, president of Personal Computer Global Operations, Acer, remarked, “The Aspire S3 is truly designed to meet notebook users’ needs, combining essential features of the smartphone and tablet PC, such as fast startup and Internet connectivity, with long battery life. Matched with its slim form, the Aspire S3 will provide a fresh experience and set a major milestone in the history of Acer’s notebook development.”

Apparently, the notebook’s battery can take up to 7 hours of use or almost 50 days when Acer Green Instant On allows it to enter Deep Sleep mode after an inactive period is set by the user. Another key feature is Instant Connect which can provide access to the web in only about 2.5 seconds. Listed among the main specs are Bluetooth 4.0 + HSR, Wi-Fi, second generation Intel Core processors, Dolby Home Theater v4, a 240GB SSD or a 320/500GB HDD and more.

There’s nothing concrete on the exact launch date of the Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook apart from the statement that it will available in select markets this month. A price reading anywhere between €799 and €1,199 will be tacked to the laptop.

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