Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook Review

By on December 12, 2011
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We look at the first Ultrabook released in the UAE.

Good: Sleek design, good performance & battery life
Bad: Keyboard and Screen could be better.
Price: AED 3599
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The Ultrabook is the latest initiative from Intel and power players in the PC industry to bring a MacBook Air like of machine to the PC World- something that is extremely thin and light, yet quick enough to be used as a daily machine. One of the launch partners for the Ultrabook is Acer. In fact, in the UAE, Acer was the first company to get the Ultrabook out the door and they managed to sell every single unit they had during GITEX earlier this year.

Acer was kind enough to send an Aspire S3 to me and that is precisely what I am writing this review on. My primary machine is an 11” MacBook Air that I have been using for a good six months so I should hopefully be able to offer a fair comparison. Lets find out how Acer has done with their Ultrabook that came packaged in a slim green and white box with a small sized charger, a quickstart guide and warranty information.

Looks-wise, the Acer S3 is definitely striking. Measuring 13mm to 18mm and weighing just 1.35kgs, the Aspire S3 will definitely make heads turn. The brushed Aluminum lid certainly gives it a premium feel and finish. The rest of the laptop is made up of magnesium alloy which is a big step-up from the plastic chassis that we see many laptops equipped with. However, it is not a Unibody design that is constructed from a single slab of metal like the MacBook Air which tends to give the machine better protection as well as a better finish.

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Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

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