The newly launched Acer ASPIRE S3 incorporates a 7mm 320GB SATA and 20GB SSD drives, 4GB DDR3-1333 memory and Intel Core i5-2467M 1.6GHz processor. Acer will also launch the 240GB SSD version, though the model will only be expected to retail in early October. In this review, we take a look at the ASPIRE S3 (ASPIRE S3-951-2464G33iss01) with the 320GB SATA and 20GB SSD drives.

For its structure, the ASPIRE S3 uses aluminium and aluminium-magnesium alloy, with the weight at approximately 1.33kg (including battery). In the I/O department, it is surprising that Acer did not include a USB 3.0 connector, though the company provided two USB 2.0, HDMI output, memory card reader that supports SD and MMC. From the current Ultrabook offerings we have seen, such configurations are minimal, to say the least.

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On the left, we see a lonely 3.5mm audio port. The sides are smooth with metallic finish and the entire machine looks thin overall. On the opposite side is the memory card reader that supports SD and MMC cards.

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At the rear of the ASPIRE S3 are the ventilation holes and connectors including two USB 2.0, HDMI output and power. The main consideration is the overall configuration of the motherboard. The rear is also the thickest part of the Acer Ultrabook.

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Opening the laptop, the power button is on the left while on the right are the indicator LEDs. The ASPIRE S3 looks really slim with the thinnest point at 13mm, while the display measures  a mere 4.99mm thin. On top of that, the Ultrabook also comes with Doby Digital audio technology for your audio listening experience.

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The screen resolution is 1366×768, which supports 720p high definition videos. The two sides measure 13.55mm thick; the top at 19.8mm while the bottom is 30.96mm. Above the display is the 1.3-megapixel webcam for video conferencing. Our review unit incorporates chiclet-styled keyboard with keys measuring 14.85 x 14.85mm. The arrow keys on the lower right are of reduced sizes than the rest of the keys, which made it tedious to use, especially if you have large fingers.

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The built-in microphone is actually very near to the Ultrabook's integrated speakers, located on the base of the unit.