Acer launches the Aspire S3 in Taiwan

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Acer isn't resting on its laurels and the company might very well be the first of Intel's Ultrabook partners to get a product into the market with the Aspire S3 which officially launched in Taiwan today. It looks like Acer decided to keep things simple with only two SKU's, at least in the Taiwanese market. VR-Zone was of course on location at the launch event to get an early hands-on with the new Ultrabook from Acer.

Acer isn't resting on its laurels and the company might very well be the first of Intel's Ultrabook partners to get a product into the market with the Aspire S3 which officially launched in Taiwan today. It looks like Acer decided to keep things simple with only two SKU's, at least in the Taiwanese market. VR-Zone was of course on location at the launch event to get an early hands-on with the new Ultrabook from Acer.

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The Aspire S3 didn't strike us as a revolutionary product, instead it came across more as a next generation TimeLineX notebook that shed some of its bulk, but with the tradeoff being overall lower performance. The keyboard is nearly identical to the current TimeLineX notebooks which means that we're looking at a chiclet type keyboard. One huge improvement (pun intended) is the massive trackpad, as the TimeLineX series has suffered from tiny and almost unusable trackpads. In as much as the Aspire S3 is a very slim and lightweight notebook at 13mm thin and 1.35kg, we can't understand why it still has the same fat screen bezel as the first generation TimeLineX notebooks, it really ruins the overall looks of the notebook.

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Feature wise we're looking at a Core i5-2467M ULV processor which is clocked at 1.6GHz , but which will turbo up to 2.3GHz. It comes paired up with a single 4GB stick of memory and it doesn't seem to be any simple way of upgrading this, as well as either a 7mm 320GB hard drive or a 240GB SSD. The 13.3-inch screen is a standard, glossy, 1366×768 affair, so nothing to get excited about here. The connectivity options are also fairly meager with two USB 2.0 ports and an HDMI port as well as 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0+HS. The only other features are a 1.3Megapixel webcam, a memory card reader and a single combined headphone/mic jack. The 3-cell battery will keep the weight down, but with a rated 6h battery life for the hard drive model and 7h for the SSD model, we're disappointed, as one of the selling points of Ultrabooks was better battery life, something the Aspire S3 doesn't have.

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Price wise the Aspire S3 will launch at NT$34,900 (S$1,479/US$1,149) with the 320GB hard drive, a fair bit more than Intel's US$999 sweet spot. The 240GB SSD model is of course even pricier at NT$44,900 (S$1,900/US$1,475). The question is how well this will compare with competing products, especially Asus' UX31 which features a higher resolution 1600×900 display. Overall we can't say that we're blown away by Acer's first stab at an Ultrabook as there's really very little go get excited about.

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