Acer Aspire S3 £899

21st Dec 2011 | 15:32

Acer Aspire S3

'Mainstream' Ultrabook packs bonus Nvidia graphics

TechRadar rating:

3.5 stars

Acer has announced that its Aspire S3 Ultrabook refresh is now available in Europe, Middle East and Africa, so we thought it was high time we got hands on with one at CES 2014.

Acer has taken the design from the trend-setting Aspire S7 and brought it to the mainstream Ultrabook segment. The S3's key selling point is the fact it's a lightweight Ultrabook, but one that has some extra graphics grunt in the form of Nvidia's GeForce GT 735M.

That's quite unusual, since most Ultrabooks just take advantage of Intel's built-in HD 5000 graphics.

The dual-torque hinge is back, so using the super-thin touchscreen is no problem in terms of screen wobble - you won't find yourself wishing for something more substantial.

Again, like the S7, you can bend the screen back flat. We're stil undecided as to whether this is useful, but it's an interesting little benefit.

The S3's lid doesn't feature Gorilla Glass like the S7's, but the look is the same and unless you're going to be giving it some rough treatment we don't think you'll notice too much. The lid itself is made from aluminum, as is the keyboard surround, what the Acer press release details "the operation area", a description I rather like.

The back feature's Acer's TwinAir cooling with dual cooling apertures at the rear.

As you'd expect from any half-decent Ultrabook these days, the keyboard backlighting also reacts to the amount of ambient light.

The laptop is pretty minimal in terms of its thickness at a perfectly reasonable 17.8 mm. It weighs 1.67 Kg, so it's hardly the lightest, but it

Ultrabooks TRBC
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