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Acer Aspire S3-391-6899 Ultrabook comes with these specs: 2nd Generation Intel Core i3-2377M Processor, Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit), 13.3" HD Widescreen CineCrystal LED Back-Lit Display, Mobile Intel HM77 Express Chipset, 4096MB DDR3 Memory, Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 128MB of dedicated system memory, 500GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive, 20GB SSD Drive, Built-in 1.3MP HD Webcam, 2-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader, Optimized Dolby Home Theater v4 audio enhancement, High Definition Audio Support, 802.11b/g/n WiFi CERTIFIED, Bluetooth 4.0+HS, 2 – USB 3.0 Port, 1 – HDMI Port with HDCP Support, Multi-gesture Touchpad, 3-cell Li-ion Battery (3280 mAh), up to 5.5-hours of battery life, 2.99 lbs. | 1.36 kg (system unit only), AC Power Adapter, AC Power Cord, Wireless Setup Card, Registration/ Limited Warranty Card, Microsoft Office Starter 2010, McAfee Internet Security Suite Trial (60-day trial)
This is lightweight, the screen is great, the touch pad is large and all the connections are on the back which is a personal preference for myself. I bought this mainly to take with me on road trips and for dedicated use for personal stuff. My favorite feature is the bluetooth, I connected a stereo headset and found the sound quality to be crisp and clear, perfect for those times when I may want to listen to something without disturbing others.
I got an awesome deal with a amazon promotion so for the 550.00 I paid for this I found it to be an exceptional value given the size, weight and features!! A great item and price for students!!!
I was in the market for a light weight, verstile, functional computer to be used primarily for school and business. In my research the ultrabook series appeared to be the way to go; this ACER Aspire S3 fulfilled my needs and desires. What I like and list as the positives: (1) stylish exterior design/good eye appeal, (2) keyboard layout is highly functional and comnfortable, (3) keys are soft to the touch and allows for quick typing with no sticking, (4) screen size is perfect for portability and for working with multiple MS Office documents, (5) ultrabook doesn’t get hot when on my lap, (6) screen resolution is sharp and radiant, (7) start up speed is faster than my Samsung and HP laptops,(8) memory capacity is more than sufficient for maintaining school/business projects, and (9) Windows 7 software downloaded (not a fan of the new Windows 8).
I read the other reviews posted on this item and for me personally have not experienced any of the freezing syptoms, screen jumping and slow connectivity expressed by other consumers.
I would catergorize the following as the potential negatives (based upon my own experience): (1) WIFI strength sometimes weak and its not my router because I have seen the same with public connections; it appears to be unique to this unit, (2) mouse pad sounds hollow and unlike the key strokes it doesn’t feel as comfortable to the touch but it works well, (3) speakers are not the greatest and if you want premium quality sound you would certainly need to add external speakers, (4) battery life is dependent on use, I have gotten between 3.5 to 4.5 hours without a charge — more windows open and multiple activities will drain battery quicker, (5) Note hybernation and sleep modes help with battery life and battery life on this ultrabook is superior to my Samsung, (6) placement of USB ports is unique and may not be comfortable to some users, for me it works, (7) power cord connector must be perfect fit worried I might break the pin, doesn’t push in easily, and (8) ACER sent it with a lot of addons and extra programs not necessary which will require clean-up.
To this end, I really like this Ultrabook. It has excellent craftmanship and for my specific needs it was a smart purchase for the price. Despite some of the negatives listed I still rate this item 4 Stars and per my own experience and research suggest it to be a competitive alternative to the more expensive high-end ultrabooks or Mac Airbooks.
I hope this review offered pratical insight and was helpful to making a determination on whether to purchase or not.
I have now had this laptop for a few months and I love it. It is meeting all my needs very well. Some of the prior reviews and comments shared about potential problems I have not experienced. The light weight, versatility and performance are better than prior laptops — HP, Samsung and Dell. I use it for school and business and have no problems. Have received many compliments about its visual appeal. After a couple months of use the only draw back is the battery life — it does not live up to the manufacturer suggested battery life. Honestly, after about 1.5 hours of continuous use the battery will die. Best used on charger.
I would still recommend this laptop as an economical purchase; especially good for school or moderate use. Certainly just as with most laptops or PCs there are drawbacks depending on usage. Example, not a gamer laptop and sound is weak so may not be the best for watching movies or programs online. Had to purchase additional software and delete pre-loaded items that came with laptop since I didn’t need them. Don’t list this as a negative just noting for potential buyers.
To this end, if you are reading this review and considering this laptop for purchase I would recommend. Like you I went back and forth between different models before deciding upon this one and I don’t regret my decision. Hope this review has helped….
My only reason for 4 stars, instead of 5, is that I wish the laptop had more USB ports and the USB port placement. It only has 2 USB ports, and if I need to get something off a flash drive, I have to unplug something else, since I’m often charging my iPad, while using a USB mounted IR mouse. Also, the USB ports are on the back of the laptop — not a great placement. But given the thickness of this laptop, that’s about the only place with room to mount the USB’s.
Overall, I’m glad I purchased this laptop, and I can recommend it.
Would recommend to anyone.
CONS: The speakers are definitely not the best.. They’re not even as good as the ones on my EEE PC Netbook, which should really tell you something. So if quality speakers for a laptop are a priority for you, beware. However, when I plug my headphones in, the sound is loud and crisp, so this issue was easily fixed for me.
In order to test out whether this ultrabook could run any video games, I installed the Sims 3 on it. It actually ran very well and rarely lagged. However, after only about an hour and a half of playing the game, the ultrabook became extremely hot.. so hot that I was worried something might happen if I didn’t turn it off. Obviously, this laptop isn’t advertised as a gaming machine, but I just thought I’d throw that out there in case anyone was curious. It can handle (some) gaming like this, if only for a short while.
SO-SO: WINDOWS 8
There’s a lot of bad-mouthing going on regarding Windows 8 at the moment. I originally thought – if it’s not a touch screen laptop, what’s the point of having Windows 8 on it it all?
After using it for a little while though, I’ve gotten used to the interface fairly quickly. The Start button / menu with all those tiles basically works like a home screen for apps, most of which are pretty useless. You still have a desktop though, so don’t worry; switching between the two is quick and easy. Navigating your settings, control panels, etc, just takes a bit getting used to. Once you make shortcuts for them wherever you like, using Windows 8 becomes a breeze. I know it’s hard to get used to (what most of us think are unnecessary) changes to the Windows we’ve all known for years, but once you spend a little time getting used to the interface, Windows 8 will work just fine for you.
So basically, if you’re on a budget and want a laptop that is thin, light, looks great, has a great keyboard, and a decently sized track-pad, this is probably the ultrabook for you.