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Acer Aspire S3-951

alaTest has collected and analyzed 497 reviews of Acer Aspire S3-951. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviews about the price and design are overall positive. The usability and performance also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the connectivity and image quality. Views about the keyboard and battery are different.

portability, performance, usability, design, price

image quality, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Acer Aspire S3-951 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Acer Aspire S3-951

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 user reviews of Acer Aspire S3-951 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the price and screen. The performance and usability also get good feedback, but there are some critical reviews about the reliability.

portability, usability, performance, screen, price

reliability

86% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Acer Aspire S3 13.3 inch Ultrabook (Intel Core i5-2467M, RAM 4 GB, HDD 320 GB, Bluetooth, Windows 7 Home Premium with up to 6 Hours Battery Life)Acer Aspire S3 13.3 inch Ultrabook (Intel Core i5-2467M, RAM 4 GB, HDD 320 GB, Bluetooth, Windows 7 Home Premium with up to 6 Hours Battery Life)

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: Hubert Nguyen (ubergizmo.com)

Acer Aspire S3 Review

 

The Acer Aspire S3 looks very nice in the product photos, and it is often associated with Ultrabooks because this type of design, which is inspired from the Macbook Air, has been used by many PC manufacturers in their recent [...]

Is that thin enough for you?

Jan, 2012

Expert review by: maximum pc (maximumpc.com)

Acer Aspire S3 Review

 

When Ultrabooks were first announced it seemed doubtful that manufacturers could turn out these wannabe MacBook Airs at the sub-$1,000 price Intel was promising. Acer put those doubts to rest with the Aspire S3, which debuted at $900. Given its...

Sub-$1K; attractive, sturdy lid; decent performance

Plastic insides don't match aluminum outside; no USB 3.0; uses HDD; narrow vertical viewing angle

Jan, 2012

Expert review by: (notebookcheck.net)

Acer Aspire S3-951-6646 Laptop Review

 

The first Ultrabook. Designed to directly tackle the MacBook Air for hundreds of dollars less, the Acer Aspire S3 has a lot to live up to. Find out here if this early Ultrabook has what it takes to take the ultrathin category crown away from Apple.

Low starting price, Ultrathin size, Decent performance, The thinness, solid CPU performance and price make this Ultrabook stand out from the ultrathin market

Unremarkable build quality, Mushy keyboard, Slow HDD, Average battery life compared to competition, Very glossy screen, The lack of USB 3.0 and a higher capacity SSD are sorely hindering the performance of the Acer when compared to its immediate...

Oct, 2011

Expert review by: Chris Burns (slashgear.com)

Acer Aspire S3 (Core i7) Review

 

The Ultrabook world is continuing its rise to glory as the Acer Aspire S3 (here with the Core i7 processer inside) runs the thin show at .68 inches at its thickest point. This is by no means the thinnest notebook on earth, nor is it the Ultrabook with...

This machine is a great example of what the Ultrabook line is meant to be: relatively light, thin, and powerful enough to knock the netbook name out of the realm of reality. With the price on this particular setup being a bit more than the standard...

Feb, 2012

Expert review by: Loyd Case (pcworld.com)

Acer Aspire S3: The Basic Ultrabook

 

Intel's Ultrabook guidelines describe the anti-netbook. Sure, Ultrabooks aspire to the MacBook Air's sleek, sexy design. But they're also intended as a counter to the blandness of boring 15-inch everyday laptops and to the underwhelming performance of...

Compact and light ; Low priced for an Ultrabook

Poor audio quality ; Limited number of ports

Acer's attempt at a cost effective Ultrabook ultimately cuts too many corners.

Nov, 2011

Expert review by: Christopher Null (wired.com)

Review: Acer Aspire S3

 

PC manufacturers are playing catchup to Apple's best-seller, and their efforts are yielding interesting results.

A rather inexpensive and decent way to play dress up and fit in and Starbucks. A nice feat of engineering at a respectable price. Fair enough battery life (four and half hours under load)

Two USB ports may mimic the MacBook Air, but it’s still not enough. Performance is average at best. Surprisingly loud and aggressive fan. Stuffed to the gills with shovelware (When’s the last time you saw an eBay icon on the desktop?)

Oct, 2011

Expert review by: Brian Westover (pcmag.com)

Acer Aspire S3

 

The Acer Aspire S3 ultrabook has a super-thin profile, larger storage capacity than competitors, and unmatched affordability.

Thin. Light. Core i5 processor and 4GB memory provide potent performance. Combination of spinning hard drive and SSD provides larger storage capacity without losing speed. More affordable than competitors.

Display has lower resolution, limited viewing angles. Construction feels cheap.

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Oct, 2011

Expert review by: JoannaStern (theverge.com)

Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook review

 

Back in June, Intel laid out its plan for the future of the laptop. These "ultrabooks," as Intel thought it would be more appropriate to call them, had to become more like phones and tablets — more...

Thin and light chassis ; Speedy resume times ; Solid performance

Overly plastic construction ; Keyboard is incredibly cheap-feeling and flimsy ; Only four hours of battery life ; Lots of preloaded software

I still have high hopes for Intel's other ultrabooks, but the S3 is just an unfortunate first entry

Oct, 2011

Expert review by: (engadget.com)

Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook review

 

The first Ultrabook to go on sale in the US is as thin and light as you'd expect and also happens to be the cheapest, but its battery life and performance are underwhelming.

Oct, 2011

Expert review by: Michael A. Prospero (laptopmag.com)

Acer Aspire S3

 

The Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook costs a lot less than the 13-inch MacBook Air but cuts too many corners to make it worthwhile.

Thin and light ; Less expensive than competition ; Good performance

Very short battery life ; Cheap plastic chassis ; Slow hard drive ; Stiff keyboard ; Limited viewing angles ; Poor audio

Priced at $899, it's clear that Acer is trying to undercut its Ultrabook competitors, but in doing so, it had to make a few sacrifices. For example, the Aspire S3's chassis is plastic, not metal, and it has a mechanical hard drive, not an SSD. It's...

Oct, 2011

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Home Theater v4 / Intel HDA
Built-in Microphone:No / Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery Capacity:3220 / 3260
Battery life (max):6 / 7
Battery performance:3220 / 3260
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:3 / 4 / 6

Camera

Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3
Swivel webcam: No

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes
RoHS compliance: No
Wi-Fi certified:Y
WiFi certified: Yes

Design

Color of product:Aluminium / Aluminium, Silver / Gold / Metallic / Silver
Form Factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium / Aluminium, Magnesium
Intel segment tagging:Enterprise, Small Business
Market positioning:Ultrabook
Product type:Notebook / Ultrabook

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display brightness:200 / 220
Display Diagonal:13 / 13.3 / 14
Display number of colors:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1280 x 800 / 1366 x 768 / 1920 x 1080
HD type:Full HD / HD / Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Panel Type:IPS
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:45 / 65

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / Not available
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2 / 3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:300 / 350
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1150 / 1200
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116 / 1916
On-board graphics adapter memory:0.125
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 3000 / Intel® HD Graphics 520
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: No
Keyboard language:French
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY
Keyboard type:AZERTY / QWERTY
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR4-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4
Memory clock speed:1066 / 1333
Memory layout:1 x 4 / 1 x 8
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 4 / 1 x 8
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G: No
4G:N
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.0 LE / 4.0+HS
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:N
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN / WLAN
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):300
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Other Features

Audio system:Dolby Home Theater v4 / Intel HDA
Display:LCD / TFT
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Hard disk drive, user password: Yes
HDD user password:Y
Infrared data port: No
Number of products included:1
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Power supply type:AC/DC
TV in port: No
Type:PC

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC

Performance

TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port:No / Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector:No / Yes
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:No / Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot:No / Yes
TV out:N
TV out port: No
TV-out:N
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1 / 2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:45 / 65

Processor

Bus type:DMI / QPI
Chipset:Intel UM67 Express
Configurable TDP-down frequency:800
Conflict Free processor:N / Y
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):14 / 16 / 17
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12 / 16
Motherboard chipset:Intel UM67 Express
Number of processors supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x4, 4x1 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0 / 3.0
Processor:I3-2367M / I5-2467M / i5-6200U / I7-2637M
Processor boost frequency:2.3 / 2.8
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Sandy Bridge / Skylake
Processor cores:2
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 2nd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i3-2xxx / Intel Core i5-2xxx / Intel Core i5-6xxx / Intel Core i7-2xxx
Processor frequency:1.4 / 1.6 / 1.7 / 2.3
Processor lithography:14 / 32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:I3-2367M / I5-2467M / i5-6200U / I7-2637M
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-2300 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-2400 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-6200 series / Intel Core i7-2600 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1023 / Socket B2 (LGA 1356)
Processor technology:Hyper-Threading
Processor threads:4
Stepping:D1 / J1
System bus data transfer rate:4 / 5
System bus rate:4 / 5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15 / 17
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14 / 32
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID:No / Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel TSX-NI:Y
Intel TSX-NI version:1.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):Y
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology: Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:54618 / 56858 / 59798 / 88193
Processor code:SR0CV / SR0D6 / SR2EY
Processor package size:31 / 42
Supported instruction sets:AVX / SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX 2.0
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot: No
Fingerprint reader:No / Yes
Password protection:BIOS, HDD / BIOS, HDD, Supervisor / BIOS, HDD, Supervisor, User / HDD, Supervisor, User
Password protection type:BIOS, HDD / BIOS, HDD, Supervisor / BIOS, HDD, Supervisor, User / HDD, Supervisor, User

Software

Bundled software:Microsoft Office Starter, Bing Bar, Windows Live Essentials / Microsoft Office Starter\nBing Bar\nWindows Live Essentials
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 10 Home / Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 7 Professional

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD / SD
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:320 / 500 / 520
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA / Serial ATA II
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA / Serial ATA II
Number of hard drives installed:1 / 2
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:20 / 240 / 256
Solid-state drive interface:Serial ATA III
Solid-state drive interfaces:Serial ATA III
Storage media:HDD+SSD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:240 / 256 / 320 / 340 / 520

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:8.58 / 8.62 / 9 / 9.31
Depth (imperial):8.6
Height:0.512 / 0.689 / 0.697 / 0.709 / 1
Height (front):0.516 / 0.705
Height (imperial):0.7
Height (rear):0.689 / 0.705
Weight:2 / 2.93 / 2.98 / 3.09 / 3.31
Width:12.7 / 13 / 13.4
Width (imperial):12.7