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Acer Aspire S3-951

alaTest has collected and analyzed 495 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the screen and performance. The design and value for money also get good views. The connectivity and sound get critical comments. Opinions are divided on the battery.

portability, value for money, design, performance, screen

sound, 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 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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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?

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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

Port selection is spare, a quality of all Ultrabooks, and here consists of a headphone/mic, a media reader, HDMI, and two USB 2.0 ports—the S3 is the only Ultrabook in this roundup not to feature USB 3.0.

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Acer Aspire S3-951-6646 Laptop Review


The first Ultrabook. Designed to directly tackle the MacBook Air

Low starting price; Ultrathin size; Decent performance

Unremarkable build quality; Mushy keyboard; Slow HDD; Average battery life compared to competition; Very glossy screen

The smooth sheen, dense weight and impressive dimensions are a good start for Acer in the growing Ultrabook market.


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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...

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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.


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Acer Aspire S3


Exceptional Design ; Incredibly thin and light ; Great touchpad ; Affordable

Poor audio quality ; Short battery life ; Poor performance per dollar ; Limited connectivity

If you want a MacBook Air, but you don’t want OS X or can’t tolerate the $1,300 price tag, the Acer Aspire S3 is a good alternative.

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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 portable, more nimble, and...

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

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Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook


Until now, Windows fans have had precious few alternatives to the MacBook Air

Relatively inexpensive ; Thin and light design, runs cool ; Resumes from sleep in two seconds

Disappointing battery life ; Trailing performance ; Stiff touch button

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.

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Acer Aspire S3


Editors' note: After testing and reviewing several subsequent Ultrabook laptops, we have decided to revise our original rating for this product. Most notably, other Ultrabook laptops now offer full SSD hard drives for the same price, instead of Acer's...

With a slim, MacBook-Air-like design at a reasonable price, the Acer Aspire S3 is an example of how the Ultrabook laptop category can work if done right.

The construction is a step below superpremium, connectivity is limited, and battery life is on the low side of acceptable.

The Acer Aspire S3 is the closest you can get to the look and feel of a MacBook Air for less than $1,000, but it requires a few compromises.

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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...

Product Specifications


DVD Writer: No
Embedded 3G/4G: No
Embedded UMTS: No
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Flash Hard Drive / Hard Disk Drive / Hybrid Hard Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: Yes


Bluetooth:No / Yes
Card Reader:2 in 1 Card Reader / Multi Card Reader
Firewire: No
TV Output: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:9
LED Backlight:Edge LED / No
Touchscreen: No
True Resolution:WXGA

General Features

Intel ® Centrino Technology: No
Intel Centrino Technology: No
Media Centre Edition: No
Netbook: No
Operating System Version:NO OS / Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 8


Brand of Graphic Chip:Intel / Intel ®
GPU Model (Graphic Card):HD GRAPH. 4000 / Intel ® HD Graphics 3000 / Intel HD Graphics 3000


Chipset Brand:Intel / Intel ® / Intel® / Unknown
Chipset Type:HM55 / HM65 / HM77 / UM67 / Unknown
Processor:Core™ i3 / Core™ i5 / Core™ i7
Processor Brand:Intel ®
Processor Number:i3-3217U / I5-2467M / I5-3210M / i7-2637M / I7-3517U