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Acer First To Market With An Ultrabook [Update]

David Gilbert


Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook

Acer has won the battle to be the first to market with an Ultrabook making the Aspire S3 available for sale this week.

The Aspire S3 will however only be available in the US and Canada this week with an SRP of $899 (£575). WE contacted Acer in the UK and it told us that the S3 will be coming towarss the end of October or beginning of November.

However of more interest, it has also provided us with pricing for a number of configurations in the UK. For an Aspire S3 with 4GB of RAM, 250GB hard drive, Core i5 processor clocked at 1.6GHz will set you back £699 including VAT. Boost that to Core i7 with a 500GB hard drive and you're looking at speeding £899 while adding a 250GB SSD combined with an i5 processor will set you back £1,099.

The Acer Aspire S is a 13.3in laptop with a magnesium and aluminium alloy chassis measuring between 13mm and 17mm thick. It weighs in at a shade under 1.4kg and comes with the usual array of Intel second generation Core processors.

Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook

While Acer will be happy to be the first Ultrabook to market, considering that the latest generation of MacBook Airs have been available for some time now, the effect of being the first is lessened somewhat.

However competition is always welcome and with Asus, Lenovo and Toshiba all set to join Acer within the next month, we will be looking forward to some competitive pricing as well as great performance and ultraportability.

Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook

Check out our Ultrabook round-up for all the news and details on Intel’s push to drive innovation in the ultraportable laptop market.

Hamish Campbell

October 11, 2011, 1:09 pm

Ok, I'll be the first.

That looks EXCACTLY like a MacBook Air.


October 11, 2011, 1:42 pm

It is probably a statement of the bleeding obvious (and you even allude to it in the article) - but Apple was first to market with an ultrabook, not Acer, and by some considerable time......


October 11, 2011, 3:10 pm

Ultrabook is an Intel trademark for basically none macBook air type laptops. IOW: The Acer is the first to market with an Intel approved Ultrabook.



October 11, 2011, 7:40 pm

Well can't really see how this is much different from my Acer 3810TZG? Ok an updated processor but is that really worth the extra 300 odd quid? My 3810tzg cost about 350 quid - awesome piece of kit at the price.

David Gilbert

October 12, 2011, 3:42 pm

I got a chace to talk to the head of Intel last night at the launch of the Asus Zenbook and asked him why a MacBook Air is not considered an Ultrabook and he couldn't give me a straight answer but promised to give us a briefing to explain exactly the various specifications are so we should get a better idea when that happens.

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