Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook Reaches the US

Posted by at 11:48 am on October 10, 2011

Acer claimed the distinction of being the first to ship to the US outside of Apple in Intel’s new ultrabook category by proving launch details for the Aspire S3. The very thin 13-inch notebook will try to undercut Apple on price by carrying an $899 price tag when it ships to the US and Canada this week. The base trim gives it a low-power Core i5 along with 4GB of RAM and a rare mix of both a 20GB SSD for speed and a 320GB rotating drive for space.

Potentially cheaper systems with Core i3s, as well as faster Core i7 models, will also be coming, Acer said.

The design is consciously intended to replicate the appeal of the MacBook Air and has a similar aluminum, three-pound chassis. Acer promises a fast 2.5-second wake from sleep time and a long 50 days of standby. Its design makes some sacrifices to get to the lower price, including a lower 1366×768 screen resolution and a shorter six-hour battery life.

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