Acer's S3 ultrabook cracks $1,000 barrier

At $899, Acer's S3 is the cheapest ultrabook yet

Acer on Monday shipped its Aspire S3 ultrabook starting at US$899, becoming the first to crack the $1,000 price barrier in Intel's new category of thin and light laptops.

The S3 has a 13.3-inch screen, is 0.51 inches (1.30 centimeters) thick and weighs 2.98 pounds (1.35 kilograms). It has an Intel Core i5 processor, a 20GB solid-state drive and a 320GB hard drive.

Ultrabooks are being promoted by Intel as a new category of laptops with "tablet-like" features. Some resemble Apple's MacBook Air but are slightly thinner and lighter. The ultrabook is a way for Intel to renew consumer interest in laptops, whose shipments have been challenged by tablets like Apple's iPad.

Ultrabooks are also shipping from Lenovo and Toshiba, but analysts said ultrabooks selling for more than US$1,000 are not viable in today's price-sensitive market.

Acer may have cracked that price point by using a hard disk drive for the primary storage, which is cheaper than an SSD. Models with SSDs for primary storage will be available in the future, an Acer spokeswoman said.

The laptop can run for up to six hours on a single charge, and have close to 50 days of standby power, according to the company.

Ultrabooks are not meant to replace netbooks or other low-cost laptops, Intel has said. But the chipmaker hopes they'll account for nearly 40 percent of the consumer laptops sold by the end of next year.

It expects PC makers to roll out more advanced ultrabooks with touchscreens, all-day batteries and instant-boot capabilities over the next few years.

The current crop of ultrabooks use Intel's Core microprocessors based on the Sandy Bridge microarchitecture. In the first half of next year, Intel will release faster and more power-efficient chips code-named Ivy Bridge for ultrabooks.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags acerhardware systemslaptops

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Agam Shah

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?