Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook
Hoping to capitalize on Intel's Ultrabook, Acer unleashed its Aspire S3 model to compete against sleeker laptops like Apple's MacBook Air. And while Acer is best known for producing competitively-priced yet somewhat bland PCs, the Aspire S3 Ultrabook shows the computer manufacturer can still dial it up and make a top-tier notebook.
Acer's Apsire S3 Ultrabook comes with an alluring case design that's almost as thin as the MacBook Air (0.68 inches), a 13.3-inch display and compact keyboard and trackpad. The base model Aspire S3 features an Intel Core i5 1.6 GHz dual core processor, 4 GB of RAM, a 20-GB SSD as well as a separate 320-GB hard drive. Thanks to the SSD, Acer's Green Instant On technology allows the Aspire S3 to boot up in less than three seconds. Weighing around 3 pounds, this Ultrabook is easy to carry around. And the price is compelling, too. At $899.99, the Aspire S3 is cheaper than the MacBook Air and well under the intended $1,000 price range of Ultrabooks.