Review: S3 proves you can’t be too thin

Review: S3 proves you can’t be too thin

Apr 1, 2013

Acer’s Aspire S3 backs the assertion that you can’t be too thin – when it comes to laptops anyway.

The S3 ultrabook is slim (only 13mm) and light, taking up roughly the space of an A4 folder and weighing in at only 1,4kg.

It’s aesthetically pleasing, with a brushed magnesium alloy cover and stylish keyboard. Apparently, the body is built to handle the occasional bump, although I didn’t test this.

For those who find tablets just a bit too small for everyday computing, but who still want to work from anywhere, the Aspire S3 is the perfect travel companion. It slips easily into a briefcase or bag, powers up and connects quickly, and does everything users might expect from a desktop – and it looks stunning set up on the table in the coffee shop too.

The Aspire S3 features second generation Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors and a choice of 240Gb SSD, or 320Gb or 500Gb HDD with embedded SSD for ultra-fast access and ample media and data storage.

The device has a 13,3-inch screen, Dolby Home Theater v4 for great quality multimedia, two USB ports, a card reader and a Webcam.

The chiclet keyboard has surprisingly large keys, which is great for error-free typing. The machine boasts a battery life of up to 6,5 hours – not long enough to last through a flight to Europe, but not bad considering how slim and lightweight it is.

It’s priced from R8 999.00, and is available from Dion Wired and Makro.