acer as­pire S3

PCQuest - - COVERSTORY -

This is an ideal ul­tra-book with a blend of both SSD and HDD ex­pe­ri­ence. Pow­ered by In­tel Core-i7 pro­ces­sor and 4GB RAM, the lat­est As­pire S3 has been up­graded with the lat­est Ivy­bridge pro­ces­sor. It is ul­tra slim and de­spite the metal­lic build, it is an ul­tra-light de­vice weigh­ing just 1.3 Kg. It boasts of USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI con­nec­tor along with an au­dio jack and multi card slot. Un­like, Asus Zen­book it lacks Eth­er­net jack, and so the only In­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity is through Wi-Fi.

The dis­play is good and sup­ports HD and has a max res­o­lu­tion of 1366x768p. Bat­tery life is not the best but al­most touches 5 hours. Ac­cord­ing to Bat­tery Mark it gives 4 hrs 50 mins of backup. It is an im­pres­sive per­former with scores of 9473 in PCMark and 3029 in 3D Mark. With its build and di­men­sions, it has been equated to Macbook Air 13 as it comes very close. It boasts of 500GB HDD and 20GB SSD, which brings so­lid­ity in terms of stor­age and per­for­mance and is an added ad­van­tage for trav­el­ers, es­pe­cially those who feel ul­tra-books don’t have enough stor­age.

Bottomline: It is a pow­er­ful de­vice and can­not be clas­si­fied in any one cat­e­gory. How­ever, the build, com­pact­ness and long bat­tery life make it a treat for trav­el­ers.

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