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Acer Aspire S3-951 Review – The New Macbook Air?

Ultrabooks are getting more popular by the day and, while some brands try to be as innovative and original as possible, some prefer to go with an already proven recipe. Acer fits in the second category this time, the Aspire S3-951 looking almost identical to the device that started the ultrabook trend – the Apple Macbook Air. Let’s have a closer look and see whether the Acer is indeed just a copy or the similarities with Apple’s product are just coincidences.

At a first glance, the Acer is awfully similar to the Macbook, coming in a similar ultra-slim design that measures only 19 millimetres at its thickest point. If at this point you were thinking of sticking an Apple logo on the Acer Aspire S3-951-2634G52iss and sell it as a Macbook Air, you’ll be disappointed to find out that the there are significant differences between the two as well. A closer inspection of the Acer will reveal that its look is slightly misleading, making you think it comes with a full metallic body like the Macbook Air, while the Acer actually comes with a plastic body and a metallic finish lid. This little optical trick allowed Acer to cut down on production costs yet still look good.

Opening up the lid we stumbled upon a keyboard and touchpad that, yet again, tend to copy the Macbook. The keyboard was pretty comfortable to use, except the extremely small arrow keys, which we think will be a total pain to use by people with big fingers. If with the keyboard things went pretty well, we can’t say the same about the touchpad, which turned out to be a major let-down. Let us be more specific: there are no physical click buttons, but rather some specially designated areas in the lower corners of the touchpad that act as buttons. This made the ultrabook extremely un-natural to use and led to several accidental clicks during our tests.

In terms of performance, the Acer Aspire S3-951 scored pretty good, thanks to its high performance Intel Core i7-2637M processor and the 4GB of RAM – a powerful configuration that doesn’t leave room for any complaints. We do have some minor complaints about the screen, though. Acer opted for a glossy finish for the ultrabook’s 13.3inch screen, making it quite difficult to use under direct sunlight or under any other type of direct light for that matter. The ultrabook seems to be aimed more towards inside usage, a fact that’s backed up by its disappointing battery life of roughly 2 hours and 30 minutes under heavy use conditions – unimpressive figures for a device that’s meant to be ultra portable. However, we must be fair and say that, under normal usage conditions, the Acer Aspire S3-951 still manages to provide around 6 hours of battery life, which is fairly decent.

Features and Specifications Summary

  • Laptop Model – Acer Aspire S3-951-2634G52iss
  • Processor – Intel Core i7-2637M, Sandy Bridge
  • CPU Speed – 1.70GHz (Turbo Boost up to 2.8GHz), Cache 4MB
  • Screen Size – 13.3 inch
  • Display – 1366 x 768, HD, LED
  • Memory – 4GB DDR3 RAM
  • Graphics – Integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • Hard Drive – 500GB
  • Connectivity – USB2.0 x2, HDMI x1, 2-in-1 card reader
  • Battery Life – up to 6 hours
  • Operating System – Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • Weight – 1.33 kg


 

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