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Acer Aspire S3-951 Ultrabook

"This is a computer to fall in love with, and it looks good enough to make your old one jealous as well."
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Ladies and gentlemen, may we present: Acer’s first foray in to the ultrabook market. Even though it’s early days for this market, the Acer Aspire S3-951 is certainly a top contender. It boasts a handful of innovative features which we’re sure you’ll be seeing across the ultrabook spectrum come the close of the year.

What we like best

The Acer Aspire S3-951 is adheres to ultrabook format. You get the 13.3 inch screen, it’s light enough for you to carry to work and then carry home and unless you have particularly weak arms you could probably continue to carry this ultrabook anywhere else you damn well please.

Be warned: purchase of this laptop will lighten your wallet considerably, and you can push the boat out further by opting for increased hard drive storage. Not that you would need to: Whereas the majority of ultrabooks we have seen thus far only stretch to 128GB Solid State drives, with this ultrabook you can get a 244GB SSD. This may not sound like much to those of you with a 1 Tb hard drive on your desktop, but when you consider that this machine is a mere one and a half centimetres across the chest and weighs just 1.38 Kg that’s pretty gosh darn impressive, n’est-ce pas?

The Acer Aspire S3-951 is also a very sturdy machine. We’ve come across a few svelte laptops targeted towards the business man on the go, but those tend to have a flimsy feel, a screen with a little too much be d and a wrist rest liable to snap if picked up at the corner. We’re pleased to see that not only does the Acer Aspire S3-951 have a strong chassis, but it’s also lightning quick. You can purchase this ultrabook with the latest second generation Intel core processor, and the boot-up function is so dynamic that this laptop can be turned on from resume mode in 1.5 seconds.

What we like least

This is a computer to fall in love with, and it looks good enough to make your old one jealous as well.

The only issues we had with the Acer Aspire S3-951 were a lack of USB 3.0 which you really need with an ultrabook. Rapid data transfer is to be a requisite for the future – we want USB 3.0s and we want them now!

You may also despair at the HDMI port being output only, this issue can be remedied but you’ll have to buy yourself an output converter peripheral to get around this one.

The verdict

Overall the Acer Aspire S3-951 ultrabook is a definite pleaser. It’s not too expensive in comparison to some of the ultrabooks on the market, and we expect the ones to come will only be more and more expensive. So if you must have an ultrabook but don’t want to pay too much for one, then by all means give the Acer Aspire S3-951 some consideration.

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Processor Speed

1.7 GHz


Intel Core i7-2637M


4 Gb

Screen Size

13.3 inch


Intel HD Graphics

Hard Drive Storage

244 Gb SSD




Dolby Home Theater v4
MultiMediaCard reader


1 x HDMI
2 x USB 2.0

Weight & Size

(W) 323mm x (H) 17.5mm x 219mm (D)
1.38 Kg


Bluetooth v4.0

Operating System

Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium

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