Acer's $899 Aspire S3 Ultrabook Shipping This Week

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dgrmouse

I don't undersdtand why there are so many haters for the ultrabook platform.  I don't like gaming on laptops regardless of configuration, although I do sometimes watch movies on them.  This laptop is /perfect/.  That 8 lb desktop replacement machine may not sound heavy in theory, but in practice it is a beast to travel with and runs too hot to keep in your lap or use in bed.  This ultrabook will be a great replacement.

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Thral1

I'm assuming that they're using the ssd/hdd combo in the smart response setup where the 20gb ssd will just cache the must used files and won't be physicaly seen to the user. I hope the build quality is close to the Air's--it's amazing how strong the Airs are made for being so thin.

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kixofmyg0t

Good job Acer, now make a Llano based one and I'd buy it.

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big_montana

There are a few problems with it:

1) It's an Acer

2) 5400 RPM HDD

3) No optiocal drive. How are people supposed to install software they already own licenses for?

4) Any OEM can make it cheap by using a 20GB SSD (that drive will fill up in o time at all), try it with a 120 or 256GB SSD at that price point.

5) It's an Acer

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kixofmyg0t

No optical drive? Well everyone claims "digital distribution" is the best thing since sliced bread and we dont need optical storage anymore......just dl everything off Steam....yup EVERYTHING.

On a serious note, I see ur point. But this is a 13" notebook.....a more powerful netbook in reality. I personally can deal with the lack of optical drive....since Im not used to optical drives actually WORKING in a notebook anyway. Everyone Ive ever owned has burnt out within a few DAYS. 

5400rpm HDD? Umm....most laptops have that.....

Now my guess is this thing has a m-sata based ssd and a regular 2.5" hdd....both of which can be easily upgraded to FAR better components. Throw in a Sandforce based OCZ m-SATA 60GB SSD and 500GB WD Scorpio Black and call it a day. If it had a Llano based APU that would be quite a powerful little notebook.

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big_montana

Should not have to pay for th eupgrades, it should be standard. Lenovos Ultrabook comes with 7200 RPM drives, and 1 of the 3 models has an optical drive ( do not knwo why they cannot put one in all 3). Plus, have you ever tried downloading a digital copy of MS Office Pro? Pain the rear. And theirs is not the only software either, that is large that physical media is a better option. Not everyone uses Steam (I raise my hand on this) as I prefer to have physical or digital anyday, as it is my prefered method. I am not the only one who feels that way too. Business still relies on physical media, and a lot of OEM's are eliminating optical drives from their ultraportables (Lenovo among them) which limits you to Dell (Ughhh).

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kixofmyg0t

Sorry for the double post.

Gj MaxPC for the ad redirect page that makes me double post.

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