Affordable Ultrathin Laptop, Runs Very Cool
Acer made a noble attempt with the Aspire S3 but it falls short in a number of areas such that it certainly won't be first choice for an ultrathin laptop. The primary thing going for it is the price that is less than all of the competition. This is achieved however by sacrificing performance, running time and quality. For those on a budget, this may not be a major problem as it is still quite compact and functional.
Slender, light, attractive design
From the outside the Acer Aspire S3 looks like a charmer. But open it up and the bunched-up keyboard and so-so screen resolution with equally so-so viewing angle are two big issues with this model. Performance from the Intel i7 processor and 4GB of RAM (in this particular Intel i7 model) is decent and will deal with all manner of tasks, but the S3 just doesn't have that luxury, long-term appeal that many demanding users will expect for the £899 outlay.
Fast booting, Slim and light design
The Acer Aspire S3 is an impressive portable, which offers superb power in an incredibly lightweight design.
We're really happy that this marriage of proper computing power, and great design finally has a home in the PC market.
We hope that the small problems we experienced will be ironed out in time for its full release, and enable this laptop to be a benchmark of what can be achieved under the Ultrabook brand.
Very thin case, USB 3.0, Low consumption
The Acer Aspire V5-531 is an attractive offer. At a sub-400 Euro ($485 USD) price, the customer gets a weak, quiet, low consumption notebook which can handle routine applications despite its weaker equipment. Moreover, the device almost has an air of elegance due to its thin case. This impression is somewhat downgraded by the plastic case's cheap impression.
Poor display quality, Fan whine
The Acer Aspire V5-571 is tough to recommend because it has so few qualities that would make it recommenable. The screen is poor; the build quality is average; the keyboard and touchpad need better tactile feedback; the design is boring; the speakers are subpar; the fan is noisy; and lastly it's not that inexpensive at $600. The thin design is overrated and makes up for none of these pitfalls.
Low resolution for 15-inch display
The Acer Aspire V5 is a pretty sleek laptop at first glance. But don't be fooled by its silky-smooth silver exterior - there's not a whole lot going on inside this laptop. Sure, it's got its strengths: the touchscreen is responsive and smooth, and video looks and sounds pretty good. But it's got a heck of a lot more weaknesses, such as poor overall performance, lower-than-average battery life, a strangely loud fan, and a noticeably low screen resolution.
Inexpensive for a touchscreen laptop
The Acer Aspire V5 is only competitive as an entry-level laptop. Jacking the price up to $730 without addressing battery life or performance has predictable results.
Touch is the justification for this model's unusually high price, yet Acer hasn't made any effort to integrate the touch experience into the laptop. The screen is too far away to reach comfortably, and the laptop is too large and heavy to constantly move about. Using it proved a chore rather than a pleasure.
Solid Performance From Updated Core i3 Processor.
Oct 6 2010 - Acer's Aspire 5742-7120 takes many of the solid features found in the previous 5740 model and updates a few for increased performance. For just around $650, the system offers some solid performance with the new Core i3-370M processor and 4GB of DDR3 memory. Where Acer falls behind others though is in the number of trialware applications installed that impact the performance. In addition, the glossy screen can cause a fair amount of glare to be distracting at times. Oct 6 2010.
Right balance between performance and features
The Aspire 4820T-5570 TimelineX offers the right balance between performance and features not to mention a very thin and light 14-inch laptop with remarkable battery life. If you do not care much graphics and above all in a slim, lightweight 14-inch laptop, the ideal interest for outdoor use with unprecedented battery life, we recommend the Acer Aspire 4820T-5570 TimelineX.
great workaday performance
An affordable ultraportable that's long on workaday performance but iffy on input ergonomics. An affordable ultraportable that's long on workaday performance but iffy on input ergonomics. Toshiba delivers a great machine with a few annoying flaws. A boost to the internal hardware gives the second revision of the M11x substantially stronger performance, but battery life takes a hit.
Sep 6 2010) - Acer's TimelineX 1830T may look very similar to their Aspire One 721 netbook but it offers a much greater experience and at very affordable prices for an ultraportable. Performance is strong thanks to the new Core 2010 ultra-low voltage processor. It is certainly a very capable ultraportable but it does have a few downsides including a less then optimal webcam and a trackpad that can be extremely difficult.
Larger Hard Drive.
With a price tag of just $650, the Acer Aspire TimelineX AS3820T-6480 offers an extremely compelling option for those looking for a compact laptop with some long running times. It may not be as thin or as feature rich as other 13-inch laptops but it still offers a good experience for those on a tighter budget. Just be sure to clean up the software that is installed to unclutter your desktop for better performance. Feb 21 2011.
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