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Acer debuts first Ultrabook
Press release, September 2; Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES [Friday 2 September 2011]

Acer has announced its first Ultrabook at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin. Acer claims the Aspire S3 integrates the best features of notebook and mobile devices.

Acer Green Instant On technology provides instant-resume functionality and ensures battery longevity, while Acer Instant Connect delivers faster Internet access. The Aspire S3 is encased in a thin, light metal design that is sturdy and aerodynamic. It will be available in select regions from September.

For easy-to-carry convenience, the Aspire S3 measures 1.3cm and weighs less than 1.4kg. It is also equipped with a full-size Acer FineTip chiclet keyboard, designed for comfortable use and maximum productivity. All-day usability is assured by a super-lightweight, high-density battery that delivers up to seven hours of running time. The design of the Aspire S3 features a strong and lightweight aluminum/magnesium alloy chassis, and a lid with a fingerprint-free metal finish, the company highlighted.

The 13.3-inch ultra-thin HD LED display adopts an open cell design to conserve materials by using the lid and bezel to form an aluminum frame for the screen. This creates a super-slim yet protective profile and reduces the energy required during manufacture as compared to conventional panel designs.

The Aspire S3 features a vent-free bottom so the notebook rests comfortably on the user's lap. Warm components are placed away from the palmrest and touchpad area, so users will not feel any heat discomfort, Acer said. A new airflow design also dissipates warm air from the rear of the notebook, preventing air from blowing towards the user's hands. Finally, the fan motor is optimized to enhance efficiency and lower power consumption to help increase system battery life.

The Aspire S3 features the latest second-generation Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors for full computing and digital creation capability, and a choice of 240GB SSD or 320/500GB HDD with embedded SSD for ultra-fast access and media and data storage.

Standard HDMI output is also included for connecting the Aspire S3 to popular HD peripheral devices. Furthermore, users can share data or download photos from their digital cameras using the 2-in-1 card reader that supports SD Card and MMC formats.

On-the-go users can keep in touch with friends and colleagues with video conferences thanks to the integrated Acer Crystal Eye 1.3-megapixel camera and microphone. In addition to Wi-Fi, wireless is enhanced by the addition of latest-generation Bluetooth 4.0+HSR technology with lower power consumption.

Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook

Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook
Photo: Company

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