Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Would you buy a supercharged Acer Aspire S3?

A few weeks ago we saw the Acer Aspire S3-951-2464G34iss. A 13-inch Intel Core i5 powered laptop weighing in at 3 pounds which at Php44,900 made for a low cost alternative to a MacBook Air or Asus Ultrabooks. The Acer Aspire S3's hybrid drive which combined a 20GB SSD with a 320GB conventional hard drive made the S3 a fair bit slower than the MacBook Air and Asus Ultrabooks. Still at 20K cheaper than the cheapest 13-inch MacBook Air, it was worthy of consideration.

Now has the Acer Aspire S3-951-2634G52nss, which has a more powerful Intel Core i7 and a larger 500GB hard drive at Php59,900. This get dangerously close to the 13-inch MacBook Air and Asus Ultrabooks and the Acer S3 still does not have an all SSD drive solution.

Would you buy a supercharged Acer Aspire S3? Our advice. At 60K, a MacBook Air or Asus Ultrabook are much better options.While the hybrid drive solution was fine for a low cost Ultrabook, at 60K the Acer Aspire S3 should really replace the conventional hard drive and SSD combo with a pure SSD solution.

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