Acer announced today its Aspire S3 Ultrabook, the first of its type to reach Australia.
The Ultrabook is a new thing for Acer, but looks rather similar to another product you may be familiar with. Well, maybe more than one. Still, this isn't a bad thing — for laptops, thin is cool, and the game is trying to jam in as many features as possible without losing performance.
Acer also has four different models, so we'll be fascinated where the Aspire S3 falls on both the battery and the performance scales, and exactly how snappy the solid-state drive (SSD) option is.
In the meantime, if thin is your thing, we've got photos of our brief hands on with Acer's latest, to whet your appetite until the full review.
Look familiar? Unlike the unibody aluminium MacBook Air, Acer's feels a little more plastic, and a bit cheaper thanks to its aluminium/magnesium alloy chassis. The price doesn't bear this out, though — expect to pay more than Apple's competitor. It remains to be seen if battery life and performance make it worth it.
At its thinnest point, the 13.3-inch laptop is 13mm and 17mm at its thickest. Acer claims its "Instant On" tech will allow it to turn on from hibernate in 1.5 seconds. Not really instant, but decently fast.