Acer releases first Ultrabook to stores this week

Intel's Ultrabook notebook design is finally becoming a reality to consumers. Intel first announced its ultra-thin notebook concept last May and today Acer revealed that it will be the first PC maker to offer up a product based on Intel's design. The Acer Aspire S3-951 will go on sale in stores and online retail sites this week in the US with pricing that will begin at $899.

Acer says the Aspire S3-951 will weight just 2.98 pounds and will be just .68 inches thick at its thickest point. The magnesium aluminum/alloy casing contains a 13.3 inch LED screen. An Intel Core i5-based processor is running things inside and it also has a 20 GB solid state drive for fast booting to the Windows 7 operating system. It has a regular 320 GB hard drive for the rest of your needs along with 4 GB of RAM. The Acer Aspire S3-951 will support up to six hours of continuous use. If the notebook is not used in eight hours it goes into a "deep sleep" battery saving mode. The notebook can be reawakened from this mode in just six seconds. Acer claims the notebook will have up to 50 days (no, that's not a typo) of standby power.

While Acer may be first out of the gate with an Ultrabook-based notebook, a number of other PC makers, including Toshiba, Asus, and Lenovo all have announced plans to release notebooks based on Intel's concept later in 2011. Rumors are that HP and Dell also have Ultrabooks in the works.

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This looks great, if only I had the money. This is indeed what they needed to do to compete with Apple. Better late than never I suppose.

Does it have intel HD graphics 2000 or 3000? Waiting for something like this with a Radeon/Nvidia GPU.

Not for gaming but so that apps can be GPU accelerated.

hope the price is good when theese come to the UK. i was tempted to buy a MBA 13"
but i think il wait until these hit the market.

A 20 GB SSD for the OS and a HDD for user files is a clever idea. These Ultrabooks couldn't have come at a better time; with me going to university next year.

That is pretty freaking awesome.

I just hope it doesn't cost over £9000. UK computing hardware is usually a lot pricier than the US.

Tom said,

I just hope it doesn't cost over £9000. UK computing hardware is usually a lot pricier than the US.

Lol. I was just about to say: I bet it's going to be expensive for us. Retailers just completely ignore exchange rates here.

spudtrooper said,
Great pricing, all though i'm hoping to see a refresh of the W500 tablet with more windows 8 specs.

Likewise myself, I have the w500 and I love it. I don't see the point of these ultrabooks with only 6 hours of life. I feel it just comes back to a regular thin laptop. Just some newer technology that will eventually make its way into mainstream laptops. And ultrabooks will get pushed the way of netbooks. Just another way to make money I guess.

The biggest technology I see coming from computers is the new bios implementation. Something like the ability to put VNC on a hardware level is just awesome.

If they can get this down to £500 reasonably soon, I can see myself grabbing this.

My only concern is that these will have stiff competition from the Tablet + Keyboard Dock, especially considering the size of the screen is very close to the kind of screen sizes Microsoft wants the Windows 8 tablets to be. Could get interesting.

I'm waiting to see what Lenovo will be offering in the Thinkpad range. I sold my T410 for a T410s because I wanted the lighter slimmer version knowing full well the (battery) limitations of the S version. If I can get 5hrs easily on a UltraBook from them that'll be my next upgrade.

SHoTTa35 said,
I'm waiting to see what Lenovo will be offering in the Thinkpad range. I sold my T410 for a T410s because I wanted the lighter slimmer version knowing full well the (battery) limitations of the S version. If I can get 5hrs easily on a UltraBook from them that'll be my next upgrade.

try the Thinkpad X1 and u will love it.

The initial price is right.

I read a digitimes report that said eventually in 6 months the prices would come down below $699. That is Intel's goal. So I don't see how this won't be raging success.
The OEMs currently are very paranoid about it, therfore made it in very limited batches and thus have higher prices.

kizzaaa said,
Wow that's great value, especially when compared to a MacBook air.
Really??
- Low resolution display
- No SSD (well a small 20GB that can barely hold Windows)
- No mention of battery life....can't be a good sign

Really. It does mention battery life (6 hours run, 50 days standby, longer than the higher priced larger MBA), the SSD is primarily for booting, standby, virtual etc, a second 320GB mechanical drive for regular stuff (significantly more storage capacity), has double the memory, and 1366 x 788 isn't exactly low res (identical to the smaller MBA.) Weight and size is near identical to the larger MBA. Same GPU. And it costs less than the higher end MBA.

Rudy said,
Really??
- Low resolution display
- No SSD (well a small 20GB that can barely hold Windows)
- No mention of battery life....can't be a good sign

Did you even read it, or did your apple fanboyness get in the way... "20 GB solid state drive for fast booting to the Windows 7 operating system. It has a regular 320 GB hard drive for the rest of your needs"

:facepalm:

Rudy said,
Really??
- No mention of battery life....can't be a good sign

The Acer Aspire S3-951 will support up to six hours of continuous use. If the notebook is not used in eight hours it goes into a "deep sleep" battery saving mode. The notebook can be reawakened from this mode in just six seconds. Acer claims the notebook will have up to 50 days (no, that's not a typo) of standby power.

That would give you a rough estimate

Xerax said,

Did you even read it, or did your apple fanboyness get in the way... "20 GB solid state drive for fast booting to the Windows 7 operating system. It has a regular 320 GB hard drive for the rest of your needs"

:facepalm:


And you obviously didn't read my post :facepalm:

I said there was a 20GB SSD but that's just too small to be useful (barely fits Windows on it so no 3rd party apps)

Rudy said,
I said there was a 20GB SSD but that's just too small to be useful (barely fits Windows on it so no 3rd party apps)

Why no third party apps? There's a second 320GB drive in there, quite a bit of room.

Max Norris said,

Why no third party apps? There's a second 320GB drive in there, quite a bit of room.
Yes but what I'm saying is that the only thing that will benefit from the tiny SSD is Windows (because 3rd party apps will be on the slow HDD. While it's nice to have Windows on an SSD.... 3rd party apps would benefit more (I launch firefox a lot more often than I reboot my computer, plus mspaint and notepad start instantly on a regular HDD anyway )

Rudy said,
While it's nice to have Windows on an SSD.... 3rd party apps would benefit more (I launch firefox a lot more often than I reboot my computer, plus mspaint and notepad start instantly on a regular HDD anyway )

If you use a program that often it'll likely already be in memory via Superfetch anyway. It'll be instant regardless. But I do agree, wouldn't have minded one larger SSD drive, but for that price I'm not going to complain. Who knows, maybe there'll be something in the higher price bracket with a larger drive.