Acer Aspire S3-392G-54206G50tws


Acer Aspire S3-392G-54206G50twsNotebook: Acer Aspire S3-392G-54206G50tws (Aspire S3 Series)
Processor: Intel Core i5 4200U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4400
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 1.65kg
Price: euro

Reviews for the Acer Aspire S3-392G-54206G50tws

Ультрабук Acer Aspire S3-392G-54206G50tws (NX.MDWER.002)
Source: Ixbt RU→EN
Positive: Good design; lightweight; long battery life; good screen; comfortable keyboard. Negative: Combination of function keys {F1-F12} with numeric keys; uncompetitive price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/11/2014
Игривый ультрабук. Обзор Асеr Aspire S3-392G-54206G50tws
Source: RU→EN
Positive: Low power consumption and low noise even under full load; luxury design. Negative: Small keyboard.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/13/2014



The Acer Aspire S3-392G-5420 is part of the Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook series and is one of the first ultrabooks to enter the market. It looks very much like a Macbook Air, but is arguably thicker. It has even copied the glossy light grey casing of Macbooks and is encased in an aluminium alloy. It is processed by a dual-core Intel Core i5 4300U that can clock up to 2.6 GHz with an Intel HD graphics 4400 graphics adapter. The graphics card is enough for casual gamers and handling lower settings and resolutions for more modern games.

Weighing at 1.65 kg, it is remarkably light for the specs it offers. The 13.3 inch screen has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and offers IPS technology. The Aspire S3 comes equipped with 6 GB of RAM and a 500 GB hard drive. It has two USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port, a composite audio jack, an AC adaptor and a slot for SD-cards.

The black and white keyboard gives it an expensive feel and is a useful feature for working in dim light at night. The keyboard may need some getting used to because of the different positioning of some function keys. The battery can last for about 5 hours of video viewing according to Acer.


The Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook was one of the first ultrabooks to hit the market. The idea of the Ultrabook was introduced by Intel but not much of marketing had been done by them. As one of the firsts, all it had was the ‘Macbook Air lookalike’ identity. This isn’t that good to start with for the Aspire S3 as it doesn’t look as thin as the Macbook Air. The Aspire S3 also has the option to use a mechanical hard drive which gives it a significant disadvantage due to the inferior performance offered by a solid state drive offered by other manufacturers. The asking price is another unjustifiable issue. The Asus Zenbook and Dell XPS 13 are also priced around the same price range but they have much more to offer. Another issue with this ultrabook is its plastic-feel construction compared to the aluminium chassis on the Zenbook and carbon fiber feel of the XPS 13. The lack of a USB 3.0 port and backlit keyboard puts it behind most 13 inch ultrabook out there.

Being one of the earliest Ultrabook certainly has its downside. However, it’s not all bad. The Aspire S3 has a display that can tilt far back, more than any other ultrabooks that we’ve seen. It looks very much like the MacBook Pro but is much lighter and has the excellent boot time of Ultrabooks. It can wake up from sleep mode in about less than 2 seconds. 

Intel HD Graphics 4400:

ULV integrated GPU (GT2) with 20 EUs found on certain Haswell CPU models.

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Haswell-based ULV dual-core processor clocked at 1.6 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 2.6 GHz. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 4400 and a dual-channel DDR3 memory controller.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

13.3": This is a common display format for subnotebooks. Netbooks, UMPC and some subnotebooks have tinier displays. Nevertheless, the majority of standard laptops has a higher format. The advantage of a small display is, that the subnotebook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the small display needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is a bit exhausting for the eyes, especially with high resolutions.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

1.65 kg: This sub-notebook weighs less than the average of all notebooks and represents a medium class of weight among the sub-notebooks. 11 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

Acer: Acer Incorporated is a Taiwanese multinational electronics manufacturer. Its product lineup includes desktops and laptops, as well as personal digital assistants (PDAs), servers and storage, displays, peripherals, and e-business services for business, government, education, and home users. Acer is the third largest computer manufacturer in the world (by sales) after HP and Dell Inc (2007). The company owns the largest franchised computer retail chain in Taipei, Taiwan. Originally named Multitech, it was founded in 1976. Gateway and Packard Bell are economically connected with Acer. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2014-07-20 (Update: 2014-07-20)