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Acer Aspire S3-3951

Specifications

Acer Aspire S3-3951Notebook: Acer Aspire S3-3951 (Aspire S3 Series)
Processor: Intel Core i7 2637M
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 1.4kg
Price: 900 euro
Average Score: 73.2% - average
Average of 15 scores (from 29 reviews)
price: 80%, performance: 71%, features: 71%, display: 92% mobility: 75%, workmanship: - %, ergonomy: 62%, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Acer Aspire S3-3951

60% Acer Aspire S3
Source: Computer Active English
Ultrabooks, Intel's name for thin and light laptops, tend to be sleek and eye-catching. While the Acer Aspire S3 ultrabook is certainly very slender, its dull grey appearance is far less attractive in the flesh than it is in photos, although some may prefer the less flashy look. The Aspire S3 isn't a bad ultrabook, but its keyboard and battery life could be better and the lack of USB3 ports could be limiting in future.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/28/2012
Rating: Total score: 60%
60% Acer Aspire S3
Source: Computer Active English
The Aspire S3 isn't a bad ultrabook, but its keyboard and battery life could be better and the lack of USB3 ports could be limiting in future.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/27/2012
Rating: Total score: 60%
60% Acer Aspire S3 review
Source: IT Reviews English
The Acer Aspire S3 is stylish, light and impressively thin with good visuals. There is more than enough power for daily multitasking, with an attractive power saving ‘Instant On’ feature. Although it has significant peripheral omissions, along with some keyboard issues that need addressing.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/03/2012
Rating: Total score: 60%
Ultrabook Head to Head: Acer Aspire S3 vs. ASUS UX31E
Source: AnandTech English
We’ve now looked at three 13.3” ultrabooks, plus the MacBook Air 11 and 13, and the ASUS UX21E. I’ve also had some hands on time at a local store with a Samsung Series 9, so that covers much of the ultrabook market right now. Unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to see any of the Lenovo IdeaPad U300/U400 offerings or any other ultrabooks in person (yet), so I’ll have to leave them out of consideration.
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 12/21/2011
First Look: Acer Aspire S3 3951 review
Source: Pocket Lint English
There are a few areas that we hope Acer gets the chance to tweak before the Aprire S3 lands in the shops: they’ve already confirmed that addressing the trackpad click action is on the list, but the screen could do with being a little brighter too and another central foot would make the leading edge feel much more rigid.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/17/2011
First Look: Acer Aspire S3 3951 review
Source: Pocket Lint English
But Acer have achieved their aims in creating a slim and light Ultrabook. It performs well enough from what we’ve seen and although the design doesn’t offer the premium flare you get from the MacBook Air, the price (not currently confirmed) at around £800 puts it in the range of those looking for a primary work or play machine - and we’d expect online discounts to make it a much more appealing over time.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/17/2011
80% Acer Aspire S3 review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
As the first Ultrabook we’ve reviewed, Acer’s 13.3in Aspire S3 has a lot to live up to, and on quite a few points it manages it. We’re impressed with its performance, build quality and screen, while it also scores points in the looks and usability categories. Only connectivity, audio and battery life cause any serious concern, while missing features like keyboard backlighting detract from the premium feel. However, if you’re happy with the slim girl next door rather than a super model, the S3’s low price means it’s definitely a contender.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/16/2011
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 90% performance: 80% features: 80% mobility: 70% ergonomy: 50%
70% Acer Aspire S3 Core i7 Ultrabook
Source: Reg Hardware English
The best summary I can think of for the Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook is that it’s a splendid product with some annoying details. On one hand, it’s a good all-rounder in an amazingly slim, lightweight package. On the other hand, the keyboard will take some getting used to, the trackpad is awkward and the fan noise could drive your office colleagues nuts, however, Acer tells me that the review S3 was from a pre-production batch and what's on sale now should be cured of these ills. Yet for carrying around and flipping open here and there whenever needed, the Acer Aspire S3 is just the job. Oh, and if you want to shave £200 off the price, there's always Acer's Intel 1.6GHz Core i5-2467M model to consider.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/16/2011
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Acer Aspire S3 ultrabook review
Source: CNet English
The Aspire S3 is Acer's first foray into the world of the ultrabook. It aims to offer enough of a kick to get through all your computing needs without taking up space in your backpack. On its own, the Acer Aspire S3 is a slim, good-looking bit of kit with powerful components under the hood. Sadly, it's beaten to the punch by the competition who offer better specs for the same money.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/01/2011
Rating: Total score: 70%
60% Acer Aspire S3
Source: Digital Versus English
Although imperfect (glossy mediocre quality screen, poor connectivity), the Acer Aspire S3 does deliver in terms of battery life, processing power and thickness (under 2 cm). Although the MacBook Airs still have certain advantages over this model, notably when it comes to the finish and materials used, they are also more costly.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/28/2011
Rating: Total score: 60%
Acer Aspire S3 – Review
Source: Gadgetmix English
The Macbook Air has few competitors just yet.And for $999, the Macbook Air is a good offer. Ultimately, the Acer Aspire S3 costs a full $400 less than the 13-inch Macbook Air, and even $200 less than Asus’s ultrabook offering, the UX31. But it doesn’t stand out enough to justify a purchase before seeing what the other players have to offer.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/20/2011
85% Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook (Core i7-2637M 1.7GHz) - Anorexic Knight
Source: Hardware Zone English
Ultrabooks are really the most anticipated machines of 2011, and finally we’ve had our hands on one: the Acer Aspire S3. This anorexic Windows machine is close to what Intel thinks Ultrabooks should be, and quite frankly, while we weren’t exactly blown away by it, we remain very impressed with the Ultrabook promise, and very optimistic about what the future holds for Ultrabooks.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/07/2011
Rating: Total score: 85% price: 80% performance: 80% mobility: 90%
80% Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook review
Source: T3 English
The Acer Aspire S3 is an impressive portable, which offers superb power in an incredibly lightweight design. We’re really happy that this marriage of proper computing power, and great design finally has a home in the PC market. We hope that the small problems we experienced will be ironed out in time for its full release, and enable this laptop to be a benchmark of what can be achieved under the Ultrabook brand.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/03/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
86% Acer Aspire S3-951
Source: Computer Shopper English
Get ready for a new notebook craze. Much like in the netbook era, which swept in like a flash flood in 2007, Intel is spurring on the rollout of another kind of ultra-mobile computer, this time called the "ultrabook." Love the MacBook Air but hate its price? The Aspire S3-951 is a bantamweight 13-inch ultrabook with a design and feature set unexpected in an $899 model.
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 10/01/2011
Rating: Total score: 86%
Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook hands on
Source: V3.co.uk English
Overall, the S3 looks a promising piece of kit, but we have yet to be convinced that it's better than the MacBook Air. With Microsoft hyping Windows 8, it remains to be seen whether consumers will buy an ultrabook now or wait a little bit longer for a next-generation model with a touch-screen operating system.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/16/2011
80% Acer Aspire S3 Review
Source: Stuff TV English
Should you buy an S3 Ultrabook? Well, yes. Unless you don't. The MacBook Air remains the better built machine, has the sharper screen and has high-speed Thunderbolt for express file transfer. Spec it up to the Acer’s numbers, though, and it also costs £450 more than the S3. While that could be seen as money well spent (much of it pays for the all-solid-state memory and Apple laptops have a healthier resale value than their peers), Acer’s svelte Ultrabook is still worth considering. After all, with a similar spec, the MacBook Air is a tad slower than the S3. And that's not all. The S3’s considerable processing grunt and supercharged wake times are impressive specs to find in a laptop under two centimetres thin and weighing just 1.3kg. It runs Windows natively and has a full HDMI port. It can sleep for nearly two months and be ready to pounce into Windows in under six seconds. Yes, it costs a lot, but the Acer Aspire S3, like a slightly flawed diamond, is still worth waving your wallet towards. Just don't expect perfection.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/14/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook review
Source: PC Advisor English
I am impressed with the Acer Aspire S3 and I look forward to trying a shipping model. If my first taste of Ultrabooks is any indication of what's coming, I think PC users are in for a treat, delivered by Acer as well as other brands.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/06/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
Hands on with Acer's Aspire S3 Ultrabook
Source: Reg Hardware English
There's the metallic look, the sunken keyboard, the sparse port array, the - a first time for a Windows machine? - large touchpad placed centrally in the wrist rest area, not aligned to the positioning of the spacebar. There's the dark, plastic hinge cover that provides a window for the machine's Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radios.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/04/2011
Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook first look
Source: Trusted Reviews English
It’s difficult to try and label the Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook as anything but a reaction to Apple’s Macbook Air models without it feeling like an exercise in self-deception. But sensibly Acer hasn’t gone head-to-head on all fronts. In ditching the expensive unibody construction, the manufacturer has been able to use its usual strategy of undercutting the competition. We’re yet to hear the exact specs and prices that will be available to us in the UK, but £799 is much easier to swallow than £1099 – even if the Aspire S3 doesn’t quite have the desirability of Apple’s babies. But then who does?
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/03/2011
First Look: Acer Aspire S3 3951 review
Source: Pocket Lint English
There are a few areas that we hope Acer gets the chance to tweak before the Aprire S3 lands in the shops: they’ve already confirmed that addressing the trackpad click action is on the list, but the screen could do with being a little brighter too and another central foot would make the leading edge feel much more rigid. But Acer have achieved their aims in creating a slim and light Ultrabook. It performs well enough from what we’ve seen and although the design doesn’t offer the premium flare you get from the MacBook Air, the price (not currently confirmed) at around £800 puts it in the range of those looking for a primary work or play machine - and we’d expect online discounts to make it a much more appealing over time.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/02/2011

Foreign Reviews

77% So gut sind die neuen Ultrabooks
Source: Chip.de - 2/12 German
Comparison, , Medium, Date: 01/01/2012
Rating: Total score: 77% performance: 53% features: 62% display: 92% mobility: 66% ergonomy: 74%
Schick, schlank, schnell
Source: c't - 3/12 German
batter runtime very good, office performance good, 3D-gaming performance bad, display bad, noise emissions bad
Comparison, , Long, Date: 02/01/2012
Verdünnisiert
Source: c't - 25/11 German
low weight, considerable fan noise
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 11/01/2011
80% Acer Aspire S3, el primero de los nuevos ultrabooks
Source: PC Actual Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/18/2011
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70%
Ультрабук Acer Aspire S3: первый тест в России
Source: Retera RU→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/08/2011
宏碁蜂鸟S3951与苹果Macbook Air对比
Source: enet.com.cn zh-CN→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/12/2011
能否打破苹果神话?宏碁S3蜂鸟超极本评测
Source: PC Online.com.cn zh-CN→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/27/2011
Ultrabook再掀神话 Acer S3新品解析
Source: enet.com.cn zh-CN→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/13/2011
70% Acer Aspire S3
Source: Komputer for alle DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/02/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%

Comment

Series:

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 (Sandy Bridge): Processor graphics card which is integrated in the Sandy Bridge Pentium and Celeron processors. Similar to the desktop HD Graphics 2000 and not related to the old Arrandale processor graphics with the same name.

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

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


Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  


2637M: Power saving ULV processor clocked at 1.7-2.8 GHz due to Turbo Boost. Offers an integrated HD 3000 clocked at slow 350 / 1200 MHz and a DDR3-1333 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.


1.4 kg: This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist only few sub-notebooks, which weight less. 10 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 %

Acer reviews


73.2%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» HP ProBook 4330s LW759ES
Celeron B810, 2 kg
» Asus Zenbook UX31-RSL8
Core i5 2467M, 1.3 kg
» Toshiba Portégé Z830-S8302
Core i7 2677M, 1.1 kg
» Asus Zenbook UX31E-DH53
Core i5 2557M, 1.3 kg
» Acer Aspire 3830T-6417
Core i3 2310M, 1.8 kg
» Fujitsu Lifebook S761
Core i7 2620M, 1.8 kg

Devices with the same GPU

» Asus X502CA
Pentium 987, 15.6", 1.9 kg
» HP Pavilion 14-c002sa
Celeron 847, 14.0", 1.8 kg
» Lenovo IdeaPad Z500-59367598
Pentium 2020M, 15.6", 2.2 kg
» HP Pavilion 14-c002ea
Celeron 847, 14.0", 1.8 kg
» Acer C710-2457
Celeron 847, 11.6", 1.4 kg
» HP 650-B6N63EA
Pentium B970, 15.6", 2.5 kg
» Gigabyte Slate S1082
Celeron 847, 10.1", 0.8 kg
» Asus X501A-XX243H
Pentium B980, 15.6", 2.1 kg
» Asus X501A-XX145H
Celeron B820, 15.6", 2.1 kg
» Asus VivoBook X202E-CT129H
Pentium 987, 11.6", 1.4 kg
» HP Pavilion SleekBook 15-b025ec
Pentium 987, 15.6", 2.1 kg
» Asus VivoBook X202E-CT103H
Celeron 847, 11.6", 1.4 kg
» Samsung 350E7C-S02CZ
Pentium B970, 17.1", 2.7 kg
» Lenovo IdeaPad S400-MAY8PUK
Pentium 997, 14.0", 1.8 kg
» HP 650-H5K82EA
Celeron 1000M, 15.6", 2.5 kg
» Asus F75A-TY089H
Pentium B980, 17.3", 3 kg
» Acer Apire E1-531-B9606G50Mnks
Pentium B960, 15.6", 2.5 kg
» Lenovo IdeaPad N581-MBA4YGE
Pentium B970, 15.6", 2.6 kg
» Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E130 NZU5FGE
Pentium 977, 11.6", 1.518 kg
» HP Compaq Presario CQ58-148SG
Pentium B950, 15.6", 2.45 kg
» Lenovo IdeaPad G580-MBBG3GE
Pentium B960, 15.6", 2.6 kg
» Samsung 550C22-H01US
Celeron 867, 12.1", 1.43 kg
» Samsung 400B2B-A04UK
Core i5 2450M, 12.5", 2.3 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2011-09-26 (Update: 2012-05-26)