Acer Aspire S3-951-6646


Acer Aspire S3-951-6646Notebook: Acer Aspire S3-951-6646 (Aspire S3 Series)
Processor: Intel Core i5 2467M
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 3000
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 1.4kg
Price: 800 euro
Average Score: 71.13% - average
Average of 15 scores (from 21 reviews)
price: 90%, performance: 78%, features: 74%, display: 74% mobility: 75%, workmanship: 80%, ergonomy: 83%, emissions: 87%

Reviews for the Acer Aspire S3-951-6646

76% Acer Aspire S3-951-6646 Laptop Review | Notebookcheck
The first Ultrabook. Designed to directly tackle the MacBook Air for hundreds of dollars less, the Acer Aspire S3 has a lot to live up to. Find out here if this early Ultrabook has what it takes to take the ultrathin category crown away from Apple.
60% Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook Review
Source: T Break English
Overall, the Asipre S3 is a good machine, however, it does not feel like a new category of a laptop. Yes, it it quite slim and wakes up and connects to your Wi-Fi fast along with offering a decent battery life and decent performance- but that is certainly not something unheard of. I think Intel should have made some more things mandatory for the Ultrabook platform- such as an SSD and a higher resolution screen.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/12/2011
Rating: Total score: 60%
83% Acer S3 review: The Ultrabook is here, and it impresses on almost every level
Source: PC Authority English
The Ultrabook has landed and it delivers on the promise of ultra-thin and light computing for a reasonable price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/07/2011
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 100% performance: 83% features: 83% ergonomy: 83%
60% Acer Aspire S3-951
Source: PC World English
In the end, the Acer Aspire S3 attempts to be an affordable, visually attractive, and usable Ultrabook. It only partly meets those goals. The keyboard is mostly good, but the laptop's mediocre audio quality, lack of high-speed USB, shorter-than-average battery life, and modest performance make it less than appealing. Still, if you need a very thin, very light Windows PC for mostly nondemanding office and Web chores, the Aspire S3 may suit you.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/17/2011
Rating: Total score: 60%
60% Acer Aspire S3-951 Ultrabook
Source: Good Gear Guide English
While Acer is the first vendor to get its Ultrabook 'out there', the Aspire S3 unfortunately suffers from a lack of features and just feels a little underdone overall. It could use a backlit keyboard, some more connectivity (such as USB 3.0 and Gigabit Ethernet) and we think a solid state drive should be standard for the price you're paying.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/07/2011
Rating: Total score: 60%
70% Acer’s Ultrabook Aspires to Be a MacBook Air
Source: Wired Magazine English
The bottom line is that with this ultrabook, Acer is at least sending a message that real price competition can exist in this rarefied category of notebooks. Whether that will actually amount to a real price war is still an open question, but if nothing else, this category has at least become one worth watching now.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/18/2011
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Acer Aspire S3
Source: PC Mag English
The Acer Aspire S3 is the first ultrabook we've seen, so it's a bit early to tell where it fits within the overall category. It has some definite high points, like a super thin profile, larger storage capacity, and affordability that is currently unmatched. But it also rang hollow on a few important notes: the build quality simply feels cheap, despite the magnesium lid, and the screen doesn't offer the same resolution offered by competitors. At the moment, the MacBook Air 13-inch or the Editors' Choice Toshiba Portege R835-P50X are stronger choices, but the ultrabook landscape will be changing rapidly, so stay tuned.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/15/2011
Rating: Total score: 70%
Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook review
Source: Engadget English
We wanted to love the Acer Aspire S3, the same way we're rooting for all of these reasonably priced, impossibly skinny, long-lasting laptops that have the potential to give the MacBook Air a run for its money. Indeed, it's priced aggressively -- $200 less than the UX31 and $400 off the 13-inch Air.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/14/2011
80% Acer Aspire S3
Source: CNet English
Call us skeptical (please do, we like it), but the Ultrabook concept always struck us as being a bit suspect. Intel has been pushing for several months the idea of a new class of laptops that are slim and powerful with excellent battery life. The Acer Aspire S3 is the closest you can get to the look and feel of a MacBook Air for less than $1,000, but it requires a few compromises.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/14/2011
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% mobility: 70%
50% Acer Aspire S3 Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
Priced at $899, it's clear that Acer is trying to undercut its Ultrabook competitors, but in doing so, it had to make a few sacrifices. For example, the Aspire S3's chassis is plastic, not metal, and it has a mechanical hard drive, not an SSD. It's also missing the little niceties, such as a high-res display and a backlit keyboard. While we might be willing to compromise on those issues, the one area where we can't compromise is battery life, and unfortunately the S3 falls way short in that category. The less-sexy ASUS U36SD is also less than an inch thick, and it offers much better performance and 8 hours of battery life for around the same price as the S3. Or, for just $200 more, you can get ASUS' Zenbook UX31, which has a higher-res screen and a powerful 256GB SSD.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/12/2011
Rating: Total score: 50%

Foreign Reviews

68% Federgewichte
Source: PC Go - 4/12 German
Comparison, , Medium, Date: 03/01/2012
Rating: Total score: 68%
Acer, Asus, Lenovo, Toshiba: Ultrabooks im Vergleich
Source: ZDNet German DE→EN
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 12/06/2011
80% Die neue Leichtigkeit
Source: Connect - 1/12 German
Single Review, , Long, Date: 12/01/2011
Rating: Total score: 80% features: 80% ergonomy: 80%
74% Acer Aspire S3 im Test
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/03/2011
Rating: Total score: 74% performance: 67% features: 71% display: 74% mobility: 80% ergonomy: 89% emissions: 82%
88% Ultra-Klasse
Source: Computerbild - 24/11 German
Single Review, , Long, Date: 11/01/2011
Rating: Total score: 88% performance: 95% features: 83% display: 87% ergonomy: 83% emissions: 89%
76% Test Acer Aspire S3-951-6646 Ultrabook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/31/2011
Rating: Total score: 76% performance: 74% display: 68% mobility: 83% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 84% emissions: 88%
72% Acer Aspire S3: Ultrabook für 800 Euro im Praxistest
Source: ZDNet German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/21/2011
Rating: Total score: 72% price: 80% performance: 70% mobility: 60% ergonomy: 80%
Prise en main de l’Ultrabook S3 d’Acer
Source: Blogeee French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/05/2011
Первый серийный ультрабук в России: обзор Acer Aspire S3
Source: RU→EN
light, thin, cheap
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/17/2011
Обзор Acer Aspire S3: первый ультрабук в России
Source: Hi-Tech Mail RU→EN
Display too small and glossy, few ports, cheap
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/17/2011
Ревю на Acer Aspire S3
Source: BU→EN
Positive: slim, light, optics, battery; negative: sound
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/12/2011
위기에 빠진 모바일 PC의 구원투수 - 인텔 울트라북 (에이서 아스파이어 S3 편)
Source: Notegear KO→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/15/2011



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 3000: Integrated graphics card in the Intel Sandy Bridge processors (Core ix-2xxx). The HD 3000 is the faster (internally GT2 called) version with 12 Execution Units (EUs).

Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.

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

2467M: Power saving ULV processor clocked at 1.6-2.3 GHz due to Turbo boost. Offers an integrated HD 3000 clocked at slow 350 / 1150 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

71.13%: 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

» Dell Latitude 3330
Core i3 2375M, 1.77 kg
» Lenovo IdeaPad S300-59359324
Celeron 887, 1.8 kg
» Samsung 900X3D-A01US
Core i5 2537M, 1.1 kg
» Samsung 530U3B-A02US
Core i5 2467M, 1.5 kg
» Acer Aspire S3-391-6046
Core i3 2367M, 1.4 kg
» Samsung 530U3B-A01RS
Core i5 2467M, 1.4 kg
» Lenovo IdeaPad U310-59-348996
Core i3 2377M, 1.7 kg
» Toshiba Satellite L830-10G
Core i3 2367M, 1.9 kg
» Samsung 530U3B-A01NL
Core i5 2467M, 1.4 kg
» Sony Vaio SVS1311E3E
Core i3 2350M, 1.7 kg
» Asus UX32A-R3001V
Core i3 2367M, 1.5 kg
» Asus UX32A-DB31
Core i3 2367M, 1.5 kg
» Fujitsu LifeBook UH55
Core i3 2367M, 1.6 kg
» Samsung 530U3B-A03PL
Core i3 2367M, 1.5 kg
» Dell XPS 13-321X-0281
Core i7 2637M, 1.4 kg
» Toshiba Satellite L830-10X
Core i3 2367M, 1.9 kg
» Asus UX31E-RY027V
Core i3 2367M, 1.3 kg
» Lenovo IdeaPad U300s-108029U
Core i7 2677M, 1.3 kg
» Toshiba Portégé Z830-10P
Core i3 2367M, 1.1 kg
» Sony Vaio SVT1311M1ES
Core i3 2367M, 1.6 kg
» Sony Vaio VPCZ23Z9E
Core i7 2640M, 1.2 kg
» Sony Vaio VPCZ23J9E
Core i7 2640M, 1.2 kg
» Toshiba Portégé Z830-11M
Core i5 2467M, 1.2 kg
» Toshiba Portégé Z830-10J
Core i5 2467M, 1.1 kg
» Toshiba Portégé Z830-10E
Core i5 2557M, 1.1 kg
» HP Folio 13-1012tu
Core i5 2467M, 1.5 kg
» HP Folio 13-1029wm
Core i3 2367M, 1.5 kg
» Lenovo IdeaPad U300s-M6842GE
Core i5 2467M, 1.3 kg
» Toshiba Portégé R835-P88
Core i5 2450M, 1.4 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2011-10- 4 (Update: 2012-05-26)