Acer Aspire S3-951-2634G24ISS
SpecificationsNotebook: Acer Aspire S3-951-2634G24ISS (Aspire S3 Series)
Processor: Intel Core i7 2637M
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 3000
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Price: 1400 euro
Average of 7 scores (from 8 reviews)
Reviews for the Acer Aspire S3-951-2634G24ISS
Source: APC Mag
The S3s are made from a combination of aluminium and magnesium that's so light it feels suspiciously like plastic but we're assured it isn’t. The keyboard is one of the nicer chiclet designs, with well-spaced keys, which are also arranged in a traditional manner (ie. where you expect them to be, a convention that’s often tossed out by ultra-light notebook makers).
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/28/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
While the Acer Aspire S3-951 is a well-built and powerful ultrabook, which offers good value for money, we were more drawn to the Toshiba Satellite Z830 and the Asus Zenbook. However, a cut-price Core i5 version of the Acer Aspire S3-951 can be had if your budget is tight, and nobody will be disappointed by the excellent performance of this Core i7 model.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/28/2011
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: PC Advisor
Against Windows ultraportables of recent times, the Acer S3 would stand out as a smartly finished and extremely speedy example of a lightweight laptop. Against the Apple notebook it’s based on, it is faster in application performance thanks to our sample’s Core i7 processor. But it falls far behind in build quality, notably the plastic chassis and cheap screen, has shorter battery life and lacks decent multi-touch control. In short, it fails to deliver on price or in innovation, leaving the 13in MacBook Air as the wiser choice for anyone seeking an ultraportable notebook.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/29/2011
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 60% performance: 80% features: 70% ergonomy: 70%
Since the machine sports a 1.7GHz dual-core Sandy Bridge processor and 4GB of DDR3 memory, performance should be competitive with Apple's MacBook Air, as well as with other portable and ultra-portable machines on the market today. Due to its integrated graphics subsystem however, this machine will not be able to run even older DirectX 9 gaming titles. Since ultrabooks were never meant to be gaming machines however, this isn't too much of a concern.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/18/2011
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% performance: 20% ergonomy: 80%
Source: Computerbild - 9/12
Comparison, , Medium, Date: 04/01/2012
Rating: Total score: 84% performance: 86% features: 80% display: 79% ergonomy: 80% emissions: 90%
Source: PC Welt DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/10/2012
Rating: Total score: 78% performance: 85% features: 71% display: 71% mobility: 82% ergonomy: 84% emissions: 80%
Source: 01Net FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/15/2011
Rating: Total score: 40%
Source: The Hikaku JA→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/14/2011
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.
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.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
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 %
70.29%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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