Acer Aspire S3-392G
Average of 4 scores (from 4 reviews)
Reviews for the Acer Aspire S3-392G
Slim, fast and gaming-ready. In 2011, Acer introduced the Aspire S3-951, the first ever Ultrabook. After three years, we are delighted to meet the successor, the Aspire S3-392G. A strong Haswell CPU, a gaming-ready GPU and a lot of memory is packed into this small, compact computer. Our review will reveal what this 13.3-inch machine is capable of.
Source: Pocket Lint Archive.org version
The Acer Aspire S3 is an Ultrabook that doesn't aim for superlative performance in any area, but instead balances the price-to-power ratio better than many competitors out there. It gives a decent performance, there's a good screen (despite reflective qualities) and thanks to dedicated graphics there's even a bit of gaming cred for a price that won't send those on a strict budget scurrying back to having to buy a chunky laptop.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Expert Reviews Archive.org version
The Acer Aspire S3 is a huge improvement on its predecessor. It’s expensive, but it’s easily one of the best value Core i5 Ultrabooks currently available. You certainly get much more for your money than the Acer Aspire S7 and we think it’s much more comfortable to use. We’re certainly not happy with the phantom screen taps that occasionally occurred when we moved the screen, and there were some very minor flaws with the keyboard. However, these issues aren’t enough to detract from a stunning design, powerful hardware and a great display.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/06/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Benchmark.pl PL→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/25/2014
Rating: Total score: 90% performance: 90% display: 100% mobility: 93% workmanship: 100% ergonomy: 80% emissions: 100%
Source: Notebook-Center.ru RU→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Decent design; decent performance; proper set of interfaces; decent battery runtimes. Negative: Mediocre display.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/11/2014
The Acer Aspire S3-392G is another ultrabook in the S3 line aimed at all around users that are looking to do more than just web browsing. Having a 13.3 inch screen with 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution, watching movies on this is a pleasant experience and the IPS screen ensures good viewing angles and sharp colors.
It packs a 4th generation Intel i5 processor clocked at 1.6 GHz with a maximum turbo clock of 2.6 GHz. It's an energy efficient and solid processor that can run most applications easily. It also comes with 2 GB of RAM integrated and a removable 4 GB stick. 6 GB of RAM is definitely enough for any multitasking needs that you have.
The star of the show is the Nvidia GeForce GT 735M. While there is an integrated Intel HD 4400 graphics for standard applications, the Nvidia card can run more resource-hungry applications such as games. You can expect a smoother performance while playing newer games.
The drawback is it runs on a 500 GB HDD which reduces its potential by a huge margin. It does come with 2 USB 3.0 slots and the battery can withstand about 6-8 hours of mixed use, pretty mid-range compared to other ultrabooks. This is a solid choice for those looking at having a dedicated graphics card but for the price you need to pay, would have been better with an SSD or SSD cache for faster load times.
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.
NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M: Mid-range graphics card of the GeForce GT 700M series. Based on the Kepler architecture (GK208) and manufactured by TSMC in a 28nm process.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
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.
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 very old and big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 inch display-diagonal; nowadays, rather typical for 15 inch laptops.
Acer: The company was founded under the name of Multitech in Taiwan in 1976 and renamed to Acer or Acer Group in 1987. The product range includes, for example, laptops, tablets, smartphones, desktops, monitors and televisions. Gateway Inc. and Packard Bell also belong to the Group and sell their own laptops.
While Acer still had the third largest global market share in the notebook segment in 2008, it ranked 6th in 2016 with a market share of 6% after they had continuously lost market shares.
There are dozens of Acer laptop reviews per month, the ratings are average (as of 2016). Gateway, which has an own laptop line-up, has also belonged to the Acer Group since 2007.
84.5%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
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