|Screen Size||13.3 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1366 x 768|
|Max Screen Resolution||1366 x 768 pixels|
|Processor||1.7 GHz Core i7-2657M|
|RAM||4 GB DDR3|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Intel HD Graphics 3000|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||128 MB|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||2|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||7 hours|
Acer Aspire S3-951-6432 13.3-Inch HD Display Ultrabook
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Acer Aspire S3-951-6432 Notebook comes with these specs: 2nd Generation Intel Core i7-2637M Processor 1.7GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.8GHz, Windows 7 Home Premium, 13.3" HD Widescreen CineCrystal LED-backlit Display, Mobile Intel UM67 Express Chipset, 4096MB DDR3 1066MHz Memory, Intel HD Graphics 3000, 240GB Solid State Drive, Built-In HD 1.3MP Webcam, 2-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader, Dolby Home Theater v4 Audio Enhancement, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED, Bluetooth 4.0+HS, 2 - USB 2.0 Ports, 1 - HDMI Port, 3-cell Lithium Polymer Battery (3280mAh), Up to 7 hours of battery life, 2.93 lbs. | 1.33 kg (system unit only), AC Power Adapter, AC Power Cord, Wireless Setup Card, Registration/ Limited Warranty Card, Microsoft Office Starter 2010, McAfee Internet Security Suite (60-day insert)
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Style -- The S3 is almost IDENTICAL to the Macbook Air, so I really wasn't forced to carry around an ugly PC like I'd feared. Are there some minor differences in styling between the two? Sure, but they're pretty darn close. I'm obsessive about design/style/looks, and I am very very happy with the styling of the S3.
Durability -- The S3 is pretty solid. Unlike other ultrabooks that I looked at, the S3 is sturdy and not at all flimsy. I don't feel like I have to baby it.
Portability -- WOW! I can't tell you how much I love the thin, lightweight design. Pictures don't do it justice; you need to feel it in your hands to fully appreciate how insanely easy it is to carry this thing around or let it rest in your lap.
Performance -- I run a number of resource-intensive applications (Photoshop, Illustrator, Visual Studio, Skype, etc), and it handles them all effortlessly. Also, the SSD drive is definitely worth the money. Boot time is crazy fast, sleep restore is near instant (<1sec), and I love the silent operation w/ almost no lap heat.
Overall -- Can't recommend this computer enough. I've always scoffed at PCs since converting to the Apple world, but this one won me back. I actually own a PC I'm proud of... never thought I'd say that considering my love for Apple products.
Do the following (Windows 7)
1) Go to Control Panal
2) Choose Network and Sharing
3) On the left hand side choose "Change Adapter Settings"
4) Right click the Wireless Network Connection and choose properties (it is the last option)
5) Choose the top option "Client for Microsoft Networks"
6) Choose Configure on top
7) Go to the Power Management Tab
8) De-Select "Allow the computer to turn off the device to save power"
Save and close.
I did some additional analysis of this issue there is one additional step you need to do.
9) Go to control panel and POWER OPTIONS
10) The default is BALANCED - Choose CHANGE PLAN SETTINGS
11) On the bottom choose CHANGE ADVANCED PLAN SETTINGS
12) Scroll to WIRELESS ADAPTER SETTINGS and click the plus sign to the left of it to expand the options.
13) Now click the second plus sign POWER SAVER MODE
14) Click on the the battery option and a selection box will open set both battery and plugged in to MAXIMUM PERFORMANCE.
Save and close all. This should solve the issue once and for all.
What was happening the power saver option was shutting down the wireless adapter to save power thus the unreliable connections. If the connection is not constant it was shutting it down. The setting is effected by these two places.
Problem solved :)
I wanted a notebook that was fast, large enough drive to load up with our office and software development software. Something that I could take along with my 11 inch Macbook Air as we develop software for both Windows, Mac and IOS/Android.
Did not want to carry a big bag for the notebooks but instead a slim bag and well....
Everything fit's! Mind you we are using the Innergie mCube Pro 70 Watt Universal AC, Auto, and Air Adapter for Notebooks and Portable Devices (3 Year Warranty and Energy Star Certified) as the power adapter so that I have auto and plane power but also to cut down on the size of the adapter that comes with the Acer S3. Don't get me wrong this is not a large power adapter, but instead on the smaller size. But if I had my way I would find something smaller than the standard Macbook Air power adapter...
As far as feel of the S3, awesome so say the least. Heat is minimal. Boot time is twice as fast as my Alienware 10 inch and opening the lid from sleep is really almost instant.
As far as the other review about the wifi access. We are running the S3 on a network with a Apple Airport Extreme. No issues what so every and full power bars for the network signals.
Love the 256GB SSD disk... Almost has me searching Amazon for replacement drives for all the other notebooks! So much improvement over speed.
The touchpad on the S3 takes some getting used to as no separate left and right button but instead on the bottom of the touchpad.
If there is one downfall, no backlit keyboard that I can find so far... If this is not the case and I have not found it yet, go ahead and comment how I find this to turn it on.... But on the other hand, I guess my wife will be happy knowing that the S3 wont sneak into the bedroom for a little "Before bed coding"!
All round, impressed very impressed with the fit finish and performance of the S3 with i7, 256GB and 4GB.
Updated 09/16/2012: The only issue that I have with the notebook is no Bluetooth and only 2 USB ports. This means that if you want to use a mouse such as the one I have Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse (Black) when out and about and Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball when in the office this means that only one port remaining which is fine for the external 500 GB Portable Hard Drive drive, but.... being in the financial industry, need a numerical keypad which means using a our Targus PAUK10U Ultra Mini USB Keypad, Black. This would have worked fine except for the fact that the usb power for the notebook would not run both the keypad and the USB drive.... not a happy camper.... Sorry but just went ahead and just purchased the preferred Samsung Series 9 NP900X4C-A03US 15-Inch Ultrabook (Ash Black).... Now for those of you that think a bluetooth toggle would work instead, sorry but been down that road and while our Microsoft Bluetooth keypad (sorry not available on amazon anymore) and Microsoft Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000 worked we had nothing but problems having the IOGEAR Bluetooth 4.0 USB Micro Adapter (GBU521) toggle to come alive when having the notebook come out of sleep mode.
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