Acer Aspire S3 review – the affordable ultrabook and it shows it


  1. Nigel Etherington

    August 7, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Hi. I’m reading/viewing your Acer Aspire S3 review after wondering why mine (which is running (with Window 8.1) is so flipping slow. I’m watching the beach ball spinning wheel while I go to get a coffer just to pull up some page. I also don’t like the battery life, which I understand is related to the small (20 GB) SSD. So my question is now that I’m invested in this product, what, if anything, can I do to improve the two most egregious failings of this Ultrabook, which otherwise I don’t mind.

    If nothing (?) then what should I buy to replace it assuming that its in the same ‘affordable ultrabook’ category?

    If the answer

    • Andrei Girbea

      August 8, 2014 at 8:36 am

      Hi Nigel. That small SSD has nothing to do with battery life, it’s there to make the laptop somewhat faster.

      What kind of CPU is there on your unit? And I’d reckon it comes with a regular spinning hard-drive (500 gb? 750 gb?). The HDD is what makes it slow, although it should not be as slow as you say. Before jumping to conclusions:

      1. Make sure you uninstall as many of the preinstalled Acer software on your unit and make sure nothing is running in the background that is not supposed to.
      2. IS you Internet connection working properly? Try to fire and launch a test with the nearest server and let me know what the numbers are. If webpages load that slow, then it might be something related to the Wi-fi module
      3. If the laptop is slow in everyday use (opening folders, navigating between menus and running programs, etc), then you could replace the HDD with an SSD. SSDs are not very cheap, but $100 or so should get you a decent 240 GB model. Then look for guides on how to replace the HDD on your laptop and how to transfer Windows from it to the SSD, you should find a few of those on Youtube.

      Ultimately, you can go for something newer, but let me know what’s you budget if you want any suggestions.

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