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


  1. Nazli

    April 6, 2012 at 5:55 am

    I’m not surprised by the negative review considering it’s Acer. Bought an Acer laptop years ago and regretted buying it. The damn thing broke down in less than 2 years. The Aspire S3 is nothing but Acer’s attempt to hoodwink people into thinking that it’s a cool ultrabook. I don’t think this will be the last. There will be lots of crap ultrabooks hitting the market this year. Buyers will have plenty of choice but must be clever enough to separate diamonds from glass

    • Mike

      April 26, 2015 at 3:43 pm

      My wife has had one of these for several years now and it is a delight to use. It is light as a feather, fast and responsive and has never failed her. In fact, I prefer it to my i7 quad core monster apart from in video conversion.

      Its only bad point is the touchpad, which makes both mouse and cursor jump round the screen. She uses a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard to stop this. My Alps touchpad is just the same.

      If I could still buy the i7 S3 I would gladly buy myself one.

  2. ken

    July 10, 2012 at 7:13 am

    thanks for the honest, blunt critique. help with my decision-making process.

  3. 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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