It has already been a wide claim that hybrid-system ultrabooks, i.e., those that have included or optional keyboards for slate-bodied systems are the future of ultrabooks. However, it’s still not guaranteed, more because we see devices getting smaller and smaller, and on the other end of the lever comes a smaller but more potent battery life and the following specs. Intel’s most awaited ‘Haswell’ processor is also getting up to the heat nowadays, and like me, excitement is just too obvious. How about Acer?
Acer’s new entry to the sphere of hybrid-system ultrabooks cannot be regarded as a shame, though having the current-generation body and specs can be a no more than the average in essence. In the name of Aspire P3, the company seemed to be drooling some good efforts to bringing the hybrid systems more ‘up-close’ and ‘personal.’ What’s pretty interesting in this model is that it looked like it’s a 4th-gen iPad with a Bluetooth keyboard with it in a form of a sleeve. This can even be made more apparent if you have the whole set closed for travel.
The Acer Aspire P3 is also a bit on the downside because for its release it is still not competitive in terms to form factor. The slate itself weighs 1.74 lbs. already, and if you add the weight of the keyboard which is 1.32 lbs., you get a heavy hard cover summing up to 3.06 lbs. in weight. The slate itself is also not slim, and I am a bit frustrated to hear that it’s also not possessing a unibody chassis despite the aluminum feel. The slate measures 295.4×190.7×9.95mm, and the keyboard add another 9.8mm depth.
Before we go to the Windows 8 system, let me tackle about the extras first. As said, the Acer Aspire P3 is essentially a tablet with a Bluetooth keyboard sleeve, and truly it serves that purpose. It is basically an attempt to make a keyboard available already for a tablet without the usual need of going to online stores for an additional keyboard purchase. The sleeve feels premium enough, and I think it is made out of faux leather. The keyboard feels chunky and edgy, and the keys have a very shallow travel not really ideal for users with big and heavy fingers. Too bad there’s not enough space for a wrist rest, and as for me, these extras all feel too flimsy.
More with the flimsiness, the slate is capable of switching into different usage ‘modes’: a covered/travel mode, a tablet mode where the slate sits on top of the keyboard, and a ‘desktop’ mode wherein the slate sits on a grove just right above the keyboard device. One thing you should know is that there’s not any locks or snaps here to make each mode secure. Such then, when you want to pass this model to another user while on desktop mode, you literally have to hold both the tablet and the keyboard as you pass it along. I wish there would be at least a stronger locking mechanism there to secure these positions, or at least a magnetic connector to make these conveniences truly convenient.
The Acer Aspire P3 being a tablet is also capable enough as a full PC-like Windows 8 experience. The Aspire P3 is powered by an Intel Core i3 or i5 processor, 2GB or 4GB of RAM, Intel HD 4000 for the graphics, and sports some useful ports like a full-sized HDMI and a full-sized USB 3.0 port. The Aspire P3 also gears a 1366×768 11-inch IPS display, which generally is just enough for a usual Windows 8 computing experience. Lastly, the battery is said to last for more or less six hours.
Having a good list of specs and a slightly fancy look may be awesome already to many, more if you learn the price that goes more or less than $800. However, contrary to this, the Acer Aspire P3 is actually a bit on the late side already, and like me, many have actually anticipated for something better than all of these, which we have already seen since last year.
Acer Aspire P3 Convertible Ultrabook Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 32,000.00
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