Acer Aspire S3-391-6046 Windows 8 Ultrabook

Real good manufacturers across the globe take their own yachts to sail along the ocean of consumers, with the purpose of who among them will win the bacon back home. Following the modern call for a trend, especially with the official launching of the new Windows 8, touch-capable devices are already popping off the field to cater the platform’s Metro-style UI. But if you’d be asked, would you want to use the said OS, or at least try it, with a non-touch device?

Surprisingly, Acer did it with its new model, the S3-391-6046 of Aspire series. The S3-391-6046 is an ultrabook in itself, and being a 13.3-incher, is also a netbook in form. Priced a bit lower at around $640, the S3-391-6046 of Acer is sold mainly for users who do not want to enjoy touch-capable displays but still want the new Windows. In short, I don’t think this device will last since for sure a lot of users will find out that not using the fingers to swipe the Metro tiles is a day-ender.

However, the Acer Aspire S3-391-6046 still purifies itself along the way with a bunch of looks-and-specs ratio. With the design itself, the S3-391-6046 looked like any other modern ultrabooks of today, and is surprisingly thin enough in its weight at only 3lbs. The body measured at 8.52×12.59×0.68inches, making it something at least to carry along when going to the office. The sheer metallic design also gives the S3-391-6046 an enterprise or premium feel over its weight, and thankfully, there’s not really anything to bother its overall aesthetics. With the keyboard and the touchpad, they are neatly and minimally styled, though I’d wish the arrow keys got themselves bigger room for accessibility.

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The display, like any other average 13-inchers, is only with a native resolution of 1366×768. The said resolution does not really fit in to the leaders’ 1080p display, but is at least well enough to display the proper content quality (except for full HD movies). Expectedly, playing games on this device should still be fun, but not that much because with the integrated Intel 3000 graphics, you cannot just update the system to accommodate Direct X 11. This is totally a press-no button but serious gamers despite the display quality, and it just means also that playing movies are the most enough of what you can do.

Other than the said GPU, the Acer Aspire S3-391-6046 is also a bit short with performing muscles. The S3-391-6046 uses a 2nd-generation Intel Core i3 processor plus 4GB of RAM. The said processor is distinctly not in par with the latest versions, but is still acceptable enough when compared to Intel’s Atom, Celeron, and even some AMD processors. Thankfully, the netbook’s price justifies itself a bit with the inclusion of a 20-GB SSD for caching and speeding up boot times and other data handling tasks. Other than these, thanks to Acer also for bringing up two USB 3.0s to at least calm the raging users, plus a full-sized HDMI and one of the best features so far, having a dual-band Wi-Fi for a sweeter wireless data experience on hotspots.

For the same price also, you get the Acer Aspire S3-391-6046 with a relatively average battery life of more or less 5 hours depending on what’s taking place. As for my verdict, the S3-391-6046 of Acer stands average among any other budget netbooks despite the ironic inclusion of the new Windows 8 without the touch experience. By the end of this year, I think Acer must find another way to put its audience in awe again with their good list of ultrabooks.

Acer Aspire S3-391-6046 Windows 8 Ultrabook Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 28,000.00

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