Acer Aspire S3 comparison

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Acer Aspire S3

Acer Aspire S3
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Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro
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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus

Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus
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Asus VivoBook X202E DH31T (black)

Asus VivoBook X202E DH31T (black)
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Asus VivoBook S400CA

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Price $900 at 1 store $1,099 at 1 store $1,249 to $1,523 at 5 stores $509 at 1 store $789 at 1 store
CNET editors' rating
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.5 (3.5 stars)
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.6 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.7 (4.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.7 (3.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.4 (3.5 stars)
Average user rating 2.5 stars out of 11 reviews 3.5 stars out of 11 reviews 5.0 stars out of 2 reviews 3.5 stars out of 7 reviews 4.5 stars out of 2 reviews
Release date October 11, 2011 September 03, 2013 June 19, 2013 November 05, 2012 November 28, 2012
The Bottom Line The Acer Aspire S3 is the closest you can get to the look and feel of a MacBook Air for less than $1,000, but it requires a few compromises. A major update to our favorite Windows 8 hybrid, the IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro is still a better laptop than tablet, but the new version adds a future-proof better-than-HD display at a great price. If you’re just looking for an all-around excellently made Windows touch ultrabook and don’t mind that it's on the expensive side (and doesn’t convert to a tablet), the improved Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus is worth the investment. It's great to see more touch-screen Windows 8 laptops under $600, but note that the Asus X202E requires some compromises in performance and battery life. You get a decent 14-inch laptop package in the Asus VivoBook, especially given that it has a touch screen, but it doesn't add up to anything particularly impressive that you can't get elsewhere either with better design or for a lower price.

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Product Description Acer Aspire - 13.3 in - 2nd Gen Core i5 i5-2467M - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium - 4 GB RAM - 320 GB
S3-951-6646 HDD
- 13.3 in - 4th gen Core i3 4010U - Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 4 GB RAM - 128 GB SSD
- 13 in - 4th gen Core i5
ASUS V series - 3rd Gen Core i3
DH31T - 11.6 in i3-3217U - Windows 8 64-bit Edition - 4 GB RAM - 500 GB HDD
ASUS V series - 3rd Gen Core i5
DH51T - 14 in i5-3317U - Windows 8 64-bit Edition - 4 GB RAM - 500 GB HDD
Packaged Quantity 1
Info unavailable Info unavailable 1
1
Software Included Bing Toolbar
McAfee Internet Security Suite (60 days trial)
NTI Media Maker
Norton Online Backup
eSobi
Microsoft Office 2010 Starter
New York Times Reader
Skype
Nook
Microsoft Silverlight
Acer clear.fi
Aupeo
Windows Live Essentials
Acer Updater
Acer Identity Card
Acer Registration
Acer Crystal Eye
Adobe Flash Player 10.1
Adobe Reader 9.1
Info unavailable Info unavailable LoJack for Laptops
ASUS LifeFrame3
ASUS USB Charger+
McAfee Internet Security 2012
eManual
Microsoft Office 2010 Starter
ASUS WebStorage
ASUS Instant On
ASUS Game Park Console
ASUS WinFlash
ASUS Live Update
ASUS Power4 Gear Hybrid
ASUS Splendid
Adobe Reader
Info unavailable
Battery 3-cell - up to 6 hour(s)
Info unavailable Info unavailable 2-cell
3-cell
System Type Ultrabook
Info unavailable Info unavailable Notebook
Ultrabook
Display 13.3 in
LED backlight CineCrystal 1366 x 768 / HD
13.3 in 3200 x 1800
13 in 3200 x 1800
11.6 in LED backlight Yes 1366 x 768 / HD
14 in LED backlight 1366 x 768 / HD
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 3000
Info unavailable Intel HD 4400
Intel HD Graphics 4000
Intel HD Graphics 4000
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Microsoft Windows 8.1
Info unavailable Windows 8 64-bit Edition
Windows 8 64-bit Edition
Storage 320 GB
HDD / 5400 rpm + 20 GB SSD cache Green Instant On
128 GB SSD
Info unavailable 500 GB HDD / 5400 rpm
500 GB HDD / 5400 rpm + 24 GB SSD cache
Dimensions (WxDxH) 12.7 in x 8.6 in x 0.7 in
15.5 mm
13.6 mm
11.9 in x 7.9 in x 0.9 in
13.3 in x 9.4 in x 0.8 in
Weight 2.98 lbs
3.1 lbs
3.06 lbs
2.9 lbs
4.4 lbs
Networking 802.11n None
Bluetooth 4.0 HS
Info unavailable Info unavailable 802.11n , 10/100 Ethernet
Bluetooth 4.0
802.11n , Gigabit Ethernet
Optical Drive None
Info unavailable Info unavailable None
None
Processor Intel 2nd Gen Core i5 i5-2467M / 1.6 GHz
2 ( 2.3 GHz ) / 3 MB Cache
Intel 4th gen Core i3 4010U / 1.7 GHz / 3 MB Cache
Intel 4th gen Core i5
3rd Gen Core i3
Intel 3 i3-3217U / 1.8 GHz
3rd Gen Core i5
Intel 3 i5-3317U / 1.7 GHz
Memory 4 GB
DDR3 SDRAM
4 GB
Info unavailable 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM
4 GB DDR3 SDRAM
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