Acer Updates Aspire S3 Ultrabook With Haswell Inside

Remember the S3 Ultrabook? In 2011, it was an icon in design. Today, the competition is a bit more heated, hence Acer's reasoning behind updating the machine as Computex kicks off in Taiwan. The newly-revised, Windows 8-equipped Aspire S3 Ultrabook integrates some key components from the flagship Aspire S7 series, raising the bar all around.

"One of the great benefits of successfully launching an ambitious product like the Aspire S7 is what the organization learns at every stage of the process," said David Lee, Senior Architect of Acer Design Center. "We made it a point to reinvest that across our range, and the S3 is a prime example." As on the celebrated Aspire S7, the S3's patented dual-torque hinge design allows users to easily open the lid up to 180° for sharing content, while keeping the display wobble-free for an outstanding touch experience.

With Acer TwinAir cooling technology, the S3 is always cool to the touch without sacrificing performance. The light-sensing keyboard auto adjusts its brightness to ambient light for better visual comfort in dim settings. In addition, evoking the family design and visual purity of the S7's gorilla glass cover, the new S3 cover is made from aluminum and sprayed Sparkling White with a mirror-polish finish; the operation area is made from anodized aluminum throughout. Just 17.8 mm thin and weighing only 1.65 kg, this Ultrabook is slim and easy to carry anywhere.

Inside, it's equipped with Intel's newest Core processors (yep, Haswell), NVIDIA's new GeForce GT 735M GPU, a 1080p HD display, and a 7.2mm 1TB HDD. It's set to ship in Q3, but pricing has yet to be announced.