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All posts tagged "aspire"

  • Acer Aspire S7 review: thinner, lighter, expensive

    Sleek, shiny and utterly sexy. This is the first impression you get of the Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook. It positions itself in the same sort of market as the Macbook Air, with its lack of any kind of optical drive, its light body, and its smooth aluminium exterior, but is this US$1 200 Windows 8 machine a serious competitor, or is it overpriced for the features it offers? To begin, let’s get down to the basics of this machine. The Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook offers users an Intel Core i7 CPU (1.9-2.4GHz), with 4GB (non-upgradeable) RAM and the model I tested...

  • Acer Aspire S7 review: the gold standard for ultrabooks

    One of the best new ultrabook models we’ve seen, the Acer Aspire S7, may be one of the products that could save Microsoft’s latest operating system,Windows 8. While Windows 8 received mixed reviews the fact remains that the best way to experience the OS is with a machine that was designed to take advantage of everything the OS has to offer. Designed for Windows 8, the Acer Aspire S7 boasts a touchscreen and is sheathed in a super thin and sleek aluminum unibody chassis. Replete with a shockingly thin display, the 13.3-inch Acer Aspire S7 also benefits from tough, durable...

  • Acer Aspire M5 ultrabook and V5 laptops are touch-friendly, Windows 8 ready

    It’s impossible to quantify the potency of 26 October. For one shining day, Microsoft is back on top again as Windows 8 officially launches. With Windows 8, a slew of devices will find its way into the hearts and homes of consumers globally. Products like the newly-released Aspire M5 and V5 ultrabooks and laptops. The M5 is a touchscreen Windows 8 ultrabook, leaving the V5 to be the supermodel-thin baby of the family. Aspire M5, a touch subject The M5 is US$799, has a 14-inch screen with an HD-ready 1366 x 768 display, has a dual-core 1.7 Ghz CPU, 6GB RAM, plus...

  • Acer Aspire V3: a desktop doozy

    Acer’s V3 is a well-priced, decent-performing desktop replacement goes against the current trend towards smaller, thinner more mobile laptops. What it sacrifices in portability though, it makes up for in screen real estate, an expansive keyboard and computing power. Construction and feel The Acer Aspire V3 is as much a laptop as a boerboel is a lap-dog, however that should come as no surprise as it’s a fully fledged desktop replacement, not an ultrabook. Unfortunately, it also shares the boerboel’s aesthetic charms, unless of course you consider that particular breed to be the Mona Lisa of canines. It’s not that the V3...

  • Aspire Timeline U review [Video]

    Ultrabooks are a contentious gadget. Labelled by Intel as the next big thing, the Ultrabook is nothing short of being the laptop to lust after. Does the Aspire Timeline U fit into this mold? Can it compete with the lightening-fast, ultra-sexy laptops offered by Apple? Does it have the chops to deal with the loving knocks and blows team Gear throws at it? Let’s delve into the video and see if the Aspire Timeline U has what it takes to succeed in a tech world filled with needless titles.

  • Acer Aspire M3 Ultrabook – the middle child of laptops

    A little over a week ago I was given the Acer Aspire Timeline U M3 (581T) to put through its paces. The good-looking, 15-inch “ultrabook” is Acer’s first proper foray into the ‘ultra’ arena and, unlike many of its competitors, it’s not a straight clone of the MacBook Air. It boasts stylish design, a compact body, great start-up times, good battery life and a few more specs that set it apart from the pack. Read on for the full breakdown. Construction and Feel Laid bare, for the world to see, the M3 Ultra is a great looking machine. The unassuming matt...

  • Reviewed: Acer Aspire S3 – beefy but boring

    The progress of technology is astounding. Every couple of years, computing power doubles. We keep packing more features into mobile devices. Features such as GPS, Accelerometers, Quad Core Graphics and resolutions so high you cannot distinguish the pixels anymore. My cellphone now has a faster processor than the Windows 7 machine I’m typing this review on. Notebook computers are getting lighter, faster and have more battery life than ever before. So you’d think that these days PC manufacturers would have figured out how not to f**k up the small things. Small things such as a basic build quality, input devices, speakers,...