The new Acer Aspire S3 UltraBook is due to launch this week for the wallet saving price of $899. The super slender notebook represents one of the first of a new wave of MacBook Air challengers as part of a project from Intel. The S3 may be slightly heavier than the aforementioned Apple laptop but it is a good deal thinner at just 0.51 inches compared to the Air at 0.68 inches. Whats more it’s also $80 cheaper than the entry-level 11-inch Air and $380 less than the comparable 13.3-inch edition. Utilizing a similar design and construction technique the S3 chassis is comprised of one solid block of aluminum / magnesium that is machine engineered into its stunning form factor. The 13.3-inch display offers a resolution of 1366 x 768.

Under the hood you’ll find a power efficient ULV Core i5 Processor from Intel with Integrated HD 3000 graphics and 4GB of RAM. The storage configuration is among the most unique on the market with a 20GB SSD for the Windows 7 operating system and an additional 320GB HDD drive for the rest of your data. The input and output ports include USB 2.0, HDMI and an SD card slot. The S3 is also said to have a 6 hour battery life under “regular use”, which we presume is light web-surfing and text-editing. Acer are boasting an impressive 50 days standby time, which is 20 days longer than the MacBook Air. With such an aesthetically pleasing and lightweight design, solid specs and low price the Air my finally have met its Windows-powered match.

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