Acer's Blade-Thin Aspire S3 Ultrabook Finally Arrives

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Measuring in at just over a half-inch thick and just under three pounds, the Acer Aspire S3 ushers in the era of the official, Intel-supported Ultrabook, meant to compete against the likes of the MacBook Air.


The outer shell of the S3 is made of magnesium and inside it's equipped with an Intel Core i5 processor, the $900 S3 has a 13-inch, 1366x768 display, four gigabytes of RAM, and your choice of a 20 gigabyte SSD or and a 320 gigabyte HDD. In addition, the battery is designed to get users through 6 hours without recharging and can wake from a deep sleep in under six seconds.

The Acer Aspire S3 will be available starting this week. [Acer]



Hang on a second.

The outer shell is made of Magnesium you say?

Hmmm.... A friend of a friend who shall remain nameless (Not me at all guvnor) once went to school where they worked out that a local stationers sold pencil sharpners made out of magnesium. We bought them in bulk, took them to the school lab, and held them in the bunson burner until they caught fire, hmmm.... Magnesium burns with the brightest of bright lights, like 'Owe my eyes hurt, you've made an indoor sun' type bright, it was awesome.

So I read the part about the case being Magnesium, and all I want to do is get one and set it on fire, a pencil sharpner was awesome indeed, but a laptop burning as bright as the sun? That would be beyond awesome, better than fantastic, maybe even into Awesometastic territory.

Again, that was a friend of a friend....

I'm also wagering that now I've typed this that at least one person out there, maybe more, is looking around to find something that may be made of Magnesium and thinking about trying this to see if it really is that bright, to them I say, YES. Yes it is that bright, and yes you should (But in a nice controlled environment, it tends to spit out buring lumps of sun fire, which are quite, quite capable of burning small holes in concrete school lab floors, you have been warned!)