Acer, a Korean Electronics major recently launched their latest tablet in Aspire series. Aspire P3 tablet features functions of ultrabook laptop as well. With a special keyboard accessory it works as an Ultrabook. In the direction of Microsoft's Surface Pro, Acer has introduced ultrabook fitted into a tablet design. It shows a great convertible tablet/ultrabook model.
Acer Aspire P3 is a great tablet currently available. It is 11.6” tablet running on Windows 8. While screen flipped up, and keyboard attached, it becomes excellent tablet computer. At a price tag of £599/ $799 it can be considered as high end, best priced Ultrabook.
Considering latest hardware and laptop/ultrabook's prices, Aspire P3 is a strong contender in small laptop series. It can actually complete the functions of tablet, laptop and ultrabook.
Hybrid tablet laptop is one the major attraction for best productivity now days. Acer Aspire P3 stands at a close competition.
P3 has an excellent design built. It has brushed aluminum casing with glass screen on top. Tablet fits into the removable keyboard with rigid plastic flap and ready to work as an ultrabook. It seem an upgraded version of Acer Ionica W700. It has excellent soft keyboard and typing experience is quite easy. It has pair of Dolby enhanced stereo speakers at the bottom side. However attaching and removing tablet from keyboard casing is not so easy.
Aspire P3 is equipped with Intel's latest Core i3 and i5 processor. It has 2GB/4GB RAM with 60GB/120GB Flash SSD drive storage. Device has Intel's 4000 Graphics chipset. P3 comes with huge 5280 mAh 4 cells, Li-Ion battery support which is enough to take a full day load. Acer claims an average 7hr full working capacity with this battery. At this configuration P3 completes the specifications of an ultrabook.
Acer Aspire P3 has stunning 11.6 Inch, 1366x768p IPS display with LED-Backlit LCD technology. Even though it is not a full HD display and being just a mediocre screen, it shows vibrant colors and great viewing angles. It has 5Mp camera which is enough for taking good shots.
Acer's latest Aspire S7 ultrabook is a full fledged laptop already available in the market. Acer's Iconica W3, an 8 Inch, world’s first windows 8 based tablet became quite successful. While Samsung recently introduced their Ativ series, Sony's Vaio Duo 13 and Asus's VivoBook, Acer took serious steps towards the tablet computer with smart compact design.
Cinebench: CPU- 1.11pts, Open GL- 7.07fps
3D Mark: Ice Storm- 20,449, Fire- 354, CloudGate- 2358
Overall Acer Aspire P3 is certainly a great convertible windows 8 tablet around. It has excellent top notch specs with durable and attractive body design.
Acer Aspire P3 tablet/ultrabook Specifications
Acer Aspire P3-171-6408, Acer Aspire P3-171-6820
Windows 8 64-bit Operating System
Intel Core i3-3229Y 1.4 GHz Dual Core Processor, (P3-171-6408)
Intel Core i5-3339Y 1.5 GHz Dual Core Processor, (P3-171-6820)
11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 IPS display, LED-Backlit LCD, Touch Technology
Intel HD Graphics 4000
4 GB DDR3 RAM
60 GB/120 GB SSD Storage Capacity
802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 Connectivity options
Audio: Speakers, Microphone
5Mp Primary Camera, 1MP Front Facing
VGA, HDMI (Micro), USB 3.0
6 Hours of Battery Life, 4-cell Lithium Ion (Li-Ion), 5280 mAh, Capacity 42 (Wh)
7.5 inches x 11.6 inches x .4 inches, total .78" thick with keyboard
Weight 800g / 28.2 oz./ 1.74 lbs, total weight with keyboard 1390g
Colors - Black, Silver
Excellent Design with top specs
Keyboard case inside box
Crispy and bright display even low-resolution
No Wireless WAN
Average Screen resolution in competition
Last generation processor
No SD Card Slot
No stylus Support
Core i3 models: US$799
Core i5 models: US$899
(4GB DDR3 RAM, 120GB SSD)
Others in Competition
Microsoft's Surface Pro: $899, $130 extra for keyboard, better performance, digitizer pen, better resolution, SD card slot, dual camera.
Acer Iconia W700: $700 discounted rate (Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution)