You can add Acer to the long list of PC makers that are putting their new Windows 8 ultrabooks up for pre-order. Windows 8 versions of the Acer Aspire S3 and S7 ultrabooks go on sale October 26th, but you can pre-order starting today, with prics starting at $700.
Acer Aspire S3
The Acer Aspire S3 was one of the first ultrabooks to hit the market, and also one of the cheapest. Now that Asus is giving the S3 a Windows 8 makeover, it’s still one of the cheapest ultrabooks around. Newegg is taking pre-orders for $699.99.
At that price you shouldn’t expect a bleeding edge system, because you won’t get one.
Instead you get a computer with an Intel Core i3-2377M Sandy Bridge processor, Intel HG 3000 graphics, 4GB of memory, a 500GB hard drive, and 20GB solid state cache disk.
The notebook measures 12.6″ x 8.5″ x 0.7″ and weighs 3 pounds.
Acer Aspire S7
Acer’s new Aspire 7 ultrabooks are designed for Windows 8 and include Intel Ivy Bridge processors, multitouch displays, and solid state disks for speedy performance.
Prices are expected to start at $1199 for a model with an 11.6 inch screen. But right now I can only find 13 inch models for sale.
Newegg is taking orders for an Aspire S7 with a Core i5 CPU and 13.3 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display and 128GB SSD for $1400.
There’s also a model with a Core i7 CPU and 256GB SSD for $1650.
Both versions measure 12.7″ x 8.8″ x 0.47″ and weigh 2.9 pounds. They feature 4GB of RAM, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 2 USB 3.0 ports, and HDMI output. In addition to the touchscreen display, they have touchpads with support for multitoch gestures.
Acer says the laptops should get up to 6 hours of battery life.