Acer’s Aspire S3 was one of the first thin and light laptops to earn the right to call itself an “ultrabook,” thanks to compliance with Intel’s guidelines. But that was in late 2011, and now the portable notebook with an Intel Sandy Bridge processor is starting to look a bit dated.
But at least one Hungarian retailer appears to be spicing things up by selling a new version of the Aspire S3 with a hard drive instead of a solid state disk, and with Linux instead of Windows.
It’s not clear if this model will be sold outside of Hungary anytime soon. But if you happen to be in that country, you can now pick up an Acer Aspire S3 with an Intel Core i3-2375 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, and Linux for about $700.
The notebook has a 13.3 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, WiFi, Bluetooth, 2 USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, and a battery which is supposed to last for over 5 hours on a charge. It measures 12.7″ x 8.6″ x 0.7″ and weighs 3 pounds.
Technically since this model has a hard drive instead of a sold state drive, it’s not an ultrabook anymore. But it’s a thin and light laptop which ships with Linux, and that’s something I know plenty of people would like to get their hands on.
via Notebook Italia and Tech2.hu
I think it is nice to be able to get a PC without having to pay for Windows if one wanted a different operating system like Linux. It would be nice to get a personal computer with an operating system other than Windows (besides going the Apple route).
Although I haven’t seen any ultrabooks yet here in Hungary with Linux, I regularly see laptop models sold with Linux in big retailer shops. Sometimes even more than one and they are usually cheaper than their Windows counterparts.
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