Acer Aspire 3951

A number of companies including Asus, Acer, are said to be working on thin and light laptops with the latest Intel processors. Intel calls them ultrabooks, but it looks like Acer may call its model the Aspire 3951. A Vietnamese website has posted details about the upcoming laptop and it sure looks like it fits the definition of an ultrabook.

The Acer Aspire 3951 reportedly has a 13.3 inch display and weighs about 3 pounds. It has an aluminum case, a touchpad without any physical buttons, and an island-style keyboard (with flat keys separated by small gaps), which is going to make comparisons with Apple’s MacBook Air inevitable.

While Intel has suggested that ultrabooks would have solid state disks instead of hard drives in order to offer faster performance and quick boot and resume-from-sleep times, it looks like the 160GB SSD will be optional on the Aspire 3951. It will also be available with a 250GB or 500GB hard drive.

The laptop will reportedly get about 6 hours of battery life and resume from sleep in about 1.7 seconds. It’s expected to cost less than $1000.

There’s no word on when the Aspire 3951 will hit the streets.

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6 replies on “Aspire 3951 may be Acer’s first ultrabook”

  1. Why oh why can’t they offer one of the mSata drives with mechanical?  Why is always an either or?  It’s not like they’re large, generate much heat, or draw much power, and I’m pretty sure the processor and chipset can handle multiple SATA connections…  Something like this screams out for it.  I’d love the faster boot and resume times on the OS, and fast application load speeds for a program or two, but to have the storage to have various media on my portable computer that isn’t economically feasible with most SSDs just yet.

    1. Pimarily because Windows does not make this configuration easy to use. How do I put the Users folder on the D: drive? Or better yet, how do I make the boot and programs dribe largely invisible to the user?

      1. You can change default locations of user folders in Windows, or you can opt for creating junction points to relocate folders to a different location.

        MS support and Windows discussion sites describe how to do these things.

        1. Yes, Ive seen those posts, but never found one I would risk trying. Until Microsoft allows you to select the partition for the Users folder during setup or gives you the ability to assign a given user profile to another drive at user creation time, I don’t think an OEM would risk supporting such a configuration.

          1. Some actually did, back in the days of the Early netbooks where the SSD severly limited capacity and they had to use two small drives for everything.

            XP on the Eee PC 901 for example had some program folder programs on D: instead of C: and Asus offered a juncturing C2D program to put the entire Program Folder onto D:, though it sometimes didn’t work depending on drivers and how full the drive got.

            Simply changing the default location of My Documents and other folders though are perfectly safe and commonly done on early SSD setups to put less necessary files on either a secondary drive or SD card to reduce wear on the SSD.

            True, it’s not exactly always recommended and not applicable to everything, Windows does require some things to never be moved, but the feature is there if really needed for less critical files.

            But this is usually true for most operating systems.  Even Android barely lets you install apps on a SD card as an option, but it doesn’t always work and isn’t always supported.

    2. The point of mSATA is to make possible the use of both traditional hard drive with an optional Mini PCIe form factor SSD, but for tablets and ultra thin laptop designs space becomes a premium and thus it becomes an either or option.

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