Acer has slashed the price of the entry-level Aspire S3-9513 Ultrabook by $200 to $999, making it the first Ultrabook in Australia under the $1000 mark.
The Acer Aspire S3 was the first Ultrabook to hit the market when it debuted earlier in the month. The entry-level S3-9513 sports an Intel Core i3-2367M CPU, 4GB DDR3 RAM, a 320GB hard drive and a 2GB SSD. Other highlights include an HDMI output, claimed 50-day battery life in sleep mode, an integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000 GPU and a cooling system that keeps heat away from the laptop body.
"We’re the only vendor to offer our customers the best of both worlds - great specs as well as an affordable price of $999," claimed Acer's consumer notebook product manager, Aaron Jambrovic. "...The [system's] embedded 20GB SSD allows for caching and fast wake-up times."
Acer has also unveiled a new Intel Core i5 version of the Aspire S3. It comes equipped with a 500GB HDD that will retail for $1,299. Meanwhile, its existing Core i5 and Core i7 S3 models have received SSD storage boosts of 16GB.
Despite Acer's boasts about the price of its Ultrabook, laptops with Intel's second generation Core processors have been available for less than $1,000 for some time, though not with such a thin and light design.