Acer Aspire P3 Ultrabook: Itís a convertible

Dec 06 2013, 10:09 IST
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Acer Aspire P3 Ultrabook Acer Aspire P3 Ultrabook
SummaryAspire P3 offers a good blend between being a tablet and a full-fledged laptop

These days, we frequently switch between the

office and the road, the desk and the sofa, type and touch, business and social, work and pleasure. The Acer Aspire P3 is perfect for it allóit is a thin and light ultrabook when you are focused on productive tasks, and a tablet when you need greater flexibility to move around. This new machine from the Taiwanese device maker offers a good blend between being a tablet and a full-fledged laptop. It retails for R61,990.

Today, many users are faced with choosing between notebook, hybrid, convertible or tablet designs when selecting a mobile computing device. The Aspire P3 takes care of that, with no compromises required. Out of the box, the Aspire P3 comes across as a nice-looking convertible computer. It is fairly lightweight at 790 grams, measures 11.6 x 7.5 x 0.04 inches in body dimensions and is wrapped in a sleek brushed aluminum chassis. It comes with a keyboard cradle that doubles up as a stand and carry case. The 11.6-inch screen has a maximum resolution of 1,366-by-768. It uses 10-point touch technology, which provides effortless and accurate swiping, gesturing, pinching and zooming.

There is a micro-HDMI port and a full-size USB 3.0 port situated on the left side of the tablet along with a microphone and the power jack. On the right side are a speaker/headphone jack, the power button, a battery status indicator, and a volume key. A rear-facing five-megapixel camera is placed on the back, while a 720p HD camera is housed on top of the screen.

Acer believes that customers are moving to a touch-centric way of computing for most of their everyday tasks, such as web browsing, checking email, and entertainment. Their Aspire P3 makes touch computing even more powerful by providing customers with the responsive performance, fast boot times, and long battery life they want in a mobile PC. The computer is powered by a 1.5 GHz Intel Core i5-3339Y processor, 4 GB of memory, and Intelís integrated HD Graphics 4000 GPU.

In my experience, the Aspire P3 provided a fairly decent ultrabook performance. I feel that users can use it as their main computer for handling everything from everyday computing tasks to more demanding ones such as creating presentations and sharing multimedia content. It can also run multiple apps, such as video conferencing while reviewing spreadsheets and documents, further boosting productivity. The fast Intel Core i3 and

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