Acer Aspire 3951 to tackle MacBook Air

Despite Acer claiming Ultrabooks weren’t its bag, there is evidence to the contrary

What’s the one thing better than the new MacBook Air? A cheap alternative with pretty much the same spec. Enter the leaked 13.1in Acer Aspire 3951. It will (potentially) come armed with a Sandy Bridge Intel Core processor beautifully packaged in this 13mm aluminium case weighing less than 1.4kg.

Despite the anorexic size, the Aspire isn’t lacking in battery life with over six hours in continuous use, 30 days on standby, and a rapid 1.7s wake-up time. Throw in the 250GB serial drive, upgradable to 500GB or an optional 160GB SSD – and this holds its own against Apple's slim MBA.

Unusually, the ports appear on the back with one HDMI and two USB (3.0?) slots. Then there's the suggested price: £475 or £590, depending on the specs. About half what you'll pay for your MacBook Air. What's the catch? As far as we can see, there isn't one, but we'll check that for ourselves when we see it in the flesh. It's expected in October.


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