Acer will sell its Aspire S3 Ultrabook in the US and Canada starting from this week for $899; it promises to be the first of a number of devices that could give Apple's Macbook Air some real competition.
Asus, Lenovo and Toshiba are all expected to launch Ultrabooks before the end of the year but for now the S3 is likely to reach the market ahead of everyone.
The S3 weighs just under 1.4Kg, is powered by an ultra low voltage Intel Core i5 CPU, has a 13.3-inch 1366x768 pixel screen, a six hour battery life (or 50 days standby), a two-second wake up time, 4GB RAM, a 20GB SSD combined with a 320GB hard disk drive, USB and HDMI ports, Dolby compatibility, a front facing camera and card reader.
Acer also added a deep sleep mode which kicks in when the laptop has been inactive for more than eight hours, this triples the resume time to six seconds.
The laptop uses a magnesium aluminium alloy material for its chassis which makes it both very light and resistant. Other interesting design features include the fact that venting occurs through the keyboard which means that there aren't any air vents near the bottom.