Acer has launched a new Ultrabook that can be used as either a traditional laptop or a slate/tablet device. Here’s our Acer Aspire P3 hands-on review. See all laptop reviews.
The Acer Aspire P3 is essentially a Windows 8 slate that connects to a pretty nifty Bluetooth keyboard case. All the hardware and clever stuff can be found in the 19.75 mm thin slate itself. Take a look at our Dell XPS 12 convertible Ultrabook review: a tablet and laptop hybrid.
As Ultrabooks are not a million miles apart from one another, it’s probably best that we start by talking about the P3’s design, and as you can see it’s not an ugly product by any stretch of the imagination. Its futuristic looks and sleek keyboard will no doubt prove popular with consumers who care about the all-important image of a device. See Group test: what's the best laptop?
One downside that we discovered with the Acer Aspire P3’s design was that trying to separate the slate from the Bluetooth keyboard case was a bit of a nightmare. You are required to bend, tease and slide your finger across the top of the seal. It’s definitely not a task that I would like to do over and over again…unless you have double hard fingers.
Once all the bits are connected the P3 feels remarkably sturdy and reassuring. It’s not the lightest Ultrabook on the market – weight 1.39kg – but it certainly won’t give you a dead leg if you plan to use it at length on your lap.
There is only a certain amount of things you can do when part of a media scrum while you’re using a brand new laptop with a dodgy internet connection (as was the case during our time with this product). That said, the P3 was very responsive to the touch and felt pretty quick. The fast Intel Core i3 and Core i5 processors definitely provide the P3 with ample amount of oomph. The P3 only took a few seconds to complete the classic Ultrabook test of putting it to sleep and waking it up again.
One feature that is worth mentioning is the P3’s impressive 29.5 cm (11.6”) HD display with IPS technology. This looked very sharp when we watched a sample video in what was by no means a dark room and won’t leave you disappointed.
As we only had time for a quick hands on with the Acer Aspire P3, we weren’t able to test the battery life, however we are assured that it *can* last up to six hours, depending on what you are using it for.
The P3 comes with a built-in Acer Crystal Eye HD front webcam captures video in 720p HD, bringing life to video web chats while the 5MP back camera captures photos in high resolution, which is more than enough for a hybrid device. The new Ultrabook features a 60GB or 120GB SSD for powering on the device and retrieving data quickly and securely.
The Acer Aspire P3 is available to buy immediately and prices start at £599.