The Acer Aspire P3 is a hybrid device that combines the capabilities of a traditional laptop with the functionality of a tablet. With an 11.6-inch screen and an attractive and minimalist design, the Acer Aspire P3 will become one of the most attractive proposals of the Taiwanese firm for the summer. The operating system integrated into this computer is Windows 8 , a platform that allows the vast majority of desktop applications for Windows to be used and that also stands out for its app store . With dimensions of 30 x 20.4 x 1.9 cm and weighing 1.39 kilos , the Acer Aspire P3It combines a set of balanced specifications with a fairly affordable price of 600 euros . We tell you all the details in a thorough analysis.
Design and display
One of the pillars on which the Acer Aspire P3 rests is its design. This device has a keyboard-shaped stand where you can fit the tablet to use it as a laptop . One of the differences of this support with respect to other possibilities is that it is hooked in such a way that the panel is inclined. This keyboard is complete, which is a notable improvement in its operation. The user can unhook the tablet at any time to use it separately. The dimensions of the Acer Aspire P3 are 30 x 20.4 x 1.9 centimeters when used as portable and weighs 1.39 kilos.In the case of using the tablet by itself, the device drops to a fineness of 0.9 centimeters and a weight of 780 grams that make it a fairly manageable device.
On the other hand, the screen of the Acer Aspire P3 has a size of 11.6 inches and a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels . It is an IPS LCD panel with a viewing angle of 170 degrees and up to 10 simultaneous pressure points.
Processor and memory
Although the company has not offered specific data on the processor models that this team can carry, what we do know is that it will be a chip from the third generation of Intel Core. Specifically, you can choose between Intel Core i3 and Intel Core i5 models . The latest generation of Intel stands out above all for greater energy efficiency compared to the previous year (around 20% more efficient ). As for RAM , the user can choose between a 2 GB configuration and a 4 GB configuration . The first of the values can fall short if we use several applications at the same time or heavier applications.
As for internal memory, Acer has opted for the presence of an SSD memory . You can choose between two configurations of 60 GB and 120 GB (it must be taken into account that the full version of Windows 8 occupies around 18 GB of space, an important piece of information to know the real space that we will have to save our personal files . The great advantages of having an SSD card are found in the speed with which the system starts up and when starting applications or opening files. In addition, it is a more reliable support than traditional hard drives, since it does not It has physical parts that can wear out due to friction.
The Acer Aspire P3 is a hybrid device that adds the functionalities of a tablet. That is why the Taiwanese company has taken care to maintain a characteristic of mid and high-end tablets such as the rear camera. In this case, we have a lens with a resolution of 5 megapixels that will serve to capture photos with decent quality. On the other hand, it also has a front camera called Acer Crystal Eye HD that incorporates a 720p resolution for videoconferencing.
Operating system and applications
The operating system built into this hybrid computer is Windows 8 . This version allows you to use the Windows desktop platform without limitations, that is, the vast majority of applications that worked with Windows 7. In addition, it also incorporates a main interface called Metro oriented to the use of touch devices. This platform has its own app store. Currently, the available options are already very numerous, although there is still a notable lack of quality in some important applications compared to other platforms such as Android or iOS .
In addition to this interface, some of the most important improvements to the operating system can be found in its new task manager, in managing downloads or in the new advanced startup and system recovery options .
In the field of connections, the Acer Aspire P3 uses the WiFi connection to connect to the Internet. As it is a more oriented equipment at an affordable price, it has been decided not to include the possibility of integrating a 3G module (at least in the first model to be released on the market). It also incorporates the Bluetooth 4.0 connection to be able to use gadgets such as wireless mice or transmit information to other computers. On the other hand, it has a USB 3.0 port , a protocol that multiplies by ten the data transfer rate that is achieved through the USB 2.0 ports , or the Micro HDMI portto be able to view the high quality contents of the tablet directly on the television. Of course, in this case it will be necessary to have an adapter cable.
Autonomy and opinions
The autonomy offered by this device is up to six hours , as announced by Acer . This figure could drop to an average of four hours if we make more intensive use of the equipment, if for example we maintain the maximum screen brightness or use more demanding applications. Despite not being a very high brand, it ensures that we can take the Acer Aspire P3 on a short trip or on our trips through public transport without having to be aware of charging it.
In short, the Acer Aspire P3 is a computer that can be used both as a traditional laptop and as a tablet, and that follows the fashion of these devices uncovered after the launch of Windows 8. However, the great advantage of this device will be found in its price, which starts at 600 euros,and it is quite below what is usually usual in these devices (most of them have a price from 1,000 euros). This reduction in cost will allow many users who did not plan to spend so much money on their new gadget to consider the possibility of buying a hybrid laptop. And all this with a series of fairly balanced specifications that do not stand out especially but that do not detract from the final result either. The Acer Aspire P3 will be available in Spain from June .
|Model||Acer Aspire P3|
IPS LCD with LED backlight
Resolution: 1,366 by 768 pixels
Ten point touch
|Processor and RAM||3rd Gen Intel Core i3 / i5|
2GB or 4GB of DDR3 RAM
Micro HDMI output
Headphone out / Mic in
SD memory card reader
|Storage||60 or 100 GB SSD|
|Dimensions and weight||Tablet dimensions: 29.5 x 19 x 0.9 centimeters|
Portable mode dimensions: 30 x 20.4 x 1.9 centimeters
Tablet weight: 790 grams
Weight in portable mode: 1.39 kilos
Up to 6 hours of autonomy
|Price||From 600 euros|