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Acer announces the Aspire P3 ultrabook with Windows 8

NEW YORK: TAIWANESE COMPUTER FIRM Acer unveiled what it claims is the first hybrid and convertible touchscreen ultrabook laptop at an event in New York on Friday, called the Acer Aspire P3.

Promoted by Acer as a hybrid and a convertible in one, the notebook can transform into a tablet via its “chiclet” keyboard, which allows the display to either fold back onto itself, or completely detach from the keyboard altogether.

Touting an 11.6in HD touchscreen display with in-plane switching (IPS) technology, the Acer Aspire P3 is ideal for movie playback, Acer boasted, due to the display’s wide 170-degree viewing angles.


Measuring 19.8mm thick and weighing 1.39kg, the Acer Aspire P3 is powered by either an Intel i3 or i5 Core processor and features a 60GB or 120GB SSD drive. Acer didn’t mention what size memory the Aspire P3 will have, but we do know it will run the Windows 8 operating system.

The chiclet keyboard built into the cover is full sized “so customers can comfortably use it for productivity tasks such as writing documents, and creating spreadsheet”, Acer said. It also comes with an optional stylus if touching the screen with your fingers seems a bit too alien.

Acer also said that the Aspire P3 features a “long battery life”, but failed to mention exactly how long this wil be. Let’s hope it’s beefier than the one in theAspire S7 ultrabook, which we reviewed to find that delivered three hours in general use.

The Aspire P3 will be available in the UK from today starting at £599.

At the New York event today, Acer also launched its Star Trek notebook, the Aspire R7, which has a full HD touchscreen display that can be flipped, rotated and twisted into different positions to offer four modes of use. Check back soon for our hands on review.

Acer continued to promote its “duality” tagline as part of the announcement, saying that users are looking to use both touch and type with hardware to optimise the computing experience.

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