While the Aspire S3 may be a bit light on the stuff you want in a modern notebook (no Bluetooth, no USB 3, alloy rather than plastic shell), it is aimed at the less flush buyer.
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It’s 1.3cm thick and 1.4kg, with a Core i5 processor at 1.6GHz (there is a 1.7GHz Core i7, but a hell of a lot more expensive at $1300). To keep costs down it uses a small 20GB solid state drive for the OS, and a 250 or 320GB HDD for user data. Big selling points are the “instant on”, which means an almost instant wake from sleep, and six seconds on from deep sleep (hibernate-ish).
If you live in some developing market you’ll be brutalized as usual on price, the $900 US price translates into US$1400 in South Africa (although India gets it at only a $50 price premium).