Acer Aspire P3 hands-on review

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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.

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