Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabooks Hit Stores, We Produce an Unboxing Video


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ACER Aspire S3 Ultrabook side on

ACER Aspire S3 Ultrabook only 13mm thick very impressive.

After all the hype, the teasing, and the anticipation, the first Ultrabooks have arrived in store, and it’s Acer that have scored the launch coup once again with their Aspire S3 Ultrabook debuting before any other supplier.

Acer are starting to make this a habit, being the first to introduce Honeycomb 10 inch tablets into retail, and then the first 7 inch tablets with the Honeycomb operating system.

The first model to land is the entry model, which has a retail price of $1,199 and comes with an Intel Core i3 processor, a 320GB hard drive and a 20GB SSD for OS and caching, which helps it achieve the fast wake up that Ultrabooks have so spectacularly demonstrated. Three more models are expected shortly – an i5 with hard drive/SSD combo like the i3, and two SSD-only models in i5 and i7 configurations.

Intel will be very happy to see these finally make the light of day, as this form factor and performance benchmark is expected to make a large contribution to their mix of products over the coming months, and with good reason. These Ultrabooks place more emphasis on design and user-focused appeal than on pure specification-driven models, and present themselves in sleek, thin packages that are very pleasing on the eye.

More brands are expected to release their own offers soon, but in the meantime feast your eyes on this unboxing video that we’ve produced for Bing Lee.

 

Will you be heading in to see an Ultrabook in the flesh for yourself? Feel free to leave your personal impressions below.

Acer A500 Iconia Tablet – Unboxing and Overview

Acer were the first to release a Honeycomb tablet to the general retail market, and as I mentioned in a previous blog post, they set the benchmark for the type of inputs and outputs one could previously only wish for on a tablet – mini and full size USB, HDMI, and SD Card slot are all built into the body of the A500.

One comment that I’ve noticed lately from customers is the lack of embedded 3G in the Iconia, as opposed to some of the other tablets now available in the market, particularly those offered by telcos. One thing many people don’t realise is that if they own a late model iPhone or Android phone, and have updated to the latest phone firmware, they can now take advantage of their phone’s 3G internet connection by turning on the personal hotspot function.

This allows the Iconia to find the phone as a Wi-Fi access point, and use the phone’s plan for any browsing or downloads through the tablet. Many people have a home landline account, home internet account and a 3G phone account, and don’t want yet another plan – this is an easy way to share the bandwidth available on your smartphone.

During the filming of the unboxing video that we produced for Bing Lee, we tried streaming video via a phone hotspot, and there was some buffering at the beginning of the clip but it played smoothly after that – we did have full signal strength so I’m sure that helped. Of course, you wouldn’t always be streaming video, other online activities would include downloading email, browsing the net, and using apps that require online updates.

So, who out there has been using an Acer Iconia, and how has your experience been with it so far? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Here’s the unboxing video:

HP DM1 Notebook Unboxing

If you recall from our previous Toshiba netbook unboxing, we came away quite impressed with the combination of performance and portability in such a small machine. One of the key components in that model was the new C-series APU, part of the new Fusion range from AMD.

Given the high marks for that model, we were just as eager to spend some one-on-one time with HP’s new DM1 notebook with the second Fusion product to be released from AMD, called the E series. The E-350 chip is also an Accelerated Processing Unit or APU, combining the graphics and CPU onto one die. I must say, as a product that straddles the space between a netbook and a full-sized notebook, we walked away nodding our head in approval yet again.

Brian Slattery, Australia’s country manager for AMD, is an excitable guy, and I couldn’t help but ask for his thoughts on the new HP. This is what he said:

“Although the dm1 is great for a variety of users, I’ve been carrying it for the past few weeks as my primary business PC. I’m usually on the road, in-and-out of meetings all day. The battery life on the dm1 is fantastic – I head out before 9, get home after 6 and don’t even bother to bring my power cables with me. I enjoy watching Bing Lee YouTube videos on my big screen at home using the HDMI out as well.”

Of course, don’t take just Brian’s word for it, here’s an in-depth walkthrough of this AMD-based notebook that we produced for Bing Lee. If you’re looking for a netbook-sized solution with the grunt of a decent notebook, then you should definitely consider the DM1 from HP:

Nikon D7000 Unboxing and Feature Highlights

If you type the term “unboxing” into Youtube, you’ll get over 400,000 results. It’s a bit like a public way of unwrapping a present and sharing your joy with the world.

I used to love ripping the plastic off a new CD, examining the cover, reading the liner notes and checking the lyrics, so I totally understand where the thrill of unboxing comes from. It’s Xmas morning, the presents are wrapped, lurking under the tree and just begging to be torn apart. Unboxing is the adult version of that childhood adrenaline rush from frantically unpacking mysterious, promising gifts.

With that in mind, we decided to incorporate the unboxing video trend into our latest highlight video for Bing Lee, and I’m very pleased with the result. I wouldn’t call the Nikon D7000 segment an unboxing video as such because the focus is on the cool features like dual card slot, constant auto focus during movie mode and high speed continuous shooting – not just the unboxing activity itself.

That said, it has added an exciting element to the highlight videos and helps us explore the products in even more depth, and hopefully gives viewers more information and understanding about the products we’re passionate about.

And so, without further ado, may I present the Nikon D7000 unboxing and highlights video. Please feel free to comment on the segment in the comments area below, I’d love to hear your feedback.