When you start playing with the P3, that feeling is confirmed relatively quickly.
We’ll start with the performance, and while it’s acceptable, we’re not hugely impressed here. Despite the decent Core i5 innards, the P3 does take its sweet time in choosing to run things.
Heavy applications – games, for instance – can take a full minute to run to their starting screen, not including the internal load time, and Notepad – yes, the basic writing tool that has come standard with Windows since, well, ever – managed around 20 seconds.
That’s not a good time, and is likely something we can attribute to Acer’s supplying of only 2GB memory to this system, which just doesn’t seem enough for a machine matched with an Intel Core processor.
An Atom maybe, and Acer’s W5 didn’t seem to have any problems with both the 2GB and Intel’s Atom system-on-a-chip working together, but here in the P3, it’s just not the same.
It’s a shame, too, as gestures on the touchscreen all work quickly, as does switching menus and using core Windows functionality.
Startup time is all about standard for an Ultrabook, basically confirming what we already know about how this machine was built. As such, it takes merely seconds to start up from cold and off, while on from standby is roughly two seconds.
The screen is also very nice, and even though it sports a resolution that was much better on last year’s W7, the text is clear, images are vibrant, and overall it’s easy to look at for long periods of time.
Usability is all relatively standard for a tablet, with ten point multitouch on the tablet, and of course the on-screen Windows 8 keyboard, which is decent for on the go touchscreen typing.
A Bluetooth keyboard case is included, which makes up the “book” part of the “Ultrabook” logic Acer is using, but it’s not the best replacement for a proper dedicated laptop keyboard.
It’s not the best tablet keyboard case we’ve tried, and the travel is so short and soft that your fingers will feel at points they’re hitting a hard surface quicker than on a traditional one, but at least it’s reasonably comfortable. You might find some characters go missing as you type, but generally it’s not a bad typing experience.