In September 2013, I bought an Acer Aspire S3. Why? Because it was on sale for a really good price. When I can avoid it, I won’t ever pay laptops full price. The downsides were a 1366×768 resolution screen, soldered-on RAM and a built-in battery. Manufacturing date says November 2012, so at that point the battery was already about a year old. Yes, even unused batteries degrade.
Fast forward to December 2015. The battery really is getting low on capacity. It barely holds an hour for light surfing. So, the time has come to try to replace the battery. Here are the statistics of the original battery:
My favourite battery supplier is duracelldirect.eu, as the prices are reasonable, the delivery is very quick and they regularly send newsletters giving you codes for 10% off (or more, but mostly 10%). So basically, when I need a new battery, I just wait until I get such a code. Why pay full price, right? With coupon, I got the battery for 66,14€, including VAT, including delivery. Here is what a new battery looks like for the S3. Exotic, I admit.
While the S3 didn’t look all hard to open up, and was pretty much akin to the infamous ThaiBook with regards to screws, I did do some research. I found a youtube video by Sunderland Computer Repairs with detailed instructions, giving me confidence I could do it on my own. It really was as easy as described. For an Ultrabook, the repair-ability is great. Obviously, just having a user-replaceable battery would be better. Actually, in some sense the repair-ability is better than my Dell XPS L502x, because if you want access to the hard disk in that one, you have to be prepared for quite some pain. The battery is user replaceable on the Dell, though.
The battery statistics after the swap:
Good for another two years, I say…
I also was happy to see that the SSD is exchangeable. The reports on the Internet were mixed regarding this. For some it’s soldered-on, for some not. I’m apparently one of the lucky ones. That said, the 20GB SSD is more than sufficient to hold my operating system.