Excerpt: Acer has kicked off what’s sure to be an avalanche of Ultrabook announcements at this year’s CES with the Aspire S5. As of the time of writing this article, the 13.3-inch S5 holds the title for “thinnest Ultrabook”, measuring 15mm at its thickest point and weighing just under 3 pounds.
Summary: High-end debut. With the 1500 Euros (~$1927) ultrabook Aspire S5, Acer wants to attract customers in the luxury segment. In order to achieve this, the manufacturer sets on fast hardware, fine materials, and a couple of interesting features. Is this enough to put pressure on the established competition?
Pros: Very light and stable housing, High performance, Extremely fast SSD combination, Proper input devices, Thunderbolt port, Long battery life, Light, strong, and very thin: Acer has done well in terms of the case. This is possible among other things thanks to the Flip I/O feature, with which the manufacturer has demonstrated innovation.
Cons: Reflective and qualitatively disappointing display, Moderate Turbo Boost utilization, Noisy under load, No UMTS/LTE or LAN, Limited maintenance capabilities, Very high price, Given its long battery life, the Aspire S5 could have been the perfect mobile companion - could, because the weak display gets in the way. Dark, with low contrast and narrow viewing angles, and reflective - a bitter disappointment for an ultrabook in this price range.
Excerpt: "Easier said than done" is the best phrase I can think of to describe Intel's ultrabook initiative . On paper, the plan seemed easy enough, although manufacturing partners and knowledgeable consumers alike would testify that it's been anything but. Aspirations to compete with Apple's ultrathin MacBook Air have been met with a number of compromises as hardware makers struggle to find the perfect blend of features while keeping the overall price somewhere around Intel's...
Conclusion: In short, this ultrabook is one of if not THE thinnest notebook you're ever going to want to own, and with a look and feel like this, you'll have a great time picking one up. The pricing is a bit concerning when compared to other ultrabooks on the market right now that can do essentially all of the same things this one can at just a bit larger a cost in the actual physical size department.
Conclusion: We love the looks and the build quality. The Acer Aspire S5 not only looks and feels like a premium product, it's extremely thin and light too. Yet the Ultrabook doesn't feel flimsy and we'd trust it on the road. The MagicFlip is an interesting design element, but it's more for show and the the motorized door seems like one more thing to worry about breaking.
Pros: Gorgeous design, very slim and light, has a Thunderbolt port.
Cons: Mediocre TN display with narrow viewing angles, fan is a bit noisy.
Acer Aspire S5 review – a sleek ultrabook, but not much else
20 August 2012
Summary: With the Aspire S5, Acer has the slimmest 13.3 inch ultrabook on the market and also one of the fastest, but they fail to address some of the other important aspects of a proper ultrabook: the screen, the keyboard and the battery life.
Pros: thin and light body, decent trackpad, good performances and fast SSD, runs fairly cool
Cons: poor screen, sub-par battery life, pricey, can get quite noisy, the speakers can barely cover the noise made by the cooling fan, the MagicFlop system is more of a nuisance than an innovation, the keyboard is only average
Summary: If you're looking for an Ultrabook with the superslim good looks of a MacBook Air, enough computing oomph to handle multimedia and general business tasks, plus a good-enough battery life, take a long hard look at the Acer Aspire S5. Especially the superslim good looks part.