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
Conclusion: The Acer Aspire S5 is an odd duck. It is extremely thin and provides excellent performance in some areas. We’re unaware of another Ultrabook that can match the Acer Aspire S5’s hard-drive performance, and most Ultrabooks also will be dusted by its Core i7-3517U processor.
Pros: Fast processor, Absurdly quick solid-state drives, Among the thinnest, lightest laptops available
Cons: Bland design, Annoying connectivity, Average display, Small battery, Massively overpriced
Summary: The Acer Aspire S5 combines light weight with blazing fast performance, but also falls short on some critical features. For $1,399, you should expect a sharper screen and longer battery life, which you can get from competitors such as the
Pros: Extremely light, Strong performance with blazing fast SSDs, Accurate touchpad, Good low-light webcam, Thunderbolt port
Cons: Gimmicky port hatch, Low-resolution screen with drab colors, Mediocre battery life, Odd power button placement