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
Acer Aspire S5 review: is this innovative Ultrabook worth $1,400?
20 July 2012
Summary: The Aspire S5 has some key ingredients that might have made it a great Ultrabook: a thin shape, an impressive port selection and blazing I/O performance. Unfortunately, though, Acer seems to have invested its energy in all the wrong places. Instead of a higher-resolution display or finer build quality, it focused on stuffing all the ports behind a door in the back -- a design choice that feels gimmicky at best, and tiresome at worst.
Pros: Thin, lightweight design, Insanely fast SSD performance, One of few PCs with a Thunderbolt port
Cons: Poor screen quality for the price, Drop-down port cover is tedious to use, Subpar battery life, Loud fan noise
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. But then we look at the price. Whoa, $1,399 is a lot of dough – and the S5’s design comes nowhere close to supporting it.
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
Excerpt: When Intel launched the Ultrabook concept, these devices were envisioned to be much lighter, slimmer, and faster than a conventional laptop, yet not sacrificing on the ergonomics and comfort. In practice, very few Ultrabooks we have reviewed can be termed as a complete embodiment of that philosophy. However, that was until we got our hands on the Acer Aspire S5. This 13.3-incher is the thinnest Ultrabook around at a maximum thickness of just 11 mm.
Pros: Excellent performance; Very thin and light; Highly portable; Good sound; Data security hardware and software.
Cons: Expensive; No touchscreen; Comes with Windows 7; Gets hot; Poor viewing angles for screen, Poor battery backup.
Conclusion: Acer heeft met de Aspire S5 een interessante laptop gemaakt, maar niet altijd in positieve zin. Het klepje met aansluitingen is een leuke vondst, maar de geïmplementeerde aansluitingen maken het systeem eigenlijk totaal overbodig. Het was pas zinnig geweest als Acer een LAN- en/of VGA-poort aan het systeem had weten toe te voegen.
Pros: SSD in RAID-configuratie;, Geschikt voor alledaagse taken;, Goede speakers;, Bluetooth-muis meegeleverd;, Thunderbolt-poort;, Interessante motorische klep voor aansluitingen..
Cons: ..maar het blijft een gimmick;, Scherm is onder de maat;, Behuizing enigszins flexibel;, Erg veel voorgeïnstalleerde software;, Geen toetsenbordverlichting;, Geen adapter voor LAN- of VGA-poort;