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. 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 MacBook Air ($1,199 to start or $1,499 with 256GB SSD) or the ASUS ZenBook Prime UX31A ($1,049 to start, $1,499 for 256GB SSD).
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.
Excerpt: Acer might have made budget-oriented workhorses in the past, but its new laptops are much classier affairs. None more so than the Aspire S5, a great-looking Ultrabook built from black brushed aluminium. It’s also the first Ultrabook we’ve seen with a mechanical port bay that raises and lowers at the push of a button. When in the raised position, the svelte S5 is barely 15mm thick, although you’re only able to use the multiformat card reader and 3.5mm audio jack inputs.
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;