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Acer Aspire S5 - series

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Overall 7
Design 9
Performance 8
Battery performance 6
Display 5
Keyboard 8
Software 7

Acer Aspire S5 review

7 January 2014
  • Summary: When Acer introduced the Aspire S5 ultrabook at CES in January , it did so to considerable fanfare. The company said it was the thinnest ultrabook yet, and that it didn't cut corners to get there: the S5 has a Thunderbolt port (good luck finding one on another ultrabook), a huge 256GB SSD, and a bizarre ports panel called MagicFlip. Thin, light, fast, and Thunderbolt sounded like a gang not to be trifled with.
  • Pros: Gorgeous design, Thunderbolt port, Thin, light, Solid performance
  • Cons: Very expensive, MagicFlip is kind of ridiculous, Gets really hot, Gaming performance is lacking
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Overall 8

Acer Aspire S5 Ultrabook Review

2 October 2012
  • Conclusion: First, I have to address the storage system in the S5. A single 256GB solid state drive would have been just fine with me but Acer went above and beyond with a RAID0 system consisting of two 128GB Lite-On SSDs. Sure, two storage drives increases risk, but for me, it’s worth the reward as this is by far the fastest storage system I've encountered in a notebook. In fact, the only desktop setup I've tested that's faster is OCZ's RevoDrive X3 PCIe SSD.
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Overall 7

Acer Aspire S5

16 September 2012
  • 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.
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Overall 8

Review Acer Aspire S5-391-73514G25akk Ultrabook

28 August 2012
  • Conclusion: 1500 Euros (~$1927) for a 1200 g notebook: the price of the Acer Aspire S5 is high-end, but does this apply to the quality as well? Compared to the cheaper Aspire S3 we notice significant progress in many places: instead of the plastic we have stable and high-quality light metals , which we already know from other rivals. Thanks to the clever, retractable interface construction , the ultrabook is among the thinnest devices.
  • 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
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Overall 7

The Revolution Will Be Motorized

23 July 2012
  • Excerpt: There’s no point beginning a review of the Acer Aspire S5 with a discussion of anything other than its approach to ports. Look at the sides and back of the S5 and you’ll find almost none: An SD card slot, headphone jack, and power port are the only visible connectors to the outside world. This isn’t some radical approach to cutting the cord, but rather the most audacious way of hiding connectors that I’ve seen in over a decade of reviewing laptops.
  • Pros: Best ultrabook performance money can buy. Solid audio (courtesy Dolby). Double the storage versus most SSD-equipped ultrabooks.
  • Cons: Loud, grinding fan. Small keys, too widely spaced. Arrow keys are so diminutive they’re nearly unusuable. Two USB ports isn’t enough.
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Overall 7

Expert Review

11 July 2012
  • Conclusion: We're not saying any of the above is an easy winner over the Aspire S5, but the S5 doesn't cakewalk over them, either. It's an ultrabook to tempt specialized tastes.
  • Pros: Fast performance, Good keyboard feel for such a slim (0.6-inch) and light (2.6-pound) laptop
  • Cons: Expensive, Noisy cooling fan, Tiny cursor-control keys, Inconvenient rear-mounted ports
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Overall 7

A high-performing Ultrabook with a port cluster and vent that can be opened and closed at the press of a button

Good Gear Guide.au
18 September 2012
  • Pros: Performance, Small and light, Innovative
  • Cons: Relatively short battery life, Power button location, Screen viewing angles, Keyboard not backlit, Dual-SSD model not sold in Australia
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Overall 7

Acer Aspire S5

Trusted Reviews
10 January 2012
  • Summary: A super-thin, premium Ultrabook that hides its connections with an innovative motorised door.
  • Pros: Incredibly slim, Attractive, innovative design, MagicFlip has major geek appeal, Thunderbolt on board, Impressive speakers, Good usability
  • Cons: Poor screen, Awkward connectivity, No keyboard backlighting, Expensive
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Overall 7
Performance 9

Acer Aspire S5 : le plus véloce des ultrabooks

20 February 2014
  • Summary: Après l'Aspire S3 , premier ultrabook du marché, Acer profite de l'arrivée des processeurs Ivy Bridge d'Intel pour renouveler sa gamme. Quelques jours seulement après Asus et son UX31A , voici donc annoncé l'Aspire S5. Un ultrabooks qui n'a finalement pas grand-chose à voir avec le S3 et qui cache en son sein quelques originalités, comme un port Thunderbolt et un RAID 0 de deux SSD !
  • Pros: Perfomances / RAID 0, Finesse et légèreté, Port Thunderbolt
  • Cons: Écran très moyen, Finition / fabrication en retrait, Prix trop élevé
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Overall 8

Acer Aspire S5

PC World
3 September 2013
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