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The Acer Aspire S5 comes with a Intel Core i7-3517U clocked at 1.9GHz, 4GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage. The S5 is also equipped with two 128GB SSDs. It has a headphone jack on the right side, the power jack at the rear, the power button and SD card reader on the left edge, a full-sized HDMI port, two USB 3.0 ports and a Thunderbolt port.
Gorgeous design, very slim and light, has a Thunderbolt port.
Slim and stylish design, very light weight, and great performance through decent hardware.
Robust processor, Uses high-capacity SSD for storage, Includes both Thunderbolt and USB 3,0 ports, Design is thin and light.
Exceptionally thin and light, yet powerful, SSD, superior audio, dualband WiFi.
Best ultrabook performance money can buy. Solid audio (courtesy Dolby). Double the storage versus most SSDequipped ultrabooks.
Fast performance, Good keyboard feel for such a slim (0.6-inch) and light (2.6-pound) laptop
Extremely light; Strong performance with blazing fast SSDs; Accurate touchpad; Good low-light webcam; Thunderbolt port
Mediocre TN display with narrow viewing angles, fan is a bit noisy.
Low resolution screen compared to competition, no backlit keyboard and rear ports access could be seen as gimmicky.
MagicFlip I/O Panel is inconvenient, puzzling, No backlight for keyboard, Middling display and sound.
No ethernet, has bloatware, and is a tad pricey, SSD limits storage to 256GB.
Loud, grinding fan. Small keys, too widely spaced. Arrow keys are so diminutive they’re nearly unusuable. Two USB ports isn’t enough.
Expensive, Noisy cooling fan, Tiny cursor-control keys, Inconvenient rear-mounted ports
Gimmicky port hatch; Low-resolution screen with drab colors; Mediocre battery life; Odd power button placement
By TechSpot on October 01, 2012
Unfortunately, the Acer S5 isn't the savior that we've been waiting for. Even with a budget exceeding Intel's $1,000 target, the S5 is a victim of compromise like so many others. Intel's i7-3517U processor, 4GB of RAM...
By Good Gear Guide on December 11, 2012
Acer's Aspire S5 Ultrabook contains innovation and plenty of speed. The model we looked at was equipped with a Core i7 CPU and two solid state drives in a RAID 0 configuration. It's an ultraportable that's suitable for anyone who wants great...
By Expert Reviews on October 23, 2012
Acer aims high, but falls short of the mark with the Aspire S5...
By cnet on October 01, 2012
Even thinner and lighter than a 13-inch MacBook Air, the Acer Aspire S5 is a great example of an ambitious ultrabook, held back by a few flaws and its high price.
By Trusted Reviews on October 01, 2012
Acer has produced its best-looking laptop yet with the Aspire S5, and created one of the world’s thinnest 13in Ultrabooks while it’s at it. Premium touches like the (for now) rare inclusion of a Thunderbolt port...
By TechRadar on October 01, 2012
The Acer Aspire S5 is one of the top ultra-portable laptops, packing genuine power. If you're looking for a primary laptop that can handle the rigours of everyday life, but be as light and svelte as humanly possible...
By MobileTechReview on September 16, 2012
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...
By DigitalVersus on August 31, 2012
This 13.3" ultrabook is one of the fastest and most responsive of its kind. However, it gets only 4 hours of battery life, there are a few issues with the finishing and the inferior screen brings its overall score down to three stars....
By Tbreak.com on August 27, 2012
The Acer Spire S5 is a pretty decent ultrabook, with a great chassis design and overall snappy performance. While the benefits of the MagicFlip panel are moot, there’s no denying that the 11mm profile of the Aspire S5 is impressively thin. Of...
By ultrabookreview.com on August 20, 2012
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...
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