Acer Aspire S5 is world's thinnest Ultrabook, first with Thunderbolt port

Summary:The Ivy Bridge-packing S5 weighs in at a lean 2.65 pounds and is a mere 0.44 inches at its thinnest point.

Acer has upped the Ultrabook ante today with the Aspire S5, which the company claims is the world's thinnest. It's also the first to include a Thunderbolt port.

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The S5 (pictured above) weighs in at a lean 2.65 pounds and is a mere 0.44 inches at its thinnest point (0.59 at its thickest). (In comparison, the new MacBook Air is 0.68 inches at its thinnest point.) It comes with a 13.3-inch LED-backlit screen, Intel Core i7-3517U Ivy Bridge processor, 4GB of RAM, and 256GB solid state drive. In addition to the Thunderbolt port for high-speed data transfers, it also includes HDMI and USB 3.0 ports in a hidden "MagicFlip" I/O section.

Of course, you'll pay for the sleekness and (relative) power of the S5. It will cost $1,399.99 when it goes on sale during the last week of the month.

If you're looking to spend a little less but still want a new Ultrabook, Acer has also updated the Aspire S3 with options like Ivy Bridge processors and a champagne color choice. The base model, however, still comes with a Sandy Bridge Intel Core i3-2377M processor, though that helps Acer sell it for just $648. Even with optional 256GB SSD and Ivy Bridge CPU, the highest priced S3 maxes out at $999.99. The new S3 models will be available starting next week.

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Topics: Tablets

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