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

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.

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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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  • Nice! Good Job, hope the keyboard works ok. Let the reviews begin.

    Personally, I think notebooks like this will revive things quite a bit.
    DevGuy_z
    • Ultrabooks kick az$

      With sleek designs like this....I'M A PC FOR LIFE!

      The MacBook line has nothing on the new ultrabooks. The retina display is more hype than what it's worth the the price point is laughable. Plus the PC OEMs have an elite OS.
      Rob.sharp
      • Looks like a black macbook air to me

        Point out the differences in how this isn't just a black macbook air clone, and i think you'll have a very short list of very subtle differences. I'm not evangelizing for either side, wait f^ck it, yea i will:

        Quote: "Plus the PC OEMs have an elite OS" -- you'd have to literally be smoking crack to think that's true. Windows is light years behind basically every other alternative in every metric imaginable.

        Quote: "The MacBook line has nothing on the new ultrabooks. The retina display is more hype than what it's worth the the price point is laughable." -- Well, that's kind of like comparing apples to pears, because macbook airs don't ship with retina display so you are comparing an ultrabook to a mbp. I will give you that the Asus has a faster processor, more hard drive capacity, and is about $200 cheaper. If you'd have said something along those lines rather than whatever brain-dead exclamation came out of your mouth instead I would have agreed with your point.

        All that being said, this looks like a great notebook, Asus leading the way in PC land.
        sucitivel
      • and what metric is that?

        "Windows is light years behind basically every other alternative in every metric imaginable"

        -Over 90% share
        -Tons of applications, from CAD, Graphics, Games, you name it
        -Very productive UI, Snap, Jumplist, Libraries,
        -Secure, all recent issues are application and trojan issues.
        - Best developer tools, period!
        - Full screen application is now attempted by OSX
        - Menu system is better than OSX, no static bar that keeps on changing based on application in focus
        - Context menu, right click and do more
        -backward compatibility thats way longer than any OS

        Now which metric you say it lags years behind?
        ninjacut
      • ninjacut: Don't forget to mention that, even the 4 year old Win7, is better

        than the new molehill Lion. Lion is just catching up with Win7, and will be left in the dust by Windows 8 when it is released; in fact, even in "beta", Win8 is already far superior to Mt Everest Lion, if that even existed as the next kitty version of MacOS.
        adornoe
  • Interesting...

    I don't think I'll be getting one, but the prices *are* starting to come down.

    The new S3s are looking very nice, and are the first Ultrabooks to pass the "definitely not" category in my mind.
    Naryan
    • beware of acer

      acer uses high "claimed" techs produced in the lowest possible amount. the OS might be good ,and specs are high, but the quality could be blindingly down. my acer aspire 5580 at bd445 last 2008 just sits 90% of its life in my table=stops working last march2011.

      my fujtsu siemens v2045 since 2004, dropped many times(dis ables cd drive) and all my abuses=is still the one im using to send this article. better sue fujitsue siemens for making good things and reward those profitting more on monkey business. hurrayyy my galaxy note.
      ilovesards@...
      • Not all ACERs are lemons

        I've had an Acer Aspire 5610 for close to 5 years now, got a helluva great 'open-box' deal. All I've done to it is add memory and update to Windows 7. I carry it around virtually every day, in and out of the car and in all kinds of environments, and about the only thing that broke is the plug on the power supply, which some resoldering takes care of. Speaking of power supplies, generics are cheap on eBay, so I keep spares at other locations rather than carry that around.

        No (hardware) problems, still responsive enough for what I do (no gaming). I'll accept that Acer isn't necessarily the most highly-regarded brand out there, but you wouldn't know it from my experience. Maybe I just got one of the 'good' ones.
        ProfQuill
  • Thickest vs. Thinnest point

    Thickest should be the only one mentioned or compared!

    I'm surprised no one's release a machine with a thin metal flange around the edge so they could boast something like ".09 thick (at thinnest point)"!
    usonia
    • Thickest vs. Thinnest point ... Hear, hear!!! NT

      NT
      fifidonkor@...
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    whitley24
  • Facts...

    "(In comparison, the new MacBook Air is 0.68 inches at its thinnest point.)"

    Sean needs to get his facts straight. The MBA is .68" at its Thickest point, not Thinnest.
    grayforge
  • Wait for apple to sue!

    This looks a lot like the latest patent grant to Apple by those idiots at the US patent office.. let the games begin! I don't think the US patent office has heard of 'prior art' but they should look it up..
    ursulus
    • apple attorney will become richer ASAP

      Yeah, right ! Let's see the battle begin and that greedy apple will eat more n more victims time to time.
      ir_h@...
  • awesome job. can't wait for the W8 touch screen versions to come out and push

    these prices even lower. Well done.
    Johnny Vegas
  • Hope it can be configured with Windows 7

    This could be a goog work laptop as long as it's loaded with wibndows 7.

    Though for the price, I belive a person would rather get better performance and 15" screen. If you are person that seeks portability. Much cheaper solutions exsist. I mean you don't need an i7 to check email, write out reports, and make power points. Windows 8's UI is going to make all that nearly imposible to accomplish. But you can tweet or face book on how hard your work is with window 8 easier on windows 8.
    Bakabaka
  • we dont need i7 today, but next year we need i21 or more.

    the OS are bloated, apps are bloated in codes, so we need super computers in our laps in very near time.

    i recalled coding BASIC on my casio702p last 1984 to display time. every time , its blinking while changing the seconds. then i figured out that it needs to change only the seconds, not the hour and minutes. so, i was able to less the codes, and speed up the process(its only 2kb ram if im not mistaken). at those times, we squezze bytes fo speed up computations and reduce load.

    but nowadays, all are bloated= so that the current power crawls, so you need to buy(business) the next i64.

    this is how we progress anyways. rgrds.
    ilovesards@...
  • Thin at its thinnest point? What's up with that?

    Why would anyone care how thin a laptop is at its thinnest point? Isn't the thickest point the only truly relevant value? Otherwise, why not just make them all triangular in cross section so they can all be zero inches thick? I understand completely why marketers and other charlatans would do this, but why would a supposedly informative journal repeat the fraud?
    karl@...
  • Battery Life & Support Sucks!

    Bought an Acer Aspire S5 and the battery only lasts for 1 hour and 50 mins from day 1 compared to the 5 to 6 hours reviews online. Customer service is unresponsive despite various emails.

    Do reconsider if you intend to buy.
    Jason Ong