Acer Aspire S5 High-End Ultrabooks Review
The Acer Aspire S5 series, I am going to talk about two ultrabooks belonging to this series, has become one of the most affordable. At the launch time the price was indeed steep however in a matter of months the price tag dropped seriously and that can only result in customers’ joy and interest. Therefore, the current price tag for both the S5 models is under $1,000 at the time I am writing this article and I hope things will stay this way. I don’t see which premises could determine the price to return to its default value close to the launching date.
Now, leaving a little behind my enthusiasm for the affordable price, only Asus VivoBook S400 is more affordbale when it comes to the high-end ultrabooks market, I will move on towards specs, features, characteristics that should determine buyers to take the Acer Aspire S5 into consideration when shopping.
Since I am going to talk about two models from this Acer series, I will firstly introduce the common characteristics because there are plenty of them. As a matter of fact and as it usually happens, only a few differences exist between models from any given series. In conclusion, the common specs are:
- 13.3-inch LED-Backlit HD display 1366 x 768 pixels resolution. The display has nothing out of the ordinary, it’s just as expected and definitely not Full HD for the price range. On the other hand, quality doesn’t disappoint users and images look clear and sharp.
- The thinness is definitely a feature that impresses customers when it comes to this series – only 0.59 inches thick. With such thinness it’s only natural that ultra-portability is in place. Each model weighs only 2.65 pounds (around 1.2kg). It will definitely be a pleasure to take this one the road.
- Windows 8 64-bit operating system, as in the case of all newly released models. Even though W8 is a touch-based OS, this S5 series doesn’t incorporate a touchscreen. If you want a touch display with Full HD resolution from the same manufacturer, I indicate switching your attention to the latest released S7 models. However, those come at a price over $1,000 without the specs being that much different.
- Intel HD Graphics 4000 with 128MB dedicated memory is the GPU in both portable devices. The majority of ultrabooks have only this integrated graphics card, included in the CPU, and not a dedicated card. The reason is simple: a dedicated card will take up an increased place. Either thinness will be compromised or the selling price will be seriously increased or the battery life decreased. This means that only light gaming is possible but other entertainment activities are possible as well as editing and photographic ones within boundaries.
- 802.11b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, 2-in-1 card reader including SD card reader.
- 2 USB 3.0 ports which is the trend nowadays, 1 Thunderbolt port which is definitely a nice touch and not that a conventional feature even with ultrabooks – 20 times increased speed during transfers, 1 HDMI output with HDCP support. The great part is that you can also connect 2 monitors: one through the HDMI output and the second through the Thunderbolt port after buying an adapter.
- 1.3MP webcam. The videos/photos should be pretty decent.
- 2 built-in stereo speakers and Dolby Audio v4 technology for enhancing sound quality and giving people control over the outcome.
- 3-cell 2310mAh battery. The life on battery is estimated at around 6.5 hours which is quite good and even during heavy use I imagine you would hit around 5 hours.
Acer Aspire S5 Models
Acer Aspire S5-391-6419 – is equipped with the over-so-popular CPU for ultrabooks Dual-Core i5-3317U that runs on 1.7GHz core speed, can achieve up to 2.6GHz with the Intel Turbo Boos Technology, and has 3MB L3 shared cached. The performances of this great Processor are backed by 4GB DDR3 RAM and 128GB SSD storage space.
Acer Aspire 391-6419 belongs to the $900 price range. Nevertheless, if you think that these hardware components are not enough for your field of work or play then check the second model from this series because the price differences are incredibly small while you get an important upgrade. Check price at Amazon
Acer Aspire S5-391-9880 – is the second model and now, you will get raw power, multitasking performances without being bothered and annoyed by lags, ultra-portability, and long battery life. So I think this is a fair deal.
The Acer Aspire 91-9880 incorporates the following: Dual-Core i7-3517U Processor based on Ivy Bridge architecture, runs on 1.9GHz clockspeed, up to 3.0GHz on Turbo, and has 4MB L3 shared cache. The same memory size is incorporated in this model too – 4GB DDR3 RAM. However, the storage space is upgraded to 256GB SSD and that’s definitely a notable and important difference. Check price at Amazon
This series embeds one of the thinnest ultrabooks on the market while being able to develop the same raw power that most of its competitors are capable. Nothing was omitted in respect to specs so it looks wonderful, gorgeous, while impressing with its performances. There is only one drawback, one aspect that could bother potential customers: both models have their connectors positioned in the back. I never liked that although many years ago that was a design encountered in many laptops.
In conclusion, the Acer Aspire S5 is the way to go if you want an incredibly thin and greatly performing day-today ultrabook while paying under $1,000 for it but in my opinion neither of the two models is worth it a selling price over $1,000.