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The Acer Aspire S5: A Mini-Review

The ultrabook market is a quickly burgeoning one, and laptop manufacturers have to come up with one innovation or another if they hope to remain competitive. Some manufacturers go with adding a laptop component that was previously thought impossible, like a small-enough video card that doesn’t generate a lot of heat despite its graphics processing power. Others go with a sleek and sexy look that, while not adding a lot in overall functionality, doesn’t really take anything away either; and for many people, a new look is enough to justify a purchase, as these people consider ultras as accessories as much as they are useful tools. And then there’s the Acer Aspire S5. Arguably the most striking feature of the Aspire S5 is its motorized back end port door that opens to reveal a series of ports. This is strange because, in a laptop class where energy conservation and maximization is everything, this laptop part sticks out like a sore thumb. Admittedly, it does seem kind of nifty if you’re in the mood for that sort of motorized thing. Moreover, it also acts as a base stand of sorts when opened, since it pushes the laptop up and adds an extra inch or so. Still, it begs the question: What would happen if the port cover (dubbed the MagicFlip) breaks down? Does that mean that your access to the ports remains closed until the Magic Flip gets repaired?


While there have been no reports yet of the laptop part being damaged, it isn’t hard to think that it may, given how prone portable gadgets are to bumps and bruises. The MagicFlip, though, isn’t the only thing that makes the Aspire S5 stand out. Among all 13 inch ultras, this is probably the thinnest and lightest of the bunch, weighing in at just 2.6 pounds. The laptop’s specs are as follows: A 1.9 GHz Intel Core i7-3517U, 4 GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 RAM, an integrated Intel HD4000 graphics chip, and 256 GB solid state drive. It has 2 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and Thunderbolt ports, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and an SD card reader. The screen measures 13.3 inches diagonally, and has a native resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, and its viewing angles are severely limited. While the screen specs are adequate enough for many, for the asking price of $1,400, one would expect more. Audio quality is equally underwhelming, but of course, the tinny sounds are expected of most laptops, let alone ultras. The keyboard is island-style with very little (if any) flex, and the keys are nicely spaced. However, there isn’t a backlight for the keyboard, bringing down the score another notch. The click-style touchpad isn’t as responsive as that of a Mac’s, but it’s serviceable enough. Its multitouch gestures in particular feel great. For the specs mentioned above, Acer is asking quite a lot with the ultra’s $1,400 price tag. One can’t help but think that the price may have gone down if only the company didn’t have to utilize the MagicFlip. As it stands, though, the Acer Aspire S5 is one tough sell. Original Post: http://www.free-press-release.com/news-the-acer-aspire-s5-a-mini-review-1345686795.html Related Links: http://www.facebook.com/LaptopDesktopRepair https://twitter.com/laptopaid01 https://plus.google.com/u/0/106842529120453547172/posts


The Acer Aspire S5: A Mini-Review