Acer Aspire S5 Series

Acer Aspire S5-391-53314G12akkProcessor: Intel Core i5 2467M, Intel Core i5 3317U, Intel Core i7 3517U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000, NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
Display: 13.3 inch
Weight: 1.2kg, 1.4kg
Price: 1200, 1400, 1500 euro
Average Score: 70.73% - average
Average of 22 scores (from 34 reviews)
price: 65%, performance: 80%, features: 63%, display: 52%
mobility: 66%, workmanship: 79%, ergonomy: 74%, emissions: 86%

 

Acer Aspire S5

Specifications

Acer Aspire S5Notebook: Acer Aspire S5
Processor: Intel Core i5 2467M
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.4kg
Links: Acer homepage
 Acer notebook section

 

Acer Aspire S5 Ultrabook pictures and hands-on
Source: Pocket Lint English
With its second bite at the Ultrabook cherry, Acer looks to have hit the heights. This time, instead of a half measure in the shape of the Acer Aspire S3 with its hybrid SSD/HDD storage solution, the Acer Aspire S5 goes straight to the top of the Ultrabook tree by taking the title as the thinnest of the lot.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/09/2012
Acer Aspire S5 first look
Source: Trusted Reviews English
We wouldn't say the S5 has completely wowed us but it certainly looks like being a solid contender among the many new ultrabooks we expect to see arriving in the early part of 2012, just so long as you don't need a backlit keyboard or built in Ethernet.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/08/2012
Обзор Acer Aspire S5: первый ультрабук на Ivy Bridge
Source: Hi-Tech Mail RU→EN
Positive: Performance; Baterry life; Design. Negative: Noisy.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/06/2012
Acer Aspire S5: первый ультрабук второго поколения
Source: 3DNews.ru RU→EN
Positive: Very thin; Very light; Interesting feature.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/24/2012
Самый тонкий ультрабук в мире и другие новинки от Acer
Source: Zoom RU→EN
Positive: 8hrs battery life; The first ultrabook has discrete graphics and an optical drive.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/19/2012

 

Acer Aspire S5-391-73514G25akk

Specifications

Acer Aspire S5-391-73514G25akkNotebook: Acer Aspire S5-391-73514G25akk
Processor: Intel Core i7 3517U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.2kg
Price: 1500 euro
Links: Acer homepage
 Acer notebook section

Average Score: 72.5% - average
Average of 6 scores (from 8 reviews)

 

84% Review Acer Aspire S5-391-73514G25akk Ultrabook | Notebookcheck
High-end debut. With the 1500 Euros (~$1927) ultrabook Aspire S5, Acer wants to attract customers in the luxury segment. In order to achieve this, the manufacturer sets on fast hardware, fine materials, and a couple of interesting features. Is this enough to put pressure on the established competition?
75% Acer Aspire S5 Ultrabook Review
Source: Techspot English
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, the ridiculously-fast SSDs in RAID0 and a variety of connectivity options all score extremely high in my book. I'm able to look past the lack of discrete graphics but the low-quality TN display, lack of a backlit keyboard and heavy use of plastic at this price point all keep the S5 from truly shining. That's not to say that this is a bad computer by any means; it just falls short of what manufacturers have promised ultrabooks can be. I'm still waiting for someone to deliver the total package.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/02/2012
Rating: Total score: 75%
70% Acer Aspire S5
Source: Mobile Tech Review English
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 interesting design element, but it's more for show and the the motorized door seems like one more thing to worry about breaking.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/16/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Acer Aspire S5 review
Source: CNet English
The Acer Aspire S5 leans heavily on its motorized port door, but it really doesn't need gimmicks to sell itself. This is the current leader in the arms race for the thinnest officially labeled ultrabook, and has the rare quality of being just plain fun to use. That said, I'd kill for a backlit keyboard. 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
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/10/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
Acer Aspire S5 Ultrabook Review: The Steady March of Progress
Source: AnandTech English
This is the most impressed I've been with an Acer notebook in some time. Most of my usual whipping boys have been taken care of, and I'm left with an ultrabook that's for the most part very usable. We're pretty fond of the saying "there's no such thing as a bad product, only a bad price" around here, and that holds very true with the S5.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/09/2012
60% Acer Aspire S5 Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
The Acer Aspire S5 combines light weight with blazing fast performance, but also falls short on some critical features. For $1,399, you should expect a sharper screen and longer battery life, which you can get from competitors such as the MacBook Air ($1,199 to start or $1,499 with 256GB SSD) or the ASUS ZenBook Prime UX31A ($1,049 to start, $1,499 for 256GB SSD).
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/06/2012
Rating: Total score: 60%
60% ACER ASPIRE S5-391-73514G25AKK
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/28/2012
Rating: Total score: 60%
90% Acer Aspire S5 : l’ultrabook motorisé
Source: Erenumerique French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/05/2012
Rating: Total score: 90%
Acer Aspire S5: как сделать самый тонкий ультрабук и заставить всех тебя ненавидеть
Source: Zoom RU→EN
Positive: Good performance of the CPU; price; fast and capacious SSD. Negative: Display.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/23/2012

 

Acer Aspire S5-391-9880

Specifications

Acer Aspire S5-391-9880Notebook: Acer Aspire S5-391-9880
Processor: Intel Core i7 3517U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.2kg
Price: 1400 euro
Links: Acer homepage
 Acer notebook section
 Aspire S5-391-9880 (Model)

Average Score: 69.09% - average
Average of 11 scores (from 14 reviews)

 

70% Acer Aspire S5
Source: Good Gear Guide English
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 overall performance in a small package but it isn't perfect. Its screen could be better, its keyboard isn't backlit and its battery life was a little too short in our tests.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/11/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
60% Acer Aspire S5-391-9880 13.3-inch
Source: Comp Reviews English
With its $1400 price tag, the Acer Aspire S5 is certainly aiming to be a premium level of ultrabook design and it does succeed quite well in some areas such as its performance and thin and light profile. The problem is that there are a number of gimmicks and shortcuts that make it a less than outstanding choice for a high end ultrabook.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/04/2012
Rating: Total score: 60%
60% Acer Aspire S5
Source: Digital Versus English
Acer, the creator of the world's first ultrabook, the Aspire S3, has jumped on Intel's new generation of processors to expand its catalogue with the Aspire S5. 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.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/31/2012
Rating: Total score: 60%
Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A vs Acer Aspire S5 – premium ultrabooks compared
Source: Ultrabook Review English
All in all, both the Acer Zenbook Prime UX31A and the Acer Aspire S5 are premium 13.3 inch ultrabooks. In fact, they are some of the best you can get in this class, budget aside. The Acer does have a couple of tricks, like the thin and light body, classic looks, fast SSD and the unique MagicFlop port cover. Both overall the Asus Zenbook is the better pick in my eyes, as it not only looks and feels better, but it also bundles a better keyboard and display, plus lasts slightly longer on a charge. All those while going for basically the same price as the Acer right now.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 08/22/2012
60% Acer Aspire S5 review – a sleek ultrabook, but not much else
Source: Ultrabook Review English
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 life.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/20/2012
Rating: Total score: 60%
60% Acer Aspire S5-391-9880
Source: PC Mag English
The Acer Aspire S5 certainly offers strong performance and a beautiful design, but it's a mixed bag with strange design quirks and several features that fall flat. Frankly, the biggest issue with the Acer Aspire S5 isn't the MagicFlip panel, or any of its other design flaws—it's the price. At $1,400, this is one of the more expensive ultrabooks on the market, but aside from a marginally thinner profile and a Thunderbolt port it fails to deliver the features or experience you expect in that price range. Compared with the Editors' Choice Asus Zenbook Prime UX32VD-DB71, which offers better performance thanks in part to a discrete GPU, it's hard to give the Acer Aspire S5 anything more than a lukewarm recommendation.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/26/2012
Rating: Total score: 60%
80% Acer Aspire S5 Review
Source: PC Advisor English
If you're looking for an Ultrabook with the superslim good looks of a MacBook Air, enough computing oomph to handle multimedia and general business tasks, plus a good-enough battery life, take a long hard look at the Acer Aspire S5.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/24/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
90% Acer Aspire S5
Source: PC World English
If you're looking for an Ultrabook with the superslim good looks of a MacBook Air, enough computing oomph to handle multimedia and general business tasks, plus a good-enough battery life, take a long hard look at the Acer Aspire S5. Especially the superslim good looks part.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/23/2012
Rating: Total score: 90%
70% The Revolution Will Be Motorized
Source: Wired Magazine English
The price premium here is ultimately what may be the bigger hill to climb. The $1,400 price tag is justified given the extra storage capacity, but it’s still tough to swallow when competitors’ ultrabooks can be had for under $1,000. Now if only that hatch would open and close as fast as the Aspire runs Excel.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/23/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Acer Aspire S5 review
Source: Techradar English
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, you've found your ideal laptop. Be warned, however. The niggles and inconvenience of the MagicFlip hatch, the slightly dubious durability and average specifications - aside from the magnificent processor - mean that the buyer who wants it all might be advised to suffer a few more grams.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/23/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
Acer Aspire S5 review: is this innovative Ultrabook worth $1,400?
Source: Engadget English
The Aspire S5 has some key ingredients that might have made it a great Ultrabook: a thin shape, an impressive port selection and blazing I/O performance. Unfortunately, though, Acer seems to have invested its energy in all the wrong places. Instead of a higher-resolution display or finer build quality, it focused on stuffing all the ports behind a door in the back -- a design choice that feels gimmicky at best, and tiresome at worst.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/20/2012
60% Acer Aspire S5 Review
Source: Digital Trends English
The Acer Aspire S5 is an odd duck. It is extremely thin and provides excellent performance in some areas. We’re unaware of another Ultrabook that can match the Acer Aspire S5’s hard-drive performance, and most Ultrabooks also will be dusted by its Core i7-3517U processor. But then we look at the price. Whoa, $1,399 is a lot of dough – and the S5’s design comes nowhere close to supporting it.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/17/2012
Rating: Total score: 60%
Acer Aspire S5 Review
Source: Slashgear English
In short, this ultrabook is one of if not THE thinnest notebook you’re ever going to want to own, and with a look and feel like this, you’ll have a great time picking one up. The pricing is a bit concerning when compared to other ultrabooks on the market right now that can do essentially all of the same things this one can at just a bit larger a cost in the actual physical size department. But consider this: you get what you pay for, and if your aim is to grab a thinnest-in-class yet high-quality notebook with power enough to play top-quality games and work all day long on web and local-based type-heavy tasks on Windows, you’ve got the best there is right here.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/13/2012
70% Acer Aspire S5 Review and Ratings
Source: Computer Shopper English
Batman aside, the Acer Aspire S5 will appeal to two groups of people: those who want the slimmest ultrabook—at 0.6x12.8x8.9 inches, this thing out-flattens even the MacBook Air—and those who want the swiftest. For the former, or as an executive status symbol, the S5 has no real competition except for the Samsung Series 9. For the latter, it's the fastest ultrabook Computer Shopper has tested.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/09/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%

 

Acer Aspire S5-391-53314G25akk

Specifications

Acer Aspire S5-391-53314G25akkNotebook: Acer Aspire S5-391-53314G25akk
Processor: Intel Core i5 3317U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.2kg
Links: Acer homepage
 Acer notebook section

Average Score: 70% - average
Average of 3 scores (from 4 reviews)

 

70% Acer Aspire S5 Review
Source: PC Advisor English
We applaud the addition of Thunderbolt, which expands connection possibilites with a growing range of high-speed peripherals. MagicFlip, the motorised port bay is also a very neat idea, if applied with an annoying mechanism that always sounds stressed. The rest of the laptop is near-standard ultrabook fare, down to the sub-standard display and copycat components specifications shared with almost every other model. Thunderbolt may bring the S5 closer in spec to the MacBook Air that inspired it, but an extra £100 buys a real MacBook Air with the same 256GB storage capacity, but a decent screen and far better build quality.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/19/2012
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 60% performance: 70% features: 80% ergonomy: 80%
70% Acer Aspire S5 review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
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 also help to set it apart, especially since it and the rest of the S5’s connectivity are hidden in an innovative motorised door called MagicFlip.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/12/2012
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 80% features: 80% display: 60% mobility: 70% ergonomy: 80%
70% Acer Aspire S5 Ultrabook Review
Source: T Break English
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 course, what hurts the Aspire S5 is the simple fact that for its high price point, the competition offers much more. The slightly more expensive Samsung Series 9 ultrabook has much higher resolution screen and better battery life. Same goes for the entry level MacBook Air which has slightly better overall specs compared to the Aspire S5, but costs less.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/27/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
Acer Aspire S5 – test jednego z najcieńszych ultrabooków
Source: PC Lab.pl Turkish PL→EN
Positive: Good quality; decent keyboard and touchpad; decent running time; thunderbolt port. Negative: Cumbersome cooling system; no VGA output; very weak speakers; expansion only on the back.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/25/2012

 

Acer Aspire S5-391-53314G12akk

Specifications

Acer Aspire S5-391-53314G12akkNotebook: Acer Aspire S5-391-53314G12akk
Processor: Intel Core i5 3317U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.2kg
Price: 1200 euro
Links: Acer homepage
 Acer notebook section
 Aspire S5-391-53314G12akk (Model)

Average Score: 67% - average
Average of 1 scores (from 3 reviews)

 

Tauchgang – Ultrabook mit Thunderbolt und versenkbaren Anschlüssen
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/11/2012
Rating: performance: 90% features: 30% display: 30% mobility: 40% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 50%
Acer Aspire S5, Ultrabook motorral
Source: Prohardver.hu HU→EN
Positive: Curentlyhinnest and lightest; good performance. Negative: Glossy screen with low resolution (1366x768); hot under high load.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/18/2012
67% Acer Aspire S5
Source: Dinside NO→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/27/2012
Rating: Total score: 67%

 

Comment

Acer: Acer Incorporated is a Taiwanese multinational electronics manufacturer. Its product lineup includes desktops and laptops, as well as personal digital assistants (PDAs), servers and storage, displays, peripherals, and e-business services for business, government, education, and home users. Acer is the third largest computer manufacturer in the world (by sales) after HP and Dell Inc (2007). The company owns the largest franchised computer retail chain in Taipei, Taiwan. Originally named Multitech, it was founded in 1976. Gateway and Packard Bell are economically connected with Acer. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %

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With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.

NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M: Middle class graphics card of the 600M series based on the 28nm GK107 chip (Kepler architecture).

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

Intel HD Graphics 4000: Processor graphics card in the high end Ivy Bridge models. Offers a different clock speed in the different CPU models (ULV to desktop quad core) and therefore a different performance.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Core i5:

2467M: Power saving ULV processor clocked at 1.6-2.3 GHz due to Turbo boost. Offers an integrated HD 3000 clocked at slow 350 / 1150 MHz and a DDR3-1333 memory controller.

3317U: Ivy-Bridge-based ULV-CPU in Q2 2012. Offers a core clock of 1.7 - 2.6 GHz and an HD 4000 GPU (350 - 1050 MHz). The TDP is rated at 17 W.

Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  

3517U: Fast Ivy-Bridge-based ULV-CPU in Q2 2012. Offers a core clock of 1.9 - 3.0 GHz and an HD 4000 GPU (350 - 1150 MHz). The TDP is rated at 17 W.


13.3: This is a common display format for subnotebooks. Netbooks, UMPC and some subnotebooks have tinier displays. Nevertheless, the majority of standard laptops has a higher format. The advantage of a small display is, that the subnotebook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the small display needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is a bit exhausting for the eyes, especially with high resolutions.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


1.2 kg:

This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist hardly any models in this extreme class of weight. 7-9 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

1.4 kg:

This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist only few sub-notebooks, which weight less. 10 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.


70.73%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Laptops with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Asus UX31A-C4037H
Core i7 3537U, 1.5 kg
» HP Split 13-m006tu x2
Core i5 3339Y, 1.1 kg
» Samsung 530U3C-A09UK
Core i3 3217U, 1.5 kg
» HP ProBook 4340s-C4Y10EA
Core i3 3110M, 2 kg
» Samsung ATIV 730U3E-K01HS
Core i5 3337U, 1.5 kg
» Asus Transformer Book T300
Core i5 4200U, 1.2 kg
» Samsung 900X3E-A01UK
Core i7 3517U, 1.2 kg
» Fujitsu Lifebook E733
Core i7 3632QM, 1.7 kg
» Asus Transformer Book TX300CA-C4006H
Core i5 3317U, 1.9 kg
» HP Split x2
Core i3 3229Y, 2.3 kg
» Samsung ATIV 900X3E-K01US
Core i7 3537U, 1.2 kg
» Asus Taichi 31-CX018H
Core i7 3537U, 1.6 kg
» Samsung ATIV 740U3E-K01UB
Core i5 3337U, 1.6 kg
» Toshiba Portege R930-1CX
Core i3 3120M, 1.5 kg
» Sony Vaio SVT1313S1E
Core i5 3337U, 1.7 kg
» Samsung 530U3C-A04PL
Core i3 3217U, 1.5 kg
» Samsung 900X3D-A03PL
Core i5 3317U, 1.2 kg
» Asus VivoBook S300CA-C1015H
Core i5 3317U, 1.8 kg
» Samsung 530U3C-A05PL
Core i5 3317U, 1.5 kg
» Asus Taichi 31-DH71
Core i7 3517U, 1.5 kg
» Asus Taichi 31-CX010H
Core i7 3517U, 1.5 kg
» Toshiba Portege Z930-D3S
Core i5 3317U, 1.1 kg
» Samsung 900X3E-A01SE
Core i5 3337U, 1.2 kg
» Samsung 900X3D-A01HU
Core i5 3317U, 1.2 kg
» Samsung 530U3C-A03HU
Core i3 3217U, 1.5 kg
» Samsung 740U3E-A01FR
Core i5 3337U, 1.7 kg
» Lenovo IdeaPad U310-59365023 Touch
Core i5 3337U, 1.7 kg
» Samsung ATIV 900X3F-K01US
Core i5 3337U, 1.2 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2012-07- 5 (Update: 2012-07- 5)