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59

It might work in a pinch, but you wouldn't want to use it regularly.

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Acer Aspire S5 review: is this innovative Ultrabook worth $1,400?

Summary

The S5 is thin and light with blazing disk performance, but this overpriced laptop is marred by serious usability issues, including short battery life and inconvenient port placement.

Pros
  • Thin, lightweight designInsanely fast SSD performanceOne of few PCs with a Thunderbolt port
Cons
  • Poor screen quality for the priceDrop-down port cover is tedious to useSubpar battery lifeLoud fan noise
Acer Aspire S5 review: is this innovative Ultrabook worth $1,400?

With dozens and dozens of Ultrabooks on parade, you'd be forgiven if one skinny laptop with an ultra-low voltage processor started to look like the next. Even so, it's tough to forget the Acer Aspire S5: of all the ultraportables we've seen these last nine months, this is the only one with a motorized port cover. Yeah, that one. It's an intriguing product, to be sure, and the stakes are especially high given that $1,400 price: you'd have to really enjoy that form factor (and everything else) to choose it over some less expensive ultraportable. So is it worth it? Is that drop-down door anything more than a gimmick? Questions for the ages, and ones we'll tackle in our full review after the break.

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Scores

Engadget

59
 

Breakdown

Display
5.7
Expandability
6.0
Battery life
5.3
Durability
6.3
Design and form factor
6.6
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Specs

Aspire

Type
Ultraportable
Video outputs
HDMI
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Specs

Aspire

Type
Ultraportable
Video outputs
HDMI
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