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Innovative, but not worth $1,400

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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. In exchange for a skinny silhouette, it settles for a three-cell battery that barely lasts four and a half hours on a charge. Even the RAID 0 SSD configuration might well have contributed to the high price, and that's a shame since the S5 probably could have delivered strong performance even with a more standard setup. As is, the S5 suffers from some serious usability flaws, and nothing really justifies that $1,400 price except, possibly, that screaming SSD setup. We look forward to possible redemption with the upcoming S7 series, but in the meantime we're certain you can find a better ultraportable for less money.

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Critic reviews

7.3
9 reviews
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    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    6.7
  • Battery life
    5.4
  • Display
    5.6
  • Durability
    6.4
  • Expandability
    5.5
  • Noise
    5.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.3

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User reviews

6.0
1 review
  • Speed and features
    10
  • Design and form factor
    6.0
  • Battery life
    2.0
  • Display
    6.0
  • Durability
    6.0
  • Expandability
    6.0
  • Noise
    6.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.0
6.0
Engadget Jul 20, 2012

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

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9.0
PC World Jul 23, 2012

The sleekly designed Acer Aspire S5 Ultrabook poses one of the most credible threats to the MacBook Air we've seen to date.

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8.0
CNET Jul 10, 2012

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.

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7.0
Wired Jul 23, 2012

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.

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6.0
Laptop Magazine Jul 6, 2012

The Acer Aspire S5 is a superthin Ultrabook with record-breakingly fast dual SSDs, but a dull screen and short battery life hold it back.

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8.0
SlashGear Jul 13, 2012

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.

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8.0
TechRadar Jul 23, 2012

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.

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7.0
TrustedReviews Sep 12, 2012

Throw in niggles like its lack of keyboard backlighting, and there are simply better premium ultraportable laptops on the market than the Acer Aspire S5 for its price.

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6.0
Digital Trends Jul 20, 2012

Nothing about the S5 justifies the price disparity between it and the Aspire M5, and nothing makes it competitive with other expensive Ultrabooks.

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6.0
jasonong jasonong

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.

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