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