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Acer Launches "World's Thinnest" Ultrabook

By - Source: Acer America | B 31 comments

So far it's the world's thinnest ultrabook according to Acer: the Aspire S5.

Acer America launched on Thursday the current reigning champ in the "world's thinnest Ultrabook" category, the "razer thin" Aspire S5 (S5-391-9880). It measures just 0.44-inches at its thinnest and .59-inches at the thickest, and weighs a mere 2.65 pounds. This also the first Ultrabook to feature Thunderbolt which is tucked away -- along with USB 3.0 and HDMI ports -- within the S5’s innovative MagicFlip I/O Port that's concealed just below the hinge.

"The S5's delicately curved chassis is Onyx Black, and the cover rim wraps around the system body like a protective shell," the company said. "A magnesium-aluminum alloy cover and palm rest provide a slim and sturdy design, while the metallic brushed detail provides subtle elegance. Clean and ultra-fluid contours from all angles make the S5 a vision of beauty."

Here a brief list of features:

- 3rd Generation Intel Core i7-3517U Processor (4 MB L3 cache, up to 3.0 GHz) with Turbo Boost Technology
- 4 GB DDR3 dual channel RAM
- 256 GB SSD
- 2 USB 3.0 Ports
- 1 Thunderbolt Port
- PowerSmart battery pack - provides up to three times longer battery life cycles than traditional batteries (1,000 vs. 300 cycles)
- 13.3-inch widescreen LED-backlit display (1366 x 768)
- 1.3MP HD webcam
- Dolby Home Theater v4
- Acer Green Instant On - for fast boot and resume (1.5 seconds)
- Acer Always Connect - lets users manage their multimedia and data on all their devices at anytime, anywhere, even from sleep.
- Acer Cloud - provides S5 customers with remote access to the digital data residing on their Ultrabook via their Android tablet or smartphone.

The Aspire S5-391-9880 will be available the last week in June at and leading retailers across the U.S. It has an MSRP of $1,399.99.

Acer is also launching an updated version of its current S3 Series Ultrabooks with a 3rd Generation Intel Core i7 processor and a 256 GB solid state drive. It also now sports a new champagne color which "adds elegance to the uncluttered design of this diminutive powerhouse." The new Aspire S3 Series Ultrabooks will be available beginning next week at leading retailers across the U.S. Prices begin at $648 and range up to $999.99.

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    amuffin , June 15, 2012 6:09 PM
    MSRP of $1,399.99.

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    amuffin , June 15, 2012 6:10 PM
    Appears they have gotten rid of picture posting.

    Anyways, the picture was: NOPE.AVI!
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    del35 , June 15, 2012 6:10 PM
    Imagine all the hype if this laptop had been put out by iCrap. Thank God it was not, cause I am not that interested in thin useless laptops, or useless retina displays manufactured by Samsung for Apple.
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    sundragon , June 15, 2012 6:15 PM
    del35Imagine all the hype if this laptop had been put out by iCrap. Thank God it was not, cause I am not that interested in thin useless laptops, or useless retina displays manufactured by Samsung for Apple.

    LOL, imagine if this laptop was better than last generation's iCrap... Matching specs for $100 cheaper doesn't make people write headlines.

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    molo9000 , June 15, 2012 6:23 PM
    Why oh why do they use a 16:9 display on a 13" laptop?
    Some engineer needs to be stoned to death for that.

    MSRP of $1,399.99.

    $100 cheaper than a similarly specced MacBook Air.
    This has a slightly faster processor, is a 10th of an inch thinner and 130grams lighter, the MacBook has a better display and better battery life.... I'd personally buy a MacBook Air.
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    sundragon , June 15, 2012 6:25 PM
    frozonicyeah Retina display sucks, i mean, who the hell wants a 2800x1800 IPS panel in their laptops

    Them's fightin' words!!!!

    Just wait a year, when Dell and Toshiba put out one for $100 cheaper!!!

    /sarcasm :) 
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    leongrado , June 15, 2012 6:52 PM
    Acer + Price == Not a very good deal
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    gm0n3y , June 15, 2012 6:53 PM
    Sounds like a pretty decent product, shame about the price.
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    slayerz636 , June 15, 2012 6:58 PM
    almost trade my prized 2011 mbp for it, but ive found osx sooo much more light weight than windows. yes I do like windows as well. i build computers for a living, and they use a mix of windows linux and hackintosh. all im saying is have a very open mind and try diffrent flavors of ice cream once and a while for gods sake! dont shut something out just cause itz diffrent. apple and msft can live in sync together in this world. ive never seen people troll so much as apple haters do; msft haters do the same things. check out S1AY3R COMPUTERZ once in a while if you like varaity.
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    cbfelterbush , June 15, 2012 7:32 PM
    The neat thing about the new MBP with their high resolution screen. And that is all it is, a very nice high res display. that is all one piece fuzed. So just throw your shit in the trash and go buy a new one.

    Retna display, what BS. I think it is funny that all the Apple lovers and haters compared the likes of 4S vs the Galaxy 2. back then it was the 3.5 inch Retna display Huray Huray Hurra. The Galaxy 2 doesn't have a Retna display they said. But they it does it seems, because acording to apple the 210ppi on the new MBP is a Retna. So what gives, this is a company that just lies and decieves everybody that drinks the Koolaid and they call it clever marketing.

    NEW. Mac pro still only comes equiped with a MAX of two AMD 5770 GPUs. What a Hoax, they need to be sued for calling those gfx cards ... Faster than a speeding anything. right from their page on the Mac Pro. GPUs that are so old they are in the $500 PC I build my brother better than three years ago.

    Fail Company. Just spin it till that shit has a shine then sell it as a Mac product.

    End Rant, my apologies. -CB
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    voodoobunny , June 15, 2012 7:45 PM
    720p screen = epic fail.

    Just another illustration of why people still line up to pay their Apple Tax.
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    cbfelterbush , June 15, 2012 8:23 PM
    The HD and Ram are soldiered onto the logic board of that new MBP as well, so if you need more storage better configure it that way now while they're gouging you with a premium price for their SSDs. Don't worry they are only two generations behind current SSD technology. -CB
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    cbfelterbush , June 15, 2012 8:35 PM
    Edit to earlier, 220ppi on the MBP. Rant still applies. -CB
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    msgun98 , June 15, 2012 8:47 PM
    Sorry, Acer isn't worth the premium price. Even less so with that ho-hum display.
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    eddieroolz , June 15, 2012 9:15 PM
    It really is pretty damn thin. The problem is, resolution is important nowadays, and this doesn't have it.
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    amabhy , June 15, 2012 9:19 PM
    amuffinAppears they have gotten rid of picture posting.Anyways, the picture was: NOPE.AVI!

    Since when have .avi files been images?!?!?!!?!??!
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    neoverdugo , June 15, 2012 9:51 PM
    I think I said this before: As long as the intel cpu prices are through the roof, the UB will always be as pricy as an MacB. I other words: marketing fail! Also, the use of SSD doesn't help at the price tag.
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    back_by_demand , June 15, 2012 11:29 PM
    neoverdugoI think I said this before: As long as the intel cpu prices are through the roof, the UB will always be as pricy as an MacB. I other words: marketing fail! Also, the use of SSD doesn't help at the price tag.

    The use of SSD will increase battery life and speed, and reduce heat and noise. You don't need vast amounts of storage space as this is a portable device, surely you will long term store the bulk of your files on NAS, PC etc and have links via the Cloud. My main file server has remote access via Skydrive in case I need something when I am out and about.
    It is much more preferable to me to be able to have a laptop that is fast, quiet and stays on for a long time, rather that one that has all my files but is hot, noisy and switches off after 2 hours.
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    JOSHSKORN , June 16, 2012 12:13 AM
    Don't care for anything "thin". If the battery is crap or not, along with the keyboard (I hate small keyboards), that's what will appeal to me. Don't see that happening, though. My desktop keyboard by itself is probably thicker overall (most likely) than an ultra thin book.
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