The most recent news in the realm of laptops/ultra books has been the new line-up of Macs. Right now anyone is going to have a hard time competing with Apple’s Monday release. But Acer is attempting to just that with the Acer’s Aspire S5. The product, which was announced at CES, now has a release date of June 25. This may or may not be enough time for the MacBook to run out of steam; we shall see.
The ultrabook weights merely 2.65 pounds and is only .44 inches at its thinest spot. .59 at the thickest. Ultabooks are entering the market in high numbers this year, each of them claiming to be the thinest, lightest, smallest, et cetera. Toshiba now has the medal for the lightest. You can give Acer the award for the thinnest.
The Aspire S5 will have a price tag of $1,399. Pricey for an Acer, but it does come with some top of the line features, including Ivy bridge i7 processors and plenty of RAM.
Here’s the specs:
13.3-inch LED-backlit display (1366 x 768)
3rd Generation Intel Core i7-3517U Processor (4MB L3 cache, up to 3.0GHz) with Turbo Boost Technology
4GB DDR3 dual channel RAM
2 USB 3.0 ports
1 Thunderbolt port
12.77 inches x 8.95 inches by 0.59 inches (tapers to 0.44 inches in the front)
The casing is designed black with magnesium alloy and a brushed metal chassis, so it is very easy on the eyes. Something that cannot be said for all Acers. It also comes with some cool extras that make it even more worthwhile. It features a ‘MagicFlip I/O Port’, which pops out to reveal USB 3.0, HDMI and a Thunderbolt (only a handfull of ultrabooks come with Thunderbolt). The MagicFlip conceals all of the ports, adding to the ultrabook’s sleek appeal.
It will be the first Acer product in the U.S. to include AcerCloud, which is exactly what it sounds like. AcerCloud allows remote access to Cloud storage on the ultrabook, as well as their Android tablet and smartphone.[The Verge]