Going Ultra with Acer

lifestyle July 07, 2012 00:00

By Paisal Chuenprasaeng
The Nati

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At just 11mm thick, the Aspire S5 is being touted as the world's thinnest notebook. It's superfast too


The latest in a long line of Ultrabooks to hit the market, the Acer Aspire S5 is a powerful and notebook computer that’s a mere 11mm thick and weighs just 1.35 kilograms.
With a black magnesium alloy body, the S5 is a sleek little beast and Acer has added more cool by allowing the user to hide the I/O ports – an HDMI port, two USB 3.0 ports and a Thunderbolt port – and a heat ventilation at the back with a MagicFlip button when the notebook is not in use.
Press the MagicFlip button and the port door slides down. Press it again, and it will slide back up and the parts. You can in fact hide the ports and the ventilation when the notebook is turned on as well but I wouldn’t recommend it as the ventilation will be blocked and heat will build up inside the notebook.
Order the notebook to “sleep” and the ports will be automatically hidden. Exit the sleep mode of Windows 7 and press the MagicFlip button again, and the notebook will display the picture of the ports to alert you that the ports have slid out.
The S5 has met all of Intel’s Ultrabook requirements. Apart from the thinness, the S5 comes with Acer Green Instant On technology that provides fast boot and resume times. It took only about 10 seconds to boot up and only 1.5 seconds to resume from the sleep mode. It fast boot and resume times are credited to its super-fast 128GB RAID 0 solid state drive (SSD), which makes the S5 about four times faster than a typical notebook computer.
The S5 has really good performance too. It is powered by 3rd generation Intel Core TM i7 processor i-7-3517U 1.90 GHz and is equipped with 4 GB DDR3 RAM. It comes with bright HD Acer CineCrystal LED-backlit 13.3-inch screen. Its graphic engine is powered by Intel HD Graphics 4000.
The S5 runs on Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit operating system. Benchmarked with Windows 7’s internal speed measuring tool, the S5 scored impressive results.
On the scale of 1.0 to 7.9, the S5 got 7.1 points for the processor performance of calculations per second.
It got the full 7.9 score for the performance of disk data transfer rate because it uses SSD drive instead of a typical hard drive.
For the performance of 3D business and gaming graphics, it got 6.3 points. It got 5.9 points for the desktop performance for Windows Aero or transitional effects of Windows 7.
It also got 5.9 points for the performance of memory operations per second. You can increase the memory performance by adding more RAM to the system.
Benchmarked with Street Fighters IV’s benchmark tool, the S5 scored 37.45 frames per second, which is good for playing the game and most other games.
The S5 comes with two USB 3.0 ports, because it can transfer data up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0 connections and portable hard drives now come in USB 3.0 connections.
And the S5 is built for the future because it has one Thunderbolt port, which supports data transfer of up to 20 Gbps.
  The ultrabook computer also comes with a Logitech Bluetooth mouse.
Thanks to its good design, Aspire S5 Ultrabook has won the “Best of CES 2012 Award” at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in the Ultrabook category. It has also won the Best Choice Award at Computex 2012 Taipei in Taiwan.
Acer Aspire S5 Ultrabook retails for Bt49,900, VAT included. The price comes with comes with a two-year free warranty for parts and labour while there is also one full year of insurance cover against accident or theft.
Key specs
_ OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
_ Processor: Intel Core i7-3517U
_ Memory: 4 GB DDR3
_ Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000
_ Display: 13.3-inch HD Acer CineCrystal LED LCD
_ Storage: 256GB SSD
_ Optical Drive: No
_ Webcam: HD webcam
_ Battery: 4-cell Li-polymer
_ Dimension: 324 x 11 x 227mm
_ Weight: 1.35 kgs