Acer Aspire S5 Ultrabook Review

Acer Aspire S5 Ultrabook Review

It’s been a year since our S3 review, now we have an S5 and not long from now you’ll see an S7. 🙂 For now, the S5.

Here’s a video I made for the S5.

The Specification

– Intel Core i5 (i5 – 3317M, 1.70 GHz, 3 MB)
– 33.8 cm (13.3″) LED -16:9 WXGA
– Active Matrix TFT Colour LCD
– 128GB SSD
– Bluetooth 4.0
– Windows® 7 Home Premium

More details at theofficial product page

User Experience

Generally it’s yet another Ultrabook. It’s thing, it’s light and it’s fast.

It reminds me of the S3 BUT with a better build, they key units (those individual platform on your keyboard) feels a lot more solid than the one on the S3.

Acer kept the ports (HDMI out, 2x USB 3.0, 1x Thunderbolt) hidden by hiding it a mechanized bay.

I’m not a fan of this pay. For a start, it means the bay has to be opened for us to use the port. So if let’s say you need a USB connection on the device while having it kept in a bag then the bay in open position just takes up some space.

The bay is also the “ventilation shaft” – in my experience, you could be running the ultrabook just fine but once the system feels there’s a heat build up, it’ll just open the bay. As you can see from the video above, the opening of the bay is noisy. Judging by the noise alone, I’m don’t feel confident about it. Pardon my paranoia as I really am not in favor of having mechanisms as such on a notebook, more moving parts mean more areas that are prone to failure.

Battery life was alright, I tested it with Diablo III full details and The Sim Social on Facebook at full screen. Both systems drain the battery at approximately 1% per minute. The cooling system is audible once the heat builds up.


I think this Ultrabook is alright for RM 3,199. You get it in BLACK color as well, a nicely finished black too. 🙂 I’m very happy to see that they done-away with the S3’s Macbook Air look. This color makes it much more classy.

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