Pros

  • SSD, superior audio, dual-band Wi-Fi
  • Exceptionally thin and light, yet powerful

Cons

  • No ethernet, has bloatware, and is a tad pricey
  • SSD limits storage to 256GB

At A Glance

The sleekly designed Acer Aspire S5 Ultrabook poses one of the most credible threats to the MacBook Air we've seen to date.

Manufacturer’s Description

The S3 Ultrabook weighs in at just less than 3 lbs and measures only 0.5" thin! Comfortably carry it under your arm or simply slip it into a backpack or tote bag. This pure, uncluttered design not only looks good- but also enhances your everyday computing experience. Every single detail has been carefully selected to give you the very best, from the large multitouch Touchpad for seamless interaction to the essential ports you need.

Manufacturer’s Website

Aspire S5

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number LXRSF02079
Processor
Processor type Intel Core i7
Processor speed 1900.0 MHz
Cache size 4.0 KB
Processor count 2
Display
Display size 13.3 inches
Display type Glossy LCD with LED Backlight
Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels
Storage
Drives included 1.0
Drive size 256.0 GB
Other storage
  • SD/MMC Card
  • SDHC Card
Drive type Solid-State Drive
General Information
UPC Code 886541610348
Battery
Vendor Rated Battery life 6.5 hours
Ports and Connections
MultiMedia Card (MMC) or MultiMediaCard (MMC) Yes
Available Interfaces
  • Bluetooth
  • Thunderbolt
SDHC Card or Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) 1.0
SD/MMC Card 1.0
Wireless connection 802.11 n
Video Interfaces HDMI
Slots
  • SD/MMC Card
  • SDHC Card
Memory
Memory size 4000.0 MB
Memory type DDR3
Memory speed 1333.0 MHz
Memory max 4.0 GB
Dimensions
Width 12.8 inches
Depth 8.9 inches
Height 0.7 inches
Weight 2.6 pounds
Weight with Accessories 3.3 pounds
Sound
Speakers Stereo
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Other Features
Devices
  • Built-In Microphone
  • Built-In Webcam
Input devices
  • Keyboard
  • Touchpad

Performance

Overall Performance
Worldbench Score 195.0
Worldbench Version 7
Battery
Battery Life 5:28   (hh:mm)
Start Up
Start Up 12.3   seconds (lower is better)
Office Productivity
PCMark 7 Productivity Suite 4039.0   score (higher is better)
Web Browsing
Web Performance 12.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
Storage Performance
File Compression 493.1   seconds (lower is better)
Hard Drive File Operations 49.4   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 204.9   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 184.7   seconds (lower is better)
Audio Encoding 134.8   seconds (lower is better)
Gaming
Gaming Score 72.0
Crysis 2, High Quality, 1366x768 12.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 2, High Quality, 800x600 19.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 2, Low Quality, 1366x768 17.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 2, Low Quality, 800x600 27.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, High Quality, 1366x768 19.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, High Quality, 800x600 25.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, Low Quality, 1366x768 36.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, Low Quality, 800x600 44.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
Power Usage
WorldBench Green Score 92.0
Working power usage 1.7   Watt hours
Idle power usage 6.2   Watts

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