Acer Announces the Thinnest Ultrabook Ever

Written by John Ponio    Thursday, 14 June 2012 18:14

Acer S5 Ultrabook

Acer today announced what they're calling the thinnest ultrabook ever. At .44" at the thinnest point and .59" at the thickest, the Acer Aspire S5 definitely take the cake. While the thinnest ultrabook is nice, does it really matter? It's on the expensive side of ultrabooks, so I wonder how well it will do. One nice touch is a Thunderbolt port, which might be nice for the few of you out there with Thunderbolt devices. 

Other nice touches include up to an Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge processor, a USB 3.0 port, and an HDMI port. The ports are housed on a small "MagicFlp I/O" housing (pictured below), which can fold up when you're not using the ports to make the notebook look more sleek and fold down when you need to use the ports. For storage, the Aspire S5 can be upgraded to a 256GB SSD. 

Acer S5 Ultrabook

Coming with the announcement of the Aspire S5 is also a refresh of the Aspire S3, which isn't quite as thin as the S5 but it's still an ultrabook. The processors and storage on the S3 are the same as the S5. With the refresh comes a new color scheme. Acer decided to go with a champagne color, which doesn't look too bad.

The best thing about the S3 is that it starts at $648, which makes it on the low-price side of ultrabooks. The S5, the extremely thin one, starts at $1,399.99. The Aspire S3 is available now, and the Aspire S5 will be released soon. You can check out the announcement here and see pictures of the S3 and S5 here