Acer claims to have world's thinest ultrabook [Update]

Acer is supposed to hold a press conference later today at CES 2012 in Las Vegas. However, the company apparently couldn't wait around to announce its newest product. In a press release today, Acer announced the Aspire S5, a notebook based on Intel's Ultrabook design concept. Acer says that the Aspire A5 is only 15 mm at its thickest point which it claims makes the notebook the thinnest Ultrabook yet.

The notebook weights less than 3 pounds and has a 13.3 inch screen. The company has released only a few vague bits about the hardware inside, saying it has an Intel Core processor, SSD for storage, a chiclet keyboard and a battery that Acer claims lasts three times as long as normal notebook batteries.

The chassis of the notebook has an Onyx Black color and Acer says "the Aspire S5's cover rim wraps around the system body like a protective shell. A magnesium-aluminum alloy cover and palmrest provide a slimmer and sturdier form, while the metallic brushed detail presents subtle elegance."

Pricing has yet to be announced but the Aspire S5 is slated to be released in the second quarter of 2012. That would seem to keep the notebook from being a Windows 8 launch product. Hopefully Acer will reveal more information about the Aspire S5 later today when it holds its CES 2012 press conference.

Update: Engadget has some pictures of the Aspire S5 notebook and it has also confirmed that it will have a Thunderbolt port.

Image via Engadget

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jasonon said,
thunderbolt port?? cmon usb 3.0!

I don't get what thunderbolt is about. I see every damn system is a thunderbolt host but I havn't seen a damn device using it. I don't see the point in adding features which won't be adapted or used before the devices half-life replacement. Are Acer getting direction from the Sony corp or something?

./edit- I see. this is a way for manufacturers to cut cost and force you to buy another $300US addon to adapt USB/ethernet/audio ports/HDMI/etc to your device.

http://www.hardwarezone.com/te...-revealed-ces-unveiled-2012

and thats $300 belkin price, if made by a reputable brand it will likely hinge cost to what my last laptop costed.

Edited by srbeen, Jan 9 2012, 4:36pm :

That damn notebooks' screen better have a titanium lining to it.
My Happyone netbook with the 'ultra-thin' screen designed feature didn't even survive a ft fall from my bed closed on a carpeted floor, inside LCD layers shattered. Damn thing was less then 2 months old.

djdanster said,
Is it the A5 or S5? the article claims it's the A5 but the quote says S5.

I would go with S5, as Apple would be all over them for using A5.

To me that is not thin. Thin would be 1mm or less and the whole device. Not a button sticking out of the side. My phone is 9mm thin and is not the thinnest of phones. Yes I know its a phone but why can't tablets be thin. My Sony reader is about 1mm and I think it feels nice.

BillyJack said,
To me that is not thin. Thin would be 1mm or less and the whole device. Not a button sticking out of the side. My phone is 9mm thin and is not the thinnest of phones. Yes I know its a phone but why can't tablets be thin. My Sony reader is about 1mm and I think it feels nice.

This isn't a tablet it's essentially a laptop, it has a screen and it folds so 1mm or less would be crazy

BillyJack said,
To me that is not thin. Thin would be 1mm or less and the whole device. Not a button sticking out of the side. My phone is 9mm thin and is not the thinnest of phones. Yes I know its a phone but why can't tablets be thin. My Sony reader is about 1mm and I think it feels nice.

No, your Sony Reader is 8.9 or 9.6mm. 15mm at the thickest point means it's only slightly thicker than your phone...

Memnochxx said,
It looks like you don't know the difference between a mm and a cm.

No don't be silly. You know it is a typo. I meant 10mm.

DomZ said,

This isn't a tablet it's essentially a laptop, it has a screen and it folds so 1mm or less would be crazy

Oh. I thought it was a tablet. I do agree a notebook at 10mm would be crazy.

'Thinnest point' don't mean much - you can pretty much cut fruit with the MacBook Air at its user-facing end, but apart from the trackpad I don't think there're any components on that side.

Breach said,
'Thinnest point' don't mean much - you can pretty much cut fruit with the MacBook Air at its user-facing end, but apart from the trackpad I don't think there're any components on that side.

The article said "thickest point", which is what people should be using. I can't find what the macbook air is though

DomZ said,

The article said "thickest point", which is what people should be using. I can't find what the macbook air is though

Either they fixed in the meantime or I need to have my eyes checked...

Astra.Xtreme said,
It will also be the first ultrabook that you can snap in half with your pinkies. Acer is notorious for making junk computers.

because they make cheap computers.. these ones are not so cheap.. they will keep pumping out the 150 dollar single core netbooks as long as people keep buying them.

Astra.Xtreme said,
It will also be the first ultrabook that you can snap in half with your pinkies. Acer is notorious for making junk computers.

What makes you think this will be a junk PC?

morphen said,

and the reputation has it's reasons, see my post further up.

Yes, I know. All of these reasons aren't a secret and are the reason why they bring up the bottom of the PC ranking every year.

Aethec said,
Why are all of these Ultrabooks ultra-small?

If they weren't, they wouldn't be ultrabooks . . .

Better portability.

farmeunit said,
If they weren't, they wouldn't be ultrabooks . . .
Better portability.

Intel described Ultrabooks as no-compromise PCs. A 13' screen is certainly a compromise.

Aethec said,

Intel described Ultrabooks as no-compromise PCs. A 13' screen is certainly a
compromise.

Most of them have a hi res screen. So they are pretty much on par with those Fat lappies. Also. Better battery.

Aethec said,
Why are all of these Ultrabooks ultra-small?

There is a reason why this year will be Ultrabooks all around. The popularity of iPad and Android Tablets is hurting netbook sales. Ultrabooks will indirectly compete with these tablets. Any bigger and most people will not want them.

Aethec said,

Intel described Ultrabooks as no-compromise PCs. A 13' screen is certainly a compromise.

I thought they were 13", I never seen a 13' screen yet. Biggest I heard of was 80", which is still only just shy of 12'

UndergroundWire said,
There is a reason why this year will be Ultrabooks all around. The popularity of iPad and Android Tablets is hurting netbook sales. Ultrabooks will indirectly compete with these tablets. Any bigger and most people will not want them.

People buy tablets because they want tablets, not netbooks.

farmeunit said,

How is that?

Acer has, history-wise, had a high rate of malfunction. They may have gotten better over the years, but I would still not touch a Acer computer.

I used to work for a firm which had the warranty service for Acer, you wouldn't believe the amounts of laptops that were un-repairable and directly replaced by Acer.

even small things like ribboncables connecting the touchpad to the motherboard were broken from manufacturing. bad soldering on the powerconnectors, usbports and so on. Even screws not beeing tightened properly on the underside of new laptops.

So, by my own experience, I stay away from Acer like it's the devil.

morphen said,

You must have missed Acer's announcement last year where they said they were no longer going to make computers that suck.

I'd go out on a limb with this one if it's affordably priced compared with the rest of the ultrabook offerings.

dotf said,

You must have missed Acer's announcement last year where they said they were no longer going to make computers that suck.

I'd go out on a limb with this one if it's affordably priced compared with the rest of the ultrabook offerings.


Still, that's something they need to prove first...

morphen said,

Acer has, history-wise, had a high rate of malfunction. They may have gotten better over the years, but I would still not touch a Acer computer.

I used to work for a firm which had the warranty service for Acer, you wouldn't believe the amounts of laptops that were un-repairable and directly replaced by Acer.

even small things like ribboncables connecting the touchpad to the motherboard were broken from manufacturing. bad soldering on the powerconnectors, usbports and so on. Even screws not beeing tightened properly on the underside of new laptops.

So, by my own experience, I stay away from Acer like it's the devil.

Thats about as ignorant as you can get to the situation. Acer uses foxconn for chinese manufacturing - just like Apple, RIM, Microsoft, Sony, Samsung and most other major brands. I am interested in which brands you DO own.. But based on your comments, I take it you do not own an xbox 360 either?

dotf said,

You must have missed Acer's announcement last year where they said they were no longer going to make computers that suck.

I'd go out on a limb with this one if it's affordably priced compared with the rest of the ultrabook offerings.

No, they said they wern't going to make cheap computers. theres a difference.
They will still make computers that suck - but they won't use cheap components to do so, and you won't get it the normal $200 cheaper than the competition.

srbeen said,

Thats about as ignorant as you can get to the situation. Acer uses foxconn for chinese manufacturing - just like Apple, RIM, Microsoft, Sony, Samsung and most other major brands. I am interested in which brands you DO own.. But based on your comments, I take it you do not own an xbox 360 either?

I wonder how I come of ignorant?

My earlier firsthand experience with Acer's bad quality makes me not wanting to buy another Acer device. My choice,eh? It's not like I'm telling everone that they should not buy one. I also said that they might have have gotten better over the years, seeing as I have'nt worked with Acer hardware for a couple of years now.

They might be using Foxconn for manufacturing, but that does not really matter, as they manufacture devices based the customers order, be that Apple,RIM,MS,Sony,Samsung or whatever brand.

I buy what I consider quality. Desktops I build myself, laptops; Asus all the way.


And for your information, I do own a Xbox 360, first gen. never had a single problem with it. Why would you think, from my comments that I did not own one?