Acer Aspire S5 ultrabook unveiled

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Acer today unveiled the Acer Aspire S5, which is not only the world’s thinnest ultrabook but also the first we’ve seen with a motorised hidden I/O panel.

Following in the footsteps of its first ultrabook, the impressive Aspire S3, the Aspire S5 has shed a few grams and millimetres so it’s now a mere 15mm thick. At 1.35Kg, it’s not the lightest ultrabook around but it’s within a few grams of the most featherweight. It’s largely finished in aluminium giving it a stylish, premium feel.

As well as being a slim and sleek, the S5 also has a rather ingenious and unique feature; a motorised hidden I/O panel. Press the MagicFlip button on the right edge of the keyboard and the back of the laptop opens up to reveal a plethora of extra connections. Closed you have just a headphone jack on the right and an SD card slot on the left but with the MagicFlip panel open you have HDMI, 2 x USB 3.0 and a 20 Gbps Thunderbolt port, as well as the charging socket.

Acer Aspire S5

Being an ultrabook it’s based on a (non-specified) Intel processor, will use an SSD for storage, has a 1.5 second standby boot up time, standby battery time measured in weeks and will feature a 13in display with a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels. There was no word on whether an 11in version was in the works.

Acer Aspire S5

The keyboard is an attractive chiclet style one though it isn’t backlit, while the touchpad is a MacBook emulating large single surface type, so you can press any part of it to elicit a ‘click’.

Arriving in Q2 of this year, it certainly looks like one of the more desirable new generation of ultrabooks, but we’ve no word on price yet so how competitive it will be remains to be seen.

We’ll be back with a hands-on preview in just a moment.

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