The Acer Aspire S5 is now available in the United States, and is debuting as the thinnest ultrabook currently available, measuring .59” at its thickest point and weighing just 2.65 pounds. The S5 will have to enjoy the title while it can, though – the recently announced Aspire S7 looks to be even thinner when it sees its release.
Acer is getting away from plastics, opting for magnesium-alloy and brushed metal body for the Aspire S5. The ultrabook runs on an Intel Ivy Bridge i7 processor, and will have as much as 256 GB storage by way of a solid state drive. The S5 is also the first non-Apple computer to feature a Thunderbolt port, capable of transfer speeds that well exceed USB’s capabilities. There are also USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI port. Those ports are hidden on the back of the body behind the MagicFlip I/O port, which can be opened with the press of a button.
The S5 has a 13.3” LED backlit 1366 x 768 resolution display, with audio from Dolby Home Theater v4. There is also a 1.3 MP HD webcam, and battery life is estimated to be 6.5 hours.
The Acer Aspire S5 is now available, and starts at $1,399.99.