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Acer Aspire S13 (S5-371)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 157 reviews of Acer Aspire S13 (S5-371). The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People are impressed by the price and portability. The size and usability are also mentioned favorably. Comments about the energy efficiency and keyboard are mixed. Many are less positive about the touchpad.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Acer Aspire S13 (S5-371) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: (notebookcheck.net)

Acer Aspire S 13 S5-371 Notebook Review

 

After the Aspire S7 and the cheap Aspire S3, Acer launches the next representative of the thin and light class. The Aspire S13 might be a happy medium between its two predecessors. While it uses high-end components, for example an Intel i7-6500U CPU,...

high-end case, good input devices, bright and matte display, display can be calibrated well, good system performance, good battery life

palm rests are susceptible to fingerprints, USB Type C only Gen.1, high-frequency fan noise, even during low load, the fan often gets loud, high case temperature under load

Our first impression of the Acer Aspire S 13 was very positive and this was primarily confirmed through the rest of the test. We liked the case, the input devices and the display. Although the color fidelity should be better out-of-the-box (very good...

Expert review by: Sean Hollister (cnet.com)

Acer Aspire S 13 review

 

Technically, you can buy an Acer Aspire S13 in the United States for just $580, and the laptop typically comes in black.

Acer's Aspire S13 has a touchscreen that resists glare, a thin, light body that resists fingerprints and more solid-state storage than the competition -- plus a fast Intel Core processor, impressive audio and exceptional battery life.

This 13-inch Acer is saddled with a stiff, shallow keyboard, and the touchpad's poor palm rejection means the cursor jumps around in documents. Uneven keyboard backlighting and a thick screen bezel detract from the appeal.

This Acer Aspire S13 isn't the most inspiring thin notebook, but it's a remarkably practical and cost-effective choice.

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: (laptopmag.com)

Acer Aspire S 13 Review

 

Thin, light and long-lasting, the Acer Aspire S 13 has pretty much everything you want in an ultraportable laptop, and all for an affordable $749. This 13-inch notebook packs a speedy Core i5 processor, a fairly roomy 256GB SSD and a colorful full-HD...

Jul, 2016

Expert review by: Michael Wall (NotebookReview.com)

Acer Aspire S 13: An Excellent Ultrabook

 

The Acer Aspire S 13 offers a great level of value for its sub $1,000 price point. This Acer Aspire Ultrabook will be hard to beat.

Attractive unique design ; Strong Performance ; Quality keyboard ; Solid battery life

Higher end models aren't as enticing

The Acer Aspire S 13 is an excellent Ultrabook that offers a great level of value for its sub $1,000 price point. Equipped with competitive specs including a sixth generation Intel Core i5 CPU and a lightning fast 256GB SSD the laptop is perfect for...

Jun, 2016

Expert review by: Matt Smith (digitaltrends.com)

Acer Aspire S 13 (2016) review

 

The Acer Aspire S 13 is a well-rounded laptop that falls just short of the very best.

Acer Aspire S 13 is a competent execution of the affordable ultrabook formula many manufacturers now use. It has a nice 1080p display, strong Core i5 processor, and lightweight design, all for an affordable $750 price of entry. It’s a perfectly...

Jun, 2016

Expert review by: Brad Linder (liliputing.com)

Acer Aspire S 13 review: An affordable ultraportable laptop (with a few quirks)

 

For the past few years Asus has kind of dominated the affordable ultrabook space with its line of 13.3 inch notebooks weighing around 3 pounds or less and selling for around $699 and up.

I bought the Acer Aspire S 13 because I was looking for an affordable machine that would offer better performance and longer battery life than my 4-year-old laptop. While the Aspire S 13 has a reasonably attractive price tag, I’ll admit that it wasn’t...

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Brian Heater (techcrunch.com)

Acer’s Aspire S 13 is a decent little ultrabook

 

The first thing you notice about the Aspire S 13: It's not a MacBook Air. In a space in which Apple's laptop has so dominated the aesthetic conversation around thin and light laptops, it's worth noting when a company goes boldly in some other aesthetic...

Thin and light ; Low starting price ; Optional touchscreen

Flimsy design ; Fussy trackpad

The Aspire S 13 isn’t a bad little machine, though it’s not going to set the world on fire, by any stretch. The build quality leaves a little to be desired, but some nice features, like a touchscreen and solid Dolby audio, help round out the picture....

Jun, 2016

Expert review by: Andrei Girbea (ultrabookreview.com)

Acer Aspire S13 S5-371 review – solid and affordable 13-inch notebook

 

The Aspire S13 is one of the better ultraportables you can get these days for a decent amount of money. It offers a good screen, fast hardware and decent battery life, all packed in a thin and fairly well built package. It's not as stylish or as silent...

looks good and it's decently built; good screen; excellent trackpad; solid performance; pretty good battery life; reliable wireless; affordable price tags

the keyboard is shallow; there's plenty of bloatware preinstalled; noisy fan in daily use and the back-case gets quite hot

Expert review by: Andrew Williams Mike Lowe (pocket-lint.com)

Acer Aspire S13 review: Slim and savvily priced

 

The Acer S13 is a response to the complaint that nice laptops are just too bloomin' expensive. Not everyone can afford to splash out £1,000 on a computer, and Apple's cheapest Air laptops haven't been meaningfully updated in years. The Acer S13 has no...

Bright and colourful screen, slim and light, good build quality for the price, long-lasting battery

Slight colour skew to display, trackpad is slightly annoying, plastic lid and underside

The Acer S13 has no major flaws other than a trackpad that may well get on your nerves for the first week or so. It's otherwise a terrific laptops that has everything you need in a portable computer - and all for an affordable price.

Oct, 2016

Techradar Great Value 2016

Expert review by: Steven Wong (techradar.com)

Acer Aspire S 13 review

 

A ton of power in a small package

High performance and decent battery life ; Low price ; Non-reflective touchscreen

Exterior feels a little cheap

The Acer Aspire S 13 takes direct aim at Apple and offers a fantastically featured 13-inch laptop that doesn't break your bank.

Sep, 2016

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-in Microphone:No / Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery Capacity:4030 / 45 / 4670 / 4850
Battery capacity (Watt hours):45
Battery life (max):11
Battery performance:4030 / 4670 / 4850
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:3

Camera

Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3

Design

Color of product:Black / Gold, White / White
Form Factor:Clamshell
Intel segment tagging:Enterprise, Small Business
Product type:Chromebook / Notebook / Ultrabook

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:13.3
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080
Display Surface:Matt
HD type:Full HD / HD
LED backlight: Yes
Panel Type:IPS / TFT
Touch screen:No / Yes
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:N / Y

Energy Management

AC adapter power:45

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / Not available
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum graphics adapter memory:32
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74 / 32
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:300
On-board graphics adapter burst frequency:1000
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12 / 12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1050
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x5916 / 1916
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 520 / Intel HD Graphics 620 / Intel® HD Graphics 520
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Island-style keyboard:Y
Keyboard backlit:Y
Keyboard Layout:QWERTY
Keyboard type:QWERTY
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM / DDR4-SDRAM / LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 32 / 4 / 8
Memory clock speed:1866
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout:1 x 4 / 1 x 8
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 4 / 1 x 8
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM / 2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G: No
4G:N
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Ethernet LAN:N / Y
Ethernet LAN connection:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type: No

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Power cord included: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI version:1.4
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:1
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-C ports quantity:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter power:45

Processor

Bus type:Opi / QPI
Configurable TDP-down:7.5
Configurable TDP-down frequency:800
Conflict Free processor:Y
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
PCI Express configurations:1x2+2x1, 1x4, 2x2 / 1x2+2x1, 1x4, 2x2, 4x1 / 1x2+2x1,1x4,2x2,4x1 / 1x4, 4x1 / 1x4,4x1
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor:i3-6100U / i3-7100U / i5-6200U / i5-7200U / i7-6500U / i7-7500U
Processor boost frequency:2.8 / 3.1 / 3.10 / 3.5
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Kaby Lake / Skylake
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel Core i3-6xxx / Intel Core i3-7xxx / Intel Core i5-6xxx / Intel Core i5-7xxx / Intel Core i7-6xxx / Intel Core i7-7xxx
Processor frequency:2.3 / 2.4 / 2.5 / 2.50 / 2.7
Processor lithography:14
Processor model:i3-6100U / i3-7100U / i5-6200U / i5-7200U / i7-6500U / i7-7500U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-6100 series / Intel Core i5-6200 series / Intel Core i7-6500 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA 1356 / BGA1356 / FCBGA1356 / Socket B2 (LGA 1356)
Processor threads:4
Stepping:D1 / H0
System bus data transfer rate:4
System bus rate:4
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel HD Graphics:Y
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1 / Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel TSX-NI:N / Y
Intel TSX-NI version:1.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™:Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics: No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):Y
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:88180 / 88193 / 88194 / 95442 / 95443 / 95451
Processor code:SR2EU / SR2EY / SR2EZ / SR2ZU / SR2ZV / SR2ZW
Processor package size:42 / 42 x 24
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / AVX 2.0, SSE4.2 / AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2 / SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX 2.0 / SSE4.1,SSE4.2,AVX 2.0
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes

Security

Fingerprint reader:No / Yes
Password protection:BIOS, HDD, Supervisor
Password protection type:BIOS, HDD, Supervisor

Software

Bundled software:McAfee Internet Security Suite (60 days trial version), Microsoft office 2016 Trial version (30 days trial version)
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Linux / Linux Linpus / No / Windows 10 / Windows 10 Home
Trial software:McAfee Internet Security Suite, Microsoft office 2016

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:M.2 / Serial ATA / Serial ATA II / Serial ATA III
Solid-state drive interfaces:M.2 / SATA / Serial ATA II / Serial ATA III
Storage media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:11.3 / 8.98 / 9.02
Height:0.574 / 0.575 / 0.598 / 0.6
Height (front):0.571 / 0.575
Height (rear):0.571 / 0.575
Weight:2.87 / 3 / 3.13 / 3.28
Width:12.9