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Acer Aspire S5-391

alaTest has collected and analyzed 146 reviews of Acer Aspire S5-391. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Opinions about the durability and reliability are generally positive. The design and performance also get good feedback. The connectivity and battery get mixed reviews. There are some less positive opinions about the image quality and screen.

portability, performance, design, reliability, durability

usability, screen, image quality

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Acer Aspire S5-391 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Acer Aspire S5-391

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 user reviews of Acer Aspire S5-391 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the durability and price. The design and performance also get good reviews. There are some mixed opinions about the image quality. Many are negative about the reliability and screen.

portability, performance, design, price, durability

usability, screen, reliability

62% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Acer Aspire S5-391 13.3-inch Ultrabook (Intel Core i5 3317U 1.7GHz, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8 64-bit)Acer Aspire S5-391 13.3-inch Ultrabook (Intel Core i5 3317U 1.7GHz, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8 64-bit)

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Acer Aspire S5-391

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 42 user reviews of Acer Aspire S5-391 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. Opinions about the keyboard and reliability are on the whole positive. The usability and performance also get good opinions. There are mixed views on the battery and touchpad, while some have doubts about the image quality.

portability, performance, usability, reliability, keyboard

image quality

74% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Acer Aspire S5-391-9880 13.3-Inch HD Display Ultrabook (Black)Acer Aspire S5-391-9880 13.3-Inch HD Display Ultrabook (Black)

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: Till Schönborn (notebookcheck.net)

Review Acer Aspire S5-391-73514G25akk Ultrabook

 

High-end debut. With the 1500 Euros (~$1927) ultrabook Aspire S5,

Very light and stable housing; High performance; Extremely fast SSD combination; Proper input devices; Thunderbolt port; Long battery life

Reflective and qualitatively disappointing display; Moderate Turbo Boost utilization; Noisy under load; No UMTS/LTE or LAN; Limited maintenance capabilities; Very high price

The Aspire's rivals are other high-end ultrabooks such as the Asus UX31A, the Apple MacBook Air 13, the Dell XPS 13 and the Samsung 900X3B/900X3C.

Sep, 2012

Expert review by: Brian Westover (pcmag.com)

Acer Aspire S5-391-9880

 

The Acer Aspire S5-391-9880 is a terrific-looking laptop, but it's a mixed bag that doesn't fully justify its premium price.

Robust processor. Uses high-capacity SSD for storage. Includes both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 ports. Design is thin and light.

MagicFlip I/O Panel is inconvenient, puzzling. No backlight for keyboard. Middling display and sound.

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Jul, 2012

Expert review by: Yardena Arar (pcworld.com)

Acer Aspire S5 Review: A Serious MacBook Air Challenger

 

If you're looking for an Ultrabook with the superslim good looks of a MacBook Air, enough computing oomph to handle multimedia and general business tasks, plus a good-enough battery life, take a long hard look at the Acer Aspire S5. Especially the...

Exceptionally thin and light, yet powerful ; SSD, superior audio, dual-band Wi-Fi

No ethernet, has bloatware, and is a tad pricey ; SSD limits storage to 256GB

The sleekly designed Acer Aspire S5 Ultrabook poses one of the most credible threats to the MacBook Air we've seen to date.

Jul, 2012

Expert review by: Christopher Null (wired.com)

Review: Acer Aspire S5-391-9880

 

The Aspire S5 is a pricey and powerful entry into the ultrabook market from an unlikely source.

Best ultrabook performance money can buy. Solid audio (courtesy Dolby). Double the storage versus most SSD-equipped ultrabooks

Loud, grinding fan. Small keys, too widely spaced. Arrow keys are so diminutive they’re nearly unusuable. Two USB ports isn’t enough

Jul, 2012

Expert review by: Dana Wollman (engadget.com)

Acer Aspire S5

 

With dozens and dozens of Ultrabooks on parade, you'd be forgiven if one skinny laptop with an ultra-low voltage processor started to look like the next. Even so, it's tough to forget the Acer Aspire S5: of all the ultraportables we've seen these last...

Thin, lightweight design ; Insanely fast SSD performance ; One of few PCs with a Thunderbolt port

Poor screen quality for the price ; Drop-down port cover is tedious to use ; Subpar battery life ; Loud fan noise

The S5 is thin and light with blazing disk performance, but this overpriced laptop is marred by serious usability issues, including short battery life and inconvenient port placement.

Jul, 2012

Expert review by: Matt Smith (digitaltrends.com)

Acer Aspire S5 Review

 

Nothing about the S5 justifies the price disparity between it and the Aspire M5, and nothing makes it competitive with other expensive Ultrabooks.

The Acer Aspire S5 is an odd duck. It is extremely thin and provides excellent performance in some areas. We’re unaware of another Ultrabook that can match the Acer Aspire S5’s hard-drive performance, and most Ultrabooks also will be dusted by its Core...

Jul, 2012

Expert review by: Chris Burns (slashgear.com)

Acer Aspire S5 Review

 

Let's have a peek at the Acer Aspire S5 , the ultrabook with the mechanical "MagicFlip" dish in the back with ports that whirrs out when you need to plug in and don't need all that pesky space this near-thinnest on the market notebook works with. It's...

In short, this ultrabook is one of if not THE thinnest notebook you’re ever going to want to own, and with a look and feel like this, you’ll have a great time picking one up. The pricing is a bit concerning when compared to other ultrabooks on the...

Jul, 2012

Expert review by: David Pierce (theverge.com)

Acer Aspire S5 review

 

When Acer introduced the Aspire S5 ultrabook at CES in January, it did so to considerable fanfare. The company said it was the thinnest ultrabook yet, and that it didn't cut corners to get there: the S5 has a Thunderbolt port (good luck finding one on...

Gorgeous design ; Thunderbolt port ; Thin, light ; Solid performance

Very expensive ; MagicFlip is kind of ridiculous ; Gets really hot ; Gaming performance is lacking

Almost the whole package, but $1,399 is too expensive for "almost"

Jul, 2012

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Acer S5-391-9880 review

 

It was back in January, at CES 2012 , that we first saw the $1,399 13-inch Acer Aspire S5 ultrabook. Of course, if you remember the S5 from CES, you'll recall its most unique feature -- a tiny motorized door at the back of the bottom panel that opens...

The Acer Aspire S5 is an incredibly thin and light ultrabook that hides its ports, including Thunderbolt, behind a clever motorized door.

That port door, named the MagicFlip, is a potential problem if it ever breaks down. The keyboard isn't backlit, and battery life could be better.

Even thinner and lighter than a 13-inch MacBook Air, the Acer Aspire S5 is a great example of an ambitious ultrabook, held back by a few flaws and its high price.

Jul, 2012

Expert review by: Dustin Sklavos (anandtech.com)

Acer Aspire S5 Ultrabook Review: The Steady March of Progress

 

First generation technology is seldom perfect, and the fruit of Intel's ultrabook initiative was no exception. While vendors came out in force with some fairly impressive pieces of hardware, these first shots at the form factor all came away lacking in...

Jul, 2012

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Home Theater v4 / HD / HD Audio
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery Capacity:2310 / 34 / 36.4
Battery capacity (Watt hours):34 / 36.4
Battery life (max):6.5
Battery performance:2310 / 3280
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:3 / 4

Camera

Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3
Swivel webcam: No

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes
Wi-Fi certified:Y
WiFi certified: Yes

Design

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

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display brightness:200
Display Diagonal:13 / 13.3
Display number of colors:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Full HD: No
HD type:Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter power:65

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N
Discrete graphics adapter model: No
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1050 / 1100 / 1150 / 1200
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x166
On-board graphics adapter memory:0.125
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4000

Keyboard

Built-in touchpad: Yes
Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY
Keyboard type:AZERTY / QWERTY
Numeric keypad:No / Yes
Pointing device:Clickpad / Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:4
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4
Memory clock speed:1333
Memory form factor:On-board
Memory layout:1 x 4
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G: No
4G:N
4G WiMAX:No / Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.0+HS
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN:N
Ethernet LAN connection:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Network standard:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN / WLAN
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Other Features

Audio system:Dolby Home Theater v4 / HD / HD Audio
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
Display:LCD / LED
Display Diagonal:13.3
Display Diagonal (metric):13.3
Floppy drive installed: No
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Hard disk drive, user password: Yes
HDD user password:Y
Infrared data port: No
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Internal modem: No
Number of products included:1
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Power supply type:AC/DC
Type:PC

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Bag included: No
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control: No
Mouse included: No

Performance

TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port:No / Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:No / Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
Thunderbolt ports quantity:1
TV out port: No
TV-out:N
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 ports quantity:2

Power

AC adapter power:65

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel HM76 Express / Intel HM77 Express
Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):17 / 18 / 19 / 20
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Maximum number of SMP processors:1
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM77 Express
Number of processors supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor:I5-3317U / I5-3337U / i7-3517M / I7-3517U / I7-3537U
Processor boost frequency:2.6 / 2.7 / 3 / 3.1
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge
Processor cores:2
Processor family:3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5-3xxx / Intel Core i7-3xxx
Processor frequency:1.7 / 1.8 / 1.9 / 2
Processor lithography:22
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:I5-3317U / I7-3517U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-3300 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3500 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1023
Processor threads:4
Stepping:L1
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):17
Tjunction:105

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
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):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:65707 / 65714
Processor code:SR0N6 / SR0N8 / SR0XG / SR0XL
Processor package size:31
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot: No
Fingerprint reader: No
Password protection:BIOS, HDD, Supervisor / BIOS, HDD, Supervisor, User
Password protection type:BIOS, HDD, Supervisor / BIOS, HDD, Supervisor, User

Software

Bundled software:Microsoft Office Start, Bing Bar, Windows Live Essentials / Microsoft Office Starter, Bing Bar, Windows Live Essentials / Microsoft Office Starter, Bing Bar, Windows Live Essentials\n
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 8

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256
Solid-state drive interfaces:SATA
Storage media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256

Technical Details

Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10.9 / 8.62 / 8.9 / 8.94 / 9
Height:0.591 / 0.598 / 1
Height (front):0.441 / 0.516 / 1
Height (rear):0.591 / 0.689 / 1
Weight:2 / 2.65 / 2.89 / 2.95 / 2.98 / 3.09
Width:12.7 / 12.8 / 13