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Acer Aspire S5-391

alaTest has collected and analyzed 80 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the size and sound. The design and performance are also appreciated. The reliability and resolution get mixed opinions. Many are less positive about the connectivity and build quality.

portability, performance, design, sound, size

value for money, screen, keyboard, build quality, connectivity

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 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Review analysis

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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.

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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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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.


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The Revolution Will Be Motorized


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

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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.

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Acer Aspire S5 Review


Acer was one of the first companies to jump into the pool of Ultrabooks. The Acer Aspire S3, which we reviewed last year, was a competent first entry. Battery life could have been better and performance was only so-so, but the laptop was otherwise...

Fast processor ; Absurdly quick solid-state drives ; Among the thinnest, lightest laptops available

Bland design ; Annoying connectivity ; Average display ; Small battery ; Massively overpriced

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

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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...

You can pick up the model we’ve got here, the Acer Aspire S5 S5-391-9880, at Acer’s online store for a cool $1399.99 USD, and it’s in stock right this minute. Also check our our Acer Aspire S3 with Core i7 Review for an ultrabook that’s just a bit larger.

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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"

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Acer Aspire S5


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.

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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...

This is the most impressed I've been with an Acer notebook in some time. Most of my usual whipping boys have been taken care of, and I'm left with an ultrabook that's for the most part very usable.

Product Specifications


Convertible: No
DVD Writer: No
Embedded 3G/4G: No
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Flash Hard Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: Yes


Bluetooth: Yes
Card Reader:2 in 1 Card Reader / Multi Card Reader
Firewire: No
TV Output: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:9
LED Backlight:Edge LED
Touchscreen: No
True Resolution:WXGA

General Features

Intel ® Centrino Technology: No
Media Centre Edition: No
Operating System Version:Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 8


Brand of Graphic Chip:Intel ®
GPU Model (Graphic Card):HD GRAPH. 4000


Chipset Brand:Intel®
Chipset Type:HM77
Processor:Core™ i5 / Core™ i7
Processor Brand:Intel ®
Processor Number:I5-3317U / I7-3517U