Acer unveils world's thinnest laptop

Jan 09, 2012
Taiwan's Acer Aspire S5 laptop in Taipei. Acer unveiled the world's thinnest laptop computer as an array of "ultrabook" rivals prepared to debut this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Acer unveiled the world's thinnest laptop computer as an array of "ultrabook" rivals prepared to debut this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The Taiwan-based computer titan will begin shipping Acer Aspire 5 models in the second quarter of this year, with prices to be disclosed in coming weeks.

"That S5 is quite significant," analyst Tim Bajarin of Creative Strategies said after the Acer press event.

"It looks like the thinnest and lightest, and it sets the bar for the rest of the ultrabook vendors," he continued.

The Aspire S5 has a 34-cm (13.3-inch) screen and is 15 mm at its thickest point. The ultrabook weighs slightly less than 1.35 kg (three pounds).

"We are committed to evolving this technology," said Acer J.T. Wang. "By the second quarter of this year we will have four models of ultrabook and more to come."

The latest Aspire S5 laptop in Taipei. The Taiwan-based computer titan will begin shipping Acer Aspire 5 models in the second quarter of this year, with prices to be disclosed in coming weeks.

Ultrabooks powered by 8 will be released by Acer after Microsoft releases the new version of its later this year, according to Wang.

He estimated that ultrabooks would make up at least 35 percent of the Acer product line by the end of this year.

Since Aspire S5 is Windows based it is not likely to be a direct challenge to MacBook Air laptops, which have been winning converts to the sleek machines powered by Apple software, according to Bajarin.

"The real battle is not with Apple, it is with all the other vendors coming out with Windows ultrabooks," Bajarin said.

"Apple will still do great with MacBook Air, but in the Windows world it is great news that five years after Apple set the tone the industry is finally getting something equal," he continued.

Acer also announced plans to launch a free service that will let users of its computers store video, photos, music, and documents in the Internet "cloud" and access files from any Windows 8 or software powered gadgets.

"We believe Microsoft will take care of Windows devices; will take care of Android devices, and Acer will take care of in between," Wang said.

"We will make Windows work very well with Android and other platforms too."

Bajarin described Aspire S5 as the first viable Windows equivalent of popular MacBook Air laptops built by California-based Apple.

Acer Cloud appeared to be a Windows version of the Apple's freshly-launched iCloud service that lets people access their content from iPads, iPhones, iPods, and Macintosh computers, according to the analyst.

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Royale
4.2 / 5 (5) Jan 09, 2012
AAAAAAHHHHHH!!
" Acer Cloud appeared to be a Windows version of the Apple's freshly-launched iCloud service ".
People constantly think that Apple started everything. It's so irritating. The 'cloud' and the idea of online storage has been around for over a decade. Come on now, 'a Windows version'. It doesn't matter what OS you have, the cloud doesn't change. And for the most part the 'cloud' is running Linux anyway.
Xbw
1 / 5 (3) Jan 09, 2012
My 12lb laptop would crush this puny model. Sometimes thin isn't always good. Remember the Motorola Razor?
Blaspheyou
3 / 5 (2) Jan 09, 2012
Why does the laptop form factor still exist? The "ipad with a removable keyboard" is the preferable form. Alas, it seems no computer manufacturer wants to kill two markets with one stone.
John_balls
not rated yet Jan 09, 2012
My 12lb laptop would crush this puny model. Sometimes thin isn't always good. Remember the Motorola Razor?


Yea, I have latest one. It rocks.
Royale
not rated yet Jan 10, 2012
My 12lb laptop would crush this puny model. Sometimes thin isn't always good. Remember the Motorola Razor?


Yea, I have latest one. It rocks.


And I had the v3i, best non-smartphone I've ever had. Strange comment.
Xbw
1 / 5 (2) Jan 10, 2012
The Motorola Razor is one of the most trouble ridden phones ever made. I know more than one person who works in the call centers of Verizon and they tell me the majority of their calls are Razor related.
Royale
not rated yet Jan 10, 2012
I can't speak to the new one, as I go HTC now. I can speak for the RAZR v3i (one step up from the common one in the states), I had it for 2.5 years without issue, until the backlight on the screen went. I think you'd agree that 30 months for a cell phone is a pretty nice run. (Mind you I'm in IT for a living so many 'problems' are not an issue with me; I don't remember anything specific being irritating though).