Acer Aspire S5 Review

Hi people, welcome to today’s post. Today, I will be bringing to you a gadget review, a laptop review to be specific. I will be giving you the review of Acer Aspire S5. The Acer Aspire S5, aka the Aspire S5-391-9880 is an ultrabook…a sleek laptop, awesomely designed and beautifully created. 

I will be giving a little insight into the laptop…specs and pictures, and I hope I can convince you that it is a laptop you can work with, if you are a regular or a multimedia user or even a traveler (more). This gadget was displayed at the CES show earlier this year, and the results are as promised.

HARD DRIVE 250GB SSD
PROCESSOR 3rd Generation Intel Core i7 processor (IvyBridge)
MEMORY (RAM) 4GB DDR3 dual channel memory
GRAPHICS  Intel HD Graphics 4000
SCREEN SIZE 13.3-inch HD widescreen Cine Crystal LED-backlit display at 1366 x 768 pixel resolution
WEIGHT 1.35kg
PORTS USB 3.0, HDMI, Thunderbolt, all under a motorized dropdown tray
WEBCAM YES
BLUETOOTH YES (4.0)
BATTERY 2310 mAh battery (6.5 hours)
OS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

 I will be reviewing under 4 headings; Design, Components, Thunderbolt and Outlook.

Design

Like all ultrabooks, the Aspire S5 is designed to take up as little space in your bag as possible. You’ll appreciate that reduced size and weight if you’re dragging the S5 around all day. This is a gadget to take a close look at if you travel a lot. With most ultrabooks boasting extremely similar specs, the design and build quality is probably the most important thing for these little laptops to get right.

The S5 boasts a magnesium-alloy casing and a brushed effect to add a dash of class. It looks slightly less like a MacBook Air than other ultrabooks we’ve seen, lathered as it is in a sultry black. Acer reckons the Aspire S5 is a wizard when it comes to handling power. That means it’ll resume in 1.5 seconds, ending the medieval nightmare of waiting tens of seconds for your laptop to return to an operational state.

If you fancy, you can also wake up the S5 with your smart phone using a tool called Acer Always Connect. This feature also collects social updates from Facebook, Twitter and Outlook and shows you them when the PC resumes.

The USB 3.0, HDMI and thunderbolt ports are hidden under a motorized drop down case that comes out at a touch of a button at the side of the keyboard. Cool yea?

Components

With an Intel COre i7 Ivy Bridge Processor, the S5 is powerful enough to handle multi-tasking without breaking a sweat. Storage comes courtesy of an SSD drive, which is faster than a traditional mechanical hard drive, and less likely to break should you drop your laptop.

Thunderbolt

Unusually, the Aspire S5 contains a Thunderbolt port, of the kind normally found on Apple computers like the MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. That allows for extremely speedy 20Gbps data transfer, though at the moment there aren’t many Thunderbolt accessories and they tend to be expensive.

Other ports include USB 3.0 and HDMI, all concealed within a hidden compartment below the Aspire S5’s hinge, which pops out when you press a button to the right of the keyboard.

Hiding the ports at the back makes the S5 look sleeker around the sides, but the individual slots are a little harder to reach as a result.

Outlook

The Thunderbolt port is a tempting feature, and the dimensions certainly make it highly portable. But with so many rival ultrabooks out there, the S5 will need to impress in our benchmark tests in order to stand out.

How alluring the S5 proves to be will also depend greatly on how expensive it is. We’d love to see it hitting the shelves with a lower price tag than other ultrabooks. Stay tuned for the full review.

You can get this laptop for a whooping N250,000.00..oops 😮

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In all, sumamrizing now, the Good 🙂  & the Bad 😦

Good: Ultra thin, very light, i Series processors, SSD, HDMI, USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt ports

Bad: Half size enter key, ports round the back could be annoying

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PC vs iPad

Good day people, today, I will be bringing you something interesting…It is a topic that most of us have actually discussed with peeps around us, and if not, you must have fought the thought in your minds.

Yes! An Apple iPad and a traditional PC, which would you prefer and your reasons. Personally, with gadgets, I can say initially, I am always fascinated about a particular gadget and after a while, I get tired of it. This I have confirmed using an iPad, but when I use an android tablet, I still have more to do…it makes me feel I am on a real PC 🙂

To be sincere, I do most of the stuffs I do on a PC, like writing e-mails, writing articles, “IM-ing” colleagues and friends, etc. While I can do all these on an iPad, every single one of them is more efficient to do on a normal computer. With a very good ultrabook, I can do all these and the device is just as portable and convenient as the iPad. I have tried to think and re-think when I would prefer an iPad over a PC. But….. *sigh*

PC vs iPad

I will be pointing out some instances where the iPad “rules” over a traditional PC.

1.       Meetings:

Many early iPad users were executives and business moguls. These set of people quickly discovered the iPad was the perfect device to use as they spend their whole day in meetings. Pulling up calendars, PDFs and other document is great. Even for smaller meetings, the iPad can work as a show-and-tell device that can replace a PowerPoint and a projector. The ease of using the iPad in this setting makes it a great device to use.

2.       Relaxing and getting things done simultaenously:

Comparing a television and a PC, analysts have tried to see how people watch TVs and use their PCs at the same time. They came out as the PC being a “lean-forward” device (for doing something active) and a TV being a “lean-back” device (for doing something more passive). People started doing both at a time, they position their PCs where they can watch the TVs at the same time, use their smartphones to send mails and chat. Well, when the iPad came out, this was a perfect reason to get it, as they can do all these things on the iPad without stress, still maintaining their positions.

3.       Air travels:

Imagine yourself in a plane and you have a laptop, let’s say a 15.6” laptop. How comfortable would you be if you try to fit the PC on the tray in front of you. The person next to you can see all you are doing on your computer and you will definitely bump elbows with him/her. Scrap that thought…….see this….an iPad, with its form factor and portability, you can keep what you are doing away from that nosy neighbor of yours. Also, think of battery life; if you are on an international flight. An iPad would definitely give you more output than a PC that would last between 1-3 hours.

Conclusion

With all these explanations, is the iPad really sending traditional PCs into the caves? I would say NO!!! Though the iPad has given remarkable inpact in the gadget world tripling expectatiions in just over 2 years of its roll out, traditional PCs are also selling worldwide in great numbers.

Over the next couple of years, I am sure it would be interesting to watch whether Intel’s approach with its ultrabook/tablet combos, Microsoft with Windows 8 and Android tablet makers with  its transformer line would be able to gain transaction against the iPad with devices that try to combine the best of both worlds from a tablet and a PC.

My opinion…I still prefer my traditional PC. They rock!!! \=D/ What about you?

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