Two Dimensional Laptop - The Ultrabook Acer S5 is Coming
It looks like the burgeoning Tablet PC market won’t be ending the era of laptops anytime soon; just, perhaps, influencing the direction of their evolution. Bigger isn’t better these days, as the popularity of the Asus Eee, Apple’s MacBook Air, and Sony’s Vaio TZ series attests, and ultrabooks are touting their thickness – or lack thereof – as primary advertising vehicles.
Through the year 2011, Apple’s MacBook Air seized the belt by coming in at a butter-slicing 16 mm at the thickest point, although by general consensus the tech giant compromised some features in order to make their ultrabook so thin. Subsequent generations of the Air have of coursed improved on these features, and companies like Samsung took the hint that consumers didn’t want their laptops turning into netbooks, but advertised as ultrabooks. The Samsung Series 5 is a bit thicker than the traditional ultrabook, but its robust storage capabilities (500GB - 1TB, depending on the screen size), tremendous 8GB of RAM and optical drive port smugly returns the laptop to its original function: a portable desktop.
The newest thin kid on the block is the Acer Aspire S5, which shaves an inch off of even Apple’s MacBook Air, coming in at 15 mm at the thickest point – which means don’t turn it to the side, or you risk losing sight of it. With a host of features that includes an extra-long battery life, this first ultrabook announcement of the New Year combines the robustness of Samsung’s Series 5, with the ultraportability of Apple’s Air. The only apparent downside to the Aspire for ultrabook-lovers is that you’ll have to wait until spring to get your hands on it.