Acer 'ultrabook' beats MacBook Air to become world's thinnest laptop... for now


  • Ultrabook is just 15mm thick at thickest point
  • PC laptop turns on in just 1.5 seconds
  • First of at least 75 ultrabooks to be released in 2012

Acer has unveiled the world’s thinnest laptop - an 'ultrabook' which is just 15mm at its thickest point, two crucial millimetres less than MacBook Air.

It's one of the first 'ultrabooks' - slim, Intel-powered PC laptops built to fight off MacBook Air, and tablets such as iPad.

The Aspire S5 weighs just under 3lbs and has a battery claimed to several weeks - but springs to life in just 1.5 seconds.

Acer Aspire S5

The computer will have a 13.3-inch LCD monitor, a magnesium-aluminum alloy cover and a ¿Thunderbolt port¿ which has a range of media inputs previously only available on similar Apple machines

The S5 will have a 13.3-inch LCD monitor, a magnesium-aluminum alloy cover and an ultra-fast ‘Thunderbolt' data port which has a range of media inputs previously only available on similar Apple machines.

Its ‘Instant On’ technology means users can stretch the battery life to nearly two months if they use sleep mode carefully.

Acer’s Always Connect feature means the machine can be accessed via a smart phone so you can get to music and documents you have left on your laptop, even if you do not have it with you.

The Acer Aspire S5 is 15mm at its thickest point - just 1mm less than MacBook Air. But the new 'ultrabook' segment is destined to become crowded, so it may not hold on to its 'world's thinnest' crown for long

The Acer Aspire S5 is 15mm at its thickest point - just 1mm less than MacBook Air. But the new 'ultrabook' segment is destined to become crowded, so it may not hold on to its 'world's thinnest' crown for long


'It looks like this will be the thinnest and lightest, and it sets the bar for the rest of the ultrabook vendors,' says a Creative Strategies analyst

‘The Ultrabook ia new trend that will become the mainstream for mobile PCs, and customers will see the unique features gradually extended across Acer's notebook family.’ said Jim Wong, president of Acer Inc.


The other features on the S5 include a Inter Core processor, although exact specifications have not yet been released, an SSD card slot, better shock resistance and Doly Home Theatre speakers.

The Thunderbolt port pops out of a flap out the back and has an HDMI and a USB 3.0 port.

Tim Bajarin, an analyst with Creative Strategies, said that the S5 was ‘quite significant’.

He said: ‘It looks like the thinnest and lightest, and it sets the bar for the rest of the ultrabook vendors.

‘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.’

Writing on ZDnet.com, James Kendrick was more sceptical and said that Acer’s claim ‘doesn’t carry much weight with me’ as there will be around 50 ultrabooks released this year.

He said: ‘Ultrabooks are Intel’s answer to the MacBook Air, and the whole point is to make them thin. 

‘They are thin by design, and that means all of them. The thickness, or lack thereof, is a required feature of the genre, so a millimeter here or there is not really the point - don’t wow us with how thin your whiz-bang Ultrabook is, get us worked up with the insanely great battery life, screen resolution, SSD size/speed, and how light it is. 


‘Then price it so low we can’t pass it up. That’s how to set your product apart from the growing Ultrabook crowd.’


The Aspire will go on sale in Spring with a price yet to be determined.

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