Acer Aspire S5 Review – Excellent performance in plastic housing

Jul

18

2016

In summary

The Acer Aspire S5 is a thin and light 13.3 “laptop that offers excellent performance and a matte display with good color rendering. The housing is of good quality and nicely finished, but because Acer has largely opted for plastic instead metal, feels and looks the whole less upscale than alternatives which have an aluminum casing. the choice of plastic should result in a lower price, but that is currently not the case. With a suggested retail price of 999 euros delivers Acer similar specifications in a slightly less attractive housing than competitors like Asus. If the retail price drops, the Aspire S5 is probably an attractive option because of its beautiful screen and excellent battery life.
pluses

Very good battery life
fine screen
Thin and light
Good performances

Negative points

plastic housing
Moderate keyboard and touchpad
relatively expensive

final Verdict
Tweakers zegt: 7
Price for publication: € 999, –
Available from: € 999, –
Tested version: Acer Aspire S5-371-5363

Lightweight laptops with a 13.3 “screen are popular. Definitely models in the price range to be able to count a thousand euros on lot of attention in the Pricewatch. Acer was in that category though the Aspire V3, which must have especially its relatively low price. the models in this series are thicker and heavier than laptops in a higher price segment. With the Aspire S7 Acer released a few years ago a high-end alternative, but that model had at least fifteen hundred euros to be spent and now this S7 nowhere to buy more. With the advent of the new Aspire S5 has a more luxurious alternative come for the V3, which in turn is cheaper than the S7. Officially it comes to the Aspire S 13, where the number However, indicating the screen size. the specific model is called the Acer Aspire S5.

In the Benelux delivers Acer officially one version with a retail price of 999 euros, which at the time of writing is also the retail price. This S5-371-5363 features an Intel Core i5-6200U processor, 8GB DDR3L RAM and a 256GB SSD. The matte 13.3 “display has a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. On paper, fine details, which Acer can compete with, for example models from the UX305 series from Asus and the Envy 13 from HP.

Acer Aspire S5-371
Appearance and finish

Although Acer one model specifications regarding supplies, you can choose from black or white. We tested the former, but during the presentation of the S5, we also loved the white model equally owned. What do you prefer, will come down to taste; we find the black version has a more luxurious look.

The look is a bit like the Acer Aspire S7, the top model which first appeared in 2012. Those expensive laptop was made of aluminum and to bring the price down, Acer has opted for plastic in S5. Acer is talking about ‘nano-imprint lithography, but it is a complicated way of saying that the Aspire S5 has a plastic housing. At the top is a subtle ribbeltjespatroon. The hinge is shiny silver, which the manufacturer would probably give the impression that it is metal, but that’s clearly not the case.

With a weight of about 1.3kg is the Asprie S5 pleasant light. With a thickness of 14,6mm it is also a very thin laptop. The housing has a width of 327mm and depth of 228mm. This is comparable to other thin 13.3 “notebooks such as the Asus UX305 and HP Envy 13.
Keyboard and touchpad

Acer Aspire S5-371 Fold open the laptop, you notice that the inside is made of the aluminum enclosure. That feels good, though the surface functions as an enormous finger smudge magnet. The keyboard is equipped with LED lighting with two brightness modes. The keys are a nice size and feel good, but there is some little travel and pressing the button gives little feedback. The arrow keys are small in size and are the ‘page up’ and ‘page down’ keys directly above, allowing you to easily accidentally pressed.

The hefty touchpad responds well to touch and can easily handle the Windows multitouch gestures 10. Pressing the touchpad is rather heavy and delivers some vibration on. It therefore does not feel very subtly, although there is little effect on the barter. Both the touchpad and keyboard scores in our view sufficient, but neither convincing. A laptop in this price range we expect more.

Acer Aspire S5-371
connection options

All ports are located on the sides of the housing. On each side is to find a regular USB 3.0 port and Acer also has a type-C port located on the right. That, however, offers no speed advantage, because the port uses the standard USB 3.0 protocol, with a maximum speed of 5Gbit / s. Connecting an external graphics card is therefore not possible for example.

On the left side of the housing are a headphone jack and an SD card reader. Right down the connection for the power supply and an HDMI port. Although the integrated GPU of the i5-6200U-4k CPU could control a screen with 60Hz, is that in combination with the HDMI 1.4a-port is not possible. In that respect we would have preferred a display port connection; which offers higher bandwidth and higher resolutions. The full sized HDMI port makes it easy to connect for example the laptop to a TV without the need verloopjes are there for.

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