Acer unveils 'world's thinnest' Ultrabook
First Windows laptop with Thunderbolt
Acer has become the most recent company to stamp the 'world's thinnest' moniker upon an Ultrabook release - Toshiba has already made that claim - launching the Aspire S5, which it reckons will also be the first Windows-based PC to feature a Thunderbolt port.
The Aspire S5 measures just 15mm at its thickest point, weighs less than 1.4kg and rocks up with a 13.3in display, just like its predecessor, the Aspire S3.
The big addition here is said Thunderbolt port, which has so far only materialised on Apple products. It pops out when the "MagicFlip I/O" panel is released, a flap at the back which also hosts an HDMI and a USB 3.0 port.
As with its newly announced Timeline siblings, the Ultrabook can wake in just 1.5 seconds using its "Instant On" technology, which ensures battery life lasts several weeks while in sleep mode too.
Then there's 'Always Connect', a feature to aid connectivity and social media updates. Acer Always Connect also allows users to wake the Aspire S5 from a remote device such as a smartphone.
The Acer S5 Ultrabook will roll out in Q2, however exact dates and prices have yet to be stated. ®
except they were not successful
Apple has tried to sue Samsung, but so far no court case has been ruled in their favour in this where design copying was an issue. And from the few photos I have seen the S5 is suitably different from the MB Air that Apple would have even less of a leg to stand on if they tried to sue.
Thin is good because...
it can slip between your floorboards? Get through doors you cant? Hide under paper on your desk?
If I could fit it in my pocket thin might be a selling point but as I've yet to find a net/ultra/...book that was so thick I couldn't type with it on my knees/desk and they still need a large padded carry bag thin is about as useful as Percy's Purest Green.
Maybe because "MagicalandRevolutionaryFlip I/O" was being used?
Re: So, what's that thing on a Vaio Z?
Good point, but I'm pretty sure the Vaio Z's thunderbolt connectivity comes through a separate accessory and isn't built into the machine itself.
Taking the piss or what????