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Acer keeps churning out ultrabooks

Acer announced its first Ultrabook, the Aspire S3, back in early September. The lightweight notebook matched Apple's MacBook Air not only in looks, but also in its maximum thickness of 17mm.
Today at CES, Acer announced the next logical progression in its Ultrabook lineup: the Aspire S5. The Aspire S5 is even thinner, measuring in at just 15mm at its thickest point. Despite the slight decrease in thickness, the 13.3-inch Aspire S5 still weighs at the same 2.97 pounds.
Acer isn't revealing much about the innards of the Aspire S5, but we do know that it features an SSD, USB 3.0 connectivity, an HDMI port, and a Thunderbolt connector for 20Gbps transfers.

"The Ultrabook is much more than just a product segment," said Jim Wong, president of Acer Inc. "It's a new trend that will become the mainstream for mobile PCs, and customers will see the unique features gradually extended across Acer's notebook family."
There is no word on pricing for the Aspire S5 which will launch in the second quarter, but the Aspire S3 has a starting price of $899.
We can only hope that the Aspire S5 will embrace Acer’s philosophy of abandoning “cheap and unprofitable products."

Source: Acer

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Acer Ultrabook at Costco
By jah1subs on 1/8/2012 4:22:02 PM , Rating: 1
I just got home from Sunday shopping. I saw a device at Costco that was called an "Acer Ultrabook" for less than $900. From the article, I am guessing that this is an S3.

RE: Acer Ultrabook at Costco
By vol7ron on 1/9/2012 10:51:00 AM , Rating: 2
If you saw it for purchase in Costco, it probably wasn't; since it's going to be on display for preview at CES tomorrow.

RE: Acer Ultrabook at Costco
By vol7ron on 1/9/2012 10:52:19 AM , Rating: 2
My mistake the S3 would make sense; the S5 would not. Were you able to test it out?

RE: Acer Ultrabook at Costco
By jah1subs on 1/9/2012 3:04:09 PM , Rating: 2
I put my hands on it but I was rushing. I tried a couple of things to see if I could get a way to write with it and could not. I just like to do some basic typing in Word and see how it behaves.

Not sure, but I believe that this had a slightly different UI that would force you to get a salesperson who works in the department. I know some of those guys but did not take the time.

i still see over 120 moving parts
By bebimbap on 1/8/12, Rating: 0
RE: i still see over 120 moving parts
By StevoLincolnite on 1/8/2012 10:17:49 PM , Rating: 3
I wonder what it would cost in money/weight to have each key or one big flat area be touch capacitive

Problem with that though... I'm a touch typist. Having a capacitive touch screen as a keyboard doesn't exactly work in my favor.

However, what you're thinking of has already been done.
It's known as the Acer Iconia "Touchbook".

RE: i still see over 120 moving parts
By B3an on 1/9/2012 1:07:11 AM , Rating: 2
I think the capacitive touch idea could work quite well if the touch keys had some kind of space/groove or gap between each of them, so you could still physically feel the keys, maybe making it ok for people like you (and me, and we're a large majority i'd think). The only downside is that you'd get no feedback that you properly pressed the key as they wouldn't move down, but that could also somewhat be fixed if the sound of a key press was played.

By vol7ron on 1/9/2012 10:49:34 AM , Rating: 2
but that could also somewhat be fixed if the sound of a key press was played
A sound, or a small shock :)

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