|Screen Size||13.3 inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||1366 x 768|
|Processor||Intel Core i7|
|RAM||4 GB SDRAM DDR3|
|Hard Drive||256 GB flash_memory_solid_state|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||6 hours|
Acer 13.3" Laptop 4GB 256GB | S5-391-9860
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- Intel® Core™ i7-3517U dual-core processor (1.9GHz/3.0GHz w/ Turbo Boost)
- 4GB DDR3 memory - 256GB solid state drive - 13.3" HD widescreen CineCrystal™ LED-backlit display (1366 x 768)
- Intel® HD Graphics 4000 - Mobile Intel® HM77 Express - stereo speakers - Dolby Home Theater® v4 audio enhancement - webcam - multi-gesture touchpad
- Wi-Fi - Bluetooth® - HDMI® - Intel® Certified Thunderbolt™ - USB 3.0 - card reader
- Windows® 7 Home Premium - 64-bit version, 6 hr battery, 2.65 lb
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First the PROs:
1. It is as described - very light and thin. I switch from use of this computer to another frequently and the heft and size make this movement easy to do without requiring movement of everything else on my desk. I like it!
2. The speed of the i7 chip and of the two solid state "hard drives" are also as described - fast to recalculate large spreadsheets and quick to load any program. I have never had this performance available to me short of some sort of mini-computer.
3. And one is spoiled by the responsiveness of the solid state flash drives.... I don't ever want to go back to the performance of what many of us remember in the 1980s as Winchester hard drives which at that time we thought were above our expectations! Programs seem as if they instantaneously load.
a. I deliberately bought a unit with two 128 Gb solid state (flash) drives. After I loaded a normal (but not "extensive") array of programs I had only about 128 Gb of flash storage available for data and other programs. I needed that second drive and I anticipate most others will as well.
4. The solid state drives provide another advantage - I never shut the machine off. I just save my files and close the cover when I am through work. There are no moving parts, no heat is being generated. The programs are in the condition as left at shutdown when I restart.
5. The unit is rugged. When I open the display by lifting from the left-hand corner, there is no strain on the display or movement of the chassis.
6. The screen is bright and easy to read from most any angle associated with my use.
7. The published (CNET) concern about not having enough ports is unwarranted - at least for my use. It comes with a Bluetooth connection AND very nice Logitech Bluetooth Mouse. It also comes with an HDMI port AND an adapter to connect HDMI to VGA (for my large flatscreen monitor). So there remain unused two USB3 ports and a Thunderbolt port.
8. Music sounds both very well and adequately loud through the backward pointing sound system. I think sound from laptop computers has finally become adequate!
Then the NEUTRALS:
1. The fit and finish are smooth; the unit feels solid, balanced. The chassis is of jet black anodized metal; it's not shiny. There is no special appearance factor, except that it is thin and looks just OK.
2. The published (CNET) concern about lifetime of the lift system which exposes the array of ports at the back for use appears also unwarranted. Actually, this lift is nearly always in the upward position (exposing the ports) because it also raises the computer frame to allow improved heat transfer from the chassis. In my experience, the lift is nearly always in the up position to improve heat transfer or to expose the HDMI port for use to drive my flatscreen monitor.
3. Keystrokes are solid despite the presumed short stroke length with a thin chassis. They are not "springy" or "dead."
4. The keyboard is not backlit as are some on other machines. That's the single feature I missed on this machine
Finally the NEGATIVES:
1. The thinness comes with a price. Necessarily, the power switch (located on the back left side of the frame) is very thin, and hard for me to activate with finger or thumb. This flaw stops being annoying and becomes difficult when I have to hold the power switch down for 6 to 8 seconds in order to reboot (that does happen, especially with Chrome!).
2. The keyboard is a compromise, as I suppose one would expect with a thin/lite computer with a 13.3" screen.
a. While it has all the normal set keys, some of them are hard to access. <Home> and <End> and half size and only accessible through simultaneously pressing the blue Function key. For those who use spreadsheets, this is a drawback.
b. And for those who use a word processor or Adobe Reader, both the and keys are impaired by being half-sized - sharing <End> and <Home> respectively.
c. The good news is that there are two broad <Shift> keys, that the <Enter> and <Tab> keys are full-size. Four function keys are unused: <F1>, <F2>, <F9>, and <F10>. However, these keys do work in other programs.
d. The normal "full-size" keys are slightly smaller than those of an Asus laptop with a 13.3" screen which is not "thin" and "light" which has no half-sized keys.
3. It's overpriced! The Decide (http://www.decide) rates it on July 3, 2013 as a 71 on a scale of 100 with values above 90 being excellent buys and below 60 being "don't buy." The price from Amazon on that date was $1,099... From about late April to late May the price from Amazon had been between $925 and $975. I got it in late May 2013 for the lower number! The thing is that one really is socked for the second 128 Gb flash drive as the same machine with one flash drive sells for $710 at the same time.
And one more aspect of this purchase. Since it was actually made from an Amazon associate firm, they are not bound (apparently) bound by Amazon's pledge to collect sales tax in Texas. That outcome saved me nearly $1000!
This is a fine machine. I would buy another - at a favorable price.
I was wrong. I would NOT buy this machine again, for reasons I didn't realize when I wrote this review in 2013.
My two reasons relate to the steps taken by Acer to keep the thickness of the package thin.
The major flaw is the the power switch. It's tiny, thin, hard to see, harder to show someone else where it is, and so it's difficult to hold down for the 6-8 seconds necessary to kill the machine when necessary. It's a huge annoyance.
The second flaw is the cooling system for enhancing heat transfer. The body of the machine is raised when a temperature overload is measured. This increases the open area for ventillation so as to remove more heat energy. It's a good thing to do, but turns out that the only time one can connect cables to the back of the machine is when the machine's body is raised. So there is no chance of swapping cables quickly and easily.
I replaced this machine in 2014 with the ASUS Zenbook UX305FA for only $700 -- which has all (and more) of the virtues claimed above, and neither of the above two flaws.
Acer Aspire 13.3-Inch Ultrabook / 3rd Generation Intel Core i7_3517U Processor/ 4GB DDR3 Memory / 256GB Solid State Drive (SSD) / HDMI / USB 3.0 / Bluetooth / Win 7 Home Premium / 2.65 lbs (Black)
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