It was only last week that Acer unveiled its first touchscreen Ultrabook, so you’d be forgiven if you forgot about the company’s other pinch-thin laptop — the one that was announced back in January at CES. That would be the Aspire S5, and now, five months later, it’s finally going on sale. We just got word that it will hit shelves the last week of this month, with a starting price of $1,400. To recap (in case you’ve been overwhelmed by all the Ultrabooks on display lately), this is the one with the motorized, drop-down door hiding HDMI, USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt ports. If fourteen hundred bucks seems expensive, remember that these specs (a Core i7 Ivy Bridge processor and 256GB SSD) are actually pretty standard for the money. And, at 2.65 pounds, it’s lighter than almost every other 13-inch Ultrabook we’ve seen. Still, at that price we’d expect something a little crisper than a 1366 x 768 display.
For what it’s worth, too, the S5 is the first product to ship in the US with the company’s free AcerCloud service baked in. In brief, you get unlimited storage for backing up your stuff, all of which you can access remotely using an Android app (Acer has said iOS and Windows Phone versions are on the way). As with other syncing services, your computer needs to be asleep, not powered-off, in order for you to retrieve your files, so avoid shutting down if you think you’ll need to reach into your PC later.
In other news, Acer is refreshing its first-gen S3 Ultrabook with a new champagne color, and will now offer it with an Ivy Bridge Core i7 processor and 256GB hard drive. The starting price has dropped to $648 with a Sandy Bridge CPU, with the highest-end models fetching about $1,000. Look for these upgraded models sometime next week.
Gallery: Acer Aspire S5