By Ben Bowers
on 1.8.12
Photo by Acer

Acer has kicked off what’s sure to be an avalanche of Ultrabook announcements at this year’s CES with the Aspire S5. As of the time of writing this article, the 13.3-inch S5 holds the title for “thinnest Ultrabook”, measuring 15mm at its thickest point and weighing just under 3 pounds. That svelte physique, encased in black onyx magnesium-aluminum alloy doesn’t appear to come at the cost of connectivity, though, thanks to what Acer is calling a “Magical I/O port panel” which drops down for use right below the hinge to expose an HDMI, USB 3.0, and even a 20GBps Thunderbolt port (a first outside of Apple computers). We know an SSD, Dolby Home Theater audio, an eight hour battery, and an Intel Ivy Bridge Core processor are also part of the mix (since Thunderbolt is onboard), but specifics beyond that aren’t available yet. On the software front, Acer’s Instant ON feature promises to allow the PC to wake from sleep in under 1.5 seconds, while a feature dubbed “Acer Always Connect”, will allow users to manage data on the machine in even sleep mode or be woken up via a smartphone. Mum’s the word on pricing, but S5 is predicted to start shipping sometime in Q2. We’ve got more photos after the break.

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