Acer Aspire S5 vs Macbook Air: Thin Is In

 

Mac Book Air has dominated the laptop world for  quite a time now and indeed it was one of the best laptops until Acer Aspire S5 took a plunge in the Laptop Market. The latest to come out of Acer’s Arsenal is  Aspire S5 and it is here to give a furious competition to the king of laptops: the thin and sleek Macbook air.

Acer Aspire S5 is one of the thinnest ultrabooks and with the dimension of 12.77 x 8.95 x 0.59  it stands strong in front of Macbook Air (11.8 x 7.56 x 0.68).  Again in terms of weight both the net books are neck to neck, Aspire S5 weighs 2.65 lbs where as Macbook Air is around 2.38 lbs. Now let’s come down to technical specification of both the net books:

Acer Aspire S5 MacBook Air
Display: 13.3 inch LED backlight with 1366 x 768 (HD) maximum resolutionProcessor: 1.9GHz Intel Core i7-3517U

 

Memory: 4GB, 1333MHz DDR3

 

Operating Software: Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)

 

Wireless: 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0

 

Battery: 35 – 50 WHr lithium-polymer battery

 

Selling Price: Rs. 55000 -60000

Display: 11.6-inch or 13.3-inch (diagonal) high-resolution LED-backlit glossy widescreenProcessor: 1.7GHz – 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5

 

Memory: 4GB of 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory

 

Operating Software: OS X Lion (Upgradeable to OS X Mountain Lion)

 

Wireless: 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking3; IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatibleBluetooth 4.0 wireless technology

 

Battery: 35 – 50 WHr lithium-polymer battery

 

Selling Price: Rs. 67000-99000

 

 

Looking at the technical specification what impresses in Aspire S5 is its 9GHz Intel Core i7 processor which makes for a great user experience. Though Acer Aspire S5 is thin thanks to its “MagicFlip I/O Port” which hides the ports-and-connection blocks, its battery life is a downer as compared to Macbook air which can stay in standby mode for 30 days.

Aspire S5 does not have a back lit keyboard. It is here where Apple scores as it has a beautiful back lit keyboard which makes it a breeze to use in low light situation. Now comes the price Acer Aspire ( Rs. 55000 -60000 ) is cheaper than Macbook Air (Rs. 67000-99000). So if you are not a die hard Apple fan and price is factor than Acer Aspire S5 is the best bet for you.

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