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Acer Aspire S13 (S5-371)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 35 reviews of Acer Aspire S13 (S5-371). The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Views about the durability and screen are on the whole positive. The performance and price also get good feedback, whereas many are critical about the touchpad and keyboard.

portability, price, performance, screen, durability

keyboard, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Acer Aspire S13 (S5-371) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 97/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Andrew Williams Mike Lowe (pocket-lint.com)

Acer Aspire S13 review: Slim and savvily priced

 

The Acer S13 is a response to the complaint that nice laptops are just too bloomin' expensive. Not everyone can afford to splash out £1,000 on a computer, and Apple's cheapest Air laptops haven't been meaningfully updated in years.

Bright and colourful screen, slim and light, good build quality for the price, long-lasting battery

Slight colour skew to display, trackpad is slightly annoying, plastic lid and underside

The Acer S13 has no major flaws other than a trackpad that may well get on your nerves for the first week or so. It's otherwise a terrific laptops that has everything you need in a portable computer - and all for an affordable price.

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Steven Wong (techradar.com)

Acer Aspire S 13 review

 

A ton of power in a small package

High performance ; Low price ; Non-reflective touchscreen

Exterior feels a little cheap ; Disappointing battery life

The Acer Aspire S 13 takes direct aim at Apple and offers a fantastically featured 13-inch laptop that doesn't break your bank.

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Michael Passingham (trustedreviews.com)

Acer Aspire S 13

 

It's light at just 1.36kg, although its plastic shell does an awful lot to contribute. It looks great, though, available in both black and white with a stylish, textured lid and nicely finished keyboard tray.

Apr, 2016

Expert review by: Chris Martin (pcadvisor.co.uk)

Acer Aspire S13 hands-on review

 

The latest addition to the Aspire range of ultraportable laptops is a MacBook Air rival at a much lower price point and up to Core i7 processor. Here is the new Acer Aspire S13.

If you’re not too put of by the flimsy plastic lid, the Acer Aspire S13 is a decent choice for an ultraportable laptop. It’s thinner and lighter than a MacBook Air (just) with competent specs although the starting price won’t be breaking any benchmarks...

Apr, 2016

Expert review by: Robin-Leigh Chetty (techsmart.co.za)

Acer Aspire S 13

 

As solid an all-round notebook as one can find, the Acer Aspire S 13 boats a good display and even better battery life, all for R16k.

Well constructed; Premium feeling metal elements; Great Battery Life

Finicky trackpad; Cover attracts dust

The Aspire S 13 is recommended to retail for R16 000. At that price, you're paying not simply for design, but also a notebook that's relatively powerful. Compared to other mid-range notebooks, the S 13 is certainly no slouch, and for users aiming to...

Jul, 2016

Expert review by: Anirudh Regidi (tech.firstpost.com)

Acer Aspire S13 review: This might just be the best Windows-based Ultrabook in its price range - Tech2

 

Acer's Aspire S13 is slim, light, well-built and more powerful than the Air; it's also more expensive. It does seem like a great device, but is it worth it?

I enjoyed every moment I spent with the Aspire S13. It’s lightweight and high-performance made it my go-to option whenever I needed something done quickly (it boots up in seconds). If I bought this laptop for myself, I don’t think I’ll be disappointed.

Aug, 2016

Expert review by: (notebookcheck.net)

Acer Aspire S 13 S5-371 Notebook Review

 

After the Aspire S7 and the cheap Aspire S3, Acer launches the next representative of the thin and light class. The Aspire S13 might be a happy medium between its two predecessors. While it uses high-end components, for example an Intel i7-6500U CPU,...

high-end case, good input devices, bright and matte display, display can be calibrated well, good system performance, good battery life

palm rests are susceptible to fingerprints, USB Type C only Gen.1, high-frequency fan noise, even during low load, the fan often gets loud, high case temperature under load

Our first impression of the Acer Aspire S 13 was very positive and this was primarily confirmed through the rest of the test. We liked the case, the input devices and the display. Although the color fidelity should be better out-of-the-box (very good...

Expert review by: Sean Hollister (cnet.com)

Acer Aspire S 13 review:

 

Technically, you can buy an Acer Aspire S13 in the United States for just $580, and the laptop typically comes in black.

Acer's Aspire S13 has a touchscreen that resists glare, a thin, light body that resists fingerprints and more solid-state storage than the competition -- plus a fast Intel Core processor, impressive audio and exceptional battery life.

This 13-inch Acer is saddled with a stiff, shallow keyboard, and the touchpad's poor palm rejection means the cursor jumps around in documents. Uneven keyboard backlighting and a thick screen bezel detract from the appeal.

This Acer Aspire S13 isn't the most inspiring thin notebook, but it's a remarkably practical and cost-effective choice.

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Michael Wall (NotebookReview.com)

Acer Aspire S 13: An Excellent Ultrabook

 

The Acer Aspire S 13 offers a great level of value for its sub $1,000 price point. This Acer Aspire Ultrabook will be hard to beat.

Attractive unique design ; Strong Performance ; Quality keyboard ; Solid battery life

Higher end models aren't as enticing

The Acer Aspire S 13 is an excellent Ultrabook that offers a great level of value for its sub $1,000 price point. Equipped with competitive specs including a sixth generation Intel Core i5 CPU and a lightning fast 256GB SSD the laptop is perfect for...

Jun, 2016

Expert review by: Matt Smith (digitaltrends.com)

Acer Aspire S 13 (2016) review

 

The Acer Aspire S 13 is a well-rounded laptop that falls just short of the very best.

Acer Aspire S 13 is a competent execution of the affordable ultrabook formula many manufacturers now use. It has a nice 1080p display, strong Core i5 processor, and lightweight design, all for an affordable $750 price of entry. It’s a perfectly...

Jun, 2016
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Product Specifications

Audio

Built-In Microphone:No / Y / Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery Capacity:4030 / 4670 / 4850
Battery capacity (Watt hours):45
Battery life (max):11
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:3

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3

Design

Colour of product:Black / Gold, White / White
Form factor:Clamshell
Intel segment tagging:Enterprise, Small Business
Product Type:Chromebook / Notebook / Ultrabook

Display

3D:N / No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:33.8
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080
Display Surface:Matt
HD type:Full HD
LED Backlight:Y / Yes
Panel Type:IPS / TFT
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:N / No / Y / Yes

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / No
Discrete graphics adapter model:N / No / Not available
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum graphics adapter memory:32
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74 / 32
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:300
On-board graphics adapter burst frequency:1000
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12 / 12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1050
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x5916 / 1916
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (DisplayPort):4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel):4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (HDMI):4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 520 / Intel HD Graphics 620 / Intel® HD Graphics 520
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), DVI, HDMI / DVI, DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI / DVI, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), DisplayPort, HDMI
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (DisplayPort):60
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel):60
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (HDMI):24

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Island-style keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit: Yes
Keyboard layout:QWERTY
Numeric keypad:N / No / Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys:Y / Yes

Memory

Internal Memory:4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM / DDR4-SDRAM / LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 32 / 4 / 8
Memory clock speed:1866
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 4 / 1 x 8
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM / 2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G:N / No
4G:N / No
Bluetooth:No / Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Ethernet LAN:N / No / Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:N / No

Other features

On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (DisplayPort):4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel):4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (HDMI):4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DVI, DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (DisplayPort):60
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel):60
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (HDMI):24

Packaging Data

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC
Power cord included: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port:Y / Yes
DC-in jack:Y / Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1
Docking connector:N / No
DVI port:N / No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:1 / 2
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-C ports quantity:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter power:45

Processor

Bus type:OPI / QPI
Configurable TDP-down:7.5
Configurable TDP-down frequency:800
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):34.1
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1600,1866,2133 / 1866,2133,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3L-SDRAM, DDR4-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM, DDR4-SDRAM / LPDDR3-SDRAM, DDR4-SDRAM
PCI Express configurations:1x2+2x1, 1x4, 2x2 / 1x2+2x1, 1x4, 2x2, 4x1 / 1x2+2x1,1x4,2x2,4x1 / 1x4, 4x1 / 1x4,4x1
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:2.8 / 3.1 / 3.10 / 3.5
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Kaby Lake / Skylake
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:Intel Core i3-6xxx / Intel Core i3-7xxx / Intel Core i5-6xxx / Intel Core i5-7xxx / Intel Core i7-6xxx / Intel Core i7-7xxx
Processor frequency:2.3 / 2.4 / 2.5 / 2.50 / 2.7
Processor lithography:14
Processor Model:I3-6100U / i3-7100U / I5-6200U / i5-7200U / I7-6500U / i7-7500U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-6100 series / Intel Core i5-6200 series / Intel Core i7-6500 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA1356 / FCBGA1356 / Socket B2 (LGA 1356)
Processor threads:4
Stepping:D1 / H0
System bus rate:4
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No / Y / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access:Y / Yes
Intel HD Graphics: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1 / Y / Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N / No / Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No
Intel TSX-NI:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:1.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): No
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y / Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT): Yes
Intel® Insider™:Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y / Yes
Intel® OS Guard:Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Processor ARK ID:88180 / 88193 / 88194 / 95443 / I5-6200U / I7-6500U / i7-7500U
Processor code:SR2EU / SR2EY / SR2EZ / SR2ZU
Processor package size:42 / 42 x 24 / 42 x 28
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2 / SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX 2.0 / SSE4.1,SSE4.2,AVX 2.0
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes

Security

Fingerprint Reader:N / No / Yes
Password protection: Yes
Password protection type:BIOS, HDD, Supervisor

Software

Bundled software:McAfee Internet Security Suite (60 days trial version), Microsoft office 2016 Trial version (30 days trial version) / Microsoft Office 2016
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Linux / Linux Linpus / No / Windows 10 / WINDOWS 10 HOME
Trial software:McAfee Internet Security / McAfee Internet Security Suite, Microsoft office 2016

Storage

Card reader integrated:Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:M.2 / SATA / Serial ATA II / Serial ATA III
Storage Media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:22.8 / 228 / 228.6 / 28.7 / 28.8 / 288
Height :1.46 / 1.52 / 14.6 / 15 / 15.2
Height (front):1.45 / 1.46
Height (rear):1.45 / 1.46
Weight:1.3 / 1.36 / 1.42 / 1.49
Width:32.7 / 32.8 / 327 / 327.6 / 327.7