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Hands on with Acer’s pair of ultrabooks: Aspire S5 and Timeline Ultra

Acer's "world's thinnest ultrabook," the Aspire S5.

James Martin)

LAS VEGAS–Today at CES 2012, Acer officially unveiled a poorly kept secret: two new ultrabooks.

One is being called the world’s thinnest, and the other is an update to the TimelineX series. We got a chance to spend some up-close time with both for some initial impressions of Acer’s latest.

The Aspire S5 uses the same numerology as last year’s Aspire S3 ultrabook. Unlike that more budget-minded model, the S5 is 15mm thick–2 millimeters thinner than the last year’s Aspire S3–weighs under 3 pounds, and has a sleek Onyx Black magnesium alloy chassis. Its razor-thin design recalls the MacBook Air and Samsung Series 9.

Acer Aspire S5 ultrabook debuts early at CES (photos)

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