Review: Acer Aspire S5-391-9880

There’s no point beginning a review of the Acer Aspire S5 with a discussion of anything other than its approach to ports.

Look at the sides and back of the S5 and you’ll find almost none: An SD card slot, headphone jack, and power port are the only visible connectors to the outside world.

This isn’t some radical approach to cutting the cord, but rather the most audacious way of hiding connectors that I’ve seen in over a decade of reviewing laptops. Open the lid of the S5 and push the button in the top right corner of the keyboard, the one with the baffling icon printed on it.

When you do this, a motorized hatch opens up, dropping down from the bottom of the laptop to reveal two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, and a Thunderbolt connector. Press it again and the hatch, which is called the “MagicFlip I/O port launcher,” seals back up, almost like it’s getting ready to return to the alien planet from which it came. But more on all of this later.

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