Rectron to launch world’s thinnest Ultrabook in SA

South African technology supplier Rectron is to begin selling the Acer Aspire S5, the world’s thinnest Ultrabook at 11 millimetres, exclusively in the South African market.

“This is the must have mobile device of the year and we could not miss out on offering this phenomenal opportunity of superb design and ultra-performance to the South African consumer,” Ryno Germishuys, Acer product manager at Rectron, said.

The Ultrabook, which weighs 1.2kg, is Acer’s first to feature a smartly designed MagicFlip I/O port panel concealed just below the hinge. This design feature enhances the overall slenderness and streamlined form of the S5. When needed, a press of the MagicFlip key opens the panel to reveal a selection of I/O ports: HDMI, USB 3.0 and 20 Gbps ThunderboltTM.

It also features a third Generation Intel Core i7-35i7U Processor, a256GB solid-state drive for speedy data access and increased shock resistance and an ultrafast ThunderboltTM I/O port.

A magnesium-aluminium alloy cover and palm rest provide a slim and sturdy design, while the metallic brushed detail provides subtle elegance. Clean and ultra- fluid contours from all angles make the S5 a vision of beauty.

Thunderbolt connection technology brings together high-speed data transfer and high-definition display (HD) on to a single cable, enabling up to six Thunderbolt enabled devices, such as PCs, hard drives, displays, cameras, audio/video equipment and docking stations to be daisy chained together.

It is up to 20 times faster at transferring data than USB 2.0; running at 10Gbps, it can transfer a full-length HD movie in less than 30 seconds.

Long battery life is delivered via the PowerSmart battery pack which provides up to three times longer battery life cycles than traditional batteries (1,000 vs. 300 cycles). These batteries also maintain 80 percent capacity after the 1,000 cycle count, which means the battery, will last longer, reducing the need to replace it.

Acer Hybrid Standby Technology provides up to 15 days of standby power, or up to 6.5 hours of continuous use. Acer Green Instant On provides instant-resume functionality (in 1.5 seconds) and ensures battery life that lasts several weeks.

Acer Always Connect gets users online faster than conventional connections for better productivity and infotainment enjoyment. With their Facebook, Twitter and Outlook email accounts open, users can see updates instantly upon resuming.

A 13.3-inch widescreen LED-backlit display (1366 x 768) delivers vivid images making surfing the web, streaming favorite shows, engaging on social networks all that much more enjoyable in stunning HD.

In addition, the Acer S5 Ultrabook can be connected to an external monitor, projector or HDTV through a single cable using the HDMI port for big-screen enjoyment. An HDMI to VGA cable adapter is included with the system. The S5 also offers triple independent display support, so images can be shown across multiple screens.

The advanced 1.3 megapixel HD webcam produces amazing video image quality at 24 frames per second. Consumers can also snap HD still pictures to save and share. Dolby Home Theater v4 delivers vibrant theater-quality sound to movies or music.

The Aspire S5 is Acer’s first product in South Africa to ship with AcerCloud. This new feature provides S5 customers with remote access to the digital data residing on their Ultrabook via their Android tablet or smartphone. Not only can they access the data, but they can download and share it among their other PCs and Android devices anytime, anywhere, even when the S5 is in sleep (standby/hibernation) mode.

The Acer Aspire S5 will be available locally before the end of this month.

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