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Acer Aspire M5-481PT

alaTest has collected and analyzed 140 reviews of Acer Aspire M5-481PT. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the portability and price. The keyboard and design are also appreciated. Many are critical about the image quality and energy efficiency.

performance, design, keyboard, price, portability

screen, usability, energy, image quality

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Acer Aspire M5-481PT is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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(Based on 140 reviews)

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Expert review by: Scott Stein (

Acer Aspire M5-481PT-6488


The sea of Windows 8 laptops is a rough one, full of confusing twists and turns. Do you buy a touch-screen laptop, or a regular one? Do you pick a clamshell, a convertible, or a hybrid? Sometimes it's best to play it safe.

The 14-inch Acer Aspire M5 481PT has a solid metal body, strong battery life, good performance, a DVD drive, and a touch screen, all for a manageable price.

The screen quality isn't stellar, the touch pad doesn't always handle well, and unlike previous versions, it doesn't offer dedicated graphics.

Considering the total package of features and price, the Acer Aspire M5 feels like a safe bet if you want an all-encompassing Windows 8 laptop with touch that won't cost a fortune.

Nov, 2012

Expert review by: Konrad Krawczyk (

Acer Aspire M5-481PT-6488


The Acer Aspire M5-481PT-6488 Ultrabook combines a touch screen, good looks and high-quality sound.

Attractive design; Fast boot time; Touch screen works well with Windows 8; Excellent sound quality

Awkwardly placed power button; Touchpad can be finicky; All the ports in the back

Click to EnlargeThe Acer Aspire M5-481PT-6488 is an attractive Windows 8 Ultrabook in more ways than one. The brushed aluminum design gives this 14-inch laptop a premium vibe, as does the touch screen and high-quality speaker system. However, the M5...

Nov, 2012

Expert review by: Dan Scharff (

Acer Aspire M5-481PT review


A year and a half ago, the Acer M5-481PT would have been a revelation. A Windows 8 Ultrabook, the M5 sports a third-generation Intel Core i5-3317U processor, 6GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive (with 20GB SSD cache), a 14-inch 10-point multitouch screen,...

The Acer M5-481PT feels like a holdover of a bygone era in laptop design, where all laptops tried to be all things to all people. While its robust feature set and solid build quality are impressive for the modest $800 pricetag, the M5 feels like an...

Dec, 2012

Consumer review by: control_alt_del (

"Fast, fluid and I can run all my imaging apps!"


For anyone looking for a laptop replacement and constantly on the move.

Portability, love the touch screen and the pen! This has replaced my Wacom for editing photos.

So far so good.

May, 2013

Consumer review by: kculp (

"Touch screen not functional after 1 month"


Acer-Aspire-M55 looks like it is a bargain, but I think you get what you pay for: i really would like to know what digitizer for this screen has as I am skeptical it meets win 8 standards and was deactivated with a Microsoft update. Several have posted...

Seems to have all of right hardware, Touch screen, DVD-R and 6 GB RAM

Basically there is a question as to if the hardware is really up to par. The diagnostic utility for a touch screen doesn't exist. There's a question of a more helpful support staff when you call tech support. Be careful.

May, 2013

Consumer review by: Carbon1030 (

"Beautiful on the outside, ugly on the inside"


Purchased this laptop at Best Buy in January. First, the DVD drive didn't work. It would not read any DVDs. I called tech support and was instructed to delete and update the drive, which fixed the problem. 2 days later the DVD drive once again failed...

Light, thin, great overall design, descent speed.

Mediocre screen resolution, extremely unreliable and crashes constantly. Very buggy out of the box.

Mar, 2013

Consumer review by: jwcnetfan (

"Excellent Windows 8 Touchscreen device for the price"


This was a great purchase at a low price, and I have grown to love it for the touchscreen experience (a must-have with Windows 8). The extra software from Acer doesn't get in the way too much. The keyboard is the best laptop keyboard I have...

Screen is easy on the eyes and touch works great. I like the back lit keyboard and it feels great to type on. The combo hard drive makes for lots of storage AND quick start-up/wake-up. I have a DVD drive if I need it. USB 3.0 x 2. feels solid.

touch pad is a little mushy, especially for right click.

Feb, 2013

Consumer review by: BuzzLS (

"Very fast, powerful, thin and full featured."


This is excellent laptop, especially for business users. It handles my memory hogging programs extremely well and has everything you'd want in an ultrabook and more - fast processor, thin and light, and full featured (including a touch screen and a...

Fast and powerful, touch screen, thin and light.

Touchpad is a bit hard to use at first (I use a bluetooth mouse, so that's a non-issue anyway).

Jan, 2013

Consumer review by: paganop (

"Best ultrabook laptop at this price point"


I bought this to replace a 3-4 year old Sony. I am pretty tech-savvy but I don't need an annual upgrade!


Colors are washed and reproduction isn't great

Jan, 2013

Consumer review by: emurray35 (

"Great Laptop, Great OS fast sleek light weight"


No need to fear People the next great OS is here. Look it is different and this can be scary and unnerving to some. Just be patient. If you can get your way around

Back lit keyboard


Dec, 2012

Product Specifications


Convertible: No
DVD Writer:DVD-Writer
Embedded 3G/4G: No
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Hard Disk Drive / Hybrid Hard Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: Yes


Bluetooth: Yes
TV Output: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:9
LED Technology:Edge LED
Touchscreen: No
True Resolution:WXGA

General Features

Media Centre Edition: No
Operating System Version:Windows 8


Brand of Graphic Chip:Intel ®
GPU Model (Graphic Card):HD Graphics 4000


Chipset Brand:Intel®
Chipset Type:HM77
Processor:Core™ i5
Processor Brand:Intel®
Processor Number:I5-3317U / I5-3337U