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Acer Aspire M (M5-481PT / M5-481PTG)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 96 reviews of Acer Aspire M (M5-481PT / M5-481PTG). The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Comments about the reliability and price are on the whole positive. The keyboard and design also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the image quality and touchpad, and there are some mixed opinions about the screen.

performance, design, keyboard, price, reliability

touchpad, image quality

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Acer Aspire M (M5-481PT / M5-481PTG) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: Steve Schardein (

Review Acer Aspire M5-481PT-6644 Notebook


Affordable touch. Want the full Windows 8 experience but don't wa

Lightweight; Commendable build quality; Good application performance; Multi-touch interface works well; Efficient thermal design; Great battery life

Glossy, low-brightness screen; Poor color reproduction, saturation, and contrast; Awful touchpad; Poor port placement and limited selection

If you aren’t partial to Windows 8 or don’t need a touchscreen, you might find a better choice in the Acer Aspire M5-481TG, which also features dedicated graphics—but overall, if touch is a must and budget is a concern, the Acer M5-481PT is a worthy...

Apr, 2013

Editor's Choice

Expert review by: John R. Delaney (

Acer Aspire M5-481PT-6644


The Acer Aspire M5-481PT-6644 is a well-built Windows 8 ultrabook that offers solid performance, 14-inch touch screen, and long battery life at a reasonable price.

10-point touch-screen. Solid performance. Great battery life. Backlit keyboard.

Only two USB ports. No VGA video output. Some bloatware.

Solid performance, a responsive touch screen, and a reasonable price tag are just a few reasons why the Acer Aspire M5-481PT-6644 should be at the top of your ultrabook shopping list. Granted, it doesn't have a 1080p screen like the Asus Zenbook Prime...

Mar, 2013

Expert review by: Sean Hollister (

Acer Aspire M5 review: the affordable all-purpose ultrabook


Battlefield 3 on a power-sipping ultrabook? They said it couldn't be done. In March, however, Acer and Nvidia proved them wrong. Behind closed doors at the 2012 Game Developer's Conference, the...

Cool and quiet ; Good battery life ; Great build quality for the money

Sub-par screen ; Touchpad and keyboard need work ; Annoying port and button arrangement

Not everything to everyone, but still an easy recommendation

Dec, 2012

Expert review by: Scott Stein (

Acer Aspire M5 481PT review


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

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Acer Aspire M5-481PT-6488


The Acer Aspire M5-481PT-6488 attempts to make a splash by combining the sleekness of an Ultrabook with a Windows 8-friendly touch screen. Inside this 14-incher's aluminum chassis is a Core i5 processor, 6GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive paired with a...

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. Windows 8 takes some learning, and some programs aren't readily available. NO Windows Media Center, and no way to buy it without "upgrading" to Windows 8 Pro! Camera could be better.

Feb, 2013

Product Specifications


Front Camera: Yes
Rear camera: No


HD type:HD / No


Discrete graphics adapter:No / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x166
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub)


4G: No

Ports & interfaces

USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2


Conflict Free processor: Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM
Processor cache type:Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3 / SmartCache, L3
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-3300 Mobile series
Thermal Design Power (TDP):17

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Processor ARK ID:65707 / 72054 / 72055 / I5-3317U
Processor package size:31