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

alaTest has collected and analyzed 94 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. Reviewers really like the portability and keyboard. The price and design are also appreciated. There are some mixed views about the usability, and many are less positive about the energy efficiency and image quality.

performance, design, price, keyboard, portability

screen, touchpad, image quality, energy

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 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: Steve Schardein (notebookcheck.net)

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

Expert review by: John R. Delaney (pcmag.com)

Acer Aspire M5-481PT-6644

 

The Acer Aspire M5-481PT-6644 is a well-built ultrabook that offers solid performance and long battery life at a reasonable price. Its 14-inch touch-screen is ideal for Windows 8 users on the go.

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

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

With the Acer Aspire M5-481PT-6644 ($729.99 list) you get the full Windows 8 experience in an attractive entry-level ultrabook that won't break the bank. Solidly built and cool to the touch, the M5-481PT-6644 is equipped with a ten-point touch-screen...

Mar, 2013

Expert review by: Sean Hollister (theverge.com)

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 (cnet.com)

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

Expert review by: Konrad Krawczyk (laptopmag.com)

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 (techworld.com)

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 (cnet.com)

"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 (cnet.com)

"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 (cnet.com)

"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 (cnet.com)

"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
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Product Specifications

Camera

Front Camera: Yes
Rear camera: No

Configuration

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

Connectivity

Bluetooth: Yes
TV Output: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes

Display

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

General Features

Convertible: No
Media Centre Edition: No
Operating System Version:Windows 8

Graphic

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

Graphics

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 ID:0x166
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub)

Networking

4G: No

Ports & interfaces

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

Processor

Chipset Brand:Intel®
Chipset Type:HM77
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
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:Core™ i5
Processor Brand:Intel®
Processor cache type:Smart Cache, L3 / SmartCache, L3
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge
Processor Number:I5-3317U / I5-3337U
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 package size:31