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Acer Aspire Timeline U M3-581TG

Acer Aspire Timeline U M3-581TG
alaScore 86

251 reviews

Feb, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 251 reviews of Acer Aspire Timeline U M3-581TG. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Acer Aspire Timeline U M3-581TG is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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This summary is based on the products: Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 15.6 inch Ultrabook (Intel Core i5 2467M 1.60GHz, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, DVD SuperMulti DL, LAN, WLAN, Webcam, BT, Windows Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 15.6 inch Ultrabook (Intel Core i5 2467M 1.60GHz, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, DVD SuperMulti DL, LAN, WLAN, Webcam, BT, Windows

Feb, 2018

Expert review by: Klaus Hinum (

Review Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3-581TG Ultrabook


Kepler's Debut. "Ultrabook XL" is one way of describing the Acer

Very good graphics performance; Fast SSD and thus very good application performance; Good battery life thanks to Optimus

Poor display; Touchpad without dedicated buttons; Hot under load

The currently available 13-inch Ultrabooks and the rather light 15"-inch multimedia devices like the expensive MacBook Pro 15 can't compete.

Mar, 2012

Expert review by: Loyd Case (

Acer’s Timeline M3 Review: Laptop Could’ve Been a Contender


The Acer Timeline M3 is a study in polar opposites. Its thin, elegant chassis and superb performance for its class suggest that the M3 might be a true category leader, but an painfully poor LCD panel prevents the Acer from achieving that goal.

Sleek, thin, and elegant looking ; Above-average gaming performance ; Trackpad is overly sensitive

Very poor overall display quality

The Timeline M3 could have been a Macbook killer, if not for the poor LCD panel.

Apr, 2012

Expert review by: Michael Gorman (

Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3


When Acer's Aspire Timeline Ultra notebooks made their first appearance at CES, these 14- and 15-inch laptops seemed like little more than the successors to Acer's TimelineX series. Thin-and-light laptops, complete with optical drive and some likely...

Thin and lightweight ; Great gaming performance ; Super fast boot times

Low-rent build materials ; Shoddy screen ; Lackluster audio capabilities

The Aspire Timeline Ultra delivers great performance in a svelte package, but a low-res display and cheap build materials keep it from being a lust-worthy laptop

Apr, 2012

Expert review by: Sean Hollister (

Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3-581TG review


What is an ultrabook? Intel has a pretty loose definition: as long as your laptop is less than 0.8 inches thin, has five hours of battery life, rapidly wakes from sleep, and has a second-generation...

Potent gaming performance ; Good battery life ; Matte external surfaces ; Full-size ports

Poor ergonomic design ; Materials feel cheap ; Ugly, low-res screen ; Terrible speakers

Probably not the laptop for you, but that really depends on price

Mar, 2012

Expert review by: (

Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3


Look out, Razer! Acer is literally and figuratively stretching the definition of Ultrabook with the Aspire Timeline Ultra M3. This 15-inch laptop is the largest and heaviest Ultrabook to date, but at 4.5 pounds, it's still one of the lightest machines...

Mar, 2012

Expert review by: Jerry Jackson (

Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 Review: A True 15-inch Ultrabook


A major complaint about ultrabooks is that they don't really deliver premium performance. Acer hopes to change that with the first 15-inch ultrabook with high-performance NVIDIA GeForce 640M graphics inside. Keep reading to find out more.

Unbelievable graphics performance ; Thin and light yet well built ; Good keyboard and large touchpad

Bad location for power button ; All ports are in back ; Nasty hot spot on the bottom

Regardless, the Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 is our most recommendable choice for a large ultrabook. If you look beyond those previously mentioned complaints you’ll find some genuinely impressive horsepower inside the Ultra M3. Not only is the NVIDIA...

Mar, 2012

Expert review by: Leo Boon Yeow (

Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 - Finding the Right Balance


Building a good notebook is a delicate balancing act between price, build quality and performance. The Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 with a new GeForce GT 640M GPU comes pretty close to finding the right balance. Find out if this multimedia machine...

Thin and light ; Fantastic battery life ; Solid Build ; Attractive street price

Made mostly from plastic ; Very low resolution screen

Mar, 2012

Expert review by: Matt Smith (

Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 Review: Kepler's First Laptop


The Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 is a unique laptop. It was the first product on the market to contain a GPU based of Nvidia's new Kepler architecture, beating out not only other laptops but also the desktop video cards. It's also a rare 15.6”...

Mar, 2012

Expert review by: (toptenreviews.com_old)

Acer Aspire M3


There are plenty of home computers out there, and while the Acer Aspire M3 has the second highest processing speed of 3.1 GHz, you may want to take a few other factors into consideration. There are 4GB of RAM, though you can upgrade it at an additional...

This computer has the second highest CPU speed in our comparison at 3.1 GHz

It only has 4GB of RAM but you can always upgrade it for an extra cost

We thought the processing speed was useful but the storage and memory may leave you wanting.

Expert review by: Anand Tuliani (

Acer Aspire Timeline U M3-581TG Review


Many Ultrabooks such as the Asus Zenbook UX31E and Toshiba Portege Z830 command a heavy premium for their super-slim design and powerful configuration. Even those that feature less powerful processors and hard drives instead of SSDs are overpriced for...

What we really liked is the removable panel on the bottom that allows the user to upgrade or replace the hard drive, RAM, Wi-Fi module and mSATA SSD. There’s only a single RAM slot, so you don’t have an option to add a module. It’s recommended to...

Aug, 2012

Product Specifications


Audio system:HD / HD Audio / HDA
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y / Yes
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker Power:1.5


Battery Capacity:4850 / 54
Battery capacity (Watt hours):54
Battery life (max):8
Battery performance:4850
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:3


Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3
Video capturing speed:30


Energy Star certified: Yes
RoHS compliance: Yes
Wi-Fi certified:Y
WiFi certified: Yes


Color of product:Black / Grey / Silver
Form Factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium
Market positioning:Ultrabook
Product type:Notebook / Ultrabook


3D:N / No
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:4 / 16:9
Display brightness:200
Display Diagonal:15.6 / 16
Display number of colors:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Display response rise/fall:8
HD type:Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen:No / Yes
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:N / No / Y

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:65
Power auto-sensing: Yes


Discrete graphics adapter:N / Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:1024
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3 / GDDR5
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2 / 3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1050 / 1100 / 1150 / 1200
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116 / 0x166
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 3000 / Intel HD Graphics 4000 / No


Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Keyboard type:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Numeric keypad:No / Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes


Internal memory:4 / 6
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:6 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):6
Memory clock speed:1066 / 1333
Memory layout:1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4 / 2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4 / 2 x 2
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM / 2x SO-DIMM
Memory slots (available):1


3G: No
4G:N / Y
4G standard:WiMAX
4G WiMAX: Yes
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.0 EDR / 4.0+HS
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Network standard:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.3u / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.3u
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN, BT
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n,IEEE 802.3,IEEE 802.3ab,IEEE 802.3u / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n,IEEE 802.3,IEEE 802.3ab,IEEE 802.3u
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):300
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 85
Operating relative humidity range:20 - 85
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35

Optical Drive

Disc types supported:DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW
LightScribe: No
Optical drive interface:SATA
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-RW / DVD±RW

Other Features

Audio system:HD / HD Audio / HDA
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
Display:LCD / TFT
Display Diagonal:15.6
Display Diagonal (metric):15.6
Ethernet interface type:Gigabit
Floppy drive installed: No
Graphics adapter family:Intel / Intel, NVIDIA / NVIDIA
HD-Ready: Yes
Infrared data port: No
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Internal modem: No
Number of products included:1
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Power supply type:AC / AC/DC
Volume Control:Digital
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Bag included: No
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control: No
Manual: Yes
Mouse included: No
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes


TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port:No / Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in:No / Yes
S-Video port: No
S/PDIF out port:No / Yes
SmartCard slot:No / Yes
TV out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 ports quantity:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:65
Power auto-sensing:Y


Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel HM77 Express
Conflict Free processor:N / No / Y / Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):14 / 15 / 16 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y / Yes
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Maximum number of SMP processors:1
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM77 Express
Number of processors supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor:I3-2367M / I3-2377M / I3-3217U / I5-2467M / I5-3317U / i5-3317UM / I5-3337U / I7-2637M / I7-3517U / I7-3537U
Processor boost frequency:2.3 / 2.6 / 2.7 / 2.8 / 3 / 3.1
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge / Sandy Bridge
Processor cores:2
Processor family:3rd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i3-2xxx / Intel Core i3-3xxx / Intel Core i5-2xxx / Intel Core i5-3xxx / Intel Core i7-2xxx / Intel Core i7-3xxx
Processor frequency:1.4 / 1.5 / 1.6 / 1.7 / 1.8 / 1.9 / 2
Processor lithography:22 / 32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:I3-2367M / I3-2377M / I5-2467M / I5-3317U / i5-3317UM / I5-3337U / I7-2637M / I7-3517U / I7-3537U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-2300 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-2400 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-3300 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-2600 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3500 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1023
Processor threads:4
Stepping:J1 / L1
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):17
Tjunction:100 / 105

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22 / 32
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y / Yes
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N / No
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:54618 / 54834 / 56858 / 59798 / 65707 / 65714 / 72054 / 72055
Processor code:SR0CV / SR0CW / SR0D6 / SR0N6 / SR0N8 / SR0N9 / SR0XG / SR0XL
Processor package size:31
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


Cable lock slot:Kensington / No
Fingerprint reader: No
Password protection:BIOS, HDD, Supervisor / BIOS, HDD, Supervisor, User / HDD, Supervisor, User / Yes
Password protection type:BIOS, HDD, Supervisor / BIOS, HDD, Supervisor, User / HDD, Supervisor, User / Y


Bundled software:Microsoft Office Starter / Microsoft Office Starter, Bing Bar, Windows Live Essentials / Microsoft Office Starter, Bing Bar, Windows Live Essentials\n
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 7 Professional / Windows 8


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD, xD / MMC, MS PRO, SD, xD / MMC, SD / MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:320 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA / Serial ATA II
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA / Serial ATA II
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 20 / 256
Solid-state drive interface:mSATA / Serial ATA / Serial ATA II
Solid-state drive interfaces:mSATA / SATA / Serial ATA II
Storage media:HDD / HDD+SSD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256 / 340 / 500 / 520

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10 / 10.1 / 9.84 / 9.96
Height:0.776 / 0.787 / 0.811 / 0.815
Height (front):0.776 / 1
Height (rear):0.815 / 1
Weight:4 / 4.48 / 4.74 / 4.76 / 4.96 / 5.07
Width:14.4 / 14.8 / 15