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Acer Aspire Timeline U M3-581TG

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 products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the price and design. The portability and usability also get good opinions, but the connectivity and image quality get mixed reviews. Some have doubts about the energy efficiency and touchpad.

performance, usability, portability, design, price

touchpad, energy

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

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Acer Aspire Timeline U M3-581TG

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 56 user reviews of Acer Aspire Timeline U M3-581TG from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk. Views about the image quality and usability are overall positive. The portability and price are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed reviews about the energy efficiency and screen, and many are negative about the touchpad and size.

performance, price, portability, usability, image quality

reliability, size, touchpad

82% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

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

Aug, 2018

Expert review by : Michael Gorman (engadget.com)

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 : Loyd Case (pcworld.com)

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 : Sean Hollister (theverge.com)

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 (laptopmag.com)

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 : Klaus Hinum (notebookcheck.net)

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 : Jerry Jackson (NotebookReview.com)

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 ; If you are in the market for an ultrabook with a large screen, excellent video editing and gaming performance, and a premium fit and finish then the Acer Aspire...

If you are in the market for an ultrabook with a large screen, excellent video editing and gaming performance, and a premium fit and finish then the Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 deserves serious consideration.

Mar, 2012

Expert review by : Leo Boon Yeow (hardwarezone.com)

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 (pcper.com)

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

Recommended!

Expert review by : Ardjuna Seghers (trustedreviews.com)

Acer Aspire Timeline U M3 581TG

 

The cheapest game-worthy Ultrabook around thanks to GeForce GT 640M graphics.

Relatively slim and light gaming machine ; Very affordable ; Good battery life ; USB 3.0

Horrible connectivity placement ; Average screen

Jul, 2012

Expert review by : Hunter Skipworth (pocket-lint.com)

Acer Aspire Timeline M3 Ultra pictures and hands-on - Pocket-lint

 

Until now the Ultrabook just hasn't been that ultra. Compared to the MacBook Air not much has been able to match its day-to-day computing speeds. But where

Mar, 2012

Product Specifications

Audio

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

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

Camera

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

Certificates

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

Design

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

Display

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:HD / 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

Graphics

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

Keyboard

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

Memory

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

Networking

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
Type:PC
Volume Control:Digital
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Bag included:N
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control:N
Manual:Y
Mouse included:N
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

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

Performance

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
TV-out:N
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
Volume Control:Digital

Power

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

Processor

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 / I3-3217U / 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 i3-3200 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 / 65697 / 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

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington / N / No
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
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

Software

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

Storage

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