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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 Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the price and design. The portability and usability also get good comments. 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 Laptops the Acer Aspire Timeline U M3-581TG is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 56 user reviews of Acer Aspire Timeline U M3-581TG from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Reviews about the image quality and usability are overall positive. The portability and price also get good views. There are some negative reviews about the touchpad and size. Comments about the energy efficiency and screen are different.

performance, price, portability, usability, image quality

reliability, size, touchpad

82% of the reviews on 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

Oct, 2017

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

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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


Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3


HD type: No


Discrete graphics adapter:No / Yes
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2 / 3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:2
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116 / 0x166
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub)


4G:No / Yes
4G standard:WiMAX
4G standards:WiMAX

Ports & interfaces

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


Conflict Free processor:No / Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16 / 32 / 8
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):21.3 / 25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1066,1333 / 1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM
Processor cache level:L3
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge / Sandy Bridge
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
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):No / Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Processor ARK ID:54618 / 54834 / 56858 / 59798 / 65697 / 65707 / 65714 / 72054 / 72055 / I3-2367M / i3-2377M / I5-3317U
Processor package size:31