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Acer Aspire M5-581

alaTest has collected and analyzed 172 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the performance and price are overall positive. The battery and portability are also appreciated. Views are divided on the usability, while there are some less positive opinions about the resolution and energy efficiency.

design, portability, battery, price, performance

energy, resolution

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Acer Aspire M5-581 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: review summary for Acer Aspire M5-581


alaTest has collected and analysed 17 user reviews of Acer Aspire M5-581 from The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptop Computers on

portability, battery, performance, usability, durability


65% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Acer Aspire M5-581TG 15.6-inch Laptop (Silver) (Intel Core i5 3317U, RAM 6GB, SSD 128GB, DVDSM DL, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Nvidia Graphics, Windows 8)Acer Aspire M5-581TG 15.6-inch Laptop (Silver) (Intel Core i7 3517U, RAM 6GB, SSD 128GB, DVDSM DL, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Nvidia Graphics, Windows 8)Acer Aspire M5-581TG 15.6-inch Ultrabook - Magnesium (Intel Core i5 3317U 1.7GHz, 6GB RAM, 500GB HDD, DVDSM DL, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Nvidia Graphics

Consumer review by: review summary for Acer Aspire M5-581


alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 user reviews of Acer Aspire M5-581 from The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Laptops on

portability, screen, price, performance, usability


62% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Acer TimelineU M5-581TG-6666 15.6-Inch Ultrabook SilverAcer TimelineU M5-581TG-6666 15.6-Inch Ultrabook (Gun Metal Gray)

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Review Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5-581TG Ultrabook


Ultra(Gaming)Book. Acer equips their Ultrabook with a 20.6 millim

Keyboard with backlight; Optical drive; GPU performance of the GeForce GT 640M; Price-performance ratio; Long battery life under load; Ports on the back

Average port selection (no VGA connector); Viewing angles quite restricted; Constant fan noise

The thermal differences between this model and the Timeline Ultra M3-581TG.


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Acer Aspire TimelineU M5-581TG-6666


Acer's 15.6-inch Timeline U M5 Ultrabook offers discrete graphics and long battery life in a lightweight design.

Click to EnlargeWith most 15.6-inch notebooks, you're forced to lug around a bulky, heavy device, sacrificing thickness for power. The $829 Acer Aspire TimelineU M5-581TG-6666 is a happy compromise, stuffing a slim 0.81-inch chassis with an Ivy Bridge...

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Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5-581TG-6666


The Acer Timeline Ultra M5 is yet another Ultrabook on the scene. This one offers an attractive design, great audio, an optical drive and discrete graphics. It does lack in screen resolution and overall performance, which holds this computer back from...

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Acer Aspire Timeline U M5-581TG review


We love the sleek, slim metallic styling of the Acer Aspire Timeline U M5-581TG. It's also light, thin and tough enough to carry anywhere. It carries Ultrabook branding, though at 2.4kg it's heavier than most laptops with that label. It's a singularly...

Poor touchpad design puts a bit of a crimp in this otherwise outstanding laptop’s usability

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Acer Aspire Timeline M5-581TG


A powerful notebook with lots of memory and joy of joys no shiny black in sight anywhere as the whole thing is silver grey. The screen is of course reflective but not nearly as much as a lot of other offerings I have used.

This is an Intel Core i5 unit with a 500GB hard disc and a small SSD that helps make things quite a bit quicker in starting. It is 36x25x2cm and it weights 2.175kilos. The unit feels really sturdy probably because the screen back is aluminium. You will...

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Paper weight


Last time I buy a laptop from newegg.

On sale

First, the HDD went bad, then the track pad,then the battery wouldn't hold charge, then the Ethernet/wireless adapter died......The trackpad, battery, and HDD went bad within six months and became a desktop. I bought another laptop 6 months after...

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beautiful and slim


Once you get used to the screen you're fine. The touch pad however is a bit too annoying so I'm using a usb mouse.

This is a decently powered laptop, but it is very very thin and high quality looking. The screen I'm not too fond of, but that's always been the case with acer screens. Overall a solid machine, and love the fact that it has a number pad

First one that arrived was bad - touch pad would stop working at a certain angle, and the wifi seemed to operate without an antenna connected because the range was lousy ; The second one's wifi worked great, and the touch pad issue was not there....

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Best thing I ever bought


I purposely waited to review this for a period of a few weeks to make sure it didn't start to crash or anything and so far she's a beast. Also it's a 640M (Keplar based) NOT the LE. Laptop sits flat on the table for me. (Someone else said theirs...

I love this Ultrabook. I was deciding if I even needed it to be honest, but now that I have it's amazing. Really fast, and play any game I throw at it. For the price (I paid 680) you really can't beat it. I would buy this thing again in a heartbeat. I...

No cons so far. Only the "sleep issue" where you have to touch the button sometimes to wake it up. The power button on the front isn't best of choices either but these are small things to live with

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Liking it a lot so far.


Hearing the problems with win 8 bothers me but i need 7 still for school so I'm hoping Acer will update their drivers before i make the change. Probably throw in a crucial 256gb msata and a matching 8gb stick of RAM to speed this thing up even more....

Thin, relatively light, great battery life, and runs diablo 3, black ops 2, borderlands 2, and CS:GO all perfectly fine with latest nvidia drivers. Unlike some people I love the keyboard. I can type fast and haven't noticed any missed keys. The...

The mechanical drives they put in these must be garbage! My hdd died after about 40 days, sent to Acer (which I'll never do via ups again$$) got it back 2 weeks later but its been running perfectly since(another 40ish days). The USB ports in the back...

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Ultrabook with power of a gaming LAPTOP


For this price I got this time around 649$ it has amazing performance. the processor is a little lacking for maybe someone who uses digital media programs often but for my school work and lots of gaming (dota2, CS:GO, and even BF3 on med)

Switchable Graphics between Intel HD 4000 and 640m ; Sleek and stylish ; Portable, light, slim aka an ultrabook

nvidia optimus that is supposed to "switch seamlessly" between graphic to save on power and only use the 640m when need doesn't work at all. Simple and easy way to add games to be played on 640 is to list their .exe file in the exceptions in Nvidia...

Product Specifications


Convertible: No
DVD Writer:DVD-Writer
Embedded 3G/4G: No
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Flash Hard Drive / Hard Disk Drive / Hybrid Hard Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: Yes


Bluetooth: Yes
Card Reader:2 in 1 Card Reader / Multi Card Reader
Firewire: No
TV Output: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:9
LED Backlight:Edge LED / No
Touchscreen:1-Point Touch / No
True Resolution:WXGA

General Features

Intel ® Centrino Technology: No
Media Centre Edition: No
Operating System Version:Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 8


Brand of Graphic Chip:Intel ® / nVidia
GPU Model (Graphic Card):GEF GT640M / GeForce GT 730M / GeForce GT730M / HD GRAPH. 4000


Chipset Brand:Intel® / Unknown
Chipset Type:HM77 / Unknown
Processor:Core™ i5 / Core™ i7
Processor Brand:Intel ®
Processor Number:I5-3317U / I5-3337U / I7-3517U