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Acer Aspire M5-481

alaTest has collected and analyzed 47 reviews of Acer Aspire M5-481. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and keyboard. The price and portability also get good reviews. There are some mixed views about the glare. The software and touchpad get less positive opinions.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Acer Aspire M5-481 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: Sascha Mölck (notebookcheck.net)

Review Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5-481TG Notebook

 

A good looking all-rounder. With the Aspire TimelineUltra M5-481T

Long battery life; Mostly silent; Large performance reserves; SSD with large capacity; Stable case; Appealing visuals

Noisy and hot under load; Not upgradable; Poor display; Few interfaces

The rival notebooks are the HP Envy 14 Spectre, the Samsung Series 7 700Z3A-S03DE and the Dell XPS 14z.

Jul, 2012

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 sleek black 15.6-inch Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 ran...

Game-capable graphics ; 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

One laptop, with something for everybody

Dec, 2012

Expert review by: Christopher Null (wired.com)

Review: Acer TimelineUltra M5-481TG-6814

 

Acer's inexpensive TimelineUltra M5 notebook has excellent video and gaming performance, and enough battery life to handle your longest late-night sessions. General performance falls short,...

Impressive graphics performance for an ultrabook-class machine. Outstanding battery life. Price is low

General performance is uninspired. Lots of bloatware. Front-mounted power button prone to being accidentally pressed while in your bag

Aug, 2012

Expert review by: Ahmer Kazi (pcmag.com)

Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5-481TG-6814

 

The downsides of the Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5-481TG-6814 are outweighed by its nimble performance in both everyday computing and visually intense gaming applications—and it's an excellent value.

Affordable. Solid graphics configuration. Includes full-size HDMI port, built-in optical drive, spacious hard drive by ultrabook standards.

Loaded with bloatware. On the heavy side. Battery is not removable. Distracting display design.

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Jul, 2012

Expert review by: (laptopmag.com)

Acer Aspire TimelineU M5-481TG-6814

 

Acer's 14-inch Aspire TimelineU M5-481TG-6814 is a lean, mean multimedia machine. Strapped with Nvidia graphics and an Intel Ivy Bridge processor, this Ultrabook can switch from work to play with ease. At $779, the M5-481TG looks like a deal that's...

Jul, 2012

EDITORS' CHOICE!

Expert review by: Jamie Bsales (computershopper.com)

Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5 481TG-6814

 

The ultrabook category continues to evolve, with a subspecies emerging to fill just about every habitat. One of the latest is the $779.99 Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5 481TG-6814. Still part of genus ultrabookis, it combines a thin profile, 14-inch...

Slim design ; Built-in DVD burner ; Dedicated graphics engine means good 3D gaming performance ; Very good sound system ; Affordable

Slightly below-average productivity performance ; Fan noise under load ; Mediocre Webcam ; Basic port selection

You shouldn’t be able to get 3D performance this good in an ultrabook this thin and affordable. But the 14-inch Acer Aspire TimelineUltra M5 481TG-6814 delivers just that, along with an optical drive and other goodies.

Aug, 2012

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Expert review by: Taimoor Hafeez (tbreak.com)

Acer Timeline Ultra M5 Review

 

Intel Ivy Bridge and Nvidia Kepler in a slim package.

Powerful hardware in a slim package, great gaming performance, not so noisy and good metal finish

Average display, does tend to get rather hot while gaming, cheap keyboard and mouse

Last but not least is the incredible 256GB SSD which made everything run blazing fast on Timeline Ultra M5, including a cold boot startup into Windows 7 Home premium of just 12 seconds! All of this in a 13.39” x 9.65” x 0.81” body that weighs 1.95kgs.

Jun, 2012

Expert review by: Sarah Jacobsson Purewal (techadvisor.co.uk)

Acer Timeline Ultra M5 review

 

Unfortunately, the Acer Timeline Ultra M5 is an Ultrabook that represents a downgrade from its predecessor in storage and performance.

This attractive 15.6-inch Ultrabook represents a downgrade from its predecessor in storage and performance.

Jul, 2012

Expert review by: Sarah Jacobsson Purewal (techworld.com)

Acer Timeline Ultra M5 review

 

As an Ultrabook, the Acer Timeline Ultra M5 disappoints. It's simply too big (with a 15.6-inch screen) and too heavy (at 4.5 pounds, not including accessories), to fit comfortably in the Ultrabook category. If anything, decision to market this model as...

The Timeline Ultra M5 runs on a newer but weaker processor than the M3 used, and Acer pulled the older model's speedy 256GB SSD in favor of a 500GB HDD with a 20GB SSD boot drive. The result is slower overall performance, which is reflected in the...

Jul, 2012

Consumer review by: Criemer (newegg.com)

Acer M5-481TG-6814

 

Good laptop, great value, bad motherboard, bad warranty.

This laptop is super light, portable, and surprisingly powerful. The battery life is excellent and performance was better than expected

The motherboard on my computer blew after less than a year, and when I went to get the computer repaired I was told that Acer doesn't sell that model motherboard anymore. I would've sent it to Newegg to begin with but I'm a college student and the...

Jun, 2014

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes

Battery

Battery Capacity:3850 / 4850
Battery life (max):8
Battery performance:3850 / 4850
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Number of battery cells:3

Camera

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

Certificates

Energy Star certified: 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:Ultrabook

Display

3D:N / No
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:14
Display number of colors:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
HD type:Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N / No

Energy Management

AC adapter power:65

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:1
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1050 / 1150
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x166
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4000

Keyboard

Numeric keypad:No / Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys:No / Yes

Memory

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

Networking

3G: No
4G:N / No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 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 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN / LAN, WLAN
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD±RW

Other Features

Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:14
Display Diagonal (metric):14
Dolby technologies:Dolby Home Theater v4
Ethernet interface type:Gigabit
Graphics adapter family:Intel / Intel, NVIDIA
Hard disk drive, user password: Yes
HD-Ready: Yes
HDD user password:Y
Infrared data port: No
Media types supported:DVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Number of products included:1
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Type:PC

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC
Manual: 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 outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
S-Video port: No
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB port:2

Power

AC adapter power:65

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel HM77 Express
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):17 / 19
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y / Yes
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
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:I5-3317U / I7-3517U
Processor boost frequency:2.6 / 3
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge
Processor cores:2
Processor family:3rd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel Core i5-3xxx / Intel Core i7-3xxx
Processor frequency:1.7 / 1.9
Processor lithography:22
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:I5-3317U / I7-3517U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-3300 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3500 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1023
Processor threads:4
Stepping:L1
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):17
Tjunction: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
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: 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: 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 Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):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® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:65707 / 65714
Processor code:SR0N6 / SR0N8
Processor package size:31
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Fingerprint reader: No
Password protection:BIOS, HDD, Supervisor, User
Password protection type:BIOS, HDD, Supervisor, User

Software

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

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD / SD
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:20 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256
Solid-state drive interface:SATA / Serial ATA II
Solid-state drive interfaces:SATA / Serial ATA II
Storage media:HDD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256 / 500

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:9.65
Height:0.815
Weight:4.08 / 4.3
Width:13.4