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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. People really like the keyboard and design. The price and portability also get good reviews. There are some mixed opinions about the glare. Some have doubts about the touchpad and software.

performance, portability, price, design, keyboard

usability, screen, energy, software, touchpad

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 86/100 = 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

 

Ultrabooks are mostly about trade-offs. You typically need to ditch a few niceties in order to cram everything into such a small package, so components like optical drives and capacious spinning hard drives tend to fall by the wayside. Not so with the...

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

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.

Jul, 2012

Expert review by: Sherri L. Smith (laptopmag.com)

Acer Aspire TimelineU M5-481TG-6814

 

The 14-inch TimelineU M5 Ultrabook offers discrete graphics and good audio in a sleek design.

Click to EnlargeWith discrete Nvidia graphics, loud speakers, and solid battery life -- all for less than $800 -- the Acer Aspire TimelineU M5-481TG-6814 crams a lot into its sturdy and sleek aluminum frame. What holds this system back from a higher...

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 (pcadvisor.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

Camera

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

Display

HD type: No

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter memory:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x166
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub)

Networking

4G: No

Ports & interfaces

USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2

Processor

Conflict Free processor: Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM
Processor cache type:Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-3300 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): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): Yes
Processor package size:31