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Acer Aspire M5-481

alaTest has collected and analyzed 58 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the build quality and battery are overall positive. The value for money and design also get good feedback, but there are some negative opinions about the screen.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Netbooks (Mini-laptops) the Acer Aspire M5-481 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 58 reviews)

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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.

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Acer Timeline U M5-481TG 6814

 

Let's face it: unless you're out to find the most stylish laptop ever, most laptop shopping is about value for money. As back-to-school season enters its dog days, one clear-cut winner in that regard is the Acer Timeline U M5-481TG, an ultrabook with...

The slim Acer Timeline U M5-481TG ultrabook combines Nvidia graphics, an optical drive, and plenty of extra features, including a backlit keyboard, in a shockingly affordable package.

A clean but generic design and its heavier weight make the U M5 feel less like an ultrabook and more like a regular mainstream laptop; the screen quality is mediocre, too.

Yes, it's heavier than the average ultrabook, but if you're looking for an excellent value in a full-featured thin laptop, the Acer Timeline U M5 is hard to beat.

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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...

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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.

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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, however, and those who quickly tire of waiting may want to...

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

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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.

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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.

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"An absolutely fantastic buy for the price"

 

*Note: I actually have the M5-581TG-73516G52Mass which is slightly better.

- Great hardware.

- Fingerprint attractive

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"Couldn't be better!"

 

Excellent value with a ton of great features packed into a slim and sleek package.

Excellent battery life

Screen resolution could be better but it's not awful

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"Great laptop for the price"

 

I love this laptop.

Great feel and weight too it. While a little heavier than most ultrabooks, it is still very light.

Wish it had a few more connections on the back. It has room for them too

Product Specifications

Configuration

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

Connectivity

Bluetooth: Yes
TV Output: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
LED Backlight:Edge LED
Touchscreen: No
True Resolution:WXGA

General Features

Media Centre Edition: No
Operating System Version:Windows 7 Home Premium

Graphic

Brand of Graphic Chip:nVidia
GPU Model (Graphic Card):GEF GT640M LE

Processor

Chipset Brand:Intel®
Chipset Type:HM77
Processor:Core™ i5
Processor Brand:Intel ®
Processor Number:I5-3317U
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