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Acer Aspire M5-481

alaTest has collected and analyzed 94 reviews of Acer Aspire M5-481. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Netbooks (Mini-laptops) for all reviews. People are impressed by the keyboard and design. The price and portability also get good feedback, but the glare and energy efficiency get mixed opinions. There are some negative views about the touchpad and software.

performance, portability, price, design, keyboard

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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 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 40 user reviews of Acer Aspire M5-481 from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Netbooks (Mini-laptops) on People are impressed by the design and reliability. The price and portability also get good comments, whereas there are some mixed views about the software and usability.

performance, portability, price, reliability, design

82% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Acer TimelineU M5-481TG-6814 14-Inch Ultrabook (Gun Metal Gray)

Mar, 2015

Expert review by: Sascha Mölck (

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 (

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: Scott Stein (

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.

Aug, 2012

Expert review by: Christopher Null (

Acer’s Ultrabook Is Adept at Games, Pokey Elsewhere


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...

Aug, 2012

Expert review by: Ahmer Kazi (

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 (

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


Expert review by: Jamie Bsales (

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


Expert review by: Taimoor Hafeez (

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 (

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 (

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

Product Specifications


Convertible: No
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


Bluetooth: Yes
TV Output: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes


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


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


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