Acer Aspire M5-481PT-6488
Average of 8 scores (from 9 reviews)
Reviews for the Acer Aspire M5-481PT-6488
The Aspire M Touch is a sleek-looking laptop, and there’s no doubt about that. Some of the design elements are a bit wonky, though. For example, most of the important ports that you need to get to are all located on the back, save for the headphone/microphone jack and the SD card slot. It makes sense to have the power port and the HDMI port on the back, that way you have cables sticking out from the sides, but having all the USB ports located on the back of the laptop is just a plain nuisance. However despite the low travel of the keyboard keys and the plastic trackpad, using both actually wasn’t too bad; it was certainly a better experience than other Windows laptops that I’ve played with, so I can’t complain too much in that respect.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/04/2013
Source: Wired Magazine
WIRED Decent weight for a 14-inch laptop at 4.4 pounds. Exemplary battery life for its class. Quite slim for an optical drive-equipped laptop. TIRED Touchy touchpad. Front-mounted power button is prone to accidental presses. All ports are rear-mounted. Extremely weak LCD. Some general bugginess during daily use.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/02/2013
Rating: Total score: 50%
Source: T Break
All said and done, the Acer Aspire M Touch is a solidly built laptop with very good specs. It provides satisfying performance in both daily usage and some modern games without making too much noise and heat, and a decent battery life as well. Price wise it’s very hard to beat, and as we’ve seen from the Aspire S7 ultrabook, Acer seems to be turning a new leaf with their laptop design.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 12/23/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC World
The Acer M5-481PT feels like a holdover of a bygone era in laptop design, where all laptops tried to be all things to all people. While its robust feature set and solid build quality are impressive for the modest $800 pricetag, the M5 feels like an outlier in the Ultrabook class, a product line defined by extreme portability and sleek design.
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 12/10/2012
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Techreview Source
Acer Aspire M5-481PT is a new 14-inch Windows 8 touch screen laptop that has a solid metal chassis, a DVD disc drive, solid performance and good battery life all for a competitive price. The quality of the display could be better and we had some issues with the clickpad, which are both disappointing.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 12/05/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
The sea of Windows 8 laptops is a rough one, full of confusing twists and turns. Do you buy a touch-screen laptop, or a regular one? Do you pick a clamshell, a convertible, or a hybrid? Sometimes it's best to play it safe.Considering the total package of features and price, the Acer Aspire M5 feels like a safe bet if you want an all-encompassing Windows 8 laptop with touch that won't cost a fortune.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/29/2012
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% mobility: 80%
Source: Laptop Mag
The Acer Aspire M5-481PT-6488 is an attractive Windows 8 Ultrabook in more ways than one. The brushed aluminum design gives this 14-inch laptop a premium vibe, as does the touch screen and high-quality speaker system. However, the M5 also has some blemishes, chief among them a touchpad that doesn't always cooperate.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/28/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Digital Trends
Acer’s Aspire M5 Touch is a strong Ultrabook. It offers good battery life, an enjoyable user interface, and high build quality for a low price. Adding touch doesn’t add much to the experience but, well, it adds touch. This can be useful in certain situations and if the touchscreen works well when called upon.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/19/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: NotebookTV.hu HU→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/16/2012
Rating: Total score: 90%
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Acer: The company was founded under the name of Multitech in Taiwan in 1976 and renamed to Acer or Acer Group in 1987. The product range includes, for example, laptops, tablets, smartphones, desktops, monitors and televisions. Gateway Inc. and Packard Bell also belong to the Group and sell their own laptops.
While Acer still had the third largest global market share in the notebook segment in 2008, it ranked 6th in 2016 with a market share of 6% after they had continuously lost market shares.
There are dozens of Acer laptop reviews per month, the ratings are average (as of 2016). Gateway, which has an own laptop line-up, has also belonged to the Acer Group since 2007.
72.5%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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