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Acer Aspire TimelineUltra M5 Series

Acer Aspire M5-581T-6446Processor: Intel Core i5 3317U, Intel Core i7 2637M, Intel Core i7 3517U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000, NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M, NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
Display: 14.0 inch, 15.6 inch
Weight: 1.9kg, 2kg, 2.179kg, 2.2kg, 2.3kg
Price: 799, 800, 900, 1200 euro
Average Score: 78.61% - good
Average of 18 scores (from 25 reviews)
price: 60%, performance: 80%, features: 60%, display: 57%
mobility: 81%, workmanship: 90%, ergonomy: 73%, emissions: 79%

 

Acer Aspire M5-581TG-9825

Specifications

Acer Aspire M5-581TG-9825Notebook: Acer Aspire M5-581TG-9825
Processor: Intel Core i7 3517U
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 2.3kg
Price: 1200 euro
Links: Acer homepage
 Acer notebook section
 Aspire TimelineUltra M5 (Series)

Average Score: 80% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

80% Acer Timeline Ultra M5 Review
Source: T Break English
The Acer Timeline Ultra M5 certainly manages to impress in raw performance. What it lacks in visual style from other ultrabooks, it more than makes up for in substance. The Ultra M5 also presents a new class of ultrabooks (if such a classification can indeed be made) for those people who want the portability of an ultrabook, but also want enough horsepower to be able to play the latest games.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/26/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%

 

Acer Aspire M5-481TG-73514G25Mas

Specifications

Acer Aspire M5-481TG-73514G25MasNotebook: Acer Aspire M5-481TG-73514G25Mas
Processor: Intel Core i7 3517U
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
Display: 14.0 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 2kg
Price: 1200 euro
Links: Acer homepage
 Acer notebook section
 Aspire TimelineUltra M5 (Series)

Average Score: 81% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

82% Test: Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5-481TG-73514G25Mas Ultrabook-Entwicklung verschlafen?
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/29/2012
Rating: Total score: 82% performance: 90% display: 70% mobility: 86% ergonomy: 85% emissions: 80%
80% Lekka czternastka z przyzwoitym układem grafiki
Source: PC Lab.pl Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/27/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%

 

Acer Aspire M5-581TG-53314G52Mass

Specifications

Acer Aspire M5-581TG-53314G52MassNotebook: Acer Aspire M5-581TG-53314G52Mass
Processor: Intel Core i5 3317U
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M 1024 MB
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 2.179kg
Price: 799 euro
Links: Acer homepage
 Acer notebook section
 Aspire TimelineUltra M5 (Series)

Average Score: 83.33% - good
Average of 3 scores (from 6 reviews)

 

83% Review Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5-581TG Ultrabook | Notebookcheck
Ultra(Gaming)Book. Acer equips their Ultrabook with a 20.6 millimeter (0.81 inch) thick aluminum chassis and a Kepler GT640M GPU suitable for gaming. Does this combination work and do the temperatures remain within acceptable limits? Read our review to find out.
80% Acer Aspire Timeline M5-581TG
Source: Gadgetspeak English
A powerful notebook with lots of memory and joy of joys no shiny black in sight anywhere as the whole thing is silver grey. On the down side the screen is still very reflective, why cannot a non reflective screen be standard on all notebooks.I liked this notebook but as always the review period is short and doing a great deal more than a standard set of tests is not possible.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/26/2013
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% performance: 80%
Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5 – Review
Source: Gadgetmix English
When ultrabooks first launched at the end of 2011, it was a given that such a compact frame couldn’t possibly accommodate a spinning hard disk or optical drive. That black bar around the screen sticks out as one imperfection, and aesthetes might carp at the plastic base plate or lack of a side USB port. But for performance, input devices, audio, and ease of use (think DVD burner vs USB stick for movie watching) the Acer Aspire Timeline M5 rocks.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/22/2012
80% Acer Timeline Ultra M5 review
Source: PC Advisor English
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 50-point difference in the systems' WB7 scores.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/26/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
90% Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5 Review
Source: Digital Trends English
We can’t help but wonder if Acer is a bit confused. The company sent us two laptops for review simultaneously: the Acer Aspire M5 (priced at $780) and the Acer Aspire S5 (priced at $1,399). Between these, the M5 is clearly superior. It’s more attractive, nearly as quick, far better for games, and lasts longer on a charge. Maybe they accidentally switched the labels.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/18/2012
Rating: Total score: 90%
Abgedunkelt – 15,6-Zoll-Ultrabook mit Multimedia-Eigenschaften
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/16/2012
Rating: performance: 60% features: 50% display: 30% mobility: 70% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 50%
Das Ultrabook für Filmfans
Source: Focus Online German DE→EN
Positive: flat chassis; DVD-player; good price/performance ratio Negative: inferior performance and display
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/06/2012

 

Acer Aspire M5-581TG-6666

Specifications

Acer Aspire M5-581TG-6666Notebook: Acer Aspire M5-581TG-6666
Processor: Intel Core i5 3317U
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 2.2kg
Price: 900 euro
Links: Acer homepage
 Acer notebook section
 Aspire TimelineUltra M5 (Series)
 Aspire M5-581TG-6666 (Model)

Average Score: 75% - good
Average of 4 scores (from 4 reviews)

 

70% Acer Aspire TimelineU M5 Review
Source: Techspot English
When I first fired up the TimelineU, I had a hard time determining whether I should review the machine objectively as a standalone product or if I should impart my preconceived notions about ultrabooks. In the interest of fairness, I'll try to cover both starting with the latter: As an ultrabook, the M5 falls short.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/14/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5-581TG-6666
Source: Techreview Source English
The Acer Timeline Ultra M5 is yet another Ultrabook on the scene. This one offers an attractive design, great audio, an optical drive and discrete graphics. It does lack in screen resolution and overall performance, which holds this computer back from the rest of the pack.
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/26/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Acer Aspire TimelineU M5-581TG-6666
Source: PC World English
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 50-point difference in the systems' WB7 scores.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 07/24/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% Acer Aspire TimelineU M5-581TG-6666 Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
With most 15.6-inch notebooks, you're forced to lug around a bulky, heavy device, sacrificing thickness for power. The $829 Acer Aspire TimelineU M5-581TG-6666 is a happy compromise, stuffing a slim 0.81-inch chassis with an Ivy Bridge CPU, discrete Nvidia graphics, and more than 7 hours of battery life, which will delight mobile gamers and multimedia consumers everywhere.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/19/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%

 

Acer Aspire TimeLineU M5-581TG-73516G25Mass

Specifications

Acer Aspire TimeLineU M5-581TG-73516G25MassNotebook: Acer Aspire TimeLineU M5-581TG-73516G25Mass
Processor: Intel Core i7 2637M
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 2kg
Links: Acer homepage
 Acer notebook section
 Aspire TimelineUltra M5 (Series)

 

Acer Aspire TimelineU M5 spojuje tenké tělo s výkonem
Source: Notebook.cz CZ→EN
Positive: Quality mechanical processing; quiet operation; comfortable keyboard . Negative: Low-resolution display; fan noise.
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 07/19/2012

 

Acer Aspire M5-481TG-6814

Specifications

Acer Aspire M5-481TG-6814Notebook: Acer Aspire M5-481TG-6814
Processor: Intel Core i5 3317U
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
Display: 14.0 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.9kg
Price: 800 euro
Links: Acer homepage
 Acer notebook section
 Aspire TimelineUltra M5 (Series)
 Aspire M5-481TG-6814 (Model)

Average Score: 76% - good
Average of 5 scores (from 9 reviews)

 

80% Acer Timeline U M5-481TG 6814
Source: CNet English
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 all the trimmings that costs as little as $779. 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.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/08/2012
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% mobility: 80%
60% Acer’s Ultrabook Is Adept at Games, Pokey Elsewhere
Source: Wired Magazine English
What this all amounts to in the should-you-buy-it department is a big maybe that depends on what you value the most. If you’re a gamer who travels a lot but never wants to plug his laptop in, consider the TimelineUltra your baby. Those who quickly tire of waiting may want to look elsewhere.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/06/2012
Rating: Total score: 60%
90% Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5 481TG-6814 Review and Ratings
Source: Computer Shopper English
The ultrabook category continues to evolve, with a subspecies emerging to fill just about every habitat. 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.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/03/2012
Rating: Total score: 90%
Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5 review: an Ultrabook with discrete graphics (and an optical drive)
Source: Engadget English
For the money, the Acer Aspire M5 is a fantastic deal. At $780, it delivers some of the best graphics performance you'll find in this price range, or among Ultrabooks, in general. It's thinner than many mainstream 14-inch laptops, even though it still makes room for an optical drive.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/03/2012
80% Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5-481TG-6814
Source: PC Mag English
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.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/30/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% Acer Aspire TimelineU M5-481TG-6814 Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
With 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 rating is its awkward port placement and toasty underside. Overall, though, the 14-inch Acer M5 provides strong multimedia performance in a light package.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/30/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
Acer Aspire M5, análisis a fondo
Source: Tuexperto Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Long battery life; reasonable price; discrete graphics card option.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/04/2012
Тест игрового ультрабука с приводом Acer Aspire M5-481TG: разрыв шаблона
Source: Zoom RU→EN
Positive: Thin aluminum unibody; touch screen; price. Negative: Integrated graphics card.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/31/2012
Ультрабук Acer Aspire M5: 14-дюймовый дисплей, подсветка клавиатуры и GeForce 640M LE
Source: 3DNews.ru RU→EN
Positive: Price to get the best toppings - weight; suitable graphics card; battery life; comfortable backlit keyboard; SSD and a great processor. Negative: Not a high level of performance.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/21/2012

 

Acer Aspire M5-581T-6446

Specifications

Acer Aspire M5-581T-6446Notebook: Acer Aspire M5-581T-6446
Processor: Intel Core i5 3317U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 2.3kg
Price: 800 euro
Links: Acer homepage
 Acer notebook section
 Aspire TimelineUltra M5 (Series)
 Aspire M5-581T-6446 (Model)

Average Score: 80% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

70% Acer M5-581T-6446
Source: PC World English
Most of our readers will never see the Acer M5-581T-6446, since it's sold only in Canada. That said, it's a pretty good laptop if you're looking for a larger, more solid Ultrabook-type model. The M5 has great battery life and excellent overall performance, but it lacks a discrete GPU and even its integrated graphics seem subpar. But if you're not too interested in graphics performance, this is a great, sleek laptop.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/17/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
90% Review af Acer Aspire TimelineU M5-581TG
Source: Laptopworld.dk DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/06/2012
Rating: Total score: 90%

 

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Acer: Acer Incorporated is a Taiwanese multinational electronics manufacturer. Its product lineup includes desktops and laptops, as well as personal digital assistants (PDAs), servers and storage, displays, peripherals, and e-business services for business, government, education, and home users. Acer is the third largest computer manufacturer in the world (by sales) after HP and Dell Inc (2007). The company owns the largest franchised computer retail chain in Taipei, Taiwan. Originally named Multitech, it was founded in 1976. Gateway and Packard Bell are economically connected with Acer. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %

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With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.

NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M: Middle class graphics card of the 600M series based on the 28nm GK107 chip (Kepler architecture).

NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE: A Slower-clocked version of the GT 640M

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

Intel HD Graphics 4000: Processor graphics card in the high end Ivy Bridge models. Offers a different clock speed in the different CPU models (ULV to desktop quad core) and therefore a different performance.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  

3517U: Fast Ivy-Bridge-based ULV-CPU in Q2 2012. Offers a core clock of 1.9 - 3.0 GHz and an HD 4000 GPU (350 - 1150 MHz). The TDP is rated at 17 W.

2637M: Power saving ULV processor clocked at 1.7-2.8 GHz due to Turbo Boost. Offers an integrated HD 3000 clocked at slow 350 / 1200 MHz and a DDR3-1333 memory controller.

Intel Core i5:

3317U: Ivy-Bridge-based ULV-CPU in Q2 2012. Offers a core clock of 1.7 - 2.6 GHz and an HD 4000 GPU (350 - 1050 MHz). The TDP is rated at 17 W.


14.0: 14 inch display size is a mixture between the small formats of subnotebooks and the 15 inch standard display. The reason why so many people like displays with medium size is, that this size is not exhausting for the eyes, does not need too much energy and the laptops can be kept quite compact.

15.6: 15 inch display-variants are the standard and are used for more than the half of all notebooks. 15.4 inch display with 16:10 are the standard for notebook displays. However nowadays, more and more 16:9 displays with 15.6 inch appear. The reason why so many people like displays with medium size is, that this size is not exhausting for the eyes, does not need too much energy and the laptops can be kept quite compact.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


1.9 kg:

These sub-notebooks weight less than the average of all notebooks, but represent a heavier class of weight among the sub-notebooks. 12 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

2.3 kg:

These sub-notebooks weight less than the average of all notebooks, but represent a heavier class of weight among the sub-notebooks. 13 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.


78.61%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2012-07- 5 (Update: 2012-07- 5)