Excerpt: Many Ultrabooks such as the Asus Zenbook UX31E and Toshiba Portege Z830 command a heavy premium for their super-slim design and powerful configuration. Even those that feature less powerful processors and hard drives instead of SSDs are overpriced for the kind of performance they offer. Let’s find out whether Acer’s Aspire Timeline U series has the potential to give its rivals a run for their money.
Excerpt: Evolutionary. Acer takes a new approach to the familiar Ultrabook: a laptop with a touchscreen, optical drive and gaming-ready GPU. How will their "all-around device" fare in our tests? 2013 is the year for touchscreen Ultrabooks – that is what chip giant Intel and manufacturers like Asus and Acer claim. The goal is to boost the sale of Windows 8 laptops and to make these mobile devices more user-friendly.
Pros: Long battery life, High program performance, Fast graphics card, Optical drive, Touchscreen, Looking for a gaming-ready Ultrabook? Few competitors offer higher performance than the Acer Aspire M3.
Cons: Single USB 3.0, Disappointing TN panel, High temperature emissions at full load, Constantly running cooler fan, Workmanship flaws on our test model, A better display, clean workmanship, reliable input devices – for 1,000 Euros it is hard not to expect more.
Excerpt: Stylish marathon runner. Acer has an ultra-thin 14-inch notebook with a Core i5 ULV chip on offer with the M3-481. The Computer is available from just 480 Euros (~$622) without operating system, and also looks nice. Our review reveals whether or not Acer has built a recommendable notebook with this model. Acer has many ultra-thin notebooks on offer that pretty much are to conquer the ultrabook market from below in terms of price.
Pros: Very good battery life, Cheap price, Good running performance, Runs almost silently, Low Volume, Good quality built, Extremely good battery life, good performance, and the appealing case.
Cons: Low-contrast screen, No openings for maintenance
Summary: What bugged us most was the picture's milky sheen and the anti-Retina display resolution of 1366x768 on a 15.6-inch panel. All that aside, however, we’re still awed by the gaming performance of the Timeline M3 and its portability—provided you have a wide enough bag. With a proper screen and better touchpad, you’d have a seriously kick-ass machine.
Pros: Powerful graphics in a thin package; loaded.
Cons: Mediocre panel; width pushes the boundaries of ultrabook portability.
Conclusion: Nvidia wants to put the "Ultra" in Ultrabooks with the GeForce GT 640M - or so the striking PR statement says. Fortunately, The performance fulfills this statement to no end. The graphics performance of the GT 640M is considerable, all the while maintaining energy consumption to reasonable limits. Admittedly, the Acer under review has very little in common with previous Ultrabooks because of its DVD drive and relatively large 15-inch display.
Pros: Very good graphics performance, Fast SSD and thus very good application performance, Good battery life thanks to Optimus, The graphics performance of the GeForce GT 640M.
Cons: Poor display, Touchpad without dedicated buttons, Hot under load
Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 - Finding the Right Balance
23 March 2012
Excerpt: Building a good notebook is a delicate balancing act between price, build quality and performance. The Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 with a new GeForce GT 640M GPU comes pretty close to finding the right balance. Find out if this multimedia machine meets your needs.
Pros: Thin and light, Fantastic battery life, Solid Build, Attractive street price
Cons: Made mostly from plastic, Very low resolution screen
Acer Aspire TimelineU M3: Life on the Kepler Verge
13 March 2012
Conclusion: With the Acer Aspire TimelineU M3, we're really talking about and reviewing two different products: the ultrabook itself and the shiny new NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M. There's a certain poetry to the feeling that these two products are both worthy of the same conclusion: excellent on their own, but both need to be able to stretch their legs.