Summary: Affordable touch. Want the full Windows 8 experience but don’t want to spend a fortune? Acer’s M5-481PT touchscreen Ultrabook might be just the ticket. But can it check all the major boxes, or do its compromises outweigh its benefits?
Pros: Lightweight, Commendable build quality, Good application performance, Multi-touch interface works well, Efficient thermal design, Great battery life, The fact that it's possible to experience the strengths of Windows 8 without spending a fortune
Cons: Glossy, low-brightness screen, Poor color reproduction, saturation, and contrast, Awful touchpad, Poor port placement and limited selection, A much better screen and a more responsive touchpad
Summary: In case of the Acer Aspire M3 Touch ultrabook, we recommend that unless touch is an absolute necessity for you, you should choose one of the more conventional ultrabooks around the Rs. 60,000 mark, which will offer better overall performance. The HP Spectre XT makes the most sense around this budget.
Pros: Touchscreen is a bonus, Touch response is good, Well-built, Doesn't miss out on an optical drive, Excellent battery life, Good graphics performance
Cons: You might hardly use the touchscreen, Very expensive, Compromises on the spec sheet, Flimsy display hinge means touch is not a lot of fun
Summary: 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.
Pros: Keyboard with backlight, Optical drive, GPU performance of the GeForce GT 640M, Price-performance ratio, Long battery life under load, Ports on the back, High performance in a slim chassis and very good battery life under load.
Cons: Average port selection (no VGA connector), Viewing angles quite restricted, Constant fan noise, A maintenance hatch allowing easy access to the hard drive, RAM, and the mSATA SSD.
Conclusion: The Acer Aspire M5-481PT-6644 is a well-built ultrabook that offers solid performance and long battery life at a reasonable price. Its 14-inch touch-screen is ideal for Windows 8 users on the go.
Pros: 10-point touch-screen. Solid performance. Great battery life. Backlit keyboard.
Cons: Only two USB ports. No VGA video output. Some bloatware.
Summary: The Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5 isn't close to a perfect laptop, but it ticks so many of the right boxes for so many people that it has some real appeal. The lackluster screen and speakers make it an iffy choice for a purely multimedia machine, and it's not as stylish or responsive as some of the bleeding-edge ultrabooks we've seen.
Pros: Cool and quiet, Good battery life, Great build quality for the money, Game-capable graphics, Cool and quiet, Good battery life, Great build quality for the money
Cons: Sub-par screen, Touchpad and keyboard need work, Annoying port and button arrangement, Sub-par screen, Touchpad and keyboard need work, Annoying port and button arrangement
Summary: 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.
Conclusion: 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. There’s just one small problem. The touchscreen isn’t free. Acer’s Aspire M5 with integrated graphics and no touchscreen is usually sold for $649 to $679.
Pros: Good build quality, Enjoyable user interface, Loud, clear audio, Long battery life
Cons: Touchscreen is rarely useful, Too much bloatware, Poor value
Summary: 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.