Reviews and Problems with Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3-series
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Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3-581TG review
7 January 2014
Summary: What is an ultrabook? Intel has a pretty loose definition: as long as your laptop is less than 0.8 inches thin, has five hours of battery life, rapidly wakes from sleep, and has a second-generation Intel Core processor, you're basically part of the club. What "ultrabook" stands for, though, is an entirely different matter.
Summary: 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.
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: 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?
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.
Summary: The Acer Aspire Timeline U M3 is a slim and portable machine that packs in Nvidia's latest graphics card, providing some serious gaming performance. It doesn't have a great screen but it's definitely one to consider for gaming on the go.
Cons: poor screen; keyboard could be more comfortable.
Summary: Priced at Rs 51,705, the Timeline U M3-581TG is one of the cheapest options you have if you wish to buy an Ultrabook. Of course, it isn’t cheap by any means, considering you can buy a more powerful laptop for the same price. This means the premium is mainly for the ultra-slim design. The M3-581TG would have been a better deal had it featured the Intel Core i5-3317U processor and at least a 750GB hard drive.
Summary: The Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 is an ultrabook while the Aspire V5 isn't, but both have very similar form factors. The M3 offers very good system and graphics performance, as well as better battery life. You pay around Rs. 9,000 more than the Aspire V5, but then again, the M3 does make for a much better deal.
Pros: Zippy system performance, Impressive graphics capabilities, Good battery life
Cons: Looks are not as premium as they should be, Display hinge and panel is not very solid
Excerpt: WHEN LOOKING FOR a tagline that will easily sell a boatload of Acer Timeline M3 notebooks, it doesn’t take much more than: “an ultrabook that will play Battlefield 3 on Ultra setting.” And it’s true, too. The Timeline M3 will indeed play BF3 on Ultra, provided you’re comfortable with 30 frames per second. That dips a bit below our thresholds for a shooter. We preferred playing Battlefield 3 on High, which gave us 50–60fps in online play.
Pros: Powerful graphics in a thin package; loaded.
Cons: Mediocre panel; width pushes the boundaries of ultrabook portability.
Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 Review – The First True Ultrabook?
14 May 2012
Excerpt: Acer’s new Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 is the first ultrabook to hit the US with discrete graphics on board. Acer and NVIDIA tout it as the first “true ultrabook” thanks to the power under the hood. But with a 15.6-inch display, will most consumers really place it in that category? The screen size coupled with the inclusion of an optical drive means that most will compare this laptop with other mainstream machines.
Pros: Speedy, Great graphics performance, Slim and lightweight for a 15-inch machine, Long battery life
Cons: Sub-par touchpad, Display resolution only 1366 x 768, Ports in an awkward place
Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 Review: First Impressions
20 April 2012
Excerpt: The Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 has the distinction of having the longest laptop name ever and of being the first ultrabook to come to market with discrete graphics. Okay, maybe the name isn’t the longest ever, but the discrete graphics thing is no joke. Intel’s integrated graphics are good enough for mainstream tasks and usage, but for intense tasks and power users, they don’t quite cut it.