Published on September 12th, 2013 | by Mr Review0
Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5
Summary: Pros: Portable Cons: Battery time per charge could be better for video playback, poor sound from built-in speakers
One of the biggest mistakes with the marketing off the Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5 is the fact it is marketed as an ultrabook. In my opinion it isn’t an ultrabook. Sure, it is powerful, but it is slightly bigger in terms of size and heavier than others on the market. Don’t let that put you off though, it is an incredibly powerful machine, and it certainly is worth paying attention to. Let’s take a little look shall we?
As the trend with most laptops is nowadays, the outside of the Acer Aspire M5 looks sublime. It is incredibly sleek and you will love the look of it. The 15 inch screen is also big enough for some decent graphics design or gameplay on the go. The downside is that the resolution of the monitor isn’t too great if you compare it to others on the market (albeit those ones are considerably more expensive) The 1366 x 768 resolution is slightly too low. For most people this shouldn’t cause too much of an issue, but for those that rely on crystal clear clarity (and that is very few industries) you may want to look at a slightly different model. That being said though, the graphics card that comes as standard on this machine does pack a lot of punch. Here you can enjoy a Nvidia GeForce GR 640M which will allow you to play some of the newest games at around 40 fps at full resolution, or 115 fps at a slightly lower resolution. Not too bad for a laptop in my opinion.
You have a number of ports to play around with here. All of the are located on the back of the M5. This is three USB ports (two of which are 3.0), an Ethernet port, HDMI out. The left of the M5 is home to a DVD derive. The right an SD card slot as well as your headphone and microphone jack. You certainly do get everything that you need here.
The base model of the M5 comes with 6GB of RAM, 500GB hard disk drive and 20GB solid state. This all amounts to an almost instant boot-up time. The processor here is an Intel Core i5-3317U which is an upgrade of the version found in the M3. The downside is that it isn’t really as powerful, well it is, but Acer haven’t learned how to harness this power properly yet. In benchmark tests the M3 actually comes up trumps, which is a little odd.
If you are looking for a portable laptop with a good bit of power then the Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5 needs to be looked at. It is far cheaper than some of its competitors on the market, and as with all Acer products you really do get a lot of bang for your buck. Couldn’t recommend more! You may also want to take a peek at the M3, which has slightly similar specs albeit an older model.
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