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79

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Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5 review: an Ultrabook with discrete graphics (and an optical drive)

Summary

You'll be hard-pressed to find a machine this inexpensive with such robust graphics performance.

Pros
  • Excellent graphics performanceRelatively thin and light, given the optical driveNarrow bezelsReasonable price
Cons
  • Battery life could be longerSo-so build quality
Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5 review: an Ultrabook with discrete graphics (and an optical drive)
More Info Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 review Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5 hands-on Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5 Ultrabooks with Kepler graphics coming to the US for $680-plus The PC industry might have 100-some-odd Ultrabooks up its sleeve, but fortunately for restless tech reviewers like yours truly, they're not all cast from the same mold. As the year wears on, we'll see prices dip as low as $700, and a few will be offered with discrete graphics -- a nice respite from games handicapped at 30 fps. And, in some rare cases, you'll find machines that manage to achieve both. Enter the Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5 series, a pair of 14- and 15-inch laptops that start at $680, and, for an added premium, can be had with NVIDIA Kepler graphics. What's more, the 14-inch model we tested has a DVD burner, making it as much a full-fledged laptop as an Intel-approved Ultrabook. Accordingly, then, we'll be comparing it not just to other low-priced ultraportables, but to some budget mainstream notebooks on offer this back-to-school season. So how does it stack up? Let's see.
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Scores

Engadget

79
 

Breakdown

Durability
7.0
Battery life
7.7
Design and form factor
6.5
Speed and features
7.3
Noise
8.0
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Specs

Aspire

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
1.5 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI
System RAM
6 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to8 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad
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Specs

Aspire

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
1.5 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI
System RAM
6 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to8 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad
View Full Specs
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