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79
Engadget
Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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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
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Scores

Engadget

79
 

User Reviews

70
JimmiFriborg
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
80
davissblaine
Acer crams great specs into a low priced, thin 'ultrabook'. That's really all...read more
80
Jose Navas
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
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Model
14-inch

Key Specs

Type
Ultraportable
Screen size
1422
Screen resolution
1366 x 768
Bundled OS
Windows
CPU family
Core i3
Processor speed
1.519
System RAM
61
Pointing device
Trackpad
Video outputs
HDMI
Maximum battery life
Up to 820

General

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows (7)

Display

Screen surface
Glossy

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i3) (2377M)
Processor speed
1.5 GHz

Optical media

Optical drive
Yes (Dvd, Cd) (Yes)

Networking

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit]
Mobile broadband
No

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated (Intel)
Video outputs
HDMI

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3

Storage details

Storage interface
SATA (No)
RAID support
No

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Docking station port
No
IR port
No
Integrated webcam
Yes
Security lock slot
Yes
Case lighting
No
WiDi
Yes
Screen size
14 inches
Screen resolution
1366 x 768
Aspect ratio
16:9
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
No
3 MB L3 cache
2.5 inches
1 bays (total)
1 bays (occupied)
500 GB (total)
Platter

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
6 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to 8 hours

Input

Keyboard
Yes (Backlit)
Pointing device
Trackpad

Connections

USB
3 0, 2 0 (2 port(s)) (2 port(s))
Thunderbolt
No
FireWire / 1394
No

Audio

Audio inputs
3.5mm
Audio outputs
3.5mm
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
Yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
No
Model
15.6-inch

Key Specs

Type
Ultraportable
Screen size
1422
Screen resolution
1366 x 768
Bundled OS
Windows
CPU family
Core i3
Processor speed
1.519
System RAM
61
Pointing device
Trackpad
Video outputs
HDMI
Maximum battery life
Up to 820

General

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows (7)

Display

Screen surface
Glossy

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i5) (3317U)
Processor speed
1.8 GHz

Optical media

Optical drive
Yes (Dvd, Cd) (Yes)

Networking

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit]
Mobile broadband
No

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated (Intel)
Video outputs
Hdmi, Vga

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3

Storage details

Storage interface
SATA (No)
RAID support
No

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Docking station port
No
IR port
No
Integrated webcam
Yes
Security lock slot
Yes
Case lighting
No
WiDi
Yes
Screen size
15.6 inches
Screen resolution
1366 x 768
Aspect ratio
16:9
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
No
2.5 inches
1 bays (total)
1 bays (occupied)
520 GB (total)
Ssd, Platter

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
6 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to 8 hours

Input

Keyboard
Yes (Backlit)
Pointing device
Trackpad

Connections

USB
3 0, 2 0 (2 port(s)) (2 port(s))
Thunderbolt
No
FireWire / 1394
No

Audio

Audio inputs
3.5mm
Audio outputs
3.5mm
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
Yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
No
Model
481PT

Key Specs

Type
Ultraportable
Screen size
1422
Screen resolution
1366 x 768
Bundled OS
Windows
CPU family
Core i3
Processor speed
1.519
System RAM
61
Pointing device
Trackpad
Video outputs
HDMI
Maximum battery life
Up to 820

General

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows (8)

Display

Screen surface
Glossy

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i5) (3337U)
Processor speed
1.8 GHz

Optical media

Optical drive
Yes (Dvd, Cd) (Yes)

Networking

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit]
Mobile broadband
No

Video

Graphics adapter
Discrete (NVIDIA)
Video outputs
HDMI

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3

Storage details

Storage interface
SATA (No)
RAID support
No

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Docking station port
No
IR port
No
Integrated webcam
Yes
Security lock slot
Yes
Case lighting
No
WiDi
Yes
Screen size
14 inches
Screen resolution
1366 x 768
Aspect ratio
16:9
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
2.5 inches
1 bays (total)
1 bays (occupied)
520 GB (total)
Ssd, Platter

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
6 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to 8 hours

Input

Keyboard
Yes (Backlit)
Pointing device
Trackpad

Connections

USB
3 0, 2 0 (2 port(s)) (2 port(s))
Thunderbolt
No
FireWire / 1394
No

Audio

Audio inputs
3.5mm
Audio outputs
3.5mm
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
Yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
No
Model
NX.M27ST.002

Key Specs

Type
Ultraportable
Screen size
1422
Screen resolution
1366 x 768
Bundled OS
Windows
CPU family
Core i3
Processor speed
1.519
System RAM
61
Pointing device
Trackpad
Video outputs
HDMI
Maximum battery life
Up to 820
Model
NX.M27ST.001

Key Specs

Type
Ultraportable
Screen size
1422
Screen resolution
1366 x 768
Bundled OS
Windows
CPU family
Core i3
Processor speed
1.519
System RAM
61
Pointing device
Trackpad
Video outputs
HDMI
Maximum battery life
Up to 820
Model
NX.M3XSM.001

Key Specs

Type
Ultraportable
Screen size
1422
Screen resolution
1366 x 768
Bundled OS
Windows
CPU family
Core i3
Processor speed
1.519
System RAM
61
Pointing device
Trackpad
Video outputs
HDMI
Maximum battery life
Up to 820
Model
583P-6423

Key Specs

Type
Ultraportable
Screen size
1422
Screen resolution
1366 x 768
Bundled OS
Windows
CPU family
Core i3
Processor speed
1.519
System RAM
61
Pointing device
Trackpad
Video outputs
HDMI
Maximum battery life
Up to 820

General

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows (8)

Display

Screen surface
Glossy

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i5) (4200U)
Processor speed
1.6 GHz

Optical media

Optical drive
Yes (Dvd, Cd) (Yes)

Networking

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit]
Mobile broadband
No

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated (Intel)
Video outputs
Hdmi, Vga

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3

Storage details

Storage interface
SATA (No)
RAID support
No

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Docking station port
No
IR port
No
Integrated webcam
Yes
Security lock slot
Yes
Case lighting
No
WiDi
Yes
Screen size
15.6 inches
Screen resolution
1366 x 768
Aspect ratio
16:9
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
2.5 inches
1 bays (total)
1 bays (occupied)
500 GB (total)
Platter

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
6 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to 8 hours

Input

Keyboard
Yes (Backlit)
Pointing device
Trackpad

Connections

USB
3 0, 2 0 (1 port(s)) (2 port(s))
Thunderbolt
No
FireWire / 1394
No

Audio

Audio inputs
3.5mm
Audio outputs
3.5mm
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
Yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
No