Acer Aspire TimelineU M5 Acer was the first company to add discrete graphics to Ultrabooks with the Timeline M3, and now it back with the 15.
6 inch . At $829, this sub 5 pound notebook packs Nvidia Kepler graphics for playing some of the latest games and Intel Ivy Bridge power for a lower cost. The M5 seems like a good bet for college students and gamers on the go who consume a lot of multimedia content, but is this thin and light machine versatile enough?Essentially the same design as the Aspire Timeline Ultra M3, Acer keeps things pretty modest in terms of design on the M5. The lid of the M5 is swathed in a slate gray brushed aluminum with a lone chrome Acer insignia. When the lid is closed, the back ridge of the interior deck is exposed, displaying the Dolby Professionally Tuned logo. While the same color as the lid, the interior of the notebook is constructed from anondized aluminum. A spacious keyboard resides in a shallow depression, while the touchpad is surrounded by a thin strip of chrome. The display, also wrapped in a very thin gray soft touch bezel, features a small chrome Acer logo at the bottom. Acer has played hide and seek with the power button, placing it on the right front lip of the computer. We spent a while trying to locate the button, and there a constant risk of accidentally shutting off the system when using it in your lap. Another point of contention is Acer decision to place all the ports on the notebook rear, forcing us to reach around to plug in our various devices. The decision is all the more frustrating considering the amount of space available on the notebook right side. True to Ultrabook form, the 4.8 pound, 14.4 oakley sunglasses for sale cheap x 10.1 x 0.79 0.81 inch 581TG is both lighter and slimmer than most 15.6 inch notebooks. The Sony VAIO E Series 15 (14.6 x x 9.9 x 1.0 1.3 inches) green oakleys and the Acer Aspire V3 571G 9435 (15 x 9.9 x 0.9 1.3 inches) are larger and heavier at 5.4 and 5.6 pounds, respectively. Display and Audio The Timeline U M5 15.6 inch, 1366 x 768p glossy LED backlit display delivers eye popping color with clean, sharp text. The 1080p Technicolor world of Oz in the "The Great and Wonderful Oz" trailer was populated with radiant blue and orange flowers. Mila Kunis blood red attire popped against a crystal blue sky and lush green meadow. Although the colors were vivid, the trailer suffered from shallow 45 degree viewing angles that inverted the colors as soon as we moved too far to the right or left. The 158 lux display was also rather dim, failing to match the 201 lux thin and light average. It was enough to outshine the VAIO E Series 15 141 lux display, but both the Aspire V3 212 lux display and the VAIO S Series 15 270 lux display delivered a oakley x metal brighter picture. Assisted by the Dolby Home Theater v4 software, the pair of bottom mounted speakers bathed our small testing space in loud, clear sound provided it was on a hard surface. When we placed the notebook in our lap, the sound was immediately muffled. As we listened to Janelle Monae "Tightrope," we were disappointed by the lack of bass and the flatness of the trumpets. However, Monae staccato soprano still sounded gorgeous coasting over the uptempo track. Keyboard and Touchpad The Timeline U M5 comes with a backlit island style keyboard and full number pad that spans the length of the interior deck. The flat black matte keys are a little stiff but generously spaced, and the bright backlighting made typing in a dim setting a breeze. The Tab, Caps Lock and Left Shit keys were undersized while the Backspace, Enter and Right Shift keys were larger than normal. We scored 53 words per minutes with a zero percent error rate on the Ten Thumbs Typing Test, higher than our usual 50 wpm/1 percent error rate. By including a number pad, Acer introduced a bit of Catch 22 when it came to positioning the touchpad on the M5. By centering it under the G and H keys as is most comfortable when your fingers are on the home row the pad left little room for our left hand on the deck. Thankfully, the 4.2 x 3.1 inch Elan touchpad has good palm rejection, which prevented the cursor from accidentally sending the cursor skipping across the page. However, when we played "Batman: Arkham City" for 15 minutes, temperatures jumped to uncomfortable levels. Overall, the images were fairly dark in both natural and fluorescent lighting. A tray loading DVD drive and a jack for the AC adapter sit on the left. We easily watched movies on Netflix despite having eight tabs open in Google Chrome and Internet Explorer while running a full system virus scan. During Geekbench, the M5 scored 5,706, well above the 5,290 thin and light category average. However, full powered processors fared better: The Sony VAIO E15 and its 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 3210M notched 7,090, while the Acer Aspire V3 571G 9435 and its 2.3GHz Intel Core i7 3610QM CPU took the prize with 10,896. The M5 hard drive duplicated 4.97GB of mixed media files in 2 minutes and 58 seconds for a transfer rate of 28.6 MBps, slightly below the 30 MBps average. However it was enough to speed past the Aspire V3 (500GB 5,400 rpm hard drive) and the VAIO E15 (750GB 5,400 rpm hard drive), which notched 19.6 and 23 MBps. The XPS 15 and its hybrid drive (750GB 7,200 rpm hard drive/32GB mSSD) dished out a faster score of 37.1 MBps. The M5 lost a step during the OpenOffice spreadsheet macro test, taking 5 minutes and 51 seconds to match 20,000 names to their corresponding addresses. Although that 9 seconds faster than the 6:00 category average, the Aspire V3, E15 and XPS 15 completed the task in 4:35, 4:48 and 4:54, respectively. Boot and Wake Times Thanks to its 20GB SSD, the M5 booted Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) in a speedy 31 seconds, much faster than the 58 second category average. The E Series 15 and Aspire V3 booted in 0:50 and 0:55. Acer has included its Green Instant On feature that allows for nearly instantaneous wake from sleep times. During our testing, the M5 resumed from sleep in 2.3 seconds.
Acer Always Connect claims to connect to the Web in 2.5 seconds via previous remembered Wi Fi hotspots. After several tests, we found that the notebook connected to the Internet almost instantly after okley waking from sleep.
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