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Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5-581TG 15.6-inch Ultrabook (Intel Core i7 3517U 1.9GHz, 6GB RAM, 128GB SSD, DVDSM DL, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Nvidia Graphics, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit)

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Core i7, 128GB SSD
  • Thin, light and full-featured - this Ultrabook goes mobile with casual ease, and has a full-size chiclet keyboard for speedy input and real productivity
  • All day Timeline power - in the Timeline tradition, this Ultrabook features more than 8 hours of battery life, providing a full day of on-demand mobile computing on a single charge
  • An extraordinary start - within seconds, Acer InstantOn wakes the Ultrabook from sleep, and Acer Always Connect gets you online in an additional 2.5 seconds
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Product Information

Style Name: Core i7, 128GB SSD
Technical Details
BrandAcer
Item Weight3.7 Kg
Product Dimensions43.7 x 32.3 x 9.7 cm
Item model numberNX.M2GEK.003
Screen Size15.6 inches
Processor BrandIntel
Processor TypeCore i7
Processor Speed1.9 GHz
RAM Size6 GB
Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Graphics Card DescriptionNvidia GeForce GT 640M
Graphics RAM TypeVRAM
Graphics Card Ram Size1 GB
Operating SystemWindows 7 Edition Home Premium
Lithium Battery Energy Content4850 milliamp_hours
Lithium Battery Weight300 Grams
  
Additional Information
ASINB00829IPQM
Best Sellers Rank 190,328 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight3.7 Kg
Date First Available31 May 2012
  
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Product Description

Style Name: Core i7, 128GB SSD

Product Description

See  how all the features of the Aspire TimelineU fit together
See how the features of the Acer Aspire M5 fit together. Click here to see more details.

Introducing the Acer Aspire TimelineUltra M5 - Performance Ultrabook

The groundbreaking TimelineUltra M Series features superior visuals and ultra-thin-and-light mobility. A powerful processor and a solid state drive ensure instant-on performance and more than 8 hours of battery life.* As the world's first Ultrabook to pack dedicated graphics, as well as an optical drive, the TimelineUltra M Series is fabulous for creating and enjoying image-rich content, playing killer games, or watching the best movies wherever you go.

Extremely Power-smart

The original Aspire Timeline series was the first to break the 8-hour battery life barrier, and the new Acer Aspire M5 exceeds that with over 8 hours* of excellent performance straight out of the box. With Acer Aspire M5, performance and battery life are no longer incompatible. You can multitask with intense applications and enjoy brilliant HD multimedia longer than ever before. Acer's PowerSmart long-life battery retains 80% capacity for more than 1,000 charge cycles, for up to 4 years of use.^^^ A one-touch LED power indicator lights up in different colours, so you can check your notebook's battery capacity with ease. The Acer Aspire M5 optimises performance and battery life to the max.

The Acer Aspire M5 sports a gorgeous aluminium alloy chassis with urban styling
The Acer Aspire M5 sports a gorgeous aluminium alloy chassis with urban styling. Click here to see a larger image.

Step Up Your Game

The TimelineUltra M5 is an amazing mobile platform for creating and consuming today's high-definition content. NVIDIA graphics and Intel processors ensure intense detail and serious speed for hardcore gaming, movies, graphic arts, on-the-job multitasking and more. An ample hard disk drive has plenty of storage, while an integrated solid state drive (SSD)** enables instant-on starts, faster data access, a longer-running battery, and quiet operation.

NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M Graphics

The Aspire M5 can deliver some of the best gaming graphics available with the included NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M. This new series graphics solution offers unrivalled visual quality taking movies, games, multimedia, and video editing to the next level when you need it, but doesn't drain the battery when you don't. With full DirectX 11 support you'll be able to enjoy faster frame rates, increased visual detailing, and higher resolutions. Breakthrough energy-saving technology has combined low-power drain with maximum performance, increasing your notebook's battery life while delivering performance on demand. What's more, this card supports NVIDIA PhysX and CUDA technologies for realistic visual effects. Even for everyday tasks, this card is developed to fully utilise the enhanced capabilities of Windows 7.

3rd-generation Intel Core Processors

The power of 3rd-generation Intel Core processor technology speeds up multitasking performance so you can work faster and have more fun, with less waiting. This Aspire M5 features a choice of either an Intel Core i5 Ivy Bridge processor or an i7 Ivy Bridge Processor, delivering intelligent performance that adapts to your individual needs. With this kind of power, the Aspire M5 Series is fabulous for creating digital video, playing intense games, and having fun at home.

See how Intel Turbo Boost Technology gives you extra performance when you need it most
See how Intel Turbo Boost Technology gives you extra performance when you need it most. Click here to see a larger image.

The Intel Core i5 and i7 processors also include Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. This revolutionary technology dynamically boosts performance and energy efficiency when and where you need it most. By automatically increasing the processor frequency based on the workload and operating environment, you can get the power to perform the tasks that you need whilst seamlessly allowing inactive cores to lay dormant, meaning that they draw less power - increasing your battery life and reducing your carbon footprint. These processors also include Quick Sync Video and Clear Video HD Technology.

SSD & HDD options

Acer Aspire M5 gives you a number of storage options, including HDDs for when you want a large amount of storage space (500GB). Available on selected models, a solid state drive (SSD) enables fast data access, is light and quiet, and features a sturdy design for ultraportable devices.

Packed full of features, the Aspire M5 is still only 20.7 mm thin and 2.3 kg light.
Packed full of features, the Aspire M5 is still only 20.7 mm thin and 2.3 kg light. Click here to see a larger image.
Dolby Home Theater v4

The professionally-tuned audio of Dolby Home Theater v4 allows you to maximise volume output without distortion, and enjoy surround sound and dialog enhancement through PC speakers, headphones, or a home theatre connection.

An Extraordinary Start

Within just 1.5 seconds Acer Instant On wakes the Ultrabook from sleep^, and within another 2.5 seconds you're online thanks to Acer Always Connect.^^ Also, while you were away, all your content was automatically refreshed. In just a few seconds you're up and running, connected to the Internet, and completely updated.

Acer Green Instant On

Save time with Acer Green Instant On. Put the Aspire M5 to sleep, and spring it back to life in just 1.5 seconds from Sleep mode, perfect for quickly resuming your session when on the move, or to instantly check information or messages. After 8 hours in Sleep mode, or after the period you set, the notebook enters Deep Sleep, conserving battery life for up to 50 days.*** Yet, when you return, your Aspire M5 turns right on in 6 seconds, and everything looks exactly as you left it. Even from a power-off state, the Acer Aspire M5 provides fast boot in 10 seconds.

Acer Always Connect

Thanks to Acer Always Connect, you can now say goodbye to long waits to get connected. The Aspire M5 Series remembers your favourite access points (APs) or new places visited, and reconnects to them instantly, so you can get on the Internet in just 2.5 seconds. With Acer Always Connect you'll be able to get much quicker access to instant messaging and Internet services after your system resumes from hibernation. Acer Always Connect also allows you to instantly update webpages and emails, and offers remote wakeup for Acer Cloud Applications.

Thanks to Acer InstantConnect, you can get online to check your favourite websites in seconds
Thanks to Acer Instant Connect, you can get online to check your favourite websites in seconds. Click here to see a larger image.

All Day Timeline Power

In the Timeline tradition, this Ultrabook features more than 8 hours of battery life*, providing a full day of on-demand mobile computing on a single charge. And, with Acer's PowerSmart long-life battery, the experience lasts: It retains capacity for up to 4 years of use. ^^^

More than 8 Hours of Battery Life

The original Aspire Timeline series was the first to break the 8-hour battery life barrier, and the new Aspire M5 Ultrabook continues that excellent performance. With Aspire M5, performance and battery life are no longer incompatible. You can multitask with intense applications and enjoy brilliant HD multimedia longer than ever before.

Thanks to Acer Green Instant On, the Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5 with embedded Li-polymer battery pack provides more than 8 hours* of use and lasts 50*** days in Deep Sleep mode using Acer Green Instant On.

PowerSmart Long-life Battery

Acer's PowerSmart long-life battery retains 80% capacity for more charge cycles, for up to 4 years of use -- giving you longer usage than before. ^^^

The Aspire M5 features an attractive chiclet keyboard, and included optical disc drive
The Aspire M5 features an attractive chiclet keyboard, and included optical disc drive. Click here to see a larger image.

Thin, Light and Full-featured

At just 20 mm thin and 2.3 kg light, this Ultrabook goes mobile with casual ease, and it has a full-size chiclet keyboard for speedy input and real productivity. It even features an optical drive -- an industry first -- for DVD enjoyment. Other special entertainment components include Dolby Home Theater v4 and superior speakers.

Integrated Design LCD

Revolutionary new display technology integrates the display frame, cutting the bezel thickness by a third. What's more, the LCD is protected by a resilient case design with aluminium cage for maximum protection.

20.7 mm Thin, 2.3 kg Light

Simply thin and light, the Acer Aspire TimelineUltra M5 represents the new experience of instant use and anywhere mobility.

Optical Disc Drive and Chiclet Keyboard with Numeric Keypad

Even in a an Ultrabook as thin and as light as this, the Aspire M5 still features an optical disc drive, to allow you easy access to your favourite media, data, and software even without an internet connection. The large chiclet keyboard with numeric keypad provides a professional yet stylish look and feel, along with easy-to-clean efficiency; combining to make typing comfortable and easy, wherever you are.

Embedded Lithium-polymer Battery

The high-density, highly flexible and super-lightweight Li-polymer battery pack is custom-shaped to fit perfectly into the ultra-thin chassis of the Acer Aspire M5.

It's easy to connect your ultrabook to your HDTV for 1080p playback
It's easy to connect your ultrabook to your HDTV for 1080p playback. Click here to see a larger image.

Ultra Connectivity

Wireless-N or Ethernet Connectivity

Surf the Internet and stay in touch with your people with reliable, high-speed connectivity via Ethernet or Wi-Fi. A Wi-Fi CERTIFIED wireless-N network connection enables long-range, fast, reliable wireless Internet, offering greater range and faster connection speeds than wireless-G.

HD Webcam

A fast connection is perfect for video chats, and the Acer Crystal Eye webcam with microphone for high-definition video conferencing means that you'll always be looking your sharpest online. You can also record HD video, upload it to the internet, and share it with family and friends.

HDMI-out Port

If you need a bigger screen, the HDMI interface supports exceptional high-definition viewing on a full range of peripherals. Perfect for connecting to a big-screen HDTV, plugging a HDMI cable into your notebook allows the transmission of both audio and high-definition video, up to a 1080p resolution. You'll find lots of compatible HDMI devices are now available, or already in your home, so the M5 will fit perfectly into your digital life.

High-speed USB 3.0

The next generation of USB connectivity transfers data to and from external devices 10x faster than USB 2.0, taking advantage of capabilities supported by many of the newest devices.

Bluetooth 4.0

Bluetooth 4.0 is the latest standard for quick, short-range wireless file transfers, featuring low-energy technology that significantly reduces power consumption.

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Aspire Timeline Ultra M5-581TG
Aspire Timeline Ultra M5-581TG
Aspire Timeline Ultra M5-581TG
Screen
15.6" HD LED LCD
15.6" HD LED LCD
15.6" HD LED LCD
Processor
Intel Core i5 3317U
Intel Core i5 3317U
Intel Core i7 3517U
Memory
6 GB
6 GB
6 GB
HDD Storage
500 GB
SSD Storage
128 GB
128 GB
Optical Drive
DVD Super Multi DL
DVD Super Multi DL
DVD Super Multi DL
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GT640M
NVIDIA GeForce GT640M
NVIDIA GeForce GT640M
Graphics Memory
1 GB
1 GB
1 GB
Bluetooth
v4.0
v4.0
v4.0

* The listed battery life is based on MobileMark 2007 productivity mode testing with wireless on. Details of MobileMark2007 testing are available at the BAPCo website. Battery life rating is for comparison purposes only. Actual battery life varies by model, configuration, applications, power management settings, operating conditions, and utilized features. A battery's maximum capacity decreases with time and use.
** An SSD-only configuration is also available.
*** In Deep Sleep mode, battery life lasts up to 50 days if the battery is fully charged when the notebook goes to Sleep.
^ Time based on testing with select applications open -- Internet Explorer 9 (Internet search and email webpages), PowerPoint viewer (file size 68 MB) and Excel (file size 108 MB) of Microsoft Office 2010 Starter -- and with the computer logged into Windows Live Messenger 2011.
^^ With previously used access points.
^^^ This is assuming an average use of 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, and 50 weeks in a year, resulting in 250 charge cycles per year. Thus, the usage time of the 1,000 charge cycle battery pack equals 4 years.

Box Contains

Acer Aspire TimeLine notebook
Battery<br<AC Adapter
Power Cord
User Manual

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard276371 on 10 July 2013
Style Name: Core i5, 128GB SSD Verified Purchase
Going to keep this short, so for the positive: Nice spec, nice looking, thin. Nice keyboard, thought I might not like these modern button keys for long typing sessions but it seems OK. It's a great, easily carry-able large screen laptop which I use for work.

On the negative, and a rather big one, I had serious battery problems about a week after buying it. The laptop would randomly die when on battery power, erratically between a few seconds or many minutes after switching on. I tried various fixes in case this was static, and the Acer support seemed to have no idea what to do (other than suggesting I return it) and eventually stopped responding to my emails.

Unfortunately due to setting it up for my work and actually needing to use it daily, I couldn't easily return it, so I kept it, using only on mains power. After a while the battery problem actually disappeared, however it now leaves me with only about 2 hours battery life - pretty poor for a laptop rated at 8 hours.

I realise batteries do degrade over time but to go from ~7 hours to ~2 hours in 9 months is terrible. And for a laptop which you can't even replace the battery!

For me, I mainly use this as a desktop with occasional travelling, so the battery issue wasn't too crippling, otherwise I would probably be a lot more annoyed.

Another fairly minor negative is that the fan is quite loud. Was a little annoying for the first week or so, but I got used to it.

If it weren't for the battery problems, I would rate this 4.5/5 for the price, small negative being the loud fan, so maybe you'll have better luck...
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Skylark VINE VOICE on 14 Jan 2013
Style Name: Core i5, 128GB SSD
This is a review for the Acer Aspire Timeline Ultrabook M5-581T: 15.6" screen, intel core i5 processor, 6gb ram, 500gb hdd, windows 7. There are plenty of in-depth reviews out there by people who know their stuff, so this is a non-teccie's initial impression.

I bought this to replace a 5 year old Dell Inspiron, which like its owner had got slower and more jittery as time went on. I was intending to hold out for an i7 quad core processor, but cost was an issue and to be honest, I don't use my laptop for heavy duty stuff - mainly games, word documents and internet browsing. I didn't want windows 8 either, partly due to the many negative reviews (I know you have to use a pinch of salt) but also because I wasn't sure I'd make full use of it. I secretly lusted after an ultrabook but thought I couldn't afford one, so when I found this Timeline in-store at an astonishingly low price I snapped it up.

It looks very smart in its Sunday-best brushed aluminium finish, and feels reassuringly solid with good attention to detail. It is thicker than most ultrabooks,and several reviewers comment that it's more of a thin laptop, but then again the extra thickness allows it to have a dvd/cd drive which to me is an essential in a laptop. And frankly, after my Dell, it seems plenty thin enough to me. The screen is a point of contention for reviewers, who feel it is sub-standard. Admittedly the field of view isn't great,whether standing to one side or moving the screen slightly forwards or backwards, but I found the picture to be very crisp and sharp.

The keyboard is backlit, a nice touch, with a numeric keypad to the right.
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Style Name: Core i5, 128GB SSD Verified Purchase
DO NOT BUY AN ACER PRODUCT AS PAST ITS 1-YEAR GUARANTEE ACER COULDN'T CARE LESS ABOUT ITS EXPENSIVE PRODUCTS CEASING TO FUNCTION! I bought this product last January; it was left in situ all the time and 13 months later it doesn't power up any longer. ACER told me to get myself a technician to deal with it or to send it back to their workshop in Telford-at my expense, of course- and then they would tell me what's wrong with it and, possibly, have it repaired at my expense. I paid £800 for a laptop that has only been operational for 1 year. I call this a very, very bad and very onerous deal! I shall NEVER buy an ACER product again!
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