Good general application performance.
Slim, stylish case.
Clean and modern design.
Solid performance and graphics.
Good battery life.
Includes full-size HDMI port.
Built-in optical drive.
Spacious hard drive by ultrabook standards.
Mediocre graphics and video playback performance.
Too big to be a true Ultrabook.
Inconvenient port and power button placement.
Inconsistent touchpad performance.
Gets hot while gaming.
Loaded with bloatware.
On the heavy side.
Battery is not removable.
Distracting display design.
A clean but generic design and its heavier weight make the U M5 feel less like an ultrabook and more like a regular mainstream laptop.
By TechSpot on August 14, 2012
When I first fired up the TimelineU, I had a hard time determining whether I should review the machine objectively as a standalone product or if I should impart my preconceived notions about ultrabooks. In the interest of fairness, I'll try to cover...-
By Expert Reviews on May 17, 2013
Poor touchpad design puts a bit of a crimp in this otherwise outstanding laptop’s usability...80
By NotebookCheck on January 04, 2013
The Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5-581TG offers a gaming-capable GPU paired with decent battery life. The high quality aluminum chassis is thin and features upscale looks, the price of 799 Euro (~$1060) attractive and fair. Although the very good...83
By GadgetSpeak on December 26, 2012
A powerful notebook with lots of memory and joy of joys no shiny black in sight anywhere as the whole thing is silver grey. The screen is of course reflective but not nearly as much as a lot of other offerings I have...76
By itproportal.com on September 04, 2012
The Acer Aspire TimelineUltra M5-581TG diverges from the standard Ultrabook format, with mostly successful results. If you’re after sheer portability, this isn’t the notebook for you. But if the lack of an optical drive and usually poor...80
By pcworld.com_techhive.com on August 17, 2012
The Canadian M5 performs better than its American counterpart in office and web applications, but has no discrete GPU. Video and gaming performance is...70
By cnet on August 08, 2012
Yes, it's heavier than the average ultrabook, but if you're looking for an excellent value in a full-featured thin laptop, the Acer Timeline U M5 is hard to...80
By Engadget on August 03, 2012
For the money, the Acer Aspire M5 is a fantastic deal. At $780, it delivers some of the best graphics performance you'll find in this price range, or among Ultrabooks, in general. It's thinner than many mainstream 14-inch laptops, even though it...-
By LaptopMag on July 30, 2012
The 14-inch TimelineU M5 Ultrabook offers discrete graphics and good audio in a sleek...70
By PC Mag on July 30, 2012
The downsides of the Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5-481TG-6814 are outweighed by its nimble performance in both everyday computing and visually intense gaming applications—and it's an excellent...80