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Acer Aspire M5-581TG

alaTest has collected and analyzed 168 reviews of Acer Aspire M5-581TG. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviews about the price and portability are generally positive. The design and usability also get good feedback.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Acer Aspire M5-581TG is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Acer Aspire M5-581TG

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 10 user reviews of Acer Aspire M5-581TG from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the design and durability. The battery and portability are also mentioned favorably. Comments about the price and usability are different. Many are negative about the size.

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70% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Acer Aspire M5-581TG 15.6-inch Laptop (Silver) (Intel Core i5 3317U, RAM 6GB, SSD 128GB, DVDSM DL, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Nvidia Graphics, Windows 8)Acer Aspire M5-581TG 15.6-inch Laptop (Silver) (Intel Core i5 3317U, RAM 6GB, SSD 128GB, DVDSM DL, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Nvidia Graphics, Windows 8)

Mar, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Acer Aspire M5-581TG

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 user reviews of Acer Aspire M5-581TG from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. Comments about the screen and usability are on the whole positive. The price and portability are also appreciated, whereas there are some less positive opinions about the image quality. Reviews are divided on the keyboard.

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image quality

59% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Acer TimelineU M5-581TG-6666 15.6-Inch Ultrabook SilverAcer TimelineU M5-581TG-6666 15.6-Inch Ultrabook Silver

Mar, 2019

Expert review by : Kat Orphanides (expertreviews.co.uk)

Acer Aspire Timeline U M5-581TG review

 

Poor touchpad design puts a bit of a crimp in this otherwise outstanding laptop's usability

May, 2013

Expert review by : paul_smart (gadgetspeak.com)

Acer Aspire Timeline M5-581TG

 

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 used.

This is an Intel Core i5 unit with a 500GB hard disc and a small SSD that helps make things quite a bit quicker in starting. It is 36x25x2cm and it weights 2.175kilos. The unit feels really sturdy probably because the screen back is aluminium. You will...

Dec, 2012

Expert review by : Waldemar Trautwein (notebookcheck.net)

Review Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5-581TG Ultrabook

 

Ultra(Gaming)Book. Acer equips their Ultrabook with a 20.6 millim

Keyboard with backlight; Optical drive; GPU performance of the GeForce GT 640M; Price-performance ratio; Long battery life under load; Ports on the back

Average port selection (no VGA connector); Viewing angles quite restricted; Constant fan noise

The thermal differences between this model and the Timeline Ultra M3-581TG.

Dec, 2012

Expert review by (techreviewsource.com)

Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5-581TG-6666

 

The Acer Timeline Ultra M5 is yet another Ultrabook on the scene. This one offers an attractive design, great audio, an optical drive and discrete graphics. It does lack in screen resolution and overall performance, which holds this computer back from...

Consumer review (reevoo.com)

Acer Aspire M5-581TG NX.M2GEK.005

 

It's really a question of wait and see. The product as originally delivered was dead on arrival, and had to be returned to Acer to have a new mainboard fitted. It is now it its early days. We'll have to wait and see. That's why I have given it a middle...

Sep, 2013

Consumer review (reevoo.com)

Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5-581TG NX.M5MEK.004

 

Speed, weight and overall performance.

Windows 8 having no start button !!! (not Acers fault)

May, 2013

Consumer review (reevoo.com)

Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5-581TG NX.M5MEK.004

 

Love everything about it - v good value for the quality, super quick inline functionality etc.

Really struggling getting to grips with windows 8 - guess it's just shaking off old habits, but I don't find it particularly user friendly

May, 2013

Consumer review (reevoo.com)

Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5-581TG NX.M5MEK.004

 

Windows 8

Feb, 2013

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Paper weight

 

Last time I buy a laptop from newegg.

On sale

First, the HDD went bad, then the track pad,then the battery wouldn't hold charge, then the Ethernet/wireless adapter died......The trackpad, battery, and HDD went bad within six months and became a desktop. I bought another laptop 6 months after...

Feb, 2014

Consumer review (newegg.com)

beautiful and slim

 

Once you get used to the screen you're fine. The touch pad however is a bit too annoying so I'm using a usb mouse.

This is a decently powered laptop, but it is very very thin and high quality looking. The screen I'm not too fond of, but that's always been the case with acer screens. Overall a solid machine, and love the fact that it has a number pad

First one that arrived was bad - touch pad would stop working at a certain angle, and the wifi seemed to operate without an antenna connected because the range was lousy ; The second one's wifi worked great, and the touch pad issue was not there....

Mar, 2013
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Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Home Theater / HD / HD Audio
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery Capacity:4850
Battery capacity (Watt hours):54
Battery life (max):8
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Number of battery cells:3

Camera

Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3
Rear camera: No

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes
Wi-Fi certified: Yes

Design

Colour of product:Black / Grey / Silver / Titanium, Silver
Form factor:Clamshell
Market positioning:Ultrabook
Product colour:Black / Grey / Silver / Titanium, Silver
Product Type:Ultrabook

Display

3D: No
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display brightness:200
Display diagonal:39.6 / 40
Display number of colours:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Display Surface:Gloss
Full HD: No
HD type: No
LED Backlight:No / Yes
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen: No

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:No / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:1
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE / NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1050 / 1100 / 1150
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x166
On-board graphics adapter memory:0.125
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4000
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub)

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit: Yes
Keyboard layout:AZERTY / QWERTY
Numeric keypad:No / Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal Memory:4 / 6
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:6
Memory clock speed:1333
Memory form factor:On-board + SO-DIMM
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4 / 2 x 2
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM / 2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G: No
4G: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:1.0 / 3.0 / 4.0 / 4.0+HS
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000 / 100,1000
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.3u / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.3u / IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.3U
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11g / 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Optical Drive

Disc types supported:DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW
Optical Drive Interface:SATA
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-RW / DVD±RW

Other features

Audio system:Dolby Home Theater / HD / HD Audio
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3U, IEEE 802.3ab
Display:LCD
Ethernet interface type:Gigabit
Floppy drive installed: No
Graphics adapter family:Intel / Intel, NVIDIA / nVidia
HDD user password: Yes
Infrared data port: No
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Internal modem: No
Number of products included:1
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Power supply type:AC
Type:PC

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Bag included:N
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control:N
Mouse included:N

Packaging Data

AC adapter included: Yes
Bag included: No
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control: No
Mouse included: No

Performance

TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in:No / Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1 / 2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1 / 2
USB 3.0 ports quantity:2
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:65

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Conflict Free processor: Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):17 / 18 / 19
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Maximum number of SMP processors:1
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM77 Express
Number of Processors Supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor boost frequency:2.4 / 2.6 / 2.7 / 3
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache level:L3
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache, L3 / SmartCache, L3
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:3rd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i7-3xxx
Processor frequency:1.7 / 1.8 / 1.9
Processor lithography:22
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor Model:I5-3317U / i5-3317UM / I5-3337U / I7-3517U / i7-3517UM
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-3300 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3500 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA1023
Processor threads:4
Stepping:L1
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):17
Tjunction:105

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22
Idle States: Yes
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
Intel 64: Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): Yes
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI): Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD): Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology): Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT): Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT): Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Intel® Smart Cache: Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology: No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:65707 / 65714 / 72055 / I5-3317U
Processor code:SR0N6 / SR0N8 / SR0XL
Processor package size:31
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington / N / No
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint Reader: No
Password protection type:BIOS, HDD, Supervisor / BIOS, HDD, Supervisor, User
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): No

Software

Bundled software:Microsoft Office Starter, Bing Bar, Windows Live Essentials / Microsoft Office Starter, Bing Bar, Windows Live Essentials / Microsoft Office Starter, Bing Bar, Windows Live Essentials\n
Drivers included: Yes
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 7 Professional / Windows 8

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD / MMC, SD, SDHC / MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MMC, SDHC
Hard Drive Capacity:20 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:SATA
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 20 / 256
Solid-state drive interface:SATA / Serial ATA II
Storage Media:HDD / HDD+SSD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256 / 500 / 520

Technical Details

Display Type:LCD

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:24.5 / 25.3 / 25.5 / 25.6 / 26
Height :2 / 2.06 / 2.1 / 3.32
Height (front):1.97 / 2.01
Height (rear):2.06 / 2.07
Weight:2.05 / 2.3 / 2.39
Width:34 / 36.6 / 37 / 37.6 / 38.2