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Acer Aspire Timeline U M3-581TG

alaTest has collected and analyzed 250 reviews of Acer Aspire Timeline U M3-581TG. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Opinions about the price and portability are overall positive. The design and usability are also appreciated. There are some mixed reviews about the connectivity and image quality, while the energy efficiency and touchpad get negative views.

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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 Timeline U M3-581TG is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Acer Aspire Timeline U M3-581TG

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 56 user reviews of Acer Aspire Timeline U M3-581TG from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk. Opinions about the image quality and usability are overall positive. The portability and price also get good opinions. The touchpad and size get less positive views, and there are mixed reviews on the energy efficiency and screen.

performance, price, portability, usability, image quality

reliability, size, touchpad

82% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 15.6 inch Ultrabook (Intel Core i5 2467M 1.60GHz, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, DVD SuperMulti DL, LAN, WLAN, Webcam, BT, Windows Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 15.6 inch Ultrabook (Intel Core i5 2467M 1.60GHz, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, DVD SuperMulti DL, LAN, WLAN, Webcam, BT, Windows

Mar, 2019

Recommended!

Expert review by : Ardjuna Seghers (trustedreviews.com)

Acer Aspire Timeline U M3 581TG

 

The cheapest game-worthy Ultrabook around thanks to GeForce GT 640M graphics.

Relatively slim and light gaming machine ; Very affordable ; Good battery life ; USB 3.0

Horrible connectivity placement ; Average screen

Jul, 2012

Expert review by : Hunter Skipworth (pocket-lint.com)

Acer Aspire Timeline M3 Ultra pictures and hands-on - Pocket-lint

 

Until now the Ultrabook just hasn't been that ultra. Compared to the MacBook Air not much has been able to match its day-to-day computing speeds. But where

Mar, 2012

Expert review by : Dave James (techradar.com)

Acer Aspire Timeline U M3 review

 

The world's first Ultrabook that plays decent games

Excellent gaming performance ; Battery life ; Build quality

Poor trackpad ; Low resolution screen

May, 2012

Expert review by (expertreviews.co.uk)

Acer Aspire Timeline M3 MA50 review

 

The Acer Aspire M3 is a slim ultra-portable with a 15.6in screen and a stunning matt black finish. It feels incredibly well built, too. Unusually, the power switch is hidden on the edge of the lower front lip of the laptop, making it a bit of a...

With sleek lines, a 15.6in display and a massive battery life, this well-made ultra-portable lets you work all day

Jul, 2012

Expert review by (expertreviews.co.uk)

Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 review

 

With sleek lines, a 15.6in display and a massive battery life, this well-made ultra-portable lets you work all day

The processor has on-chip Intel HD Graphics 3000, which produced a frame rate of 15fps in our Dirt 3 test. You'll have to knock the graphical quality down a bit get a playable frame rate, but it'll run most 3D games at low quality settings. Even though...

Expert review by : Chris Kemp (mybroadband.co.za)

Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 review

 

We put the travel-friendly notebook through its paces to see what the fuss is about.

While this may stretch the definition of an Ultrabook just a little, the Hybrid drive, great performance and sleek and lightweight design make this an excellent work or travel option.

Aug, 2012

Expert review by : Cliff Joseph (reghardware.co.uk)

Acer Aspire Timeline M3 Ultra review

 

It seems safe to say that Ultrabooks haven't given the PC market the shot in the arm that Intel was hoping for. The high prices haven't helped, of course, and there also seems to be some evidence that many people are turned off by the relatively small...

If you want a laptop that is really slim and light then you’ll obviously want to opt for a 13in Ultrabook instead. But if you compare the M3 to most 15.6in laptops then it actually comes out looking pretty good. It’s one of the slimmest and lightest...

Aug, 2012

Expert review by : Michael Gorman (engadget.com)

Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3

 

When Acer's Aspire Timeline Ultra notebooks made their first appearance at CES, these 14- and 15-inch laptops seemed like little more than the successors to Acer's TimelineX series. Thin-and-light laptops, complete with optical drive and some likely...

Thin and lightweight ; Great gaming performance ; Super fast boot times

Low-rent build materials ; Shoddy screen ; Lackluster audio capabilities

The Aspire Timeline Ultra delivers great performance in a svelte package, but a low-res display and cheap build materials keep it from being a lust-worthy laptop

Apr, 2012

Expert review by : Loyd Case (pcworld.com)

Acer’s Timeline M3 Review: Laptop Could’ve Been a Contender

 

The Acer Timeline M3 is a study in polar opposites. Its thin, elegant chassis and superb performance for its class suggest that the M3 might be a true category leader, but an painfully poor LCD panel prevents the Acer from achieving that goal.

Sleek, thin, and elegant looking ; Above-average gaming performance ; Trackpad is overly sensitive

Very poor overall display quality

The Timeline M3 could have been a Macbook killer, if not for the poor LCD panel.

Apr, 2012

Expert review by : Sean Hollister (theverge.com)

Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3-581TG review

 

What is an ultrabook? Intel has a pretty loose definition: as long as your laptop is less than 0.8 inches thin, has five hours of battery life, rapidly wakes from sleep, and has a second-generation...

Potent gaming performance ; Good battery life ; Matte external surfaces ; Full-size ports

Poor ergonomic design ; Materials feel cheap ; Ugly, low-res screen ; Terrible speakers

Probably not the laptop for you, but that really depends on price

Mar, 2012

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:HD / HD Audio / HDA
Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker power:1.5

Battery

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

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3
Video capturing speed:30

Certificates

Certification:WEEE
Energy Star certified: Yes
RoHS compliance: Yes
Wi-Fi certified: Yes

Design

Colour of product:Black / Grey / Silver
Form factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium
Market positioning:Ultrabook
Product colour:Black / Grey / Silver
Product Type:Notebook / Ultrabook

Display

3D: No
Aspect Ratio:16:4 / 16:9
Display brightness:200
Display diagonal:39.6
Display number of colours:16.77 / 16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Display response rise/fall:8
HD type: No
LED Backlight:Y / Yes
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:N / No / Y / Yes

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:No / Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3 / GDDR5
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2 / 3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:2 / 3
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1050 / 1100 / 1150 / 1200
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116 / 0x166
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 3000 / 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 layout:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Numeric keypad:No / Y / Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys:Y / Yes

Memory

Internal Memory:4 / 6
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:6 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):6
Memory clock speed:1066 / 1333
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
Memory slots (available):1

Networking

3G:N / No
4G:N / No / Yes
4G standard:WiMAX
4G standards:WiMAX
4G WiMAX: Yes
Bluetooth:No / Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.0 EDR / 4.0+HS
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN, BT
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
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):300
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Operational conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 85
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35

Optical Drive

Disc types supported:DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW
LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Interface:SATA
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-RW / DVD±RW

Other features

Audio system:HD / HD Audio / HDA
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3U, IEEE 802.3ab
Display:LCD / TFT
Display diagonal (metric):39.6
Ethernet interface type:Gigabit
Floppy drive installed: No
Graphics adapter family:Intel / Intel, NVIDIA / nVidia
HD-Ready: 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 / AC/DC
Type:PC
Volume Control:Digital
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Bag included:N
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control:N
Manual:Y
Mouse included:N
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included: Yes
Bag included: No
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control: No
Manual: Yes
Mouse included: No
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

Alienware graphics amplifier port:N
CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port:No / Y / Yes
DC-in jack:Y / 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
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port:N
S-Video port: No
S/PDIF out port:No / Yes
SmartCard slot:No / Yes
TV Out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1
USB Type-C DisplayPort Alternate Mode:N
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:65
Power auto-sensing: Yes

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Conflict Free processor:No / Y / Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):14 / 15 / 16 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y / Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16 / 32 / 8
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Maximum number of SMP processors:1
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):21.3 / 25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1066,1333 / 1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM77 Express
Number of Processors Supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x16,2x8,1x8+2x4 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor boost frequency:2.3 / 2.6 / 2.7 / 2.8 / 3 / 3.1
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3 / SmartCache, L3
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge / Sandy Bridge
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 2nd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 2nd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5-2xxx
Processor frequency:1.4 / 1.5 / 1.6 / 1.7 / 1.8 / 1.9 / 2
Processor lithography:22 / 32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor Model:I3-2367M / i3-2377M / i3-3217U / I5-2467M / I5-3317U / i5-3317UM / I5-3337U / i7-2637M / I7-3517U / I7-3537U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-2300 Mobile series / Intel Core i3-3200 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-2400 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-3300 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-2600 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3500 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA 1023 / BGA1023
Processor threads:4
Stepping:J1 / L1
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):17
Tjunction:100 / 105

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:N / Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22 / 32
Idle States:Y / Yes
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions:No / 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:N / No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:Y / Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:Y / Yes
Intel FDI Technology:Y / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:Y / 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:N / No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):No / Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™:Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:54618 / 54834 / 56858 / 59798 / 65697 / 65707 / 65714 / 72054 / 72055 / I3-2367M / I5-2467M / I5-3317U
Processor code:SR0CV / SR0CW / SR0D6 / SR0N6 / SR0N8 / SR0N9 / SR0XG / SR0XL
Processor package size:31
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / 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 / HDD, Supervisor, User / Yes

Software

Bundled software:Microsoft Office Starter / 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:Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD, xD / MMC, MS PRO, SD, xD / MMC, SD / MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MMC,SD
Hard Drive Capacity:320 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA II
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:mSATA / SATA / Serial ATA II
Storage Media:HDD / HDD+SSD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:126 / 128 / 256 / 340 / 500 / 520

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:25 / 25.3 / 25.6 / 253
Height :1.97 / 2 / 2.06 / 2.07 / 20.7
Height (front):1.97
Height (rear):2.07
Weight:2.03 / 2.15 / 2.16 / 2.25 / 2.3
Width:36.6 / 37.6 / 37.7 / 376