Acer Timeline Ultra M5 ‘Ultrabook’

Acer is releasing a new Ultrabook later this month. Here are the specs:

i5 3371u (low-voltage) @ 1.7 Ghz (2.6 Ghz turbo) with 3 Mb cache

GT 640M (28 nm, 384 shaders, 128-bit)

500GB HDD + 20 GB SSD

DVD Drive (Did you know they put those in Ultrabooks?!)

14″-15.6″ inch monitors

1366×768 (pretty low for the 15.6″)

There are actually two versions: the M5-481TG-6814 and the M5-581TG-6666, which are 14″ and 15″ respectively.

The M5-481TG-6814 (14″ @ $779 – why the terribly long name?) has:

4 GB RAM (respectable, though not the largest on the market)

2 USB 3.0 ports

HDMI

The M5-581TG-6666 (15.6″ @ 829) has:

6GB RAM

an extra USB 2.0 port

Ethernet

Numpad with the extra space

These specs are rather normal for mainstream laptops, except for the SSD and the two USB 3.0s. The interesting thing here, however, is that there would be a DVD drive in a thin laptop. The ‘Ultrabook’ seems more like a thinner laptop than an Ultrabook like Asus’s Zenbook. The GPU that Acer decided to include is quite competent(6.9 on the WEI), considering that it is supposed to be an Ultrabook – most Ultrabooks don’t even have an HDD let alone a discrete GPU! Here are some pictures:

M5-581TG-6666

As you can see, Acer has paid for the extra functions in a larger size; by no means does this look like most Ultrabooks or the Macbook Pro. Can Acer call it an Ultrabook, even if it does have an Ultra Low Voltage i5?These aren’t the lightest laptops ever at 4.3 and 5.06 lbs, respectively. The thickness is .81 (~20 mm!) inches compared to the Mac Book Air’s .66 inches at its thickest point. Please leave a comment on your opinion and/or vote on the poll.  

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