If you want a laptop which is reliable, has a strong metal body, a DVD drive, good performance and a long battery life alongwith a touch screen, and all this at an affordable price ($ 729.00), then you should opt for the 14-inch Acer Aspire M5 481PT.
This is one laptop that you won’t regret buying! It is not very large, which makes it portable and it has a DVD drive as well as a 500 GB hard drive (which most ultra books don’t have), with the added advantage of a touch screen and a reasonable price. With all these features, plus a strong, long-lasting battery, it still operates like a regular laptop. It has a smaller and lighter aluminum body, 2 GB more RAM and longer battery life than similar laptops in the market. Compared to similar products, it is much cheaper (50% cheaper than some models).
With a chassis that has a sleek and elegant brushed aluminum gunmetal gray shell that feels cool to the touch, and the top of the lid having a chrome lowercase Acer logo that effectively resists fingerprints, one falls in love with it immediately.
Unfortunately, the glossy LCD screen quality is very disappointing. There is a noticeable pixilation, washed out colours, and chunkiness when playing full screen video. At a touch screen, it gets full points! The touchs controls are very responsive and accurate. The screen is not an IPS, hence it can’t be seen from different viewing angles. Also, The lid of the laptop can bend back to nearly 180 degrees.
The backlit keyboard is very comfortable and a pleasure to use! The keys are with well spaced and big, to aid in accurate typing. I was able to type 70 words per minute without difficulty. Another advantage of this laptop is its thickness (it is 0.81 inches thick), coupled with a DVD drive (tray-loaded), and even though it’s a bit heavier (4.4 pounds) than a normal ultrabook, it can easily slide into any bag, being lighter and trimmer than the average laptop.
|Processor||1.7GHz Intel Core i5-3317U|
|Memory (RAM)||6GB, 1,600MHz DDR3|
|Hard drive||500GB, 5,400rpm + 20GB SSD hybrid|
|Operating system||Windows 8 (64-bit)|
|Screen size||14 inches|
|System weight||4.4 pounds / 2.1 kg|
|System weight with AC adapter||5.1 pounds|
|Battery life:||Up to 8 hours|
The Acer M5 has a set of ports on its back edge, these include the power connector, HDMI port, Ethernet port and USB 3.0 ports. On the right edge, there is an SD slot and a combo headphone / microphone jack.
Acer Aspire M5-481PT is a solidly built Ultrabook, with a 14-inch Windows 8 touch screen, a DVD disc drive, performs well and has good battery life. The price is quite competitive too. On the other hand, the screen quality isn’t very good, and the touchpad isn’t very responsive. This laptop is very suitable for budget conscious, mainstream users and students who want a touch-optimized Windows 8 laptop at a reasonably low price.