Acer Aspire M5 a little thicker and heavy for ultrabooks: Review & Specs

The Aspire M5 operates on low power platforms, versatile and tough. But these 15.6 inches machines have much more to do with thin and light machines designed by Intel.

Acer Aspire M5

Acer has two version of Acer Aspire M5 ultrabook. Acer sells two notebooks, the Aspire M5-581TG 53314G5Mass and M5-581TG-73516G52Mass. There are two machines in the format of 15.6-inch belongs to the family of ultrabooks from the manufacturer. But the giant Taiwanese is a bit the away from the concept of Intel.

This is not quite the case of new Acer Aspire M5. Their weight (2.3 kg) and dimensions (36.6 x 25.5 x 2.09 cm) are at the limit of the specifications imposed by Intel (including a maximum thickness of 2 cm). Hope that the promise of Acer in terms of autonomy, which was announced at 8 hours through low-energy components, is held.

A common chassis

Acer Aspire M5

These Acer Aspire M5 ultrabooks exploit the same chassis and the same connections: two USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, a memory card reader (SD / MMC), an HDMI video output and a wired network connection to high-speed (Gigabit Ethernet). The Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are also included. Good point in Acer Aspire M5 is the keyboard chiclet is backlit.

Some advantages to

Same as the DVD burner, webcam (1.3 MP), the graphics card and hard drive are available in Acer Aspire M5. In detail, the Nvidia GeForce GT640M LE, a chip with low power consumption, should not wonder is also present. The hard drive is a hybrid model, combining conventional mechanical platters and made with a part of Flash memory. The module offers the vast storage space of a classical model, in this case 500 GB, while optimizing the access time to data and applications with 20 GB of flash memory.

Configurations is more or less strong

The differences between these two machines are to be sought in the CPU and RAM. The Aspire M5-581TG-53314G52Mass is priced at 799 euros, is equipped with an Intel Core i5-3317U (dual-core clocked at 1.4 GHz) and 4 GB of RAM. More powerful, the Aspire M5-581TG-73516G52Mass is powered with an Intel Core i7-3571U (1.9 GHz) and 6 GB of RAM. This model is sold 999 euros.

Pros of Acer Aspire M5:
The price
The hybrid hard drive

Cons
Nothing