Ultrabooks are losing their oomph of being the thin laptops with no nonsense and safer electronic gadgetry. And the main reason is the ever growing market and its capitalization. More and more laptops are bringing SATA hard drives, Acer Keyboard
and optical drives to bring down the prices and et cetera, skirting on the fringe of being ultrabooks. However, the new Acer Timeline U M5-481TG is one simplistic design with great ergonomics.
And by all the trimmings, I mean all of them: the M5-481TG configuration I reviewed has Nvidia GeForce GT 640M LE graphics, a 500GB hard drive, 4GB of RAM, a backlit Laptop Keyboard
, and even a DVD drive, all crammed into a 14-inch laptop shell that feels no bigger really than the generic and more expensive Toshiba Satellite U845.
The Timeline U M5 is the U.S. version of a laptop I previewed a long time ago that never saw the light of day here, the Acer Aspire M3. The M5 has a smaller footprint and a newer Intel Core i5 processor and many other Compatible Parts
Technically, the Timeline U M5-481TG is an ultrabook. You can throw that terminology out the window, though, because this Timeline is really just a very reasonably priced thin full-fledged laptop with nearly no compromises…assuming, of course, you’re willing to forgive a somewhat forgettable design. At this price, you should.