Acer TimelineU M5 Review: A 15-inch, 5lb Ultrabook?

Ultrabooks were originally pitched as Windows-based competitors to Apple's MacBook Air: thin, light, sexy and speedy with an all-day battery life for less than $1,000 -- a challenging feat to be sure, but one that many companies quickly overcame. With another year's worth of engineering and the more efficient Ivy Bridge architecture to work around, it should be even easier for system builders to meet or exceed Intel's guidelines.

On paper, the second wave of ultrabooks should be sleeker, faster, cheaper, more portable, and more autonomous. And they are. Those attributes have improved, it's just tough to find them all in one machine and the systems that come closest in raw specifications typically exceed $1,000.

More than last year, 2012's ultrabooks have been and will continue to be about tradeoffs: low-res screens vs. high-res, TN panels vs. IPS, snappy SSDs vs. capacious HDDs, dual-core CPUs vs. quad-core, 2GB vs. 8GB, power-sipping IGPs vs. muscle-bound GPUs, mainstream vs. premium pricing, and so on.

Acer's new TimelineU makes its own compromises. Our review unit touts a full-size backlit keyboard, 500GB of storage, a GeForce GT 640M LE GPU, an optical drive, an eight-hour battery life and an attractive $830 price tag. Naturally, the question is: what's the catch? Let's get to the bottom of that...

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This unit seems to have the same issue as many other Acer laptops: the placement of the trackpad. I like my Acer laptop, except the trackpad is positioned too far left. With my left hand positioned for typing, I overlap onto the trackpad, causing lots of issues with jumping cursor, etc. It becomes very frustrating.

Is there any Ultrabook with at least this spec :
- 14 inch
- 1600 * 900 or better resolution
- HDD (for capacity)
- Ethernet

xendrome said,
I really don't get this, it's not an Ultrabook if it's ~5lbs... is it?

This. I thought Ultrabooks were supposed to be thin ang light XD

I bought and acer 15" i3 4GB 500GB etc for 350€
If your pc is dying you have a lot of options before considering an ubook even at that price
And amd has something similar to ubook at 200$/€ less

I have an Acer 756 with Intel® Celeron® Processor 877 (1.4GHz, 2MB L3 cache) and is x2 faster then C60. Doesn't have the same level graphics, but is better for the overall experience. 11.6" with 1366*768... best thing for the road. Just 300$ and won't mind if it gets a dent or a scratch.

So my advice is if you go for netbook area just skip it and jump on the 11.6" with 1366*768.

With how fast (some) analysts are predicting Ultrabooks prices are gonna fall, why buy in now? -.^ Except if you really can't afford to wait e.g. dying PC