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Acer TimelineU M5-481TG-6814 14" Ultrabook

  • Intel Core i5-3317U 1.7GHz
  • 500GB HDD + 20GB SSD
  • NVIDIA Geforce GT 640M LE
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Some ultrabooks don't offer all the features usually found in full-sized laptops. However, the Acer Aspire TimelineU combines the increased portability of an ultrabook with the functionality of a more standard notebook. The TimelineU computer line features an optical drive, for example - a component sometimes absent in similar devices. This means you're not limited to streaming content or accessing files that are stored on USB-compatible gadgets.

While the disk drives do increase the weight of these Acer ultrabooks, at 4.3 pounds the machines aren't a huge leap in size from smaller models. The 14-inch screen also adds some bulk, but the Nvidia graphics and HD display justify the increased size. The color levels are increased as a result of these features, so everything on screen is vividly brought to life.


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Aspire TimelineU


Operating System
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
CPU Type
Intel Core i5-3317U 1.7GHz
Memory Size
Hard Disk
500GB HDD + 20GB SSD
Optical Drive
DVD Super Multi
Graphics Card
NVIDIA Geforce GT 640M LE
Video Memory
13.39" x 9.65" x 0.81"
4.3 lbs.


CPU Type
Intel Core i5
CPU Speed
3317U (1.70GHz)
CPU Support
3MB L3 Cache
Max Turbo Frequency 2.6GHz


Intel HM77


Screen Size
Wide Screen Support
1366 x 768
LCD Features
LED backlight & Acer CineCrystal Technology

Operating Systems

Operating System
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit


Video Memory
Graphic Type
Dedicated Card

Hard Drive

HDD Interface


Memory Spec
2GB on board and 1 x 2GB
Memory Type
204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM
Memory Slot (Total)
Memory Slot (Available)
Max Memory Supported

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type
DVD Super Multi
Optical Drive Spec
8X DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer Drive


Write: 24X CD-R, 16X CD-RW, 8X DVD-R, 8X DVD+R, 4X DVD-R DL, 4X DVD+R DL, 6X DVD-RW, 8X DVD+RW, 5X DVD-RAM


802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN
Bluetooth 4.0+HS


2 x USB 3.0
1 x HDMI
Audio Ports
Combo Headphone / Microphone-in Jack


High-Definition Audio Support
Built-in Digital Microphone
Two built-in Acer 3DSonic stereo speakers

Input Device

Multi-Gesture Touchpad supporting two-finger scroll, pinch, rotate and flip
Media control keys (printed on keyboard): play/pause, stop, previous, next, volume up, volume down

Supplemental Drive

Card Reader
Secure Digital (SD), MultiMediaCard (MMC)
1.3 Megapixel HD Webcam (1280 x 1024)


3-cell Lithium Polymer Battery (4850mAh)
Battery Life
Up to 8 hours

Physical Specifications

13.39" x 9.65" x 0.81"
4.3 lbs.

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

Customer Reviews of the Acer America M5-481TG-6814

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  • Kripa A.
  • 2/23/2014 5:04:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsInternet connection sucks

Pros: Thin and light and comes with a DVD drive

Cons: Wireless connection on this laptop is terrible. Connection was much worse than other laptops when I initially purchased (2Mbps when my other laptops were getting 15-18 Mbps). Newegg refused to replace it saying there was nothing wrong. Now, after 1 year, I barely can connect at all. Even with an additional adapter.

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  • Patricia T.
  • 12/10/2013 9:32:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery nice for the price

Pros: Bought this for my son who was using an ANCIENT dell and needed an upgrade for school. He loves it. No complaints. Runs his games fine as well. He plays Diablo III with no problems. That's the biggest reason I bought this particular laptop was because it had good reviews from gamers.

Cons: He hasn't said anything bad about it since we bought it.

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  • Jason B.
  • 10/28/2013 9:06:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBetter Products Out There

Pros: Light, nice finish on the case.

Cons: I was initially excited about this little laptop. BSOD straight out of the box. Mem dumps indicate the video card was having buffer overrun errors that would persist no matter which version of the nVidia drivers I used. System would run stable for hours or days, but would always (and inevitably) BSOD with the same mem dump errors. Contacted Acer support twice about this issue, both times they suggested I re-load the OS from the recovery partition. Still getting BSOD errors, so I only use it for lightweight gaming and don't store any critical information on it.

Also, the battery died - literally. I was playing EVE and heard a hissing sound coming from inside the case! I immediately powered it down, but the sound persisted. I cracked the case to find that one of the cells of the battery had sunk slightly - pretty scary stuff. I removed the battery and am now currently only using it on AC Power, which is a real pain since the adapter doesn't fit very snug into the outlet.

Other Thoughts: This model has been discontinued, and for good reason. Find something better/cheaper/faster than this unreliable, but pretty, piece of machinery.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/5/2013 2:40:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThe Owner loves it

Pros: Ordered for my sister, and she loves it. I helped her get it set up for college and she hasn't had a single problem from it since she got it.

Cons: none so far.

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  • Pavlo K.
  • 4/9/2013 7:46:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAwesome, but needs work

Pros: Great hardware, discrete graphics on an ultabook (!!).

Nice, sexy looking, lightweight and sturdy case.

Cons: Doesn't work well out of the box. As some reviews noted, this computer will be quite sluggish, freeze up and behave generally well below what this hardware should deliver. But do not despair! All you have to do is google a service manual for disassembly instructions, purchase a fast SSD from Newegg/Amzn (I recommend the Samsung 840) - just make sure it's low-profile 7mm. Throw away the 20gig mSATA SSD, save the original hard drive for external storage, install your OS of choice from scratch (gets rid of Intel's stupid rapid start tech and extraneous Acer apps) and voila - you have an awesomely fast machine that boots in seconds and launches apps in an instant!

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  • Brad F.
  • 3/1/2013 4:22:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNever again Newegg or Acer

Pros: -Nice screen looking dead on
-Very powerful GPU, great for CAD projects for school (Catia) and the little gaming I do
-Nice keyboard
-Great battery
-DVD drive
-EXTREMELY LIGHT, amazes me how they crammed all this in the form factor
-Relatively good looking
-Resolution doesn't bother me
-Backlit keyboard
-Webcam even though I don't use it, friends haven't complained about the mic
-Got a great price and shipped quickly, UPS was great as well!

Cons: -Sluggish, I just can't understand why either because the hardware is pretty good.
-Trackpad is absolute rubbish, I can't stand it and whenever I let someone use my computer, they mention it
-Gets worriedly warm, I keep it on a stand with fans
even when I'm just browsing because I'm worried it will overheat
-Randomly freezes up
-At times it refuses to shutdown, hibernate, sleep
-Dents really easily, nothing like seeing a nice big dent every morning when I open up my laptop
-Viewing angles are really bad from the sides as well as the glare, I try to use my laptop between classes and I'm blinded by the screen or I just can't see it because they opted for glass
-Not really a con, but in an attempt to fix some of the issues/avoid sending it back to Newegg for an inferior product, I put in more RAM (didn't help much) and I cut my finger pretty bad on the casing. Minor and known because it's metal, but just be careful when taking it apart.

All in all, this was the first product I've purchased from Acer and it's probably the last.

Other Thoughts: I won't order from this company again. I contacted them because I was concerned that there was an issue with the laptop because it was so unbelievably slow, randomly froze, wouldn't shut down at times, got extremely warm, etc, and I requested a refund so I could buy a more reliable product (I was thinking Thinkpad). First they flat out said no, then I pleaded with them and told them that I'm a full time student and really need something reliable (and quickly, I have a lot of weekly assignments that take hours that are done online) and they said they'd offer me store credit. Sure that is nice of them, but I'd prefer a refund, as I feel a.) most of their inventory has become overpriced or the selection is poor and b.) I'd rather order from another big online retailer that's named after a river, as they HAVE a good return policy and a better selection.

Lesson learned, I won't order from them again, and any friends or family that asks where to get hardware, I tell them to avoid Newegg. I'd understand if I frequently returned items, but I've made one return in the 4 or so years, and spent THOUSANDS of dollars of my money, I order hardware/etc for my mother's business here, and friends have been sent here. They've given myself and family trouble in the past about returns and I'm tired of it. I sell electronics on the Bay of e and I've taken hefty losses myself, but it's business and you have to accept it. Shame on them.

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  • Shield A.
  • 2/19/2013 6:51:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFab for the Price

Pros: High performance parts, backlit keyboard, nVidia discrete graphics, upgradeable (see other thoughts), excellent Dolby sound, bright clear display, no latch to slow opening laptop, optical disk drive

Cons: Only two USB ports, located awkwardly in back; power button location also awkward; weak wifi card (see other thoughts); screen resolution not the highest, but at this price it's fine

Other Thoughts: This is a speed demon with a buttery user experience, since I bought from Newegg and upgraded: Win8 pro, 10GB RAM - Kingston KVR16S11/8 for the upgradeable RAM chip; Samsung 840 series 7mm 250GB SSD; Mushkin 120GB mSata.

Disassembly for the upgrade needs a lot of care. I found an service manual and scoured internet forums and other reviews both at Newegg and elsewhere, and bought some plastic pry tools so as not to damage the case. The ZIF connectors need special attention also.

I'm using the M5-481TG to write this review after a successful, satisfying upgrade process.

As to weak wifi mentioned elsewhere, mine was also suffering until I configured my uVerse 2Wire router to rescan wireless channel availability. It switched from channel 1 to 9 and wifi has worked well since.

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  • Ryan V.
  • 2/14/2013 12:54:13 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Bad its discountinued

Pros: -ultra fast for a ultrabook, very responsive
-gaming is phenomenal, it can play most games on high, like far cry 3 , need for speed and dmc
-great for editing programs like after effects and cinema 4d
-battery life is a good 8 hours and gaming is a good hour or two
-i actually like the screen and the mousepad

Cons: -the reason why i gave it s egg down is because of the shipping newegg provided, it took them 2 weeks for them to ship it. i was mad but luckily newegg handle it even though i was on a rant and also gave back 50$ for the inconvienece.
-the fan is very bad, computer over heats. i had to buy a cooler master and its good but it still gets the job done

Other Thoughts: ive heard many problems about upgrading the ram, ssd and the memory. also i cant use my ssd. it displays under device managment but i cant use it... if someone can help my i will be very gratful.

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  • Matt L.
  • 2/9/2013 9:22:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Laptop with a Few Quirks

Pros: Light, great battery life, feels solid, quiet and cool to the touch, dedicated graphics, etc. All these have been mentioned in other reviews.

This is, overall, an amazing value for the price. If anyone at Acer is reading these reviews, please keep making this line of laptops. Just fix the negatives (touchpad, bloat, screen) and you'll have a product line people keep coming back to and recommend to their friends.

Cons: Bloatware. This is the main reason I removed an egg. Even if you try a fresh install with the recovery partition, it forces you to install the bloatware again. Prepare to make/borrow a Windows 7 disc and install a stock copy without Acer's "help".

Mouse Pad is not great, and maybe not even good. You can get it to be 80-90% of feeling good, but it's still too sensitive for some things and too stubborn for others. For the price I paid, not worth losing an egg on its own.

Upgrading RAM (or anything) is a bit of a pain. Somewhat understandable on a machine this small/thin.

Other Thoughts: Quirks I've Found:

1) The mouse options won't remember doubleclick speed. I had to make a script to fix it at every reboot so I don't have to manually.

2) Screen doesn't stay off at first. 4 minutes after the screen dims and shuts off to conserve power, the dvd tray flashes and it comes back on. Happens once and then it's fine until a reboot. Weird.

3) 10 minutes into sleep mode the laptop goes into a deeper sleep despite disabling hybrid sleep and hibernation wherever I could. Instead of taking 1-2 seconds to resume, it takes 8-10. No idea what's causing it.

4) Replacing RAM wasn't bad and other reviews have detailed it well. They did not mention that the battery won't be recognized until some (maybe all) of the screws are back in place. I assume this is to keep repairers from electrocuting themselves. Freaked me out at first trying to test the RAM without fully reassembling.

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  • Jason T.
  • 2/8/2013 9:38:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPoor Thermal Design

Pros: Eye pleasing.
Illuminated Keyboard.
GT640M LE with GDDR5 is essentially a lower clocked GTX660m.
Lightweight for a laptop (thought it is heavier than most ultrabooks)
Video card allows me to game at medium to high settings in games. (Dota 2, Borderlands 2, Path of Exile).

Cons: First thing I noticed while using this laptop is that the touchpad sucks. It's okay to track with, but the button you click it with is noticeably loud. Also, there is only one button so the right click is handled by the driver software which is often finicky. It's passable for basic use.

Most games are playable (40fps+) maxed out at the native resolution of this laptop IF the heat didn't force the CPU and GPU to throttle. This laptop has so much potential performance in it that is ruined by the very poorly designed cooling system. The CPU and GPU share a copper heatsink that leads to an exhaust fan at the back of the laptop. However, the GPU is down the line from the CPU so any heat the the CPU outputs passes onto the video card. Very stupid.

Other Thoughts: I applied some Arctic Silver 5 to the GPU and CPU. My GPU temps instantly dropped about 20C. However, my CPU temps did not change. I will reapply sometime within the coming week and see if I get better results.

I also got the Cooler Master NotePal X-slim. Which has a large cooling fan located in the center of the pad. This did not help temperatures at all since the exhaust fan is on the back right of the laptop. I would recommend the Cooler Master NotePal U1 or higher; they come with modular fans so that you can choose what part of the laptop to cool.

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