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Acer TimelineU M5-581TG-6666 15.6" Ultrabook

  • Intel Core i5-3317U 1.7GHz
  • 6GB DDR3, 520GB HDD
  • NVIDIA Geforce GT 640M LE
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For those who think some ultrabook displays aren't large or clear enough, an Acer Aspire TimelineU notebook may be the ideal device. The laptops have a 15.6-inch screen, Nvidia graphics cards and 1,366 x 768 resolution. There is an optical drive, as well, so you aren't limited to streaming games and movies. The LED screen provides viewing privacy by distorting colors when viewers are watching from an angle.

These Acer ultrabooks have not traded portability for size, as they only weigh 4.8 pounds. The computers make use of the extra space by providing a full-size keyboard and number pad for easier typing and data input.


Learn more about the Acer America M5-581TG-6666


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
8X DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer Drive
Graphics Card
Nvidia Geforce GT 640M LE
Video Memory
Gigabit LAN and WLAN
14.43" x 10.05" x 0.79"-0.81"
5.07 lbs.


CPU Type
Intel Core i5
CPU Speed
3317U (1.70GHz)
CPU Support
3MB L3 Cache
Turbo Boost Technology up to 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
Dedicated 1GB
Graphic Type
Dedicated Card

Hard Drive

HDD Interface


Memory Spec
2GB on board and 1 x 4GB
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


1 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.0
1 x HDMI
Audio Ports
1 x 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
Acer FineTip keyboard with backlight and independent standard numeric keypad

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-hour

Physical Specifications

14.43" x 10.05" x 0.79"-0.81"
5.07 lbs.

Quick Info


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

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  • CHRIS H.
  • 2/11/2014 11:05:56 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPaper weight

Pros: On sale

Cons: First, the HDD went bad, then the track pad,then the battery wouldn't hold charge, then the Ethernet/wireless adapter died......The trackpad, battery, and HDD went bad within six months and became a desktop. I bought another laptop 6 months after buying this one and the Acer became a paper weight. I still have yet to call and chew everyone out.

Other Thoughts: Last time I buy a laptop from newegg.

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  • Ben J.
  • 6/23/2013 7:28:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat gaming-capable ultrabook

Pros: - Solid construction
- Quiet
- Perfect, even keyboard backlighting
- Graphics card works great
- 2 HDD bays - Replaced both with Crucial M4s, 1x 2.5" SSD & 1x mSata SSD

Cons: - Stock hard drive is slow. Replaced with a Crucial M4.
- Power button on front bezel and accidentally be pushed.
- WiFi card is subpar.

Other Thoughts: This is all around a great purchase. After swapping out the HDDs, this thing is awesome. It's solid construction gives me peace of mind. It's great performance for its price has given me a great ultrabook to use at home or deploy with.

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  • Rymarr W.
  • 4/24/2013 6:13:31 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPretty nice

Pros: -Graphics

Cons: -USB port positioning
-Power button positioning
-Wacky touchpad

Other Thoughts: I got this laptop about three months ago because I needed it for school, but since I had to make an expenditure like this, I decided I wanted a computer that would be good for gaming as well. Found his gem after searching through a lot of others and the specs coupled with the price almost seemed like a trick. Ordered it anyway, and it's great. Plays games smoothly at default and sometimes higher (only tried ARMA II and Oblivion so far). The screen is nice, but the viewing angle can be strange at times. The track pad hates you, so don't use it, get a mouse, heh. "Bloatware" doesn't really bother me, but I can see how it would annoy others. The power button is a troll. It waits there, menacingly, until you need to make a slight adjustment in your laptop's position, then laughs as you audibly sigh and facepalm once your lappy turns off. All in all, though, this laptop does a great job of replacing it's fallen comrade. (Jedi Lappy, you shall be missed.)

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  • Megan E.
  • 3/25/2013 7:42:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Slim, light

Cons: Graphics card isn't what I was expecting. Render time is slower than anticipated, although I knew it'd be a laptop I expected it to be at least a little better with the onboard graphics. I use photoshop and various microscopy tools for lab work and play the occasional game.

Today I was traveling in an airplane and had a bag in a protective sleeve in my backpack. When I took the laptop out of the bag the screen was broken. Not really a crack, but it was 'bleeding' from one corner and there are striations across the entire screen.

Newegg, as is understandable with their policy, couldn't help me but gave me the manufacturer's number. The manufacturer politely said 'lol, get bent'

Other Thoughts: Debating replacing the screen or buying a more robust model.

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  • Allison M.
  • 3/16/2013 5:56:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Nice

Pros: Sleek, powerful, and for the most part well designed. I particularly like the integrated keypad. And the display is very sharp.

Cons: Only con that I've discovered is the lack of buttons on the touch pad....this really takes some getting used to!!

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  • Angela E.
  • 3/10/2013 6:21:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing

Pros: Display is crystal clear. Very easy to connect to TV. The DVD drive does not add to the girth either. I couldn't be happier.

Cons: The only con I can come up with is that the touch pad is a little hard to left click. You have to click more than once sometimes.

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  • Donald V.
  • 3/9/2013 11:03:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDOA

Pros: Acer tech support was better then I expected.

Cons: The laptop came from newegg doa. The back light on the keyboard would come on but that is all. I was going to rma it to newegg but they have discontinued the model and did not have any in stock. I sent the laptop to Acer for repair took them aprox 7 days for them to repair it.

Other Thoughts: For the price you cannot beat the specs on this laptop. I just hope I did the right thing sending it in for repair instead of a refund.

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  • Alin Z.
  • 3/8/2013 8:31:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsbeautiful and slim

Pros: This is a decently powered laptop, but it is very very thin and high quality looking. The screen I'm not too fond of, but that's always been the case with acer screens. Overall a solid machine, and love the fact that it has a number pad.

Cons: First one that arrived was bad - touch pad would stop working at a certain angle, and the wifi seemed to operate without an antenna connected because the range was lousy.

The second one's wifi worked great, and the touch pad issue was not there. However, the touch pad itself is a poor excuse of a pointing device. Hopefully further driver updates will fix that. It's trying to copy some of the MacBook Pro functionality (two finger right click, scrolling and so on) however, it does it poorly and most of the time you have to repeat the same action because it seems to ignore one of your fingers. It's not only in some spot, and I'm sure everything is fine with the hardware. It's just a poor design over all.

Other Thoughts: Once you get used to the screen you're fine. The touch pad however is a bit too annoying so I'm using a usb mouse.

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  • Matthew G.
  • 3/8/2013 4:48:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs0 Stars-Do Not Buy

Pros: I run a tech consulting business with several employees. I purchased this laptop for my wife who handles a single QuickBooks database. That is all this laptop does-run Quick Books.
Structurally, it has an ok design for a low-end ultra book. The keys are a bit sloppy but the construction appears ok.

Cons: The electrical components, (motherboard, power modules, lcd components are without a doubt the most poorly built I have ever seen or owned. Within 3 weeks the LCD Panel failed. I obtained an RMA from ACER and sent it to be repaired (the shipping was $27). They returned it within 7 days-they replaced the LCD LED Module and a 4GB Memory stick.
But guess what, within 2 days, the LCD failed again. It failed in the same original way, all it does is turn on, the keyboard lights up, you can hear a fan running but the LCD does not work. I am planning to call ACER back today and intend on demanding a replacement model, or a refund, but I wanted to post this review before anyone else made the unfortunate mistake of purchasing this pathetic useless laptop. I would NOT recommend this laptop to anyone.

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  • Joseph S.
  • 3/2/2013 7:16:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsVery disappointed

Pros: Lightweight, good speed, good price.

Cons: - The fan runs almost constantly and it is loud.
- Playing Civ 5 is enough to make the fan rise to shrill roar.
- In a 68 degree F room, the fan will come on during basic internet browsing (not videos).
- The touchpad is terrible, as other reviewers have noted.
- Customer service is not helpful.
- Battery life is terrible if you try to play a video game.

Other Thoughts: I'm not sure if there's two assembly lines for this machine and one makes good machines and the other makes lemons. My experience with this machine has NOT been like most of the other reviews here.

This is NOT a gaming machine. Even moderate use causes the fan to run loudly and constantly. My test game was Civ 5, which came out in 2010. The battery didn't last two hours and the noise was so loud that my wife refused to be in the same room while I tried to play. When I called customer service, I was told to mail in the laptop to have the fan repaired. Even though the machine was under warranty (I had owned it 2 days), I had to pay for shipping. They replaced the fan and... everything runs exactly as before with the fan sounding like a jet engine during even moderate use. I'm an academic and I would hesitate to use this laptop in the library. Very, very disappointed.

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