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Acer TimelineU M5-581TG-6666 15.6" Ultrabook

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  • 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.


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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Kelsy S.
  • 9/10/2014 11:29:27 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBest 'book for the price

Pros: Solid, heavy-duty feeling, backlit keyboard, school & low-graphics gaming friendly, beautiful color.

Cons: A bit heavy, had to uninstall some bloatware, annoying to clean under the keys without disassembling it

Other Thoughts: I've had this guy for well over a year, purchased early 2013 with my tax return. Not only has it been a solid performer for school, it's been able to keep up with me playing minecraft & a few other games on Steam. I love the dual microphone & speakers input, and bought this specifically because it ran Windows 7. All in all it's been a great purchase and my only wishes are that it had a bit more RAM, & was a bit lighter.

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  • CHRIS H.
  • 2/11/2014 11:05:56 AM
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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  • Jamie E.
  • 3/10/2013 6:21:04 PM
  • 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
  • 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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  • Isabel B.
  • 3/8/2013 8:31:54 AM
  • 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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  • MGTS
  • 3/8/2013 4:48:41 AM
  • 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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