“ Acer Aspire TimelineU M3-581TG-52464G52Mnkk - Ultrabook - Core i5 2467M / 1.6 GHz - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - 4 GB RAM - 500 GB HDD + 20 GB SSD Green Instant On - DVD SuperMulti - 15.6" CineCrystal wide 1366 x 768 / HD - NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M / Intel HD Graphics 3000 „
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Historically, very few Ultrabooks have been good for gaming. Held back by the aging Intel graphics, not many can run Battlefield 3 at all, let alone without lag and at decent framerates.
The Timeline could change that. The 15 inch chassis isn't quite as well built as the similarly sized MacBook Pro, but it's quite a bit lighter and over £1,000 cheaper, so it shouldn't hurt your wallet too much. Incredibly, the Core i5/GeForce GT640M spec is pretty much the same as the Core i7/GeForce 650M in the MacBook execpt for the two CPU cores.
The backlit keyboard and mouse pad are excellent too, and unless you're gaming, the fans rarely kick in at all. The noise produced is so minimal, in fact, that any hard drive thrashing can be quite distracting - although it's good to know that inside the Timeline there's a 20GB Solid State Drive to help with boot speeds.
Unfortunately, the 1366x768 screen is just too low resolution for a laptop of this size. It's not awful quality, however the colours do suffer, as does the image sharpness and available space on the desktop.
Not all is bad, as gaming at this low res doesn't require much power. That GTX 640M can almost get Metro 2033 running fine at top tier-ish detail settings. Almost.
Given the price, it may seem in bad spirit to point and giggle at the screen, but this is exactly the kind of false economy you'll be paying for in the long run. Laptops with Retina quality displays and touchscreens, eIPS will be here soon, and this laptop will become old rather fast.
The Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 raises the bar by being the first Ultrabook with dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GT640M graphics for enhanced content creation and consumption.
The slim design houses powerful all-around performance features. The Intel Core processor ensures fast navigation and multitasking even with graphics-intensive gaming and multimedia apps.
The Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 is also the first 15.6" to feature an optical drive for DVD enjoyment. Other entertainment enhancements include Dolby Home Theater v4 and premium speakers. The professionally-tuned sound system delivers high volume, clear dialog and sound effects for music, movies and games.
The ultra-thin profile of the M3 delivers a minimalist, modern look. The stylish black cover is made of an aluminum alloy that adds to the sturdiness. The full-size chiclet keyboard with a numeric keypad makes typing more comfortable and increases productivity.
|Product Description:||Acer Aspire TimelineU M3-581TG-52464G52Mnkk - 15.6" - Core i5 2467M - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - 4 GB RAM - 500 GB HDD + 20 GB SSD|
|Operating System:||Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit|
|Processor:||Intel Core i5 (2nd Gen) 2467M / 1.6 GHz / 3 MB Cache|
|Memory:||4 GB DDR3|
|Storage:||500 GB HDD / 5400 rpm + 20 GB SSD Green Instant On|
|Optical Drive:||DVD SuperMulti|
|Display:||15.6" LED backlight CineCrystal 1366 x 768 / HD|
|Graphics:||NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M / Intel HD Graphics 3000 - 1 GB|
|Networking:||802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0 , Gigabit Ethernet|
|Battery:||3-cell - up to 8 hours|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||37.6 cm x 25.3 cm x 2.07 cm|
|Microsoft Office Preloaded:||Includes a pre-loaded image of select Microsoft Office 2010 suites. Purchase an Office 2010 Product Key Card or disc to activate preloaded software on this PC.|
|Environmental Standards:||ENERGY STAR Qualified|