Acer Announces Timeline M5 Ultrabook

Written by John Ponio    Wednesday, 20 June 2012 17:17


Acer Timeline M5 14

It's an Acer kind of day, I guess. Newly announced from Acer is yet another ultrabook, this time in the Timeline series. Namely, they've announced the Timeline M5 ultrabook. Coming in at just 4.3lbs (obviously for the lightest model) and .81 inches thick, the Timeline M5 doesn't seem too shabby with Ivy Bridge processors and NVIDIA discrete graphics. There are two different sizes, 14" and 15.5". Surprisingly, they've left out 13.3", but that's not too bad considering how thin and light they are. Battery life is pretty standard at up to 8 hours.

Acer Timeline M5 15.6

Like other laptops in the Timeiline series, the chassis is made out of an aluminum-alloy. The 15.6" model features an edge-to-edge display. You can see the difference between the picture at the top and the picture above this paragraph. Hover your cursor over the image if you're having trouble telling the 15.6" model and the 14" model apart. Do the same for the pictures below. 

Acer Timeline M5 14

Processors on the laptop range from Sandy Bridge to Ivy Bridge, and graphics options are either integrated Intel graphics or NVIDIA's GeForce 640M LE with 1GB of GDDR5 RAM (with Optimus for better battery performance). Sample configurations are below:

ModelM5-481T-6670
M5-481TG-6814
M5-581TG-6666
MSRP$679.99$779.99$829.99
Display14" Widescreen CineCrystal LED-backlit (1366x768) 14" Widescreen CineCrystal LED-backlit (1366 x 768)
15.6" Widescreen CineCrystal LED-backlit (1366 x 768)
Processor2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i3-2377M (1.5GHz) with 3MB L3 Cache
3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-3317U (1.7 - 2.6 GHz with Turbo Boost) with 3MB L3 Cache
3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-3317U Processor (1.7 - 2.6 GHz with Turbo Boost) with 3MB L3 Cache
Memory6GB DDR3 Dual Channel4GB DDR3 Dual Channel6GB DDR3 Dual Channel
GraphicsIntel HD 3000 with 128MB Dedicated System MemoryNVIDIA® GeForce GT640M LE w/1GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
NVIDIA® GeForce GT640M LE w/1GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
Weight4.3 lbs4.3 lbs5.07 lbs

Acer Timeline M5 15.6

The ultrabook will be out by the end of June, but for now you can see some more pictures of bot the 15.6" model and the 14" model on Acer's website. The 15.6" model is the one with the numpad, the 14" model is the one without it. You can read more about the laptop here. From what I can tell it seems like a run-of-the-mill ultrabook plus discrete graphics. There aren't any nice touches that I could find that haven't become standard fair. The pricing isn't too bad for what you get, though, so it'll probably be a solid ultrabook.