Long battery life, Mostly silent
Acer definitely succeeds in combining the various requirements of a notebook in one device: It is visually appealing, in most cases quiet and energy-efficient, highly mobile and enduring. The notebook even has sufficient performance reserve to satisfy most multimedia needs and even play games at higher settings. All this however comes at a price: under full load the notebook becomes noisy and very hot. And with a price of 1,199 Euro (~$1486) it cannot exactly be described as budget-priced.
Responsive touch screen, Good overall performance
Acer Aspire M5-481PT is a new 14-inch Windows 8 touch screen laptop that has a solid metal chassis, a DVD disc drive, solid performance and good battery life all for a competitive price. The quality of the display could be better and we had some issues with the clickpad, which are both disappointing.
Good build quality, Enjoyable user interface
Acer's Aspire M5 Touch is a strong Ultrabook. It offers good battery life, an enjoyable user interface, and high build quality for a low price. Adding touch doesn't add much to the experience but, well, it adds touch. This can be useful in certain situations and if the touchscreen works well when called upon.
There's just one small problem. The touchscreen isn't free. Acer's Aspire M5 with integrated graphics and no touchscreen is usually sold for $649 to $679.
Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
The understated style of the TravelMate TM8473T may not be to everyone's taste, but it's a notebook that offers very good value for money. It's well built, performs as expected and it has a good set of features. Most importantly, it's comfortable to use thanks to its soft keyboard and touchpad and a matte screen.
Right balance between performance and features
The Aspire 4820T-5570 TimelineX offers the right balance between performance and features not to mention a very thin and light 14-inch laptop with remarkable battery life. If you do not care much graphics and above all in a slim, lightweight 14-inch laptop, the ideal interest for outdoor use with unprecedented battery life, we recommend the Acer Aspire 4820T-5570 TimelineX.
The 4810T performs just fine with the normal things you're likely to do on a laptop like office applications, web browsing etc.
If you just want a laptop that runs all day then this is well worth looking at, the battery life will not disappoint.
For me though the battery life alone doesn't justify the price. Laptops are getting ever cheaper, and if I was to purchase a similarly spec'd one elsewhere and bought a second battery to extend the usage time, then I'd still be saving money for the same sort of package.
But one thing is for certain, this battery technology will be used in other laptops before very long.
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