It would be nice if you could do an update on the new version with the i5-4210U and GTX 850M. And also address the issues some people from the forums have had with the previous model (this review) since it was released. Wifi problems, annoying fan noise, and so on...
I'm also interested to buy it this month from bangladesh which have core i5,4GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 2 GB graphic, and screen is not full HD . can anyone give the negative side of this laptop & suggestion who already used it. Please brother, it will be helpful for me.
Has anyone experienced image retention/ghosting? I recently bought this laptop, been given 3 replacements and all of them had some pretty bad image persistence. It was so annoying I finally had to return the laptop... The response time was also not so good. Otherwise a great machine.
I bought this computer a month ago and I'm very pleased with it's performance. It runs smoothly even when I put some hard 3D rendering on it. I had some troubles installing Windows 8(Yes, Windows , actually I had to rewrite the operating system when a fatal error accured and I had the blue screen of death and by accident I left 2Gb of non formated disk space. But it was my fault and I would give this computer a score of 90% because I don't like the rear usb3.0 ports
I got this laptop from Germany in October for 577 EUR without the full HD screen. I upgraded it with additional 4GB of RAM (only DDR3L, don't buy regular DDR3 RAM as it doesn't work) and I also bought Kingston 120GB mSATA SSD drive. I am very pleased with the laptop, gaming performance is good, I can run all the latest games at native 1366x768 resolution at high details at some 25-30 FPS. It restarts from desktop back to desktop and running Firefox in some 30-40 seconds. Battery life is good, it runs at least 6 hours of normal load, I keep the screen at maximum brightness. Sometimes the touchpad stops responding but I use mouse. Also, the fan is quite noisy but luckily it is off most of the time when you use it normally. The only regret I have is not buying the full HD version, for the regular use, as it's not powerful enough to play at 1080p.
8)I've had this computer for 8 months. Motherboard went up in the 1st 3 months but Acer did replace it. The biggest problem I have with it is the keyboard and mouse. The curser constantly goes all over the place and I'm constantly retyping. I think just hovering over the mouse pad combined with oversensitivity is causing that problem. They should just give you a plug in mouse so its off to the side. The keyboard I have to bang to get it to register. The SD slot requires all SD cards to be formatted which I don't want to do if there's data on it. It can read unformatted USB but it can't read unformatted SD? Only came with 1GB memory, had to upgrade to 4 GB to get some speed. I also wiped Windows 8 and loaded Windows 7 Professional. Definitely better. Not totally disappointed for the $279 price even with added hardware and software but if you do serious work, this computer might not be what you want.
I was able to clone Windows 8.1 (I upgraded) and Ubuntu 13.10 from the hard drive to an msata ssd (crucial m500 240gb) and dual boot booth OSes from the msata ssd. Now I use the old windows partition on the hd as a data drive.
I would recommend a fresh install of Windows though. Cloning Windows 8 with uefi is a big hassle.
Also, I would suggest making restore media to a USB drive BEFORE upgrading to Windows 8.1. I didn't do this, and now I can't make the restore media, and I can't start the recovery process from the recovery partition either for some reason.
I have the same laptop but without the full HD screen. Under said conditions I can get at least 8-9 hours of battery life, probably even more. I also changed the HDD to a SSD though, so I guess you would get around 6-7 hours with a full HD screen and a traditional HDD.
Unless you're gaming then the heat won't be a problem when you keep it on your lap.
Also, at least for me, pressing the power button puts the laptop into hibernation mode, so you don't have to be concerned about the laptop turning off accidentally. I also haven't experienced the laptop turning on by itself yet.
Very appealing specs for the price. Could someone who has this laptop comment on some things?
I'm interested in battery lifetime under working conditions(say, medium brightness, wifi on and working with MS Office). Also, heat: would it be possible to keep this LAPtop on your LAP while doing work in the mentioned conditions? I'm not speaking about gaming, it'd get too hot for sure. Lastly, the power button. It's on the left side towards the back and I'm concerned that it might be the cause of accidental shutting down or turning on when picking up or using in a cluttered environment. I'm also concerned that it will keep turning itself on when carried in a laptop case.
As someone who owns the predecessor to this notebook the M5 (comes with a 640M) it has its ...
100% disagree to your M5 review.
I have it for 12 months now. I travel and work with it every day. I work on it in the office, on airports, in trains, I play games and watch movies in hotels in evenings. I don't behave nice to it in general - I take it outside, dropped a bag with it etc - the only issue I had so far was crashed HDD which got repaired by Acer in 48hrs.
Acer M5 was exceptionally well built and sturdy. Don't judge by brand.