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.
Im pretty sure there is a severe mistake in this article, it says its equipped with a 53Wh battery however it has a 3560mah battery wich would mean a 35Wh battery. I think the battery performance is also based on a 53Wh battery becuase its performance is very different from other reviews. There are actually quite a few reviews that complain about bad battery performance!
Just bought this and even though the screen is great the touchpad is a very difficult beast to get used to. It seems very sensitive when tracking yet when tapping to left click the pad sometimes doesn't register the tap. Also when using the buttons the cursor moves now and then making it difficult to be precise. Another con is the right fan which has a distinct noise to it. It's like an electronic ticking that is always there. Even when idle you can hear the fan. Only when the airflow noise is sufficient loud the noise is camouflaged.
It has a free msata interface inside. I've already replaced the hdd with a ssd. If I want to dual-boot to windows will add later a msata ssd. The battery is non standard, li-polimer. So replacement should be found only from acer. Love the screen. Using it now with Ubuntu 12.13. The nvidia video card is not accesible by default in Ubuntu, need to install various stuff to make it work, and I do not bother.