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October 14, 2023

Acer Aspire M5-481PT 6488 Review

Acer was founded in 1976 in Taiwan and is currently one of the world's top five notebook computer manufacturers. Its product line includes laptops for work or play, tablet computers, netbooks, desktop PCs and monitors. Acer also offers products that cater to specific needs, such as portable multimedia players and Windows 8 tablets with touch functionality.

The Aspire M5-481PT's sleek, elegant brushed gunmetal gray shell feels cool to the touch and resists fingerprints well. The 14-inch screen is framed by glossy black bezels, with a chrome lowercase Acer logo on the lid. Opening the lid exposes the deck, which is draped in similar brushed gunmetal aluminum and curves upward along the sides.

This Best Buy-exclusive model of the Aspire M5 isn't eye-popping in any one way, but the sum total feels like a safe bet for someone who wants a full-featured Windows 8 machine with touch navigation and DVD access that doesn't cost a fortune. It's not as thin or light as some Ultrabooks, but it has a reasonable amount of power and runs quiet enough to not distract those around you.

This Acer's weakest link is the touchscreen. Adding it to the existing formula costs $120 to $150 in extra charge for something most consumers will only use a few times per day. We're disappointed that Acer didn't include it as a standard feature and hope that the non-touch version doesn't suffer for it. The M5 still has great battery life, an enjoyable user interface and excellent build quality for a low price.