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Acer Aspire M Touch Review

By on December 23, 2012
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Now with Windows 8 goodness.

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Good: Snappy performance; Decent for gaming; Remains cool & quiet through heavy usage.
Bad: All ports in the back; Touchscreen maybe gimmicky for some.
Price: AED 3,899
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The Acer Aspire M Touch was one of the first laptops to come with Nvidia’s new Kepler based graphics card, showing off the true potential of the new architecture in such a slim chassis. With the release of Windows 8, however, things need to be stirred up a little, and so the new Aspire M Touch comes with some new goodies packed in the same body.

Design

With the M Touch Acer have kept the design extremely simple, and it works in their favor. The metal top and keyboard base feel nice, while the plastic panels on the inside of the screen and the bottom of the chassis blend in nicely. At just 2cm high, the M Touch weighs in at 2.1kg including a DVD writer. All the ports are on the rear end of the M Touch, with three USB 3.0 ports with HDMI, Gigabit LAN and a 3.5mm audio jack. Moving all the ports on the back turned out to be rather controversial in the Tbreak office, as some liked the clutter of wires away from the eyes behind the screen, while some find it inconvenient to hook up USB drives in the back.

The chiclet keyboard inside is nicely spaced and easy to use, as is the large trackpad towards the left side. No backlit keyboard here, but given the price, it’s a natural sacrifice. The 15.6-inch multi-touch screen does add an extra dimension of usability to the Aspire M Touch, but its daily usefulness remains debatable. The touchscreen itself is very responsive with fairly precise readings.

Specs

Our particular review unit today comes with a third generation dual-core Intel Core i5-3317U processor @ 1.7GHz with 6GB of memory and a deliciously fast 120GB SSD. This results in Windows 8 booting in 9 seconds. Pretty much everything is snappy, even resuming from sleep when the lid is opened up is under 2 seconds.

Check out our benchmarks to get a better idea of the new Acer Aspire M Touch’s performance compared to similarly specced Acer Timeline M5.

Benchmarks

At medium brightness and volume set to about 45%; browsing the net, working on Office files and watching HD YouTube videos gave almost 7.5 hours on the battery. When you add playing a game like DOTA 2, the battery gets squeezed out in just over 4 hours.

And as you’re giving the processor and Nvidia GPU a good workout, the M Touch makes a respectably low fan noise. The palmrest area is completely cool, while the underside is warm, but not overly hot if gaming on the laps.

Conclusion

All said and done, the Acer Aspire M Touch is a solidly built laptop with very good specs. It provides satisfying performance in both daily usage and some modern games without making too much noise and heat, and a decent battery life as well. Price wise it’s very hard to beat, and as we’ve seen from the Aspire S7 ultrabook, Acer seems to be turning a new leaf with their laptop design.


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From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

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  • kelly

    how do i connect to the wifi?

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