Not to be overshadowed by Lenovo, who quietly unveiled a Haswell-powered ultrabook yesterday, Acer has also decided to intro a new laptop, based on Intel’s newest chip, expected to save up on battery life while boosting overall performance.
The new notebook from Acer is part of the well-established and rich Aspire M5 family, though you’re going to have a little trouble in memorizing its full name: M5-583P-6428.
Set to go on sale via Best Buy in a matter of days, the 15.6-incher will cost $699.99. A decent price for a 2013 ultraportable, but truth be told this new M5 has its fair share of both upsides and downsides.
The biggest strong point is clearly the 1.6 GHz fourth-gen Intel Core i5 chip, but you should be happy to hear the panel is touch-enabled, you get 8 gigs of RAM, plus USB 3.0, HDMI, an improved Dolby Home Theater sound system and WiDi connectivity.
The M5’s appearance can be filed under upsides as well, even if the laptop is unlikely to break any records in terms of thinness or weight. On the other hand, the display’s resolution is sub-par (1,366 x 768 pixels), the Intel HD Graphics 4400 are mediocre and the 500 GB HDD… well, a blast from the past. Now it’s up to you to decide if the strong points overcome the flaws or if it’s the other way around.