£500 Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3-581TG Ultrabook

Simplyacer is selling the Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 for just under £500, a very decent price for what it is, an Ultrabook. The device is powered by a third-generation Intel Core i5-3317U processor clocked at 1.7GHz (with a turbo boost speed to 2.4GHz), two cores and 3MB L2 cache.

There’s also Windows 8, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. There are however four things that differentiate it from a traditional slim-and-light Ultrabooks. Firstly, it has a big display, a 15.6in one which unfortunately still sticks to a 1,366 x 768 pixel resolution.

Then there’s a dedicated graphics card that drives that display (an Nvidia Geforce GT640M which comes with its own 1GB of memory), an optical drive (a DVD writer) and a numeric keypad.

Other features include VGA and HDMI ports, Dolby Home Theater 4, HD webcam, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, three USB ports, a card reader, GbE, up to eight hours battery life, a thickness of 21mm and a weight of 2.2Kg.

Acer has included a few of its own technologies like “Green Instant On” and “Always Connect”, ones that guarantee a fast wake from sleep and an equally fast connection to hotspots.

Check out our review of the Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 Ultrabook (albeit with a different configuration), here.