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hiodie 01-11-2013 05:09 AM

Acer M5-481TG-6814 - 14", i5-3317u, Nvidia GT 640LE - $655 shipped
 
Similar to a deal about a week ago. Seems like a decent price for a gaming "ultrabook" although it does weigh 4.3 lbs.


Acer M5-481TG-6814 [newegg.com]

Intel Core i5-3317u processor
14" 1366 x 768 LCD
4gb DDR3
520GB HDD + 20GB SSD
Intel 4000 + Nvidia GT 640LE (1 GB)
DVD/RW
Windows 7 Home Premium

Link to previous deal

itsWill 01-11-2013 09:51 AM

Specs dont seem too bad but resolution is poopoocaca...

beeemerm5 01-11-2013 09:55 AM

can i run high resolution on the lappy for SC2?

drdiaboloco 01-11-2013 10:29 AM

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Originally Posted by itsWill (Post 56786014)
Specs dont seem too bad but resolution is poopoocaca...

Well, THAT didn't take long.

drdiaboloco 01-11-2013 10:33 AM

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Originally Posted by hiodie (Post 56779668)
Similar to a deal about a week ago. Seems like a decent price for a gaming "ultrabook" although it does weigh 4.3 lbs

Looks to be the SAME deal, in fact, but for the additional $5 for shipping (free on the last deal). I bought on that deal and could have saved an additional $20 with a promo code, though that code wasn't obvious as many NewEgg promo codes are (where the code is right there on the product page). So I guess, technically, this is as much as $25 more than it was before.

Either way, it's a good machine and the 4.3lbs isn't onerous. At least for the weight you're getting a very solid machine.

citan359 01-11-2013 11:38 AM

Bought this about 6 months ago for my girlfriend. Killer Laptop...err.. uh... Ultrabook!
The resolution isn't as bad as it would seem considering its a 14 inch screen as opposed to the typical 15.6. The res works well for it and helps the graphics card out on some more recent games. Would highly recommend it! Honestly considering picking up another one for myself.

P.S - Ships free with Shoprunner which everyone on here should have like 6 years of with how many times they offer it for free

AdmiralGeneral 01-12-2013 10:49 AM

Why the LE? WHY!?

dubleo 01-12-2013 11:14 AM

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Originally Posted by AdmiralGeneral (Post 56806422)
Why the LE? WHY!?

Cheaper...

kh90123 01-12-2013 06:16 PM

I got the laptop a few days ago. With a few tricks I overclocked the 640M LE to 1000MHz (from 500MHz stock) on the core and 1340MHz on the memory. GPU stays about 80C when gaming, and never goes above. With a laptop cooler (to prevent throttling), CPU stays at about 80C too when gaming.

With the GDDR5 VRAM this 640M LE is not to be trifled with. The GPU gets cooled first, so the concern for anyone using this to game would be CPU overheating. I replaced the HDD with Samsung 840 and also replaced the RAM with Patriot 1.35V 8GB ram, and the machine boots in about 10s.

BiotechBum 01-12-2013 08:23 PM

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Originally Posted by kh90123 (Post 56812498)
I got the laptop a few days ago. With a few tricks I overclocked the 640M LE to 1000MHz (from 500MHz stock) on the core and 1340MHz on the memory. GPU stays about 80C when gaming, and never goes above. With a laptop cooler (to prevent throttling), CPU stays at about 80C too when gaming.

With the GDDR5 VRAM this 640M LE is not to be trifled with. The GPU gets cooled first, so the concern for anyone using this to game would be CPU overheating. I replaced the HDD with Samsung 840 and also replaced the RAM with Patriot 1.35V 8GB ram, and the machine boots in about 10s.

I've been eyeing this deal with a lot of interest as I've seen its touchscreen, dedicated GPU-less brethren in Best Buy and rather liked it (seems to be of decent build quality and light enough). The only thing that's holding me back is the price. If it was around $100 cheaper I think I'd jump on it, but I'm wondering if any better deals will come around in the next month or so.

paulgoh 01-15-2013 11:40 AM

I'm thinking of installing Windows 8 on this ultrabook, anyone has experience with that? I think I'll need to deal with how I could re-install the ExpressCache + IRST on the 20 GB SSD after the Windows 8 installation. It seems like the Acer support site has the IRST driver but not the ExpressCache. I wonder if the ExpressCache from other laptop manufacturer will work.

lebe 01-16-2013 09:37 PM

How often do you reboot?
 
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Originally Posted by kh90123 (Post 56812498)
and the machine boots in about 10s.

My 6 yeas old laptop boots about 90 sec. And I don't care. The last time I rebooted the laptop was 2 month ado. When I close the lid, laptop goes into sleep mode. It wakes up from sleep in 5 seconds. I set up windows in such way, that it never hibernates, unless it drains the battery almost completely. I believe this is called hybrid-sleep.

So, what is the big noise about the boot time?

aleki 01-16-2013 11:30 PM

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Originally Posted by lebe (Post 56904404)
My 6 yeas old laptop boots about 90 sec. And I don't care. The last time I rebooted the laptop was 2 month ado. When I close the lid, laptop goes into sleep mode. It wakes up from sleep in 5 seconds. I set up windows in such way, that it never hibernates, unless it drains the battery almost completely. I believe this is called hybrid-sleep.

So, what is the big noise about the boot time?

Well, I for one dont use my Laptop every day; so my computer is usually shut down or hibernating. Besides that, a SSD is simply faster. Program load times is just that much quicker(faster than a cached program on a HDD). I have a mix of programs which are loaded on both mechanical and SS; you can definitely tell which programs were installed on the HDD :nod:

jdixon 01-16-2013 11:41 PM

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Originally Posted by kh90123 (Post 56812498)
...GPU stays about 80C when gaming, and never goes above. With a laptop cooler (to prevent throttling), CPU stays at about 80C too when gaming.

80C = 176F. Yikes! No lap for this laptop, with both CPU & GPU at that temp no less.

RiceyFighter 01-16-2013 11:43 PM

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Originally Posted by jdixon (Post 56905844)
80C = 176F. Yikes! No lap for this laptop, with both CPU & GPU at that temp no less.

That is not normal for a GPU to go up to 80C. Probably the laptop cover starts throwing out smoke at that rate.

MistaJ 01-17-2013 06:58 AM

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Originally Posted by RiceyFighter (Post 56905870)
That is not normal for a GPU to go up to 80C. Probably the laptop cover starts throwing out smoke at that rate.

There's nothing wrong with the temp for a laptop. Laptops usually run significantly hotter than desktops. It's still nowhere near a dangerous operating temperature.

aznangel83 01-17-2013 08:39 PM

Thinking about this. Is it bulky for an ultrabook? I only ask because it still has a DVD drive which most ultrabooks seem to have ditched.

Hacym 01-20-2013 11:04 AM

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Originally Posted by aznangel83 (Post 56929362)
Thinking about this. Is it bulky for an ultrabook? I only ask because it still has a DVD drive which most ultrabooks seem to have ditched.

Recently bought this and was actually surprised by how light it was -- thin too. The alum not covering the bottom is the only thing I am down on.

paulgoh 01-20-2013 12:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Hacym (Post 56977292)
Recently bought this and was actually surprised by how light it was -- thin too. The alum not covering the bottom is the only thing I am down on.

This is a great ultra book for the price, very light and powerful. I think for any ultrabook with a dvd drive, this is as thing as it can get. This ultrabook is not bulky at all. I am very pleased with the purchase.

foolish501 01-20-2013 07:51 PM

question for somebody who bought this, online it says the max memory configuration is 6gb, is this true ? is 2gb soldered on the motherboard, and 1 slot ?

DominicanGI 01-20-2013 08:04 PM

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Originally Posted by foolish501 (Post 56987830)
question for somebody who bought this, online it says the max memory configuration is 6gb, is this true ? is 2gb soldered on the motherboard, and 1 slot ?

The max is actually 10GB. I own this laptop myself & it's amazing for the price. You are correct, the 2GB is soldered to the motherboard & it has 1 open slot. I've played SC2 & other games with decent graphics options & it runs them no problem, I highly recommend it. Take care.

BiotechBum 01-20-2013 10:34 PM

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Originally Posted by DominicanGI (Post 56988048)
The max is actually 10GB. I own this laptop myself & it's amazing for the price. You are correct, the 2GB is soldered to the motherboard & it has 1 open slot. I've played SC2 & other games with decent graphics options & it runs them no problem, I highly recommend it. Take care.

Do you have an 8GB stick in there with full compatibility?

DominicanGI 01-21-2013 02:21 AM

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Originally Posted by BiotechBum (Post 56990518)
Do you have an 8GB stick in there with full compatibility?

Yes, I've had no issues yet.

hooraysimpsons 01-25-2013 05:04 AM

Still $650 with free shoprunner shipping. Can anyone give feedback on how this laptop performs running Civ 5 or XCOM?

PhasersOnKill 01-30-2013 09:46 AM

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Originally Posted by kh90123 (Post 56812498)
I got the laptop a few days ago. With a few tricks I overclocked the 640M LE to 1000MHz (from 500MHz stock) on the core and 1340MHz on the memory. GPU stays about 80C when gaming, and never goes above. With a laptop cooler (to prevent throttling), CPU stays at about 80C too when gaming.

With the GDDR5 VRAM this 640M LE is not to be trifled with. The GPU gets cooled first, so the concern for anyone using this to game would be CPU overheating. I replaced the HDD with Samsung 840 and also replaced the RAM with Patriot 1.35V 8GB ram, and the machine boots in about 10s.

Curious as to how you did this OC? I know the Vaio S uses a modified BIOS but I can't seem to find it anywhere for this machine.

emceephi 02-04-2013 07:06 PM

How hard is it to install an SSD or more ram?

From the pictures, it doesn't seem like there are any panels you can easily remove. Do you have to take off the whole bottom?

PhasersOnKill 02-06-2013 11:08 PM

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Originally Posted by emceephi (Post 57368542)
How hard is it to install an SSD or more ram?

From the pictures, it doesn't seem like there are any panels you can easily remove. Do you have to take off the whole bottom?

Yes, and Disconnect 2 or 3 small ribbon cables.
Though, I was able to upgrade the ram just by cracking it open enough to pop the old RAM out and the new chip in. No disconnect required.

Bitech 02-08-2013 10:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RiceyFighter (Post 56905870)
That is not normal for a GPU to go up to 80C. Probably the laptop cover starts throwing out smoke at that rate.

You know what also gets hot and starts smoking? Misinformation.


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