Acer Aspire M5 481PT: Windows 8 touch laptop wrapped in an affordable package Video
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Acer Aspire M5-481PT-6488 Review
The good: The 14-inch Acer Aspire M5 481PT has a solid metal body, strong battery life, good performance, a DVD drive, and a touch screen, all for a manageable price.
The bad: The screen quality isn't stellar, the touch pad doesn't always handle well, and unlike previous versions, it doesn't offer dedicated graphics.
The bottom line: Considering the total package of features and price, the Acer Aspire M5 feels like a safe bet if you want an all-encompassing Windows 8 laptop with touch that won't cost a fortune.
Acer Aspire M5-481PT-6488 Specs
Part number: M5-481PT-6488
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