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October 11, 2012

Acer Unveils Aspire M5 Ultrabooks with Windows 8

By Rory Lidstone, TMCnet Contributing Writer

Acer (News - Alert) America today announced the Aspire M5 series of Ultrabooks, which will be available exclusively from Best Buy in North America later this month. The Aspire M5 series was designed to offer the portability and lightweight design common in Ultrabooks without sacrificing performance. Since all notebooks in the Aspire M5 series will feature Windows 8, some models feature a 10-point multitouch display.

“Many consumers desire the mobility of an Ultrabook, but still require the larger displays, optical drives, all-day battery life and value offered in a more mainstream notebook PC,” said Scott Ledterman, vice president of retail sales, Acer America. “The Aspire M5 series delivers that perfect combination of portability and performance for mainstream consumers, and goes a step further with premium features like touch input."

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The 14-inch Aspire M5-481PT features a multitouch display, making it easier to navigate Windows 8's user interface, while a standard trackpad makes using the traditional desktop interface as easy as ever. The M5-481PT's 14-inch display features an HD resolution and edge-to-edge design.

The 15.6-inch Aspire M5-581T, meanwhile, is a non-touch laptop that features a magnesium alloy chassis for lightweight durability.

Both laptops feature Intel (News - Alert) Core i5 processor options, a 500GB hard drive with a 20GB solid state drive for faster boot times and operating system performance. Furthermore, the Aspire M5 series boasts up to eight hours of use on a single charge with PowerSmart long-life battery packs, which provide up to three times longer battery life than traditional batteries.

Acer also recently unveiled another Windows 8 device, this time a tablet device called the Iconia W510. This device features a 10.1-inch Gorilla Glass 2 display with 10-point multitouch, and extreme battery life up to 18 hours with its sold separately keyboard dock.

The company was also recently ranked the fourth PC manufacturer in the world by research firm Gartner, toppling from second place in 2011.

Edited by Brooke Neuman
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