Pros

  • Thin for an Ultrabook with a 15.6-inch display
  • Great battery life of 7-plus hours
  • Decent benchmark performance

Cons

  • Low-res display for its size
  • Keyboard design isn't great
  • No optical drive

At A Glance

Fans of large laptop touchscreens will appreciate the Aspire M’s roomy display, slim profile, and excellent battery life. The price-to-performance isn't bad either.

Manufacturer’s Description

The Aspire M Series Ultrabook frees you with instant-on performance, 8+ hours of power, and a touchscreen. The first to offer the gorgeous visuals of discrete graphics, this Ultrabook lets you accomplish all you want each day with potent processing plus solid state and optical drives. Experience the beauty of on-the-go productivity!

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number NX.MEFAA.002
Processor
Processor type Intel Core i5 - 4200U
Processor speed 1600.0 MHz
Number of Cores 2.0
Display
Display size 15.6 inches
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels
Graphics
Graphics Type Integrated
Primary Graphics Chipset Intel HD 4400
Storage
Drive 1 size 500.0 GB
Drive 1 type Hard Disk Drive
Drive 1 speed 5400.0 RPM
General Information
UPC Code 887899153228
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces
  • HDMI
  • Line In 1/8
  • Line Out 1/8
  • USB 2.0
  • USB 3.0
  • VGA
Ethernet Type 10/100/1000 Mbps
Wireless connection
  • 802.11a
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
  • Bluetooth
Power
Battery Type Lithium Polymer Battery
Memory
Memory size 8.0 MB
Memory type DDR3
Memory speed 1600.0 MHz
Dimensions
Width 15.0 inches
Depth 10.1 inches
Height 0.7 inches
Weight 4.9 pounds
Weight with Accessories 5.75 pounds
Storage Media
SD card Yes
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8 Home
Other Features
Devices
  • Built-In Microphone
  • Built-In Webcam
  • Touchpad

Performance

Overall Performance
Worldbench Score 143.0
Worldbench Version 8.1
Battery
Battery Life 7:11   (hh:mm)
Start Up
Start Up 13.2   seconds (lower is better)
Office Productivity
PCMark 7 Productivity Suite 1005.0   score (higher is better)
Web Browsing
Peacekeeper 2491.0   score (higher is better)
Storage Performance
PCMark 7 Storage Test 1516.0   score (higher is better)
File Compression 164.0   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 271.4   seconds (lower is better)
Image Editing - GPU Accelerated 170.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 148.0   seconds (lower is better)
Audio Encoding 290.0   seconds (lower is better)
Power Usage
Working power usage 3.7   Watt hours
Idle power usage 11.5   Watts
Gaming
3DMark, Ice Storm 43071.0   score (higher is better)
3DMark, Firestrike Extreme 324.0   score (higher is better)
3DMark, Cloud Gate 4649.0   score (higher is better)
3DMark, Firestrike 683.0   score (higher is better)
Dirt Showdown, Low Quality, 1024x768 59.6   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 3, Ultra Quality, 1024x768 24.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
Bioshock Infinite, Low Quality, 1024x768 32.5   Frames per second (higher is better)