Review: Acer Aspire M Touch

How’s this for something new? With its Aspire M, Acer has released a Windows 8 laptop that doesn’t slide, spin, swivel or otherwise transform into a slate. It’s a straight-up laptop — albeit one with a touchscreen.

Tragically, that fact, plus the relatively low $800 price tag, are the most noteworthy features of this notebook, a largely lackluster affair that cuts a lot of corners to keep costs as low as it can.

In a world of Windows 8 laptops costing between $1,000 and $1,200, here’s what you’re sacrificing by moving to the lower price bracket. Aside from the lack of slateability, the most noteworthy tradeoff is the screen. It’s a spacious 14 inches diagonally, but the resolution, at 1366 x 768 pixels, fails to take advantage of that. The resolution limit is compounded by a distinct lack of brightness as well. It’s actually the dimmest laptop I’ve reviewed in more than a year, and it shows, with “whites” that appear as a dull gray on screen.

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