Acer's Timeline series
launched with quite a bit of momentum behind it, but ever since, we've heard almost nothing about the ultra-light, long-lasting crew. Now, Acer is hoping to give the series a new lease on life with the introduction of the Timeline 8000 family. This set is a sleek, classically styled gaggle of machines that aims at both business users and general consumers.
The 8000 series will be comprised of three machines: a 13.3", 14" and 15.6" model. Unfortunately, there's little benefit to snagging the largest model over the smallest, as all three share a 1366x768 resolution, and thus, have the exact same amount of screen real estate. As for CPU choices, you'll find either Core 2 Duo or Core 2 Solo ULV chips with up to 4GB or 8GB of RAM, depending on whether a 32-bit or 64-bit OS is installed. As for storage, you'll find HDD options ranging from 160GB to 500GB in size, or those needing extra speed can opt for an 80GB Intel X25-M SSD. Graphics wise, you'll be looking at Intel
's GMA 4500MHD or a dedicated ATI 4330 GPU.
The largest model will boast four USB ports, while the other two have three sockets; each one will ship with Bluetooth and a flash card reader, and the whole line will also feature 802.11n Wi-Fi. Naturally, the eight-hour battery life should catch some serious attention, but it looks like we'll have to wait to see about a price and release date.