Acer Refreshes TimelineX Series Of Thin-And-Light Notebooks

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News Posted: Tue, Jun 7 2011 3:40 AM
More notebooks? Surely! Acer has just released a spate of new machines in their TimelineX series, a bodaciously titled set of machines that have been refreshed with a new design, new entertainment features and battery life to swoon over. These are still aiming to be thin-and-light machines, adding extra juice as well as Dolby audio, with all of the new models becoming available in North America today.


The notebooks have a clean layout with a large touchpad and chiclet keyboard, and they're available in three sizes: the 13.3" 3830T, 14" 4830T and 15.6" 5830T. Each of these measure around 1" thick and won't cause too huge a burden from a weight perspective. As for power? Users will see options of Core i3 and Core i5, both with Turbo Boost. There's also the inclusion of PowerSmart Technology, which helps stretch the battery life to as much as 9 hours given the right circumstances (with integrated graphics). Those with discrete GPUs will see a maximum life of 8 hours, and both will see battery lifecycles as high as 4 years.


These guys also feature a new CineCrystal LED-backlit display with a 1366x768 screen resolution. We wish a higher-res option was available, but alas, it's not to be on these. As for the GPU? There's a few models shipping with an integrated NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M, as well as a 520M + Optimus configuration. Further specifications details are spelled out below, and prices are slated to start at $599.99 in the U.S. and Canada. Not too shabby for something so portable, we have to say.

Acer TimelineX Notebook PCs Deliver Big on Style, Mobile Performance, Long Battery Life

Award-winning line delivers new slim sophisticated design with more entertainment features including Dolby Home Theater v4 Audio

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 7, 2011 – Acer America today elevates its highly-touted Acer Aspire TimelineX series notebooks with a new sleek and stylish, thin and light design complemented by long battery life and the latest technology and new entertainment features, including Dolby Home Theater v4 Audio.

The Acer Aspire TimelineX Series is a best-in-breed notebook line that combines performance and portability in an incredibly beautiful and refined form factor. The notebook's upscale look and feel centers around its uncluttered, elegant design. The notebooks have a clean layout with a large touchpad and chiclet keyboard to promote both enjoyment and productivity. Available in three sizes – the 13.3-inch 3830T, 14-inch 4830T and 15.6-inch 5830T – the designs measure about an inch thin and are very light-weight.

Powered by the latest second-generation Intel Core i5 and i3 processors with Turbo Boost technology, the Acer TimelineX notebooks deliver the performance that savvy consumers, students, small businesses and families have come to expect for running multiple websites, videos, email, games and more. In addition to providing superb performance, Acer PowerSmart Technology provides extra long battery uptime of up to nine hours on models with integrated graphics and up to eight hours for models with discrete graphics, as well as a long battery lifecycle of up to four years.

The new Aspire TimelineX notebook PCs are perfect for entertainment thanks to new High- Definition audio support with Dolby Home Theater v4 Audio that delivers crisp and clear sound through its two built-in 3DSonic Stereo speakers and when connected to a home theater system. The notebooks also have HDMI 1080p output, so customers can use a convenient single cable connection to deliver HD video and audio to an external source. In addition, the notebooks have a USB 3.0 port for fast transfers. Plus, the port can charge USB devices even when the notebook is turned off.

The new Acer Aspire TimelineX models feature an HD Widescreen CineCrystal™ LED-backlit display with 16:9 HD True Cinematic View and excellent 1366x768 resolution for stunning clarity and viewing at any angle. Several models in the new lines come with integrated NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 540M and Nvidia 520M graphics with NVIDIA® Optimus™ technology to deliver crystal-clear images, brilliant color and lifelike video while maximizing battery life. Additional models feature Intel® HD Graphics to provide superb visual performance with sharp images and rich color.

"From its inception, the Acer Aspire TimelineX Series has hit the mark in style, mobility, performance and battery life for ultimate PC productivity," said Eric Ackerson, senior product marketing manager, Acer America, "The new updated models build upon this proposition to provide even more value for our customers."

The thin and light TimelineX Series is ideal for staying in touch on the go. The HD webcam has a high 1280x1024 resolution and is placed in the center of the notebook for convenient video-chatting and capturing photos and video. The built-in digital microphone supports the webcam to convey excellent voice quality, while minimizing background noise and echoes. All of the new models have 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi for connecting to wireless networks as well as Gigabit Ethernet LAN for a reliable wired connection. Also, many configurations include Bluetooth.

A Range of Sizes to Meet Customers' Needs
The Acer Aspire TimelineX 3830T thin and light notebook has a 13.1-inch display, weighs only 4.12 pounds and measures only 0.87-1.15 inches thin.

The Acer Aspire TimelineX includes models for customers that want extra features along with portability, battery life and performance capabilities. Both the Acer TimelineX 4830T (14-inch screen, 4.88 pounds) and Acer Aspire Timeline X 5830T (15.6-inch screen, 5.6 pounds) come with integrated DVD drives and feature a dedicated numeric keypad for quick and easy number input.

Software, Pricing and Availability
The new Acer Aspire TimelineX 3830T, 4830T and 5830T models are ready to use right out of the box with Windows Home 7 as well as useful extras including Nook for PC, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Reader, WildTangent Demo Games, Skype, Norton Online Backup, and Microsoft Office 2010 (preloaded for online purchase).

The new Acer Aspire TimelineX notebooks also come with Acer clear.fi, a cross-platform solution for media enjoyment and sharing with DLNA-compliant devices, so customers can easily access, store and enjoy digital media from almost anywhere in an office, home or from the cloud.

The products are available at retailers now. The Acer TimelineX Series starts at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $599.99.

Limited Warranty
The new Acer Aspire TimelineX models come with a standard one-year parts and labor warranty, which can be extended to three years with the Acer Advantage service. All Acer netbooks are backed by toll-free service and support.
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Hmm I can see potential for using a product such as the 13.3 or 14 inch version to migrate back towards full size laptops from the netbooks I am currently using in my schools One2One laptop program. I am very curious to see what is going to be available come 1-2 years from now when the netbooks leases are up.

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