Acer Debuts Aspire Timeline 1825PT: Half Netbook, Half Tablet PC

It's clearly the year of the Tablet PC. That was drawn into stone just as soon as Steve Jobs took the stage in California and announced that the iPad would soon be shipping. A million units later, and it's clear that the tablet has the world's collective attention, even if we're still attempting to figure out exactly where to use them in place of smartphones and netbooks.

Acer has a new machine that straddles the divide, as the Aspire Timeline 1825PT "netvertible" is half netbook, half tablet PC. Opened like a notebook, you'll never be able to tell it apart from the average 11.6" netback, but give the display a twist, and you realize you can flip the entire LCD over and lay it atop the keyboard, making it into a makeshift tablet. If you can't decide between the two form factors, this unit allows you to go 2-for-1.

It's certainly not the cheapest netbook on the market, but it's definitely cheaper than buying both a netbook and a tablet PC. Inside, you'll get a 1.3GHz Core 2 Duo SU7300 CPU, integrated Intel GMA4500MHD graphics, VGA webcam, HDMI and VGA outputs, 4GB or 8GB of memory, a 250GB/320GB hard drive, Bluetooth v2.1, and Windows 7 Home Premium. These will ship in Europe first starting at around £599.99 (just under $900), though an exact U.S. release date is thus far unknown.

Discover the Unsurpassed Versatility of Acer Aspire Timeline 1825PT

London, 19th May 2010 – A laptop, a photo frame, the perfect presentation tool and a notepad: the Acer Aspire 1825PT is all this and more. A wonder of technology and design, it combines the convenience of touch screen technology with the added bonus of all day computing. All this comes in an ultra-slim and light notebook with a 29 cm (11.6-inch) format that ensures extreme versatility.

With the Aspire 1825PT, Acer takes a step further in narrowing the gap between people and technology. Touch screen capabilities combined with a convertible design: the result is a highly versatile and really easy to use notebook. Multi-touch screen not only can replace the mouse, but it can change our approach to technology as well as our way of working. As touch more closely resembles the way we manipulate objects, using fingers is a far easier and more intuitive way to operate a computer.

Your touch experience with the Aspire 1825PT begins with the Acer TouchPortal, where you can find a full suite of applications for fun and entertainment. Here you can see your pictures or play your music and videos simply by dragging them onto the virtual wall. You can also find a touch optimised web browser and jot down notes with your fingers using TouchMemo.

Take full advantage of touch screen capabilities by folding the display in tablet mode. It makes it easier than ever to share and explore information enabling you to scroll documents, browse web pages and flip through photo albums with your fingers. Plus, the rotatable display can be turned, for a better experience when making presentations or having group-discussions, but also offering more comfortable viewing when playing a video or a slide show.

Small yet powerful, the Aspire 1825PT offers more than 8 hours battery life for total mobility and the latest wireless technology. Built-in WiFi network connection with Acer SignalUp technology allows powerful wireless reception for easy access to available wireless networks, while optional Bluetooth and 3G connectivity guarantee even greater freedom.

Available in three glossy colors- Sapphire Blue, Diamond Black, and Ruby Red – this notebook shows extreme attention to details. The full-size Acer FineTip keyboard with large keys maximizes typing comfort while the multi-gesture touchpad enables easy navigation, allowing you to scroll documents, flip pages, zoom in and out just using your fingers.

Despite its small size, the Aspire 1825PT boasts a high-brightness Acer CineCrystal™ LED backlit panel with 1366x768 HD resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio for best viewing of high definition content. Optimized second generation Dolby® Sound Room® audio enhancement and an HDMI port complete the offer for a great HD experience even on the go.

Even in an ultra compact size, the new notebook delivers superior performance. The Aspire 1825PT is driven by Intel® Core™2 Duo processors and Mobile Intel® GS45 Express chipset with integrated 3D graphics. As a result the Aspire 1825PT can deliver a richer digital entertainment experience and smooth multitasking, plus with up to 8 GB of DDR3 memory it can easily handle even the most complex tasks.

Available now with an expected RRP of £599.99 Inc Vat (AS1825PTZ) and £699.99 inc Vat (AS1825PT)