Acer's Aspire Timeline Ultra Rocks the Mobile Nightlife for 8 Hours Straight

Acer's been in the Ultrabook game since the day it started (which wasn't very long ago) and rolled out the first model back in September. Apparently pleased with the reception and feeling encouraged about the form factor's future, Acer bounces into the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) with new Ultrabook models in tow.

One of them is the new Aspire S5, purportedly the world's thinnest Ultrabook to date and the first to feature a Thunderbolt port. The other is the Aspire Timeline Ultra series. The Timeline Ultra ships in 14-inch and 15-inch models, both of which boast a combination of up to eight hours of battery life, high performance, and a "2-spindle" design. It also features an optical drive.

The Timeline Ultra isn't the thinnest on the planet at 20mm, but it is skinnier than earlier generation Ultrabooks, Acer says. Specs are fairly sparse at the moment, but include:
  • Intel Core i Series processors
  • SSD/HDD storage option
  • Dolby Home Theater v4 surround sound
  • HDMI; USB 3.0
  • DVD burner

Acer also baked in a couple of proprietary technologies, including Acer Green Instant On for fast boot and resume, and Acer Always Connect technology, which lets users manage their multimedia and data on all their devices at anytime, anywhere, even from sleep mode.

There's no word on price, though Acer did say the Timeline Ultra will start shipping in the second quarter of this year.