Acer pretty much announced a bajillion notebooks today. You’ll recall that the company announced a skillion netbooks on Friday, bringing the total number of newly-announced portable computers from Acer to a bajillion-skillion.
The company’s “TimelineX” series of ultraportables is the most impressive, in my opinion. They seem to strike a good balance of size, battery life, price, and performance. The new TimelineX notebooks come in 11.6-inch, 13.3-inch, 14-inch, and 15.6-inch screen sizes, all measure less than an inch thick and weigh between 3 and 5.5 pounds from smallest to largest.
Previous Timeline models used Intel’s low-voltage chips, which provided a little more oomph than the Atom chips found in netbooks and a little less oomph than full blown notebook chips, which helped the line achieve 8+ hour battery life while maintaining decent performance. This time around, Acer’s using full-voltage Intel Core i3 and Core i5 chips and has still managed to reach the 8-hour battery mark.
Acer also announced the 18.4-inch Aspire 8943, an Intel Core i7 machine (pictured above) with an emphasis on multimedia thanks to a built-in Blu-ray drive, media-centric touchpad, and 1GB of dedicated video memory. Pricing starts at $1,550 and you should start seeing them turn up in stores today.
There’s also a new budget line of Aspire notebooks in the 15.6-inch 5741 and 17.3-inch 7741, priced between $430 and $900 and featuring either Intel or AMD chips. They’ll be available by the end of the month.
And finally, the 15.6-inch 5745 and the 17.3-inch 7745 are pitched as “a cut above entry-level notebooks,” featuring prices starting at $700, discrete graphics chips, and optional Blu-ray drives. They’re apparently already available, although Acer’s site doesn’t have product pages up for them yet.
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