Acer Brings Thin and Light Aspire Notebooks to U.S.
Acer is Bringing its Aspire Timeline "all day computing" notebooks to the U.S. Running Intel ULV processors, they promise battery life exceeding eight hours and advance the idea that low prices and thin and light design are not incompatible with robust notebook capabilities.Acer is bringing its Aspire Timeline series of thin-and-light notebooks to the United States. The notebooks combine Intel's ultra-low-voltage (ULV) processors with power management features, high-capacity batteries and LED backlit displays, which together contribute to longer-lasting battery life. According to Acer, technology assessment service Principled Technologies found the battery on the Aspire Timeline AS3810T could last up to 9 hours and 7 minutes and the AS3810TZ could go to 9 hours and 48 minutes.
Generally, however, Acer touts a work time of "more than 8 hours," and Intel, too, introducing a new ULV processor for thin and light notebook designs, said it achieved battery life of more than 8 hours. Intel also emphasized that, more than netbooks, thin and light notebooks would be the new phenomenon come 2010.
The Aspire Timeline series is comprised of three models. The travel-friendly AS3810 weighs 3.5 pounds, features a 13.3-inch display, Bluetooth 2.0 and three USB 2.0 ports. It has 4 GB of DDR3 1066MHz dual-channel memory (at 800 MHz) and a 500GB SATA hard drive. The starting price will be $899.99.
The 4.2-pound AS4810 features a 14-inch display and includes an optical drive, three USB 2.0 ports, 4 GB of DDR3 1066MHz dual-channel memory (at 800 MHz) and a 320GB SATA hard drive. Pricing begins at $699.99
And finally the AS5810 weighs 5.3 pounds and features a 15.6-inch display, an optical drive and a keyboard with a dedicated numeric keypad. It has 3 GB of DDR3 1066 MHz memory (at 800 MHz), a 350GB SATA hard drive, four USB 2.0 ports and starts at $598.
Each notebook is less than 1 inch at its thinnest point and just more than 1 inch at its thickest, according to Acer, and features a brushed-aluminum finish.
They offer Intel Pentium, Intel Core Solo or Intel Core 2 Duo ULV processors, either 3 GB or 4 GB of memory and a Mobile Intel GS45 Express chipset. Each also includes a CineCrystal LED-backlit TFT liquid-crystal display, a Crystal Eye webcam, a multi-in-1 digital media card reader and is Energy Star compliant.
Internet access comes via Gigabit Ethernet or WiFi 802.11b/g Draft-N, and users can interact with Websites, photos, music and other files using the multitouch gesture pad, or disable it with a one-touch button and use a mouse instead.
Each Aspire notebook also includes a PowerSmart button above the keyboard, which activates power-saving settings and extends battery life.
On May 18 Acer additionally expanded its netbook line by two, adding 11.6-inch Aspire One AO751h, which comes with a full keyboard, and the Aspire One AOD250, which features a 10.1-inch display and a weight of 2.44 pounds.