Acer Introduces Aspire TimelineX Notebooks
Acer's offering a notebook for every application, with the U.S.
introduction of its Aspire TimelineX family. Made up of four-five, really-new
notebooks in a range of screen sizes, the family resemblance runs to 8 hours of
battery life, a choice of Intel Core i3 or i5 processors and of 3GB or 4GB of
memory, LED backlit displays, power management features and slim physiques.
According to the company, those wanting a full-size notebook should look to either the 5.5-pound, 15.6-inch Aspire 5820T or the 14-inch, 4.65-pound Aspire 4820T. These two come equipped with an integrated optical drive, 4GB of memory and a choice of 320GB or 500GB hard drive. Media Controls on both offer one-touch access to most-used applications, and on the 15-incher-accountants, listen up!-a dedicated numeric keypad is included.
The starting price for both notebooks is $749.99.
Are discrete graphics your thing? A version of the 4820T, the 14-inch Aspire 4820TG, features ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 graphics with full DirectX 11 support. Switchable Graphics technology allows users to extend battery life when needed, while Acer PowerSmart technology can automatically adjust the PC's power settings to maximize performance, the company claims.
The 4820TG is available in two configurations: with an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of DDR3 (double data rate 3) memory and a 320GB hard drive for a starting price of $799.99, or with an Intel Core i5 processor with Intel Turbo Boost Technology, 4GB of DDR3 memory and a 500GB internal hard drive, starting at $899.99.
For the frequent flyer set, there's the under-4-pound Aspire 3820T. It features a 13.3-inch LED backlit CineCrystal display, a choice of Core i3 or i5 processor, 4GB of DDR3 memory and a 320GB or 500GB hard drive.
Or, lighter still, the Aspire 1830T weighs 3.09 pounds and has an 11.6-inch display, paired with a full-size keyboard. For a starting price of $699.99, it comes with the Intel Core i5 ULV (ultra-low voltage) processor with Turbo Boost, 4GB of DDR3 memory and a 500GB hard drive. For $599.99, the configuration drops to the ULV Core i3, 3GB of DDR3 memory and a 320GB hard drive.
All models include 802.11 b/g/n and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, a 1.3-megapixel HD Webcam, a built-in digital microphone and HDMI connectivity. Some models have Bluetooth.
Rounding out the multimedia experience, the Aspire 3820T, 4820T and 5820T come with Dolby Home Theater v3, while the Aspire 1830T was paired with 2nd Generation Dolby Sound Room Audio Enhancement.
The whole family comes with a Backup Manager for "set it and forget it" scheduled backup, as well as multitouch touchpads for pinching, flicking and quick-scrolling one's way through documents and Web pages. Anyone who prefers a mouse, however, can disable the touchpad with a single button touch.
All five PCs are now available at popular retailers.