Acer announced the stylish Aspire Timeline notebook series today. The new line of Acer Aspire notebooks are designed to be power efficient and offer up to eight hours of battery life in a thin and light package. The series consists of a 13.3″, 14″ and 15.6″ notebooks, which share many of the same features.
The Acer Aspire Timeline series features ultra low voltage Intel processors and can be configured with options likw 64GB SSD, 500GB hard drive and 8GB of RAM.
Pricing and availability details aren’t firm yet, but the Acer Aspire Timeline series notebooks are expected to start at $699.
Processor and chipset
Intel Centrino 2 / Centrino processor technology
– Intel Core 2 Duo ultra low voltage processor SU9400 or Intel Core 2 Solo ultra low voltage processor SU3500
– Mobile Intel GS45 Express Chipset
– Intel Wireless WiFi Link 5100 (dual-band quad-mode 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N) Wi-Fi CERTIFIED® network connection, or
– Intel Wireless WiFi Link 5150 Wi-Fi®/WiMAXâ„¢ dual-mode module,
Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium
Dual-channel DDR3 SDRAM support, Up to 4 GB of DDR3 1066 MHz memory, upgradeable to 8 GB using two soDIMM modules (requires 64 bit Operating System)
hard disk drive up to 320GB
160/250/320/500 GB or larger hard disk drive or 80 GB SSD drive, 5-in-1 card reader, supporting Secure Digitalâ„¢ (SD) Card, MultiMediaCard (MMC), Memory Stickâ„¢ (MS), Memory Stick PROâ„¢ (MS PRO), xD-Picture Cardâ„¢ (xD)
Optical Media driver
8X DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive (except model 3810T)
-15.6″ HD 1366 x 768 pixel resolution, high-brightness (200-nit) Acer CineCrystalâ„¢ LED-backlit TFT LCD, 16:9 aspect ratio, Super-slim design (model 5810T)
-14″ HD 1366 x 768 pixel resolution, high-brightness (200-nit) Acer CineCrystalâ„¢ LED-backlit TFT LCD, 16:9 aspect ratio, Super-slim design (model 4810T)
– 13.3″ HD 1366 x 768 pixel resolution, high-brightness (200-nit) Acer CineCrystalâ„¢ LED-backlit TFT LCD, 16:9 aspect ratio, Super-slim design (model 3810T)
Mobile Intel GS45 Express Chipset with integrated 3D graphics, featuring Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD (Intel® GMA 4500MHD) with up to 1759 MB of Intel Dynamic Video Memory Technology 5.0 (64 MB of dedicated video memory, Microsoft® DirectX® 10
Optimized 2nd Generation Dolby Sound Room® audio enhancement, featuring Dolby® Headphone, Dolby® Natural Bass and Dolby® Sound Space Expander, S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface) support for digital speakers, MS-Sound compatible, built-in microphone
• Acer Video Conference: Integrated Acer Crystal Eye webcam supporting
enhanced Acer PrimaLiteâ„¢ technology
• WLAN: Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 5100 (dual-band quad-mode 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N) Wi-Fi CERTIFIED® network connection, featuring MIMO technology, supporting Acer SignalUpâ„¢ with Nplifyâ„¢ wireless technology or
– Wi-Fi®/WiMAXâ„¢* Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 5150 Wi-Fi®/WiMAXâ„¢ dual-mode module, supporting Acer SignalUpâ„¢ with Nplifyâ„¢ wireless technology * depending on network availability
– WWAN GTM382E module: UMTS/HSPA at 900 MHz/2100 MHz and quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) upgradeable to 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and 5.7 Mbps HSUPA (for 3G models)
• WPAN: Bluetooth® 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) – on selected models –
• LAN: Gigabit Ethernet, Wake-on-LAN ready
5-in-1 card reader (SDâ„¢, MMC, MS, MS PRO, xD), Three (Four on AS5810T) USB 2.0 ports, HDMIâ„¢ port with HDCP support, External display (VGA) port, Headphone/speaker/line-out jack with S/PDIF support, Microphone-in jack
BIOS user, supervisor, HDD passwords, Kensington lock slot
ACPI 3.0 CPU power management standard: supports Standby and Hibernation power-saving modes, 62.16 W 5600 mAh 6-cell Li-ion battery pack: Acer PowerSmart 3-pin 65 W AC adapter, ENERGY STAR® 5.0
Special keys and controls
103-/104-/107-key keyboard, with inverted “T” cursor layout (model 5810T) – 86-/87-/91-key keyboard,, with inverted “T” cursor layout (model 3810T & 4810T), Multi-gesture touchpad pointing device supporting:
• Circular-motion scrolling
• Pinch-action zoom
• Page flip
10 function keys, four cursor keys, two Windows® keys, hotkey controls, independent standard numeric keypad (only on AS5810T) , international language support Acer PowerSmart key, Easy-launch keys: Acer Backup, Communication®, touchpad lock, Media control keys (printed on keyboard): play/pause, stop, previous, next
Dimensions and weight
– 322 (W) x 228 (D) x 23.4/28.9 (H) mm – 1.6 kg ( 3.5 lbs.) with 6-cell battery pack (model 3810T)
– 338.4 (W) x 240 (D) x 24/28.9 (H) mm – 1.9 kg ( 4.2 lbs.) with 6-cell battery pack (model 4810T)
– 378 (W) x 259 (D) x 24.8/29.7 (H) mm – 2.4 kg ( 5.3 lbs.) with 6-cell battery pack (model 5810T)
Acer Crystal Eye, Acer GridVistaâ„¢, Acer GameZone, Acer Game Console, Acer Backup Manager, Acer PowerSmart Manager, Acer eRecovery Management, Adobe® Reader®, Adobe Flash Player, Google Toolbar, Google Desktop, Cyberlink® Power DVD, CyberLink® PowerDirector® trial version, McAfee® Internet Security Suite, NTI Media Makerâ„¢, Microsoft® Works 9.0 with Office Home and Student 2007 SP1 Trial, Acer 3G Connection Manager (for 3G SKU only)
1 GB / 2 GB DDR3 1066 MHz soDIMM module, 6-cell Li-ion battery pack, Acer PowerSmart 3-pin 65 W AC adapter, External USB floppy disk drive, External USB 56K modem
1 Year Carry In (International travellers warranty – ITW)
Acer Aspire Timeline Press Release:
Beyond Mobile Computing: New Acer Aspire Timeline Series
In mobile computing battery life has always been a weak point. Mobile users had to make a choice: if they wanted more battery life they had to buy a heavier system; if they wanted a lighter laptop they had to make do with shorter lasting batteries.This has now come to an end. With the new Aspire Timeline series Acer reached a delicate equilibrium between computer lightness and battery life, creating a series of featherweight notebooks that can give you an entire day of computing on a single charge.
The Aspire Timeline series have been specifically designed for longer battery life, not by using a bulkier and heavier battery, but redesigning the way power is used, making the system more efficient, lighter and less harmful to the environment and more than capable to give you the bliss of more than eight hours of battery life on a single charge.
But that’s not all. The Aspire Timeline notebooks come with the Acer Smart Power key, the gateway to power on-demand. The Acer Smart Power key gives you the power to decide how long the battery will last: just press the Smart Power key to boost power saving capabilities and extend your freedom. Acer Smart power expands battery life through advanced settings and takes a series of actions to reduce power consumption.
Plus, at its thinnest point the Acer Aspire Timeline is just 24mm thick (less than one inch), rising just 5 mm at its highest. Then the brushed aluminum cover with mirrored metal Acer logo, not only gives it a stylish look but also keeps weight down to an ultra-light 1.6kg (3.5lb) for the 13.3â€ model up to just 2.4kg (5.3lb) for the 15.6â€ one, making it both lighter and easier to carry around than anything comparable.
One of the main complaints people have about notebooks is that they produce heat and after a while using them on your lap becomes uncomfortable. Acer Aspire Timeline notebooks use a cooling technology designed to improve user experience. Developed in collaboration with Intel, Laminar Wall Jet exploits a technology that has been used successfully for cooling turbine blades. Through the addition of louvers to the inlet vents, the cooling air flow is redirected along the bottom side of the notebook chassis, putting fresh air precisely where it’s needed to better cool the skins.
The Aspire Timeline Series is energy saving even when it’s using the power adapter. Thanks to Acer Power Smart adapter, Aspire Timeline notebooks consume up 66% less than required by Energy Star: this means that it saves 1,752 watt per year, the equivalent of a 15 watt bulb to be lit for 116 days. Plus, the Power Smart adapter enters adaptive charging mode automatically when the battery is fully charged: this stops consuming energy and reduces the tear and wear on the battery.
The minimalistic look of the Aspire Timelines conceals a wealth of details designed to give you easy control over frequent operations. Touch sensitive hot keys have been integrated on the top to put feature such ad WiFi, Backup and Power Smart key right at your fingertips. For easier usage, also the ODD eject button (for 14â€ and 15.6â€) has been placed on the top.
The glossy FineTip keyboard, with larger and more spaced keys, is designed to offer an entirely new typing experience, further boosted by the unique design of the touchpad that includes a lock to avoid mis-touch when typing and touchpad button with a step design to find it easily even without looking. Also, the multi-gesture touchpad ensures a more comfortable navigation: using a circular clockwise or counterclockwise finger motion you can navigate web pages, lists of files, music playlists or photos; you can pinch to zoom-in or zoom-out in seconds with various applications; browse photos, web pages, PDF documents or media albums by sliding two fingers horizontally.
The Aspire Timeline series is available in three formats, 13.3â€, 14â€ and 15.6, presenting bright, lifelike images and enhanced readability in low-light condition through Acer CineCrystalâ„¢ LED backlit display with true 16:9 aspect ratio, 1366X768 HD resolution, high brightness and fast response time for exceptional media playback. To let you enjoy a fully immersive entertainment, the Aspire Timeline series is equipped with Dolby® Sound Room® that offers a spectacular surround sound from any pair of speakers or headphones.
Born to offer ultra-mobility and total freedom, the Aspire Timeline Series comes with the most up to date communication options to keep you always in touch with your friends and business contacts: built-in Wi-Fi®/WiMAXâ„¢ functionalities, supporting Acer SignalUpâ„¢, allow full connectivity for unprecedented mobility. The perfect companions for a completely wireless life, the Aspire Timelines can be specified with a choice of embedded 3G modules as an option. With the integrated Acer Crystal Eye webcam, optimized for low light conditions and supporting enhanced Acer PrimaLiteâ„¢ technology, you can easily set up video conferences with your business contacts or video chat with your friends.
Harnessing the latest Intel Core 2 Duo Processor Ultra Low Voltage solutions the Aspire Timeline series comes with a choice of shared or dedicated VGA and is equipped with DDR3 system memory to breeze through multitasking requirements. Ample storage is provided by an HDD with up to 500 GB of capacity, alternatively there is support for an SSD with up to 64 GB of capacity.