Acer is going to upgrade their Aspire TimelineX series with Intel Sandy Bridge processors. This is a welcome change which we reported would come in April, but it won’t be showing up in the US, or anywhere other than Taiwan, for now. The new models are only going to be available in Taiwan according to Engadget Chinese. Maybe they will show up later this month over here.
The Asian tech blog got their hands on some of these new models. One is a 13.3-inch Acer Aspire TimelineX 3830TGs. They also looked at a 14-inch 4830TG and a 15.6-inch 5830TG (pictured). They all come with an Intel Core i5-2410M processor and an NVIDIA GT540M graphics chip with 2GB of DDR3 video memory. There is a 640GB hard drive as well.
Engadget said that these notebooks only have 2GB of DDR3 RAM, but we can’t believe that is true. We are guessing that these machines will actually come with 4GB. The displays are 1366×768 resolution backlit LCDs. They have Dolby Home Theater speakers by Kenwood, which should provide nice sound for movies and games, not to mention playing music. The processor on the 13.3-inch is not as powerful. It is a Intel Core i3-2310M processor instead of the Core i5 in the two larger machines.
The new version of the TimelineX has a chiclet style keyboard. We hope this will improve on the previous inferior keyboards we tested on current generation TimelineX models from Acer. The trim around the trackpad is gone and they’ve added a second mouse button for easier right clicking. The chassis is not tapered anymore.
The price is dollars US is from $1,133 and $1,374 depending on the model. We hope these will show up outside of Taiwan, as the Acer Aspire TimelineX is a nice line of notebooks from the consumer friendly manufacturer.