Ultra-thin notebooks are all well and good, but one would usually assume that the trimmed-down aesthetics are at the cost of performance and battery life.
Not so for the all-new Aspire Timeline series, says Acer. Hoping to reach "a delicate equilibrium between computer lightness and battery life", Acer claims its new ultra-thin series can provide more than eight hours of battery life from a single charge.
The slim notebook, pictured above and available with a choice of 13.3in, 14.1in or 15.6in LED 1,366x768 displays, measures 24-29mm and, though not as thin as say a MacBook Air, weighs a comfortable 1.6kg for the smallest model.
Inside, there's a choice of Intel's ULV mobile processors - namely the dual-core 1.4GHz SU9400 or single-core 1.4GHz SU3500 - coupled with Intel's GS45 Express chipset, integrated GMA 4500MHD graphics and up to 4GB of DDR3 memory.
Armed with a 320GB hard drive as standard, Acer provides the option to upgrade to larger hard disks or an 80GB solid state drive. Elsewhere, there's a multi-touch trackpad, support for Wi-Fi and WiMAX connectivity, a 5-in-1 card reader, HDMI out and Microsoft's Windows Vista Home Premium operating system.
Not a bad looking system, we reckon, and it'll be tempting should prices start from the $699 we're seeing quoted. Still no news on availability, however.
Official press release: Beyond Mobile Computing: New Acer Aspire Timeline Series