Chugga-chugga, chugga-chugga, choo-choo! That's the Ultrabook train coming around the bend with yet another shipment of thin and light laptops, and this time it's carrying a load of Acer Timeline Ultra M5 models throughout the U.S. Acer's new Timeline Ultra line boasts models that are slimmer and lighter than previous generation Timeline laptops, measuring a mere 0.81 inches thick and barely budging the scale at 4.3 pounds.
It's a given that any new Ultrabook series is going to tout Intel's Ivy Bridge architecture inside, and the M5 Ultras are no exception, at least on the higher end models. The lowest priced model (M5-481T-6670) starts at $680 and actually includes a Core i3 2377M processor (Sandy Bridge), along with a 14-inch display (1366x768 resolution), 6GB of DDR3 memory, Intel HD 3000 graphics, 500GB hard drive + 20GB solid state drive, built-in optical drive, two USB 3.0 ports, backlit keyboard, Dolby Home Theater v4 sound, and Acer's usual assortment of proprietary technologies (Acer Green Instant On and Acer Always Connect).
If you want to roll with Ivy Bridge, you have to step up to the M5-481TG-6814 starting at $780. This one packs a Core i5 3317U processor into the same 14-inch frame with the same resolution (drats!) and lowers the RAM to 4GB, but bumps up the graphics to an Nvidia GT640M LE GPU.
There's also a third model (M5-581TG-6666) with a 15.6-inch display that starts at $830. Despite the larger screen, it's still saddled with a 1366x768 resolution, which is hard to go bananas over when those in the Mac camp are singing praise for their MacBook Airs with Retina Displays. MacBook Airs cost a few hundred more, but still, Full HD 1080p on a 15.6-inch seems like a reasonable request.
In any event, the M5-581TG-6666 bumps the RAM back up to 6GB and weighs 5.07 pounds instead of 4.3 pounds. Otherwise, the specs are same as the M5-481TG-6814.
All three models will be available to purchase online at Acer and at retailers across the U.S. at the end of this month.
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