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.
Like it or not, Facebook is getting ready to roll out its mandatory Timeline profile feature en masse. Judging by a recent poll, the majority of users would mash the Dislike button on the new profile format, if only one existed. To be fair, Facebook users have a history of grumbling about every change made to the what remains the world's most popular social network.
The new Facebook is here a little later than expected, but still too soon for some. The Timeline profile is going live for all users. It aims to tell the story of a user’s life in a giant scrollable page. Users are encouraged to fill in relevant details that Facebook might not know. Go ahead, give them more data. Cunning.
Enraged Facebook users are still griping about the recent round of changes to the social network's News Feed and Ticker, which is par for the course when Mark Zuckerberg tweaks the layout. Based on the user response, however, you have to wonder what users will think when Facebook's "Timeline" profiles go live.
Acer isn't pitching its new TravelMate Timeline 8481T as an Ultrabook, but maybe that's because Intel is still finalizing its list of qualifications. As it stands, the 8481T is a 14-inch ultraportable that weighs just 3.7 pounds and struts around with a 0.87-inch profile, and that's with the 8-cell battery Acer says will provide up to 13 hours of run time. And though the LCD measures 14 inches, Acer trimmed the bezel by a third so that it would fit in a 13.3-inch footprint.
Acer this week unveiled its latest series of TravelMate Timeline notebooks intended for business users who prefer to work their biceps at the gym rather than by carrying big and bulky laptops. Sporting neat lines and a slim profile, both the 14-inch line (8473 and 6495) and 15.6-inch models (8573 and 6596) measure no more than an inch thick and come built around Intel's Sandy Bridge platform.
Acer didn't forget about its ultra-thin Timeline family of notebooks, the company was just waiting for the whole Sandy Bridge situation to settle down. Now that it has, and now that Intel has been shipping revised 6-series boards to OEMs, Acer is getting ready to refresh its Timeline notebooks with a release scheduled for sometime in April.
Why choose between cake or ice cream if you can have them both? It just so happens that the two treats combine to make one awesome dessert, and Acer's hoping that philosophy extends beyond food. Enter the Timeline 1825PT, which is part netbook and part tablet all rolled into one.
As a netbook, the 11.6-inch Timeline sports a Core 2 Duo SU7300 processor (1.3GHz), up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, 250 or 320GB hard drive, integrated GMA 4500MHD graphics, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, HDMI/VGA, memory card reader, a 6-cell battery offering up to eight hours of run time, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
The multi-touch screen display can swivel or fold down to transform the Timeline into a tablet with the same specs. Either way, Acer claims you can ditch your mouse and be no worse off for doing so.
"Your touch experience with the Aspire 1825PT begins with the Acer TouchPortal, where you can find a full suite of applications for fun and entertainment," Acer said. "Here you can see your pictures or play your music and videos simply by dragging them onto the virtual wall. You can also find a touch optimized web browser and jot down notes with your fingers using TouchMemo."
This one's available now, at least overseas, starting at £599.99 (about $886 USD).
Even as early as this morning, industry sources were quoting March 22 as the release date for Acer's revamped Timeline notebooks. Coming in ahead of schedule, however, Acer today officially unveiled its Aspire TimelineX 1830T thin and light laptop, as well as a handful of other models.
Built around Intel's Calpella platform, the TimelineX 1830T sports an 11.6-inch display and weighs 3 pounds. Acer didn't get too specific with the processor, saying only that it feature an Intel Core 2 Solo chip, but reports suggest it will come outfitted with Intel's Core i5 520UM CPU clocked at 1.06GHz.
Other accouterments include Wi-Fi, a pair of memory card slots, HDMI port, optical audio, three USB 2.0 ports, Bluetooth 2.1, and up to 8-hours of run time on the 9-cell battery (a step up from the 6-cell battery found on previous Timeline models).
Other specs are so far unknown, including RAM and hard drive capacity. So too is the price.
Acer Timeline owners can't seem to catch a break. Back in October 2009, Acer recalled a whole bunch of its 13-inch models citing an overheating hazard, and once again, the exact same problem has forced Acer to issue another recall, this time for about 22,000 Timelines.
According ot the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the problem stems from an internal microphone wire under the palm rest. Just like the last recall, the pesky wire is prone to short circuiting, overheating, and poses a potential burn hazard. There have been no reports of injuries thus far, but three reports of computers short circuiting, each of which resulted in "slight melting" of the notebook chassis.
Models affected include the Acer AS3410, AS3410T, AS3810T, AS3810TG, AS3810TZ, and AS3810TZG. The CPSC says that not all of these models suffer from the cable flaw, and that if you own one, you should contact Acer for more info.