Acer's commercial subscribers have two new Ultrabooks to choose from
If you're looking for a new Ultrabook for your business travels, Acer has a couple of new options worth checking out. Both fall under the company's TravelMate umbrella and both rock an Intel foundation, though these are very different systems. One is a more powerful laptop built around Intel's 4th Generation Core i5 and i7 architecture (Haswell) and the other is a convertible style notebook based on Intel's 3rd Generation chips.
It might be hard to believe at this point, but there actually exists a mobile computing segment outside of the official Ultrabook category, and not just for AMD systems. Acer's new TravelMate P243 for business users is one such notebook and is built in the mold of a traditional laptop, albeit with a travel-friendly 14-inch display (1366x768 screen resolution). It also has a spill resistant keyboard, so if you spill a cup of coffee in between cities, it won't necessarily shut down your business trip.
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.
One of the items Acer had on display at the Computex convention in Taiwan earlier this year was its TravelMate 8481 notebook. Making the most of the available real estate, Acer crammed a 14-inch ComfyView HD (136x768) LCD display with LED backlight into a 13-inch footprint, a feat that required virtually eliminating the bezel altogether to increase the screen area by 15 percent. According to Acer, the display is part of what makes the 8481 "a true road warrior," and it will hit the road in August in the U.K.
Acer dropped us a note this morning to let us know about its new TravelMate 5760 laptop built around Intel's second generation Core platform. It's a 15.6-inch notebook crammed full of security features for enterprise road warriors, including Acer ProShield Security, a suite of security manageability tools integrated in a unified user interface. Boasting pre-boot authentication, Acer claims its new TravelMate keeps business users protected from the BIOS level all the way to the application level.
It's usually not too difficult finding a power outlet no matter where you're at, but that won't do you any good if your juice-deprived gadget needs to sip on a USB connector for a refill. Travelmate's USB Power Adapter seeks to solve this problem with not one, but two USB ports on a single plug-in device.
Not only does it come with two USB ports accessible via a retractable USB cable, but a bevy of connector tips and charging plugs keeps you covered in most situations. Tips include an iPod/iPhone, Sony Ericson, Motorola HTC/Dopod, and two Nokia tips (one standard, one small), along with a car cigarette plug.
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