The Acer Aspire Timeline 1810T is due out in Europe within the next few weeks, where it will sell for around €499 ($716 US) and up. This laptop may look like your typical Acer netbook, but it sports an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, and instead of an Intel Atom or VIA Nano CPU, it packs a 1.4GHz Intel ULV processor and GMA 4500MHD graphics. It can also handle up to 4GB of RAM, comes with a 250GB hard drive, and HDMI out. The computer supports WiFi and Bluetooth, and has a 3G option.
As you’d probably guess from those specs, this computer ships with Windows Vista, not XP. I’m guessing if you purchase one in the next few months, it’ll qualify for a free upgrade to Windows 7 when that operating system is released in October. But that’s just a guess. I’m also hoping that Acer will knock a few bucks off the US price, but I wouldn’t expect to pick this notebook up for under $600 anytime soon.
While the laptop is priced a bit higher than your average netbook, you should be able to get significantly better performance out of this machine when running CPU and memory-intensive applications. It’s still not exactly going to blow away a machine with a Core 2 Quad processor, but the Timeline 1810T should be able to handle HD graphics duties. The battery is supposedly good for up to 8 hours of run time.
A couple of web sites have publsihed new hands-on photos of the laptop recently, including ITC.ua, which spent some quality time with a blue model. PCHome got to cozy up with a red model, so fresh that it’s still covered in plastic in places. The close-up shots of the keyboard look pretty nice, and the rest of the laptop doesn’t look too shabby either.
via Netbook Choice