Acer has officially introduced the world to its TimelineX series of thin and light notebooks. The one I’m most interested in is the 11.6 inch model which will replace the company’s current line of Aspire 1810 notebooks. Blogeee got to spend some hands-on time with the new model, and while it looks a lot like Acer’s earlier 11.6 inch notebooks, there are some subtle differences.

The biggest change is that the new model sports a 1.07GHz Intel Core i5 U520 CPU instead of the Intel CULV chips that were used in earlier models. It’s not clear what impact, if any this will have on battery life, but Acer says you should be able to get up to 8 hours of run time from a 6 cell battery.

The notebook has an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display and what I’m coming to think of as the standard Acer thin and light keyboard. The touchpad features two distinct buttons and the lid and  palm areas have a brushed aluminum finish. Blogeee reports that the notebook measure between 22 and 28.9mm thick (about 0.86″ and 1.14″).

The new model has HDMI and VGA outputs, 3 USB ports, Ethernet, and mic and headphone jacks as well as a flash card reader. There’s a single large access panel on the bottom of hte laptop which should allow you to access the hard drive, memory, and Mini PCI-E card slot.

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8 replies on “Acer launches 11.6 inch TimelineX thin and light notebook”

  1. The blogee article says:
    “Il faut dire, et ce n’est pas un poisson d’avril, l’engin était livré en Core I5 d’Intel avec 4 Go de mémoire vive et sous Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bits. Avec le GMA HD d’intel comme circuit graphique les performances étaient réellement au rendez vous… Mais, car il y a un mais, il ne s’agit que d’un sample et les machines en production ne seront pas livrées en Core I5 ou Core i3 mais en CULV…”

    “We have to say, and this isn’t an april fools, that the device was delivered with an Intel Core i5 with 4G ram and Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bits. With the Intel GMA HD graphics card the performances were really okay… But, there’s always a but, this is only a sample, and production machines will not be delivered with Core i5 or Core i3 but with CULV…”

  2. Brad, asked you before and asking you again, could you kindly give us comparison between the current CULV processors eg SU4100 and 7300 vs the new Core i5 UM processors.

    Is it worth the upgrade. Are the new processors faster and eat less battery?


    1. Until I get a chance to test a core i5 system I can’t give you a definitive
      answer. But that is certainly what Intel is promising.

  3. Yep, and vogue for the year is matte and texture, or carbon imitation etc. etc. all over the place it seems (Asus 1201PN, Asus 1016P, 1015P etc.). So, a proud owner of something (glossy), being just 4-6 months old would look really old school. And even if you buy one today, don’t have the time to wait, it will be glossy, glossy and glossy.

    They could have done all this 2009, but no, some lessons do take time to learn, it seems.

    I don’t know all about the “1.07GHz Intel Core i5 U50 CPU” – I assume you/the press release means the “520UM” Intel Core i5, at 1.066 GHz. It has 2 cores but 4 threads, so Turbo Boost, Hyper-Threading and virtualization etc. combined with a large L3 cache (3 MB), The “downside” is a bit larger *max* TDP at 18 W, however, down from 35 W for the earlier (i5) mobile CPUs.

    Wonder where it will be positioned on the Passmark CPU mark; the SU4100 & SU7300 are at around 985 to 996 (compared to 633 for the Atom 330 dual). Above 1,000? Yes; will it double the score, i.e. around 1,800?

    1. The odd part is that Acer’s site says the 1830T will come with a SU3500 Core 2 Solo chips. All of this excitement about the i5 may end up being for nothing. 🙁

  4. What’s the GPU? I’d love to know the price too, but I doubt we will know for awhile.

    1. Acer’s website says it’s an Intel GMA HD chip… probably the 4500MHD – the same one that’s used in the 1410.

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