Acer has announced the launched of three laptops in its Timeline X range which is actually an update of its popular Timeline range, previously built on Intel's CULV platform.
The two Timeline X laptops unveiled are the X745 and the X741; they will come in 14-inch, 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch versions and will use Intel's Core i3, i5 and i7 processors - the last one being exclusively used on the X745 line.
The rest of the specs is pretty standard; 3GB RAM, 250GB hard disk drive (expandable to 640GB), 6-battery cell with 8-hour autonomy, a touch pad which is closer to the left of the palm rest and what appears to be a chiclet keyboard with a dedicated keypad.
Graphics is handled by AMD's 5470 and 5650 graphics modules with 512MB GDDR3 memory; that should keep casual gamers happy and provide enough firepower to stream online videos.
The bigger screens - all of them LED backlit - will have a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels while the smaller version will stick to 720p. Acer has included an HDMI port, 802.11n, Bluetooth, GbE, Dolby Theater 3, Virtual 5.1 surround sound and a design that shows its business credentials.
The Timeline X series will cost as little as £599 and will go on sale in May in the UK. There are also reports that there will be 13.3-inch and 11-inch models added to the Timeline X.
Oddly enough, Acer will apparently charge £200 for a nine-cell battery which has enough juice to power the laptop for 12 hours. This is very unlike Acer and would push the laptop price well beyond what others - like Dell or HP - are charging. Still expect prices to fall quickly.