Acer’s TimelineX notebooks slim down and amp up

Computer maker Acer has announced updates to its well-regarded TimelineX series of slim notebook computers, adding second-generation Intel Core i3 and Core i5 processors, longer battery life, and improved entertainment options with the addition of Dolby Home Theater v4 audio. Acer says the new TimelineX systems can offer battery life of up to 9 hours (8 hours with discrete graphics) and sport a battery life cycle of up to your years so users will get full value from the systems. All the systems sport 3DSonic Stereo speakers and a USB 3.0 port that can charge USB devices even when the notebook is turned off.

“From its inception, the Acer Aspire TimelineX Series has hit the mark in style, mobility, performance, and battery life for ultimate PC productivity,” said Acer America senior product marketing manager Eric Ackerson, in a statement. “The new updated models build upon this proposition to provide even more value for our customers.”

Acer Aspire TimelineX 5830

Starting off at $599.99, the Acer Aspire TimelineX AS5830T-6862 will sport an Intel Core i3 2310M processors running at 2.1 GHz and Intel HD graphics driving a 15.6-inch 1,366 by 768 widescreen display. The system will sport 4 GB of RAM, a 640 GB hard drive, 8×DVD±RW DVD drive, a 1.3 megapixel webcam, multi-in-one-digital media card reader, 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0+HS wireless networking gigabit Ethernet, HDMI and VGA output, plus a dedicated numeric keypad.

Acer Aspire TimelineX 4830

The Aspire TimeLine X 4830T-6642 will start at $699.99, and offers similar specs, save that it will feature an Intel Core i5 2410M processor running at 2.3 GHz along with a 14-inch 1,366 by 768-pixel display powered by Intel HD graphics. The 4830 loses the numeric keypad along with some weight: compared to the 5830’s 5.6 pounds, the 4830 comes in at just 4.88 pounds.

Acer Aspire TimelineX 3830

FInally, the TimeLineX 3830T 6431 starts at $799.99, and features a 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5 processor and a 13.3-inch 1,366 by 768-pixel display powered by Nvidia GeForce GT 540M graphics with 1 GB of dedicated video memory. Although the system drops down to a 500 GB hard drive, it’s the lightest and most portable of the bunch, coming in at 4.12 pounds.

All three systems are available from Acer’s retail partners now.