Those three criteria were behind the creation of the Aspire Timeline
notebook. In order towork for between 8 and 10 hours on a single charge
without dimming the screen to near-invisibility to make it last longer,
Acer built the Timeline series onIntel (NSDQ: INTC) Core 2 Duo ultra-low voltage processors and Intel Display
Power Saving Technology.
Making the machines thinner and lighter was also part of the strategy
for the Timeline series. The notebooks come in three sizes: 13.3-,
14.1- and 15.6-inch models with LED 16:9 displays and multitouch
touchpads. The Timeline notebooks on display at the Liberty Science
Center certainly weren't that heavy—Acer claims that the 13.3-inch
notebook weighs 3.5 pounds and that the 15.6-inch version tips the
scales at 5.3 pounds.
The computer manufacturer also made an effort to reduce heat output
created by the notebook with Laminar Wall Jet cooling, a technology
that has previously been used for cooling turbine blades. The Timeline
series adds louvers to the inlet vents and directs the cooling airflow
along the underside of the chassis, meaning the computers stay cool in
the places where customers touch them.
The cooling technology, when paired with a new AC
adapter technology that stops pulling current from the wall when the
battery on the laptop is charged, make the Timeline notebooks Energy
The Timeline series of notebooks is about 1 inch thick. Acer
also said that, in keeping with customer feedback, the new notebooks
would be priced competitively on the market, starting at $699 and going
up to $899, depending on the size of the model.
Another place where form factor is a key differentiator is in
the netbook market. Typically, a netbook maxes out with a screen size
of 10.1 inches. Last night, Acer upped the ante with the Acer Aspire
One 11.6-inch netbook with a multigesture touchpad.
The decision was made to add a bigger screen to give users "better video
streaming capabilities." Like the Timeline notebook, the Aspire One
11.6-inch netbook is just 1 inch thick and is powered by Intel Atom
technology and Mobile Intel US15W Express Chipset.
The Aspire One comes with 160 GB of internal storage and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi
integration. The device weighs about 2.2 pounds and will receive about
8 hours of battery life, based on its six-cell 5200 mAh battery.