Acer ditches ULV for Core i3, i5 on Timeline X

Acer has decided to include full-voltage processors on its thin-and-light laptops while promising strong battery life. Also new, the company has an 11-inch model that could be a Netbook-killer.

Acer adopts standard-voltage Core i3, i5 CPUs on its Timeline X series.
Acer adopts standard-voltage Core i3, i5 CPUs on its Timeline X series. Acer

As "thin-and-light" laptop releases grow fewer and farther between, Acer has decided to stay the course on slim while largely abandoning its ultra low-voltage CPU for the full-voltage Core i-series in a new line of laptops called the Timeline X. The Timeline X models have screens ranging in size from 13 inches to 15 inches,  costs start at $599,  use Core i3 or i5 processors, and they have a black brushed-aluminum look. On the 14- and 15-inch models, Acer includes internal optical drives; however, the 13-inch Timeline X won't have the drive.

The 11.6-inch-screened Acer Timeline 1830T will have one of Intel's new Core i3 or i5 ULV CPUs, in a chassis that shouldn't be much bigger than 11-inch Netbooks we've recently reviewed. Starting at $599, it should be worth a look. We imagine it's only the first of a number of compact yet powerful laptops we'll be seeing shrunk down into 11-inch-screen sizes for the holidays.

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Scott Stein is a senior editor covering iOS and laptop reviews, mobile computing, video games, and tech culture. He has previously written for both mainstream and technology enthusiast publications including Wired,, Men's Journal, and Maxim, and regularly appears on TV and radio talking tech trends.


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