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Acer shows off new ultrabooks and laptops at CeBit

New slim laptops, some with GPUs and optical drives, show up at CeBit.


Two new laptops from Acer have turned up at the annual CeBit trade show held in Hanover, Germany.

The Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3, in addition to having a really long name, is a 15-inch ultrabook (meaning it meets Intel's specifications for using that trademarked term), and it breaks new ground by including a discrete graphics card and an optical drive. Acer says of the system:

The latest Timeline series is slimmer and lighter than its predecessors (measuring just 20 mm thin), without compromising its state-of-the-art performance. In fact, the new Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 raises the bar by being the first Ultrabook with dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GT640M graphics for enhanced content creation and consumption.

The second laptop announcement from Acer is the V-series. The V3 comes in 14-, 15-, and 17-inch versions, and Acer calls the series, "a range of notebooks optimized for today's digital needs...With excellent performance, entertainment enhancements, communication tools and a classy design, these notebooks are intended for tech-savvy users who want daily high-definition audio and visual experiences."

Despite the claim of a "classy design," these are budget-friendly laptops -- the 17-inch model has only a 1,600x900 display, although it does come with a Blu-ray drive.

The slightly more upscale Acer V5 series comes in 11-, 14- and 15-inch versions. While not ultrabook-thin, Acer says these should be around 30 percent slimmer than comparable traditional laptops. The larger screen sizes will offer optional Nvidia graphics, while the 11-inch is closer to a Netbook (remember those?) with Intel Celeron and Pentium CPUs, rather than the Atom.

The V3 and V5 series do not have a release date yet, but the Timeline Ultra M3 should be in stores worldwide later in March.