While Ivy Bridge and the Ultrabooks seem to be the ‘in thing,’ Acer has apparently decided to treat prospective users to both these technologies through the Acer Aspire M5 Ultrabooks of the Timeline Ultra series. The compact notebooks with powerful internal hardware will come in screen configurations of 14 and 15 inches.
The sleek devices measuring not more than 20mm in thickness, sport metallic silver top covers and a new display technology that comprises a display frame and a thin bezel. Add to it clean lines, smooth angles and geometric shapes, which collectively result in a minimalist design. Both devices integrate the Nvidia GeForce GT640M graphics processors with 1GB DDR5 that extend support to PhysX for smooth gaming and enhanced image reproduction. Microsoft DirectX 11 is responsible for rendering life-like animation and geometric detailing.
The internal working of the devices is carried out under the supervision of the third generation Intel Core CPUs. These processing units claim to keep the battery consumption low while allowing users to launch multiple applications at the same time. Besides this, the company has included some proprietary technologies such as Acer Green Instant-On for faster resume times of 1.5 seconds and Acer Instant Connect to scan access points in order to establish internet connections in less than 3 seconds.
Moreover, these lightweight Ultrabooks have been deployed with an optical disc drive each. While both notebooks of the series employ a chiclet backlit keyboard, the 15-inch variant features a separate number keypad too. Users have an option to choose the SSD-only version to ensure quick file transfers, battery life of about 8 hours and quiet operation.
The Acer Aspire M5 Ultrabook series release date and price details have been kept under wraps.