Acer America unveils Timeline 6495, 6595, 8473 and 8573 notebooks
Through a recent press release, Acer America revealed its latest offerings in the TravelMate Timeline series, the 14-inch Timeline 8473 and 6495, as well as the 15.6-inch Timeline 8573 and 6595.
Each of the four one-inch thin models can be equipped with a range of Intel Sandy Bridge processors with either integrated HD 3000 or discrete Nvidia graphics. Nvidia Optimus is also available for users wanting both options. Features and connectivity options such as a magnesium-aluminum build, Intel WiDi and USB 3.0 come standard across all models. From what we can tell in the press release, the big difference between the 6x95 and 8x73 models, besides the screen sizes, is that the two 6x95 notebooks pack Intel vPro Anti-theft Technology as an extra layer of security.
Additional Acer-specific features include PowerSmart batteries with up to 8 hours of battery life and life cycles up to 3 times longer than traditional batteries. These batteries will supposedly maintain 80% of its capacity even after 1000 charge cycles. In terms of durability, each notebook will make use of Acer’s DustDefender technology, spill-resistant keyboard and next-generation DASP (Disk Anti-Shock Protection) for protection against dust accumulation and accidents.
For extended options, an optional ProDock station is also available. The dock supplements the notebook with additional I/O ports including USB 3.0/2.0 ports, Display Port, DVI, HDMI and VGA-out.
Acer’s European subsidiary revealed the same Timeline 8473, 6495, 8573 and 6595 notebooks late last month and have supposedly all been available online ever since. Now that Acer America has unveiled these notebooks as well, expect official pricing to begin at $799 and $999 for the 8x73 and 6x95 models, respectively, with the standard one-year warranty. Unfortunately, models with discrete Nvidia graphics are nowhere to be found online, at least as of this writing, but they may be made available in the near future. No mention was made on the price or availability of the ProDock.