Acer announces TravelMate Timeline 8481T notebook

Acer announces TravelMate Timeline 8481T notebook
Acer announces TravelMate Timeline 8481T notebook
Acer is bringing the Timeline 8481 notebook to North America with an 8481T variant

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Acer announced Wednesday its latest lineup in the TravelMate Timeline series with the 8481T. A similar 8481 model was first revealed at Computex 2011 in early June.

The 14-inch ultrathin 8481T will come in at 3.7 pounds (1.68kg) with a slim 0.87-inch (2.2cm) thickness. Interestingly, the frameless monitor will allow for the 14-inch screen to fit in a chassis more akin to a notebook that is 13.3-inches in size. The magnesium-aluminum build also makes use of a new metal-alloy for “maximum hold strength” and extra screen protection.

In terms of specifications, the Acer notebook will ship with a Sandy Bridge Intel Core i5 CPU with TPM 1.2, 4GB DDR3 RAM (upgradeable to 8GB), a 1366x768 resolution screen, Intel HD Graphics 3000, 320GB 7200RPM HDD, WiDi and USB 3.0. The HDD in particular will feature DASP (Disk Anti-Shock Protection) and will actually be soft-mounted in the notebook for additional cushioning. There is no mention of an HDMI port in the press release, although such a port was spotted in the 8481 model back At Computex 2011.

The similar 8481 model was released in the UK in August but with discrete Nvidia graphics as an option. Hopefully, the 8481T will offer the same options as well.

The Acer Timeline 8481T will be available in North America beginning this September for $999 USD.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-08-26 (Update: 2012-05-26)
Allen Ngo
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.