CES 2012 | Hands-on video with the Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra 15

Acer refreshes its Timeline series with the introduction of new 14-inch and 15-inch models, complete with Ivy Bridge CPUs and dedicated graphics

Long before the rise of Ultrabooks, Acer introduced its Timeline series aimed at high mobility and efficiency. Now, the Taiwanese manufacturer will be updating its Timeline lineup to the "Timeline Ultra" series with a new focus on thinness.

The Timeline Ultra 14 and Timeline Ultra 15 were showcased today at CES. Even with a thickness of only 20mm (0.787 inches), Acer was still able to include a built-in optical drive, dedicated graphics and the upcoming Intel Ivy Bridge chipset. While there are no Thunderbolt ports, the notebooks do appear to include USB 3.0, HDMI-out and Dolby Home Theater surround sound capabilities. According to Acer, the models can run for up to 8 hours when unplugged from an outlet.

In our hands-on video below, we give a first impression on the external characteristics of the 15-inch model, which houses a numpad that the 14-inch model lacks. Both models are expected to launch before the end of this first quarter, although prices remain unknown for now.


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Till Schönborn/Allen Ngo, 2012-01-10 (Update: 2012-05-26)
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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.