Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 review

Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 review
When Acer’s Aspire Timeline Ultra notebooks made their first appearance at CES, these 14- and 15-inch laptops seemed like little more than the successors to Acer’s TimelineX series. Thin-and-light laptops, complete with optical drive and some likely reasonable prices. While there’s no mistaking that DVD burner and mainstream screen size, we now know a few things we didn’t then: the 15-inch version you see up there packs NVIDIA’s next-gen Kepler graphics… and Acer’s calling it an Ultrabook.

Acer’s branding that there Ultra M3 as an Ultrabook because it’s less than 20mm (.8 inches) thin, but given that 15-inch display, numpad, optical drive and graphical horsepower, it’s hard to think of this as anything other than a mainstream laptop. If you accept Acer’s marketing scheme, though, this is the first so-called Ultrabook to ship with discrete graphics. (We’re expecting to see moremany more — of these.) As of this writing, at least, we don’t have a confirmed price, though Acer has said the pricing for the Ultra series should align with current TimelineX notebooks (which is to say, we’re hardly expecting this to be a $ 1,500 machine.) Until we know for sure, it’ll be hard to say how sweet of a deal this is, but that doesn’t mean we can’t talk about what it actually does. How does the performance stack up against regular ‘ol 15-inch laptop? Does it pummel your garden-variety Ultrabooks like you’d expect it to? Join us past the break where we break down exactly what this ‘tweener can do.

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Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 review originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 04 Apr 2012 12:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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