Acer has unveiled three laptops which the firm hopes will allow it to challenge HP in the global sales charts.
The firm is desperately trying to shrug off its bargain basement image with the launch of the Timeline X, the successor to the thin and light Timeline series.
Coming in 13.3in, 14in and 15.6in screen sizes, the Timeline X aims to straddle the portable and desktop replacement segments. The laptop is just 1in thick, and weighs 1.8Kg to 2.5Kg, suggesting that it is intended to be used on the go.
Acer claims to have improved the battery life by using an LED display, and hard drives with lower power draws. A £200 premium will buy a nine-cell battery offering 12 hours of Wi-Fi enabled usage, the firm said.
The Timeline X comes with CPUs spanning Intel's complete range of Core offerings, from the i3 330M all the way up to the i7 670, along with 3GB RAM as standard and hard drive capacities ranging from 250GB to 640GB.
Graphics are provided by AMD's mid-range 5470 or 5650 chipsets. The notebooks are not intended for gamers, so either chip should be more than enough, and will provide better performance than integrated offerings from Intel for anything more demanding than watching YouTube.
The laptop comes in a black brushed aluminium cover, and there are some handy design touches such as the flush mounted touchpad and a chiclet keyboard.
The Timeline X starts at £600 and will be available in May. An 11in version is set to be released in July.
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