Acer announces sub-$700 ultrabooks upgradeable to Windows 8

Acer's Timeline Ultra M5 ultrabooks are upgradable to Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 Pro for $14.99.

Acer has announced new Timeline Ultra M5 ultrabooks starting at $US679.99 that will be upgradable to Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 Pro for $US14.99.

The ultrabooks are just 20.54 millimeters thick with a starting weight of 1.95 kilograms and come with 14-inch and 15.6-inch screens. Two of the Timeline laptops starting at $US779.99 have Intel's latest processors, code-named Ivy Bridge, while the $US679.99 model has Intel's older and slower Core processor, code-named Sandy Bridge.

The laptops come with Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate, and users can move to Windows 8 Pro by purchasing the upgrade from Microsoft's website. The offer is valid through January 31 next year. Microsoft has not yet announced a specific release date for Windows 8.

A sample configuration of a Timeline Ultra M5-481TG-6814 at $US779.99 has a 14-inch screen and Intel's Core i5 3317U processor, which runs at 2.6GHz. The laptop comes with Nvidia's GeForce GT640M LE graphics cards, which could improve laptop graphics. A Timeline Ultra M5-581TG-6666 with a 15.6-inch screen and similar processors is priced at $US829.99. The $US679.99 Timeline Ultra M5-481T-6670 with the Sandy Bridge processor comes with Intel integrated graphics.

The laptops have a 1.3-megapixel webcam, two USB 3.0 drives and up to 500GB of hard-drive storage. An anti-theft features allows laptops to be disabled in case of theft, and to be enabled when found.

The laptops offer up to eight hours of battery life. The systems will become available in the US at the end of June. The company did not immediately comment on worldwide availability.

Agam Shah covers PCs, tablets, servers, chips and semiconductors for IDG News Service. Follow Agam on Twitter at @agamsh. Agam's e-mail address is agam_shah@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Or
Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Agam Shah

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Essentials

Mobile

Sansai 6-Outlet Power Board + 4-Port USB Charging Station

Learn more >

Exec

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?