The latest in Acer’s line of larger, more beefed up ultrabooks is now available in the United States and Canada. The Acer Timeline Ultra M5 will be available in three models, and will feature larger displays than Acer’s slimmer S series of ultrabooks.
The Timeline Ultra M5 will be available in 14” and 15.6” models, and will feature HD widescreen CineCrystal LED-backlit displays at 1366 x 768 resolution. The base 14” model will have a 1.5 GHz Intel Sandy Bridge i3 processor and Intel HD graphics, to make for a budget, if less than inspiring, model. The Timeline Ultra M5 gets interesting with the upgraded 14” model and the 15.6” model, both of which feature 2.6 GHz Intel Ivy Bridge i5 processors and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE Kepler graphics processor, which should run just about any game on the market, though the most graphics- or action-intensive games may still not run on full settings. The Timeline Ultra M5 will have as much as 6 GB of DDR3 RAM.
All models will have 500 GB HDDs, but Acer has thrown in a 20 GB solid state drive for the sake of quicker boot-up times. All models will have two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, an optical drive, and audio powered by Dolby Home Theater v4 technology.
The Timeline Ultra M5 also has a couple of security features – Intel Anti-Theft Technology and Acer AntiTheft. The former enables a remote wipe option for stolen ultrabooks, while the latter is an optional alarm that can go off if the ultrabook is taken outside of a specified radius of a Wi-Fi network.
Those who purchase the Timeline Ultra M5 are eligible for a Windows 8 upgrade program, allowing them to purchase Windows 8 Pro for $15 when that operating system is released. The ultrabooks will be .81” thick, weigh 4.3 pounds, and will have an eight-hour battery life.
The Acer Timeline Ultra M5 ultrabook is available as of today, with the price ranging from $680 to $830.