Until very recently, Acer was the only major notebook OEM which had yet to update its entire product line with models that featured Intel's new Sandy Bridge platform. However, if you have been waiting all this while for a low-priced notebook that packs the latest specifications from the likes of Acer, today is going to be your lucky day, for Acer has finally rolled out what the world has been waiting for: its own line of Sandy Bridge-powered notebooks under the Timeline X banner. Talk about a classic example of 'better late than never' being put into action in the real world.
*UPDATED with local prices!
Well, that sure took Acer long enough. While major notebook OEMs such as HP, Lenovo and Fujitsu have already had notebooks powered by Intel's Sandy Bridge platform out for retail on the market for quite some time already, Acer was conveniently absent from the Sandy Bridge race, for reasons unknown to all but its own internal departments.
However, those who have been patiently awaiting the day Acer will eventually unveil an updated line of notebooks featuring the new Sandy Bridge platform will probably have much to look forward to. This is because Acer has finally delivered what the world has been waiting for, and it comes in the form of four new Timeline X models: the Acer Aspire Timeline X 3830TG-2312G64nbb01, 3830TG-2412G64nbb02, 4830TG-2412G64nbb01 and 5830TG-2412G64nbb01.
No prizes for guessing the model number for this particular Timeline X notebook
According to an online report published by the Chinese branch of Engadget, all three new Sandy Bridge-powered Timeline X notebooks will feature near identical hardware specifications: the 13-inch 3830TG-2312G64nbb01 will come bundled with an Intel Core i3-2310M processor clocked at 2.1GHz, an NVIDIA GeForce GT540M graphics card which sports 2GB of VRAM, 2GB of system memory, a 640GB hard disk and USB 3.0 ports capable of 'independent charging'.
On the other hand, the other 13-inch 3830TG model, along with the 14-inch 4830TG and 15-inch 5830TG loses the Core i3-2310M processor more a more powerful Intel Core i5-2410M processor clocked at 2.3GHz, which is capable of achieving speeds of up to 2.9GHz under Turbo Boost. However, all other specifications remain identical, which means that both the 4830TG and 5830TG will feature the same GT540M graphics card, 640GB hard disk and USB3.0 ports found in the 3830TG. And to top that off, all three notebooks will sport the same display resolution of 1366 x 768, a trait which appears to greatly reduce the appeal of the 15-inch 5830TG.
Unfortunately, the notebooks are currently only available for sale in Taiwan, so budget-conscious consumers here in sunny Singapore seeking an Acer-branded notebook featuring Intel's Sandy Bridge platform will probably have to wait a little longer before these notebooks finally pop up for sale in our local computer stores. That being said, here are some prices for comparative purposes: the 13-inch 3830TG is currently retailing in Taiwan for NT32,900 (NT37,900 for the i5 version), while the 14-inch and 15-inch 4830TG and 5830TG are selling for the same price of NT39,900.
Source: Engadget Chinese
*UPDATE: a reader has updated us with information that Acer's Sandy Bridge notebooks are already available for sale locally at discounted prices. The Timeline X 3830TG is currently selling for S$999 (S$1,398 for the Core i5 version), while the 5830TG costs S$1,298, and the 4830TG is already retailing for the price of S$1,598. Last but definitely not least, there are two additional models, the 14-inch 4750G and the 15-inch 5750, which feature Intel's Sandy Bridge platform but will not be sold under the Timeline X banner. The 4750G features an Intel Core i3-2310M processor and an NVIDIA GeForce GT520M graphics card and is selling at the discounted price of S$849, while the 15-inch 5750 makes use of the Core i5-2410M processor and onboard graphics, and is currently discounted for sale at S$899.