New Acer laptops are thin, light, will start at $699

— 5:20 PM on April 8, 2009

The AspireRevo might have been the centerpiece of Acer's press event yesterday evening, but the Taiwanese PC maker also showed some interesting new thin-and-light laptops based on low-power Core 2 processors. Dubbed Aspire Timeline, the new mobile systems occupy the same gray area between netbooks and proper laptops as HP's Pavilion dv2—and according to Engadget, they'll cost $699 to $899.

Don't look for underpowered Atom platforms here. The official spec sheet mentions Core 2 Duo SU9400 and Core 2 Solo SU3500 processors, DDR3 RAM (up to 4GB of it), and an Intel GS45 Express chipset. That said, the Intel GMA 4500MHD integrated graphics probably isn't as powerful as the Pavilion dv2's Mobility Radeon HD 3410.

Aspire is cooking up 13.3", 14", and 15.6" Aspire Timeline laptops, all with the same 1366x768 display resolution. Chassis thickness will range from 0.92" to 1.17", while weights will go from 3.5 to 5.3 lbs with six-cell batteries. Incidentally, Engadget says those batteries are supposed to keep an Aspire Timeline running for up to 10 hours, provided you use an SSD instead of a mechanical hard drive.

Check out the image gallery below and Engadget's hands-on look for more images of the new laptops.

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