Acer puts CULV guts in 11.6-inch netbook enclosure

Determined to further blur the lines between netbooks and notebooks, Acer is apparently prepping an Intel CULV-based laptop with a netbook-like chassis. Unofficial Acer netbook blog Macles has posted photos and specifications of the upcoming system.

The Aspire Timeline 1810T has an 11.6" display with a 1366×768 resolution, much like that of the Aspire One 751. The external design looks similar, too, but the innards are totally different.

Instead of an Atom processor, Macles says Acer has gone with a 1.4GHz Core 2 Solo SU3500. You can also expect GMA 4500MHD integrated graphics with HDMI out, room for up to 4GB of RAM, 802.11n Wi-Fi, optional Bluetooth and 3G connectivity, and a battery rated for eight hours. The machine will come with Windows Vista Home Premium, but buyers should be eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 7 in October.

Macles doesn’t quote an availability date or pricing. However, the blog expects Acer to position the Timeline 1810T between its Aspire One 751 and Aspire Timeline 3810T—in other words, somewhere between $380 and $600.

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    • Voldenuit
    • 13 years ago

    So the Sony Z doesn’t count? 13.3″, *[<1600x900 screen<]* (!), nvidia 9300M, 3.4 lbs, *[

    • UberGerbil
    • 13 years ago

    The thing you have to remember about a discrete GPU is that it adds considerably to the cooling load the machine has to be designed to handle. A mobile GPU may have far less power requirements than a desktop one, but even at 15-20 W it may be increasing the total thermal load within the case by 50% or more. And while it may not impact battery life much if the users stick to desktop tasks (and leave the gaming until they’re plugged in) the designers have to build the cooling system for the to handle the worst case of CPU and GPU running full-tilt for long periods of time. That’s hard, and it gets harder the smaller you make the machine (and especially if you don’t want it to sound like a jet engine). The Macbook Air is a remarkable achievement in this regard, but note that the case on that thing is completely sealed — you can’t even remove the battery. Even if that conforms to the Jobsian vision of machine-as-thing-with-no-insides, it was probably also unavoidable considering how carefully they had to engineer the thing to not spontaneously combust. And the pricing reflects that (even beyond the normal Apple Tax).

    • stmok
    • 13 years ago

    Yeah, I’m kind of annoyed with marketing as well. 🙂

    Here’s the official Acer Timeline series hardware specs…
    => §[<http://www.acer.com/timeline/spec/spec.html<]§ Intel Core 2 Duo Processor SU9400 specs... => §[<http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=36697<]§ At least they have Intel VT with these CPUs! Annoyed by the Intel IGP though...

    • MadManOriginal
    • 13 years ago

    I hadn’t clicked on the link, it’s also kind of sneaky because it’s just called a Petium with no indication of dual coreness. The last I heard about CULV was at least a month ago and I didn’t remember reading about dual core versions :shrug: so I was just going by the details in this article text.

    • Skrying
    • 13 years ago

    With barely three hours of battery life. The dv2z is a poor product in my opinion. Why do a I want an ultra portable that is completely useless…. when portable. Three hours isn’t enough.

    • stmok
    • 13 years ago

    Eh, no. CULV is a platform that also includes Core 2 Duo SU9400 processor…This is a dual-core version of the Core 2 Solo SU3500 (Same speeds, etc) being mentioned in this article.

    Its up to the OEMs to decide whether to put it in, and for the end-user to look carefully before handing their money over.

    All it needs is an Nvidia or ATI based IGP, and I’m sold.

    • Kurotetsu
    • 13 years ago

    Agreed. Its really depressing to come across something that seems to have everything you could possibly want, only to get to the Graphics section and see “LOL, Intel Integrated Crap” staring back at you. This seems to be happening way too often. Currently, the Macbook Air is still the only ultraportable that gets *[

    • ChronoReverse
    • 13 years ago

    Yeah, I have TX2500 with similar specs but that’s really not quite the same as a netbook sized system with 8 hours of battery life.

    • DreadCthulhu
    • 13 years ago

    Take a look at the HP dv2z. 12.1″ screen, and $730 gets you a 1.6 ghz Turion x2, 4 GiB RAM, 320 GB HD, and a Radeon 3410 video card.

    • ChronoReverse
    • 13 years ago

    Don’t even need something that high, even something at the HD3200 class would be nicer than Intel integrated =/

    • Chrispy_
    • 13 years ago

    So why is it so goddamn hard for manufacturers to build an 11.6 or 13.3″ thin, light notebook with a CPU like this and a midrange graphics chip.

    I’m not asking for miracles but y’know, a 9300 or a mobility 4350….

    Sometimes I want to play a current game without lugging a hulking great big DTR around, and because it’s only /[

    • MadManOriginal
    • 13 years ago

    Note – CULV CPUs are Core b[

    • SPOOFE
    • 13 years ago

    A rose by any other name would be as cheap.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 13 years ago

    I’d like to say it was me, but I think it mighta been ludi or something.

    • ludi
    • 13 years ago

    Gotta delete that surplus letter ‘A’: Ultrafordable.

    • Voldenuit
    • 13 years ago

    Sweet.

    They were called ultraportables back when sony and fujitsu were making them waaay back with the original Pentium M. Only they used to cost $2000-4000.

    The formfactor doesn’t define a netbook, its computing power does (i.e. they are only “good enough for surfing the net”). The CULV Core Duos are a giant leap over Atom, so they should be worthy of the ultraportable title, only this time, they’re also ultra-affordable. ^_^

    • eitje
    • 13 years ago

    I’ve always liked ultra-affordable, but I can’t remember which of the Gerbils coined that.

    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 13 years ago

    We need to come up with a new name for these:

    MiddleBook
    TheBlurBook
    DamnIfWeKnowWhatWeAreDoingBook
    MyScreenIsTooThinBook
    DontLikeMeThenDon’tBuyMeBook

    • ludi
    • 13 years ago

    And so it begins.

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