Acer TravelMate X3 ultrabooks draw a bead on Zenbooks

Acer is adding another premium laptop family to its portable computing lineup today with the announcement of the Travelmate X3 series. The new laptops are quite thin and light. The X349 model that's debuting today is under 0.75" (19 mm) thick and weighs 3.3 lbs (1.5 kg). Acer's aesthetic choices with the X3 series remind of the Asus Zenbook UX305, which also has similar specifications.

Acer's press release focuses on the X349 model, which has a 14" 1080p IPS screen, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and solid-state storage as large as 512GB. Compute duties are handled by a "6th generation Intel Core" processor, which surely refers to a Skylake-based Core M of some sort. Acer says the machine's battery should last 10 hours under a productivity workload.

Productivity is the name of the game here, actually—the Travelmate X349 ships with Windows 10 Pro as standard, and includes a Trusted Platform Module for easy device encryption with Bitlocker. A Windows-Hello-compatible fingerprint sensor and videoconferencing-ready 720p HDR webcam complete the package. The chiclet-style keyboard is backlit, too, for those late-night memo-composing sessions. Acer says the TravelMate X3 series will be debuting in the US in October with the X349, and it'll start at $649.99.

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