Acer have announced two new updates to pre-existing Ultrabook models in the name of the TimelineUltra M3 Touch and Aspire V5 Touch.
If you have been tuning in closely to our coverage of IFA Berlin you’ll have probably noticed the following; there are two main types of Ultrabook release going on, the first being fully fledged hybrid Ultrabooks and the second being updates to pre-existing Ultrabooks with the new models now featuring a touchscreen. In the case of the M3 and V5, Acer have made updates to products which have been on the market for a number of months prior to the IFA.
The above is no bad thing however, as the TimelineUltra M3 and Aspire V5 were solid Ultrabook offerings to begin with. Let’s take a look at what’s new.
Acer TimelineUltra M3 Touch
I have been a big fan of the M3 ever since it was first released. Like its predecessor, the new model still features dedicated graphics in the name of an NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M 1 GB card as well as a 15-inch display. Now, though, and to the point of this post that display is of the touch-screen variety bringing with it more functionality and fun for the end user.
Unfortunately the dimensions of the machine have been bumped up though, due to the touch screen. It now measures 22mm thick and weighs in at now 2.3kg, or 5.07 pounds, which is hefty for an Ultrabook. What’s more, Acer have seen fit to keep the display at a measly resolution of 1366 x 768. Boo.
Acer Aspire V5 Touch
In contrast to the rather hulking M3 above, the V5 measures in at 23mm thick and weighs between 2.1kg and 2.4kg depending upon spec. Like the M3 the V5 has a touch screen, however is available with a 14-inch display making it perfect for anybody who desires this screen size. Like the M3, Ivy Bridge CPUs make a show here as do optional discrete NVIDIA graphics.
The above begs the question as to why you would want the M3. Well, my friends, I can’t answer that one; the V5 looks like it will be the better buy, so long as upon upgrading to near identical hardware in the V5 to the same as the M3 results in a lower price tag. The V3 is also available in a number of colours.
All in all there is a lot to like about both of these Ultrabooks, with the already well-priced and powerful M3 now rocking a touch screen to make full use of Windows 8. The touch screen coming to the V5 is a welcome addition, and could make it perfect for anybody looking for an affordable thin and light. Full UK pricing and release dates have not been formally announced by Acer as of yet, however as always we will keep you abreast of any new information.