Acer unveils M3 ultrabook with Nvidia Kepler graphics, available this month

By Jos · 13 replies
Mar 14, 2012
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  1. Acer has officially taken the wraps off its newest ultrabook, the Aspire Timeline Ultra M3, a 20mm thick, 15.6 inch system that happens to be the first of its class…

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  2. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,146   +911

    Now that is the ultrabook i've been looking for!
  3. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 611   +94

    did i miss something? both reviewed quoted tested the game in Medium detail. one of them ran on High, but none were in "Ultra" detail like described.
  4. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    ^ Agreed. A GT 555M or GT 640M ain't playing BF3 on Ultra even at a lowly resolution of 1366 X 768.
    Well, not smoothly anyways.
  5. Jos

    Jos TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 3,073   +97

    @howzz1854 fixed that, it was indeed tested by PCPer with high detail presets, not ultra.
  6. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    Ewww a 1366x768 screen. The minimium for all laptops/ultrabooks should now be 1920x1080 and IPS, given that you can get a tablet with a higher resolution IPS for half the price.
  7. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 611   +94

    i disagree.... with macbook pros / macbook air as a benchmark standard, which the ultra book is pretty much aiming to compete with, it doesn't require an IPS display. Macbook lines don't include IPS because it's too damn expensive and consumes more power than TN which goes against battery life. as far as resolution, i would argue that should be at least 1440X900 or higher because that's the resolution of the macbook pros.
  8. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    When has Apple's hardware ever been a standard for anything?
    Their hardware is slow/aged and has always lagged far behind dollar for dollar compared to competing Microsoft products.

    You pay for innovation and simplicity with Apple.
  9. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,471   +375

    I don't necessarily mind whether or not it is an TN panel or IPS panel (IPS preferred ultimately), it's the insistence of using these tiny resolutions...
  10. Acer had better have an option to upgrade that screen. Shipping a 15+" ultrabook with only a 1366x768 screen simply means Acer has another lemon on their hands.
  11. This is 2012 I'm not touching anything below 1920x1080 resolution & nor should anyone else. It's high time we droped support for resolutions below 1920x1080 all togeather.
  12. Zeromus

    Zeromus TS Booster Posts: 227   +7

    Yeah it's kind of embarrassing for it to have that small of a resolution with such kick *** performance.
  13. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 611   +94

    whether you like it or not.. macbooks are taking over the laptop sales. just about everywhere you go, every coffee shop.. 9 outta 10 will be a macbook pro. hate apple all you want.. but they certainly have captured the consumer on the laptop section, as well as the ipad. the ultra book was designed by intel and many other laptop manufacturers to mimic the sleek feel and portability of the macbook in order to salvage the pc laptop sales they have failed to retain. i am not saying Macbook pros are the best... but they certainly are the most popular, and would be considered the standard for industry laptop these days if you were to design one. if one would to design a laptop today, you would certainly look at the success of the macbook pros and try to top it if not at least meet their standard. HP's attempt with their Envy to mimic the macbook pro hasn't successfully recapture their laptop segment.
  14. Guys should I buy alienware m14x with 1.5 gb gt555m gpu out wait for a laptop with the new kepler series

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