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Acer Launches Multi-touch Laptop, Updates Timeline Series

Acer Launches Slew of Windows 7 Equipped Laptops
Acer has always played second fiddle to the bigger boys here in the U.S. like Dell, Apple, and HP. It's not that Acer doesn't make quality PCs, it's just that it lacks the visibility and marketing muscle of its larger competitors. That said, Acer has seen increasing success thanks to its Aspire One netbook, which, along with the Eee, helped kick off the craze for tiny, low-power laptops. Hoping to capitalize on that popularity boost, Acer is launching a slew of new hardware for the consumer.

First up, Acer is launching the AS5738PG-6306 (pictured left), a 15.6-inch notebook multimedia powerhouse with a multi-touch screen and a mouthful of a name. This PC packs Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit, of course), has a LED back-lit high def screen (16:9 widescreen), 4 gigabytes of RAM, a Core 2 Duo Processor, a dedicated ATI graphics card, and even an HDMI port for connecting to a TV. A 320 GB hard drive and DVD burner
round out the wallet-friendly $799 package.

Multi-touch isn't limited to the Acer's screens, though. The Timeline Notebook Series is getting a refresh with multi-touch track pads (similar to the ones found on Apple's MacBooks), improved battery life, Windows 7 (of course), and a new ultra-light 11.6-inch model (pictured right) weighing in at just over three pounds. The Timelines all have an estimated battery life of over eight hours, which is impressive considering the starting price of $549.99. That longevity is achieved through battery-saving LED back-lit screens and the power-sipping Intel CULV processors.

The new systems will all be available on October 22, the same day Windows 7 launches.

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