Acer is gearing up for the release of Windows 8 OS with the launch of the Aspire M5 series of Ultrabooks and the Aspire V5 series notebooks.
Available exclusively at Best Buy stores in the United States, the Aspire M5 series of Ultrabooks are featuring Windows 8 and an 8-hour battery life.
The 14-inch Aspire M5-481PT features a 10 point multi-touch display, an HD display with a frameless, edge-to-edge design and a silver cover made of aluminum alloy.
Acer is also offering a 15.6-inch Aspire M5-581T non-touch configuration, which is housed in a dark gray magnesium alloy cover. The Aspire M5-481PT is 4.6 pounds, while the M5-581T is about 5 pounds.
Acer claims that the Ultrabooks provide up to 8 hours of computing on a single charge via the PowerSmart long-life battery pack, which provides up to three times longer battery life cycles than traditional batteries (1,000 vs. 300 cycles). These batteries also maintain 80 percent capacity after the 1,000 cycle count, which means the battery will last longer.
Both models are featuring the "Acer Green Instant On" and "Acer Always Connect" technologies.
Acer Green Instant On resumes the Aspire M5's computing session from sleep in less than 2 seconds and from deep sleep in 6 seconds; the 20GB SSD drive returns to the PC's state just as it was left.
Acer Always Connect connects to the web in 2.5 seconds by remembering previously used Wi-Fi spots. When they come within range again, the Aspire M5 instantly connects to the Internet, so users can immediately access instant messaging, Internet services and email after the system resumes.
AcerCloud technology gives users cloud storage with wireless access to manage photos, music, videos and documents.
Both the Aspire M5-481PT and M5-581T Ultrabooks are equipped with 3rd Generation Intel Core i5 processors with Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. A 500GB hard disk drive along with a 20GB integrated solid state drive are also included.
Other basic features include two USB 3.0 ports, backlit keyboards, Dolby Home Theater v4 and premium speakers.
In addition, the Aspire M5 Series features a built-in optical drive, and an HDMI port.
All models in the Aspire M5 Series also include Acer AntiTheft, a free software based solution. When enabled, the Ultrabook recognizes the distance from a designated WiFi signal source, and if the system moves beyond 10 feet of the signal, a loud siren will sound from the Ultrabook's speakers. This feature can easily be enabled and disabled, and will be especially useful when traveling.
The Acer Aspire M5 Series of Ultrabooks will be available at Best Buy stores across the U.S. on Oct. 26. Prices for the Aspire M5-481PT featuring Windows 8 and touch support begin at $799.99, while the 15.6-inch Aspire M5-581T configurations begin at $699.99.
Also available October 26 in North America is the Aspire V5 notebooks series, which includes three display sizes - the 11.6-inch Aspire V5-171 is about 3 pounds, the 14-inch Aspire V5-471 is 4.63 pounds, and the 15.6-inch Aspire V5-571 version is just about 5 pounds.
Touch support is available on the 14-inch Aspire V5-471P and 15.6-inch Aspire V5-571P configurations. With Windows 8, the notebook's HD display becomes a touchscreen for hands-on navigation. Featuring a 10-point touch edge-to-edge display and a trackpad, the Aspire V5-471P and V5-571P are designed to enhance multi-gesture content consumption allowing users to open and close programs, browse online, and navigate across applications using nothing more than their fingers.
The Aspire V5 notebooks are outfitted with the latest 3rd Generation Intel Core i3, Core i5 or Core i7 processors and HD CineCrystal widescreen LED-backlit displays. In addition, high-definition audio support with Dolby Advanced Audio v2 delivers clear sound through the notebook's two built-in speakers. HDMI enables the notebook to connect to an external monitor. A 1.3 megapixel HD webcam along with a built-in digital microphone are provided for video chats.
The 14- and 15.6-inch Aspire V5 notebooks also offer a built-in slim DVD drive for backing up data and burning music CDs along with a 500GB or 750GB hard disk drive.
Acer Instant Connect automatically scans and registers most-visited Wi-Fi access points, letting users connect to the Internet in just 2.5 seconds. Bluetooth 4.0+ HS technology also lets users wirelessly connect their notebook to other Bluetooth-enabled devices such as phones, printers and speakers.
The Aspire V5 series also ships with AcerCloud.
U.S. pricing begins at $749.99 for the Aspire V5-471P with touch support and starts $499.99 for the Aspire V5-571 without touch.