Acer has a couple of new ultrabooks in time for the holiday season.
Acer added two new ultrabooks to its portfolio of laptops: the TravelMate P645 and the TravelMate X313. While both fall under Acer's TravelMate branding, the two laptops are quite different in terms of form factor. The former is a more traditional laptop design; the X313 is a convertible ultrabook that can transform into a tablet, which obviously makes it the more interesting of the two.
The X313 packs an 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 detachable display and features a full size chiclet keyboard "case." There's also a separate dock, though it's unclear what you actually get when you buy the unit outright. It runs on an Intel Core i5 CPU and Intel HD 4000 graphics. There's also 4 GB of RAM, a 120 GB SSD, Dolby Home Theater V4 with two stereo speakers, HDMI, a built in Acer Crystal Eye HD webcam, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera (1080p), USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n, and Windows 8.1. Battery life is said to be six hours, but it's not clear if that is docked or undocked (or if the dock even has a separate battery).
The P645 packs a 14-inch display in two different resolutions (depending on your budget). There's the full HD 1920 x 1080 version with AMD Radeon 8750M graphics, Intel's Haswell, and 2 GB of RAM. A second lower cost model features Intel 5000/400 HD graphics and a 1366 x 768 resolution display. Both models feature a full size Chiclet keyboard (LED backlit), up to 12 GB of RAM, up to 256 GB of storage, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, 720p webcam, dual mice, and support for the Acer ProDock, which offers USB 3.0, USB 2.0, Display port, DVI, HDMI, and VGA.
Both the X313 and the P645 will be available in the U.S. and Canada this month. The P645 starts at $949.99 USD in the U.S. and $899.99 CAD in Canada. The X313 starts at $949.99 in the U.S. and Canada.