Acer Timeline – Pricing Disappointment

I’ve written about the Acer Timeline a couple times in the recent past, mainly because I was terribly excited about the thought of a cheap (relatively), lightweight laptop with extremely good battery life. However, with availability becoming better, it looks like one of those pillars is starting to crumble.

Acer Canada has updated its price list, which now includes all three Timeline series models, and the MSRPs aren’t encouraging. The model I’m most interested in, the 13.3″ version, is priced at $999CAD for a Core 2 Solo SU3500 (1.4GHz), 3GB RAM, and a 250GB hard drive. A similarly configured Lenovo X200, but with a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo can be had for around $1200CAD. The Timeline is simply not a good value proposition with the current pricing situation. Given that Acer announced these Timelines with a $699 to $899 range (USD), I’m not sure how they’re going to fit in the Core 2 Duo versions, with the Core 2 Solo already bumping up at $999CAD. If the Core 2 Duo version were somehow introduced at $999CAD, I’d be willing to consider it.

Sounds like the Eee PC (initial) pricing disappointment. That $199 price point was too good to be true back then.


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