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Acer bridges gap between netbooks and Ultrabooks with new ultrathin laptop

Acer Travelmate B115
Another ultra portable laptop joins the fray

Acer has added a new model to its Travelmate family that sits somewhere between an Ultrabook and a netbook and is targeting the educational and business markets.

Perhaps the most interesting feature of the new B112P is its lack of a fan, which means that Acer designed the laptop to be a good heat dissipator; aluminium is a major component of its design, which the Taiwanese company calls FlowCurve.

The top-of-the-range unit features an unknown quad-core Pentium processor. Intel has five SKUs (stock keeping units, or versions of the device), all Bay Trail-based, with 4 threads, 2MB cache and Intel HD Graphics. TDP (Thermal Dissipation Power) range from 7.5W to 10W and are clocked at up to 2.66GHz.

An interesting proposition

At 21.2mm thick and with a weight of 1.19Kg, it should be compact enough for most bags. Other features include up to 8GB RAM, a 128GB SSD, a 11.6-inch display with a 1,366 x 768 pixel-resolution, optional touchscreen capabilities, a full size keyboard, a HD webcam and is powered by Windows 8.1.

Also bundled with the laptop are a number of applications including Office Manager, Contact Pickup, Face Login, Touch Tools, Screen Grasp and AccuFinger, all of which are developed by Acer.

It will be interesting to see whether the company delivers a Chromebook version of this product. The TravelMate B115 will be available in the UK from July for £349 (about US$ 588, AU$600).

Desire Athow

Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Then followed a weekly tech column in a local business magazine in Mauritius, a late night tech radio programme called Clicplus and a freelancing gig at the now-defunct, Theinquirer, with the legendary Mike Magee as mentor. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware and staunchly refuses to stop writing reviews of obscure products or cover niche B2B software-as-a-service providers.