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Acer TimelineX AS1830T-3927 11.6-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC

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Acer TimelineX 1830 11.6-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC

Acer TimelineX 1830

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The Bottom Line

Sep 6 2010) - Acer's TimelineX 1830T may look very similar to their Aspire One 721 netbook but it offers a much greater experience and at very affordable prices for an ultraportable. Performance is strong thanks to the new Core 2010 ultra-low voltage processor. It is certainly a very capable ultraportable but it does have a few downsides including a less then optimal webcam and a trackpad that can be extremely difficult. These are fairly minor tradeoffs for such an affordable ultraportable though.
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Pros

  • Very Compact
  • Good Performance
  • Well Priced

Cons

  • Limited Performance Webcam
  • Small, Difficult To Use Trackpad

Description

  • Intel Core i3-330UM Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 3GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
  • 320GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 11.6" WXGA (1366x768) LED Backlit Display With VGA Webcam
  • Intel GMA 4500MHD Integrated Graphics
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
  • Three USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, 5-in-1 Card Reader
  • 11.2" x 8" x 1.1" @ 3.1 lbs.
  • Windows 7 Home Premium, Works 7, McAfee Internet Security

Guide Review - Acer TimelineX AS1830T-3927 11.6-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC

Sep 6 2010) - Acer's TimelineX 1830T essentially looks no different than the company's Aspire One 721 netbook but their is a significant difference. Rather than relying on netbook internals, the TimelineX 1830T uses the latest ultra-low voltage Core 2010 processors from Intel. In the case of the AS1830T-3927, this is the dual core Core i3-330UM processor. While still running at a relatively low clock speed, the processor easily outperforms the netbook processors and even the previous generation Core 2 Duo ULV processors. It still won't be running desktop video editing or other similarly high end applications but it can multitask quite well and handle HD video playback unlike netbooks.

Since it uses a netbook frame, the TimelineX like many ultraportables lacks an optical drive. Unlike a netbook though, the hard drive size is not restricted by the operating system license. While many companies have moved to 500GB drives, the 1830T uses a smaller 320GB hard drive to help keep the price of the unit down. This should provide sufficient space for most users on the go. Those using it as a primary machine may need to get an external drive to expand the storage space.

The display on the TimelineX 1830T is similar to what are found on many ultraportables. It features a nice 1366x768 resolution that is suitable for viewing webpages or 720p HD video content. It uses the typical glossy coatings that make it difficult to use outdoors and in certain indoor lighting conditions. The base brightness is also a bit too bright but that can always be turned down. Unlike netbooks, the TimelineX uses the standard Intel GMA 4500MHD integrated graphics that provide it with sufficient performance for playing back HD video content. It also includes an HDMI connector for use with an external TV or computer monitor.

Acer's TimelineX 1830T uses a sizable six-cell battery pack with a 5800mA power rating. This is larger than their typical netbook battery and fairly typical for an ultraportable. In video streaming playback tests, it was able to run for a bit more than four hours before going into standby mode. This should translate to more than five hours of more typical usage. This puts it below many of the all-day ultraportables but better than the Aspire One 721 netbooks.

One of the biggest advantages to using the Aspire One 721 frame for the TimelineX 1830T are the relatively small dimensions. This is one of the smaller ultraportables on the market with a very compact design and light 3.1 pound weight. Unfortunately, the smaller size also causes problems with the trackpad. The trackpad is flush with the palmrest with no really noticeable demarcation between the two. It is also extremely small making it very difficult to use.

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