The Bottom Line
- Excellent Battery Life
- Large Hard Drive
- Well Priced For Features
- A Bit Larger Than Similar CULV Based Ultraportables
- Speakers are Very Soft
- Lacks DVD Drive
- Intel Core 2 Suo SU9400 Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 4GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
- 500GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 13.3" WXGA (1366x768) LED Backlit Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- Intel GMA 4500MHD Integrated Graphics
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- Three USB 2.0, VGA, HDMI, 5-in-1 Card Reader
- 12.7" x 9" x 1.1" @ 3.5 lbs.
- Vista Home Premium 64-bit, PowerDVD, McAfee Security Center
Guide Review - Acer Timeline AS3810T-6145 13.3-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC
Sep 7 2009 - Acer's Timeline laptops are based on the Intel CULV platform that provides higher levels of performance compare to the Atom processors but still use very little power for long battery life. This version features a Core 2 Duo SU9400 processor that provides it with a good level of performance even if it doesn't quite meet a standard laptop processors capabilities. But then again, netbooks fail to run many applications properly that the Timeline has no issues with.
Acer claims the battery life to be roughly 8.5 hours and they aren't too far off. Video playback tests achieves roughly 6 hours of running time so it is feasible to achieve at least eight in normal usage. Certainly enough for many people's full work day of computing.
Storage on the Timeline AS3810T-6145 is surprisingly large thanks to the use of a 500GB hard drive that rivals many standard laptops. All versions of the Timeline 3810T do not come with an DVD drive. This may disappoint some but a larger 14.1-inch 4810T does come with one built-in.
The 13.3-inch screen of the Timeline 3810T is much larger and easier to read than a typical netbook and provides a very bright and colorful picture thanks to the LED backlight. The picture does dim somewhat when the screen is tilted back or forward a bit. The Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics provide it with a ability to playback HD video files unlike the netbooks. Unfortunately, the speakers are fairly weak and lack much bass response for true multimedia use.
The biggest problem the Timeline 3810T has though is its size. At 1.1-inches thick, it is larger than many CULV based netbooks from other companies that come in under 1-inch. It is not much, but it can be significant for those who travel frequently.