First Look: Acer Aspire Timeline 3810t - Information World Review
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Acer's Aspire Timeline 3810t is part of a new range of laptops from the vendor aimed at offering a longer battery life without pushing up the weight too much. The system has also been designed with style in mind, with a brushed aluminium casing and a minimalist appearance.
Available from 15th May, the Aspire 3810t is the smallest of the Timeline models, equipped with a 13.3in wide-screen display and weighing in at about 1.6kg.
This makes it comparable with Lenovo's thin-and-light ThinkPad X300 and X301 models but, while Lenovo manages to squeezes in a DVD-R/W, no optical drive is fitted to Acer's model.
However, it should be noted that, while a ThinkPad X301 costs well over £1,000, this model costs £700 or less, depending on the processor fitted.
Our first impressions of the Aspire 3810t is that it feels like a well built system that will stand up to life on the road. We were impressed by the display, a high-brightness Acer CineCrystal with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, and also with the keyboard, which has large well-spaced keys that make for comfortable typing.
One slight niggle is that the laptop lid cannot be pushed right back, which means that the screen points towards your chest if you are using the system on your lap. The touchpad also has a single bar instead of separate buttons, and is flush with the case and has very little movement when pressed.
Our review sample of the Aspire 3810t was based on a 1.4GHz ultra-low voltage Core 2 Duo SU9400 processor with 2GB DDR3 memory (upgradable to 4GB) and 320GB hard drive. The operating system supplied is Windows Vista Home Premium.
For connectivity, the laptop is equipped with 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, plus a gigabit Ethernet port. It also has a HDMI digital video output in addition to a standard VGA connector, plus three USB ports, audio jack sockets and a slot for SD Card, Memory Stick and XD Flash storage cards.
Acer quotes a battery life of up to eight hours for the Aspire 3810t, which we intend to test in a later full review. This is a bold claim for such a relatively light system, especially when the battery that came with our unit was no larger than standard and rated at 5600mAh.
However, Acer claims that features such as Intel's Display Power Savings Technology and its own Smart Power software cut power consumption to make this possible.
The latter optimises the system for longer battery life. When you unplug the mains adapter, it turns off the Aero Glass visual effects and closes the Windows Sidebar, for example.
Overall, the Aspire Timeline 3810t looks good for its £609 + VAT price on first impressions, but check back here for a more in-depth review later.
Notebookcheck: Acer Aspire 3810T
The range is currently made up of three machines, the Aspire Timeline 3810T, 4810T and the 5810T. Offering screen sizes of 13.3, 14 and 15.6-inches, respectively, these laptops look ideal for the commuter, with the smallest machine weighing in at a claimed 1.6kg.
Weights are kept down by a thin design and the use of quality materials, such as brushed aluminium, also helping to create a premium feel. In addition to the light weights, Acer has concentrated on battery life, with the company claiming all-day usability from a single charge.
With a choice Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) Intel Core 2 Duo processors in place, in order to offer better mobility, don’t expect scintillating performance, although multi-tasking should be possible due to the inclusion of speedy DDR3 memory and an optional solid state drive (SSD).
Prices are yet to be revealed, but the Timeline series goes on sale in the UK within the next two months. Visit www.acer.co.uk for more information.
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Notebook SpecificationsNotebook: Acer Aspire 3810T
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Price: 750 euro
Links: Acer homepage Acer notebook section Aspire 3810 (Series)