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AcerAspire TimelineX 4820TG (4820TG-5454G50Mnks) review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : 798
inc VAT

Acer's outstanding Aspire TimelineX 4820TG outclasses many more expensive laptops and has an excellent specification for the price.

Specifications

14 in 1,366×768 display, 2.2kg, 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 450M, 4.00GB RAM, 500GB disk, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

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We’re big fans of Acer’s TimelineX series of laptops, and the 4820TG does nothing to change that fact. Acer claims eight hours of battery life despite the powerful Core i5 450M processor, but we actually saw nine hours, 39 minutes in our light-use battery test. This is fantastic for a general-purpose laptop. However, the hefty battery adds a lot weight, making the 4820TG heavier than most 14in laptops at 2.2kg. The TimelineX also tends to get rather warm – not hot enough to cause discomfort, but it was certainly noticeable.

Build quality is very good, as we’ve seen with previous TimelineX models. The lid is surprisingly thin, though, which makes it feel a little vulnerable. The 14in 1,366×768 screen has a glossy finish, which makes it very reflective under some lighting conditions. However, it’s bright and clear with pleasingly realistic colours, which still looked good at reduced brightness settings. Plus, we had no complaints about viewing angles, which meant we didn’t have to be square-on to get the best contrast and colours.

The speakers produce a full-bodied sound with plenty of volume. They become a little muddy on busy or complex tracks, but are reasonably good if you’re watching a film or listening to the odd pop song.

Acer Aspire TimelineX 4820TG (4820TG-5454G50Mnks)

We appreciated the laptop’s four USB ports, but there’s no support for eSATA or FireWire. VGA and HDMI ports cater for video and there’s Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n WiFi and a memory card reader that can handle SD, SDHC, Memory Stick Pro, MMC and xD formats. The keyboard feels a little light and loose, which can make it a bit uncomfortable for heavy typists, but it’s centrally positioned, with large keys and even a decent sized space bar and we managed good typing speeds on it.

Although you could hardly call the 4820TG cheap, it easily outdoes many more expensive laptops in terms of performance and features. There’s a 500GB hard disk, 4GB of RAM and an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470 graphics processor with 512MB of dedicated graphics memory. The graphics card means that it managed a very respectable 39.3fps at 1,280×768 in our CoD4 test, making it a decent choice if you want to be able to play games. The laptop’s overall score of 92 in our multimedia benchmark was excellent, putting it head and shoulders above many more expensive laptops.

The 4820TG offers a tempting combination of processor power, gaming performance and battery life. It has a good-quality display and we have few complaints about its other physical characteristics – keyboard, touchpad and build quality. The only criticisms we can level at it is that it’s a touch heavy and gets a little warm. The one-year warranty isn’t as good some manufacturers offer, but at least Acer will collect and return your laptop to you in the event of a fault.

The fact that it’s faster in both applications and games than many more expensive laptops means the TimelineX 4820TG is an excellent choice. Add the fact that it also lasts far longer on battery power, and it’s a deserving winner of our Best Buy award.

Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Processor Intel Core i5 450M
Processor clock speed 2.4GHz
Memory 4.00GB
Memory slots 2
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 8GB
Size 25x342x245mm
Weight 2.2kg
Sound Realtek HD Audio
Pointing device touchpad

Display

Viewable size 14 in
Native resolution 1,366×768
Graphics Processor ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470
Graphics/video ports VGA, HDMI
Graphics Memory 512MB

Storage

Total storage capacity 500GB
Optical drive model HL-DT-ST GU10N
Optical drive type DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 4
Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11n
PC Card slots none
Modem No
Supported memory cards SD, SDHC, Memory Stick PRO, MMC, xD
Other ports none

Miscellaneous

Carrying case No
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option burn own restore disc
Software included Microsoft Works 9.0, NTI Backup Now 5, NTI Media Maker 8
Optional extras none

Buying Information

Warranty one year collect and return
Price £798
Details www.acer.co.uk
Supplier http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk

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