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Acer Aspire TimelineX 1830T-38U4G64nki review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £499
inc VAT

The 11.6in screen may be too small for some people, but otherwise the 1.4kg 1830T has good enough performance, excellent battery life and a massive hard disk.


11.6 in 1,366×768 display, 1.4kg, 1.33GHz Intel Core i3-380UM, 4.00GB RAM, 640GB disk, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Acer’s TimelineX series has impressed us since its launch two years ago. The new 1830T is the smallest in the range, with an 11.6in display, but it includes some technologies that you’d expect to see on larger and more expensive laptops, such as an Intel Core i3 processor, a 640GB hard disk and an S/PDIF audio output.

Granted, the Intel chip is an ultra-low power model – the 1.33GHz Core i3-380UM – but it still achieved an overall score of 25 in our new benchmarks, twice that of the AMD Vision-powered laptops we’ve seen, and it’s far more powerful than the Atom processors found in netbooks. Its advantage of course is that, while providing more than adequate performance for Windows applications, it also uses less power, helping the 1830T last for an incredible nine hours 12 minutes in our light usage test.

Acer Aspire TimelineX 1830T-38U4G64nki right

Weighing in at a mere 1.4kg, this makes the 1830T incredibly easy and convenient to carry everywhere, and if you’re just writing office documents or catching up on your RSS feeds, you should be able to last a trans-Atlantic flight.

Acer Aspire TimelineX 1830T-38U4G64nki

Like many laptops, the 1830T suffers from the twin curses of a glossy screen finish and tight vertical viewing angles. The first helps improve colours, but can also reflect overhead lights, so you’ll have to adjust the tilt of the lid carefully to get the best picture. Once you do, colours are accurate and contrast is acceptable. The 1,366×768 resolution is great for watching 720p HD content; normally found on 15in laptops, in an 11.6in frame it results in greater pixel density, which means finer detail and sharper edges.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Processor Intel Core i3-380UM
Processor clock speed 1.33GHz
Memory 4.00GB
Memory slots 2
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 8GB
Size 32x284x204mm
Weight 1.4kg
Sound Realtek HD Audio
Pointing device touchpad


Viewable size 11.6 in
Native resolution 1,366×768
Graphics Processor Intel HD Graphics
Graphics/video ports VGA, HDMI
Graphics Memory 128MB


Total storage capacity 640GB
Optical drive type none

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 3
Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports 1x 10/100
Wireless networking support 802.11n
PC Card slots none
Supported memory cards SDHC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro, xD
Other ports minijack audio output/S/PDIF (shared), minijack microphone input


Carrying case No
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option restore partition
Software included Microsoft Office 2010 Starter, CyberLink PowerDVD 9

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £499