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Acer Aspire TimelineX 1830T-38U4G64nki review

Barry de la Rosa
28 May 2011
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.

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Specifications

11.6 in 1,366x768 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 1,366x768 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.