An all round performance is one thing that most manufactures would not mind wasting considerable time on. Desktops and laptops earlier conglomerated among scientists and business class, mainly due to the absence of large scale integration technologies, which accounted for its high initial costs led it remain as a wall picture for most of the common people. But, with technology being abundant now, seldom are those who do not have a computer at home. This trend has eventually led makers to focus more on the common lot. The focus has now shifted to making all round laptops which covers all diverse ideas one could imagine at a user friendly price. So, why do you think we are unfurling the past histories? Well, just to let you know that Acer has come up with the Timeline 3810T series which exactly follows the past. The 3810T is a flag ship member of the Timeline series which offers an inch thin long lasting notebooks basically cheaper than mainstream ones. Eight hours battery life with a speedy 500GB hard drive and an extremely slim and sleek profile, smells all-round does it not?
This making faces fierce competition from other peers in the field, especially when it comes to the fact an optical drive has not been included. The glossy screen ends up with glare when your surroundings are bright, giving you a tough time when you want to write. But Acer has scored way high through the long lasting 6 cell battery which gives an 8 hours life. Well, with loads of features into the mix like eSobi news reader, the aforementioned backup utility, My win Locker for safely storing files, and Orion; and, each of these features complement each other to position 3810T way ahead of predecessors among the commoners market.
The first thing that comes to your notice is the slim and wedge design. Acer Aspire Timeline 3810T is ultra thin with a thickness of 24mm rising just 5mm at its highest. The brushed aluminium cover gives it the killer looks plus accounts for the feather weight. The 13″ weighs roughly to 1.6kg. The company has included the matte gray fingerprint proof plastic lid similar to the Travel mate series. The light weight makes it refreshingly easier to carry. Though the colour scheme appears little conservative and old, the key finishing and style layout updates it to the current. A strip of LED lights above the keyboard indicates WiFi connectivity battery power and hard drive. This gives a natural and comfortable typing feel.
Display and Audio:
With a High Definition backlit Led display this would make the experience of the eye straining job of staring the monitor as never before. The 13″ inch screen allows a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels giving us a comfortable experience to watch movies. The screen is given a glossy finish, so, at times your surroundings appears bright you might experience minor problems with glaring. A big let-down in this machine pops up when it comes to audio which are quite weak. The audio appears slack and never loud when we hear it from a distance. Even Dell’s Inspiron has better clarity of sound. So, watching movies or hearing your favourite beats better get yourself an external subwoofer.
An aspect ratio of 16:9 is definitely an advantage over 16:10. One advantage is that black borders are eliminated while watching wide screen movies. This really appears as if our prayers have been answered but do not over expect. This applies only for movies that are presented in 16:9 aspect ratio which means normal movies which comes with a 2.20:1 aspect ratio would still experience black borders.
As with the trackpad, they have introduced multi gesture functionality that gives navigation the naturality of finger movements. A simple swirl motion allows you to scroll web pages up and down, the sensitive track pad lets you zoom in and out photos, flick through albums. Here, there is a mouse button bar which lets your finger to slip in and lets the thumb to rest while you navigate. You also have a button that disables the track pad, and this is something common to business class laptops. There is one thing that disappoints us, even though the thumb rests, too much pressure needs to be applied at the track pad to move the mouse pointer.
The keyboard layout in Acer Timeline 3810T 13″ Laptop is quite distinct. They are spaced with gaps in between them, but they are still close enough to resemble a more or less traditional keyboard. The keys are soft and comfortable, positioned such a way that possibility of errors made while typing are made minimum. The cushion type keys make long hours of typing a very comfortable issue. While designing, the makers would have really given a thought about time. They are also low pitched and therefore, make minimum noise while typing. But the space between seems to be a hub for dusts and crumbs of food particles. Those with long nails could find their nails being pinched in between the gaps. But rest apart, no issues.
Ports and Webcam:
Acer Timeline 3810T Notebook Computer has all ports you would need including three USB ports, VGA out Ethernet Jack and HDMI ports. The usual location of the Mic and headphone ports has been changed from the front to the left end. In addition to the USB ports, you also have a 5 in 1 memory card reader. All these ports are dawned in the left and right; all this means, no ports in the front end. There is a 720p webcam which gives you a clear portfolio of your own in just a smack. Hence, when compared to the other cams this could give you images with decent levels of details and of course, with very little lag.
This Acer machine has two things going in its way. The Timeline 3810T is supposedly, one of the first laptops in the series to use Intel CULV processor U9400. The speed rather disappointingly stands to be 1.4GHZ way lower than AMD 64 bit processors. But still, Timeline has managed to trounce the other competitors like the Pavilion HV2 and MSI X340 which definitely saves your bill, if you are to buy some expensive ultra portables with the same configuration. It features a 4GB RAM and a 320 GB hard disk drive about which, we will discuss about in detail later. But, the issue that let us down is the graphics card which delivers an offbeat performance.
Time is something very precious and usually we never have enough with our precious possessions. So what could be done is to add additional features in this limited time span. Combined with a low energy consuming processor and with a high capacity battery the makers have made sure that this is shipped with features that would keep us busy in this limited time.
The Acer Timeline 3810T Laptop computer system comes with rather an interesting package with Windows Vista Home Premium (64 bit). This operating system has the peer to peer technology that makes sharing of files and media between computers and devices. It comes up with many new changes after it had been criticised for its licensing terms. One such feature is the Aero which gives a refreshingly new look and graphic user interface. Along with a redesigned search function, multimedia tools including Windows DVD maker and advanced video audio subsystems appeals high. The system also offers additional software like eSobi news reader, the aforementioned backup utility, My win Locker for safely storing files, and Orion.
Memory and Hard Disk:
The Timeline 3810T comes with a Dual channel 4GB DDR3 RAM 1066 MHZ, which allows speedy operations to be done. Along with Dual core processors, multitasking never appears to be a problem. Additionally, the memory can be expanded to 8GB RAM using 2 SO DIMM memory modules. As mentioned earlier, the Hard disk is a massive 320 GB that allows you to store tons of movies and videos. All these features coupled are coupled with low price.
It has a wireless 802.11 a/b/g Draft N wireless, 3G WWAN and a mobile Wimax connectivity. It provides a very descent speed that enough to reach timelines on time every time.
Missing Optical Drive:
Well, this really would send a shock to more than a few guys out there who would want to play their DVD movies; seriously this device misses an optical drive. However, it has more than enough USB ports and so, if you want to watch a movie, get yourself a new USB or Portable Hard Disk. You would also find the Mat Lid missing. But on the other hand, excluding these have led to this wafer thin laptop with nearly all features.
On one side it gives a remarkable performance of its class with the focus mainly on power reduction and battery life. The software package included is intelligently done. It allows various shortcuts that definitely would be catchy. The missing optical drive and the lack of proper sound clarity would affect movie experience. The space between the keys magnifies the accumulation of dirt and could pinch your nails.
Acer has never ever come up with something humbug. So does Intel. So when you combine both what you get is a much more overall usable experience. The performance easily succeeds MSI X 340 or Adamo, and gives you a perfect feel while performing standard tasks like web surfing, media playback or going through files while at office. With a multi-threaded processor at hand multitasking appears to be a honey smooth drive.
Power conservation is something which Acer boasts about. The 6 cell battery though said to retain a charge of 8 hours retains charge for nearly 5 hours under tough testing conditions. Since we do not have a workstation to run, and typically we end up browsing the web hearing tunes and watching movies this battery is set to last long, really long. So definitely it is useful while you are a constant traveller or if you do not find suitable time to charge your laptop.
Acer Timeline 3810T comes with a one year carry in International Travelers Warranty.
To sum up Acer Aspire 3810 T is a handsome good looking ultra portable ultra thin and gives you a more powerful feel than it truly is. It appears slightly over sized net book. It would easily seep in through a bag and therefore carrying it will never pose to be a problem. Two things that are lacking in this are the optical drive and blue tooth connectivity which could have been used for connecting a travel mouse or a smart phone.
The trademark quality is its battery life which could give 5hours out of the claimed 8 hours. The thin frame beats Dells Adamo. We would say that they have tried to include the world in this new laptop but seriously whether your taste suits with the available feature is something mysterious. Rest apart, this would surely serve the common usage with an above average performance and with an exceptionally low price. But if you are looking for a high class performance this is something not for you.
Acer Timeline 3810T Laptop – Technical Specification Table
|Model Name||Acer Timeline|
|Display & Screen Size||13.3″ HD 1366 x 768 pixel resolution|
|Dimensions ( H x W x D)||28.9 x 322 x 228 mm|
|Hard drive Capacity||320GB|
|Optical drive||Not available with 3810T|
|Graphics hardware||Mobile Intel GS45 Express Chipset with integrated 3D graphics|
|Memory||4 GB DDR3|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo U3500|
|Processor speed||1.4 GHZ|
|Sound||Optimised second generation Dolby sound Room audio enhancement|
|Operating system||Windows Vista Home Premium (64 bit)|
|Track pad||Multi gesture touch pad supporting circular motion scrolling|
|Keyboard||103 104 107 keyboard with inverted T layout.|
|I/O ports||5 in 1 card reader, three USB 2.0 ports HDMI ports with HDCP
support External support, External VGA port Head phone
or lineout jack, microphone in jack
|Software||Acer Crystal eye, Acer Game zone, Acer Game console,
Acer Back up Manager, Acer Power Smart manager,
Acer Recovery Manager, Google Desktop, Google Toolbar,
Adobe Flash Player, McAFee Internet Security suite,
Cyberlink Power Dvd, Acer 3G connection manager,
Power Director trial version,
NTI Media maker,
Microsoft work 9.0 with Office home and Student trial