Reviews and Problems with Acer Aspire TimelineX 4820-series
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Acer Aspire TimelineX 4820TG-6847 Review
3 March 2011
Summary: For consumers looking for power and portability--plus a DVD drive--the Acer Aspire TimelineX AS4820TG is a very good choice. For $799 ($729 on Amazon), you get Core i5 speed and AMD graphics muscle, impressive Dolby sound, and more than 5 hours of battery life. While we wish this notebook offered stronger Wi-Fi performance, it outperforms the 14-inch competition in most tests.
Summary: Radeon Update. Acer equips the luxury version of its TimelineX with a 160 GB Intel SSD, a Core i7 and a brand new Radeon HD 6550. Will the 14 inch notebook add versatile performance with only just two kilograms of weight to your gear?
Pros: Good 3D performance for 14", Strong application performance, SSD 160 GB, Low system noise, Low waste heat, Low power consumption, Good battery runtimes, SSD speed and a lot of CPU power for a comparatively low-priced notebook.
Cons: TFT is reflective, TFT too dark for outdoors, Poor viewing angles, Few interfaces, Long battery recharge time, Poor keyboard feedback, Value for money would have been perfect with a higher contrast, matt and brighter display.
Conclusion: Acers attempt to create a new Timeline series with gaming and multimedia power and long battery life has succeeded. The Core i5-430M and the Radeon HD 5650 deliver a good gaming performance which allows the user to play most of the current games in higher details fluidly. Thanks to the switchable graphics the user does not have to sacrifice a long battery life to get this high performance.
Pros: Pleasant design, Compact and light case, High-quality surface, Comfortable touchpad, Long battery life, Good performance with programs and games, Good display brightness, The switchable graphics: this allows the user to either easily optimize performance, or battery life
Cons: Clearly audible when under heavy usage, Keyboard gives way under pressure, Display bordering can be dirtied easily, Glossy display results in modest viewing angles, High black value and disappointing contrast, Poor sound quality, Poor placement of ports, CPU-throttling when under heavy usage
Summary: With impressive and sturdy build quality, complemented by decent ergonomics and a great keypad, the Acer Aspire TimelineX 4820T justifies the lifestyle looks. However, its lacklustre gaming performance and failure to pass the critical High-Definition video encoding test in PC Mark Vantage benchmarking, leaves a lot to be desired. It still makes a decent buy at Rs. 35,999, if you can overlook its shortcomings.
Pros: Ergonomic keyboard, Sleek, lightweight and sturdy, Includes limited international travelers warranty
Cons: No mouse, Lacks a dedicated graphics card, High-Definition video encoding test failed
Excerpt: Anyone who knows anything about computers inevitably has the conversation with a friend who’s nervous about buying a new laptop. He knows nothing about computers and is worried to death about getting ripped off. He’s scoured the web for reviews but now he’s shopping around for a good deal. Eventually the question is put to you, “What about Acer?
Conclusion: The closest I'm able to come to criticism is a mild negative: The laptop's left rear underside gets a little warm, but not so bad I can't use it in my lap (while wearing shorts, even). My only other issue is how the TimelineX might survive the bumps, thumps, drops and jostles of being carried and used in and out of the office.
Excerpt: The Acer Aspire Timeline series of notebooks were introduced last year with a range of thirteen to fifteen inch notebooks. The Acer Aspire TimelineX 4820T is one of the latest addition to the new TimelineX series of notebooks, and unlike some...
Summary: For under £400, the 4820T is the best of both worlds, with both plenty of processing power, a long battery life, a great dedicated graphics - in a slim, attractive package. You might not get fancy extras like a Blu-ray drive or a full-HD display and the screen may reflect the light, but for power in a portable package this is a great choice.
Thin, light weight and portable
No firewire, ExpressCard port or no means of adding one,
No 3G ability,
Weak and flimsy feel to the keyboard and lid