Reviews and Problems with Acer Aspire TimelineX 4820-series
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Acer Aspire TimelineX 4820TG-6847
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.
Pros: Strong graphics, Accurate multitouch touchpad, Fast overall performance, Dolby Home Theater audio
Cons: Graphics switching not seamless, Below-average Wi-Fi throughput, Washed out display
Conclusion: Acer attempts a balancing act of performance and mobility. The 14.1 inch size is large enough for an optical drive (not in the 13.3 inch Aspire 3820TG ). Additionally it also bids a cooling system for the 35 watt Core i7-640M processor as well as the AMD Radeon HD 6550M . The TimelineX model no longer belongs to the subnotebooks with a weight of 2069 grams, but in view of the strong performance it's is a very light multimedia notebook.
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
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 of the older models of these laptops, this one comes with an Intel Core i3 or an Intel Core i5 processor, combined with 4GB of DDR3 RAM Memory. (more...)...
Conclusion: Is the Acer TimelineX 4820T the perfect ultrathin laptop? Well, it's surely a step in the right direction, but ultimately what holds this back is the same stuff that holds most Acers back, and that's really its substandard build quality. In the case of the 4820T, it's especially apparent in its flexy keyboard and poor LCD.
Pros: Very thin, light chassis for a 14-inch laptop, Standard voltage Core i3 CPU, Over five hours of battery life
Conclusion: Overall, Acer has done well with its TimelineX series. It manages to keep to its successful ultra-thin and elegant design but with better components thrown in. Battery life is commendable but I reckon, it would be a real stretch to say that it can hit the advertised eight hour mark on the standard six-cell battery.
Pros: : Nice ultra-thin design; good performance; loud speakers.
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: 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