Laptops come thin and light, but Chris Hardwick and Alison Haislip find out if they can be even affordable like the Acer Timeline notebook that weighs only 3.5lbs and comes with 8 hours of battery life and 4 gigs of RAM, all for $550.
What You Need To Know
The Acer Timeline is just under an inch thick and weighs only 3.5 lbs.
It features 8 hours of battery life with a dual core processor and up to 5 gigs of RAM.
The notebook has a brushed aluminum case and is only 0.7 lbs heavier and a few tenths of an inch thicker than the MacBook Air.
It also includes a multi-gesture touchpad and a large keyboard, which makes it easier to use for the most part.
The keyboard is widely spaced with large flat keys that are easy to type on.
The only problem is while you're typing, you can bump the touchpad and move the mouse. They did include a button to turn the touchpad off if this happens.
The touchpad is also a little small and you have to press down hard on the mouse button.
The multi-gesture feature works pretty well.
The Intel dual core processor is a little slower than we'd like at 1.4 gigahertz but it does have 4 gigs of RAM so overall, the notebook is as fast as you need it to be.
Our normal PCMark Vantage tests gave a good score of 2900 points. It's not super fast but it's comparable to other laptops in this price range.
It takes about 55 seconds for the computer to boot up and load a browser.
The speakers are too quiet.
The ultra portable aspect makes this laptop really worth the price.