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Acer TimelineX Laptop Review

Posted: September 15, 2011
Acer TimelineX Laptop Review
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The Acer TimelineX is both thin and powerful on a budget with a second generation Intel i5 processor, 4 GB of RAM and a 1" aluminum body. Chris Hardwick and Candace Bailey take a look at the $750 laptop for its Gadget Pr0n rating.

What You Need To Know

  • The Acer TimelineX is supposed to be sleek and ultra portable.
  • This is the 13" model that weighs just 4.2 lbs.
  • The cobalt aluminum case is pretty and the bottom looks smoother than most PC laptops but there are black plastic vents.
  • The TimelineX features 3 USB ports and one of them is a USB 3.0.
  • During testing, the trackpad did feel narrow and we kept missing it.
  • The keyboard also felt a little mushy.
  • Most 13" laptop have CD drives but the TimelineX does not come with one.
  • The laptop size is thin but it feels like there's still room for one.
  • The long Dolby Home Theater speaker sounds surprisingly great and makes this one of the best sounding 13" laptop we've seen.
  • The sounds had very little distortion and you can choose between three modes: game, movie and music.
  • It sounded full and dynamic in each setting.
  • The TimelineX performed really well with the NVIDIA 540M and 4 GB of RAM.
  • We streamlined HD video from Netflix and found that the machine didn't get as hot as we expected.
  • Applications were quick to open.
  • We played 3D games with minimal framerate issues.
  • The Intel 2.3 i5 processor is obvious in its performance.
  • Starting the TimelineX up wasn't the fastest we've seen and it took about a minute from off to power up.
  • The batter lasted pretty well: we got almost 7 hours with real world use (watching videos, surfing the Internet, checking email).
  • We were able to push the machine and kill it in 3.5 hours but even that is impressive.

Price

  • The 13" Acer TimelineX is available for $750 on Amazon.

Rating

  • 4 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • The TimelineX will run almost anything you throw at it.
  • It looks good.
  • The sound is impressive.
  • We wish the trackpad was larger.
  • If you're looking for a light 13" machine for under $1,000, we say go for the Acer TimelineX!

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Comments are Closed

  • durinsbane

    This review is completely and absolutely pointless. The problems with throttling everyone has on the Acer 3830TG is INSANE. framerates will drop drastically if you try and play any games. As a current owner, all I can say is DO NOT BUY THIS LAPTOP.

    Posted: September 20, 2011 10:38 PM
  • ArcherMage

    Computers soon will be going completely digital that's why most PC's don't have a optical drive. The Digital age is working out a way to eliminate cds like floppy drives.

    Posted: September 18, 2011 11:36 PM
  • Spybreak

    Haha I sort of got the sense Chris didn't want to be there.

    Posted: September 17, 2011 8:14 AM
    Spybreak
  • Drewzor

    VGA is legacy hardware, which means almost all software made is designed to support it.
    Legacy support has been around sometime, for a self proclaimed nerd you came across more of a technology whore. "I only like new and shiny"

    Posted: September 16, 2011 4:11 AM
    Drewzor
  • Scaraban

    Anything has got to have a better processor than this goddamn satellite. I can't even play 1080p videos on a laptop from last year.

    Posted: September 15, 2011 10:39 PM
    Scaraban
  • kizzl3g4

    i'm trying to find an affordable laptop/netbook for under $500 that'll be able to play Starcraft 2.. Anyone have any suggestions for a gamer on a budget? I'm looking at the Asus EEE 1215N previously reviewed on this show but that was about a year ago and was wondering if any newer products i should know about have been released since then... Thanks for your input!

    Posted: September 15, 2011 9:33 PM
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