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