[Gadget] ACER Timeline 3810T

[Gadget] ACER Timeline 3810T

For a few weeks now, I’ve kept on thinking and rethinking whether to post a review of my (then new) now 1.75 month-old netbook – the ACER Timeline 3810T. But then I stalled not knowing what to write about. I eventually lost interest after getting back the Macbook Pro from repair and decided not to bother. Let me begin with how I acquired this little devil. (Let’s make it dreamy, shall we? *sarcasm*)

One fine Saturday morning  on June 18th, little Ms. Geekette woke with not even a hint of wanting/craving/needing to get herself a notebook. She happily went about her daily morning routine, among the firsts would be opening up her notebook to browse. But she woke up in the wrong side of the bed. The weather is gloomy and a storm is approaching. She lazily opened the MBP, the video was distorted (see this blog post). Oh no, it broke a day before the KL trip. Just the perfect timing. Oft she went to work on the issue, spent the day fixing and backing up files (firewire method), then eventually braved the storm to take the precious little lappy for repair. As expected, it will take 2 weeks to repair. The next day was a perfectly sunny Sunday morning. She finally decided to purchase a new ACER Timeline to take with her 5 hours later.

Ok so my reasons for choosing ACER Timeline: Battery, slim and lightweight, performance. It didn’t disappoint. It was very useful for a week, easy to carry around (as we do a lot of walking), and Battery is just so impressive. On few occassions, it delivered about 6 hours for me of its promised 8-hour life (when used minimally, think Conference). However, the performance sucks, well at least for me. Really, I’m not used to machines this slow. (Ok ok, I’ll stop comparing to the Macbook. It’s a netbook, and I should keep that in mind.)

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(1) This is the whole package. The Timeline comes bundled with Windows Vista Home Premium.

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(2) The keyboard is strikingly good. Easy on the fingers, good aesthetics, eye-candy. Cute.

(3) Thin. I love notebooks that are thin. It’s just so elegant.

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(4) The box has accumulated dirt. It was taken 3 weeks after purchase. It was the only real time I checked what’s in it. There was nothing to see, really.

Windows 7

The Timeline series (among other models) is also eligible for Windows 7 upgrade if you happen to purchase  between June 26, 2009 and January 31, 2010. You only need to shoulder the shipping cost, which is around PhP1000 if you are from Manila. The complete details are in this ACER Website: http://www.acer.com/windows7upgrade/.

What’s with the renewed interest, you ask?

Why did I finally post an entry? Well it’s because last weekend (technically 2 Saturdays ago), I installed Windows 7 Professional (from MSDN) to this dark little thing. It does look pretty with Windows 7, to say the least, and rather fast too. Now the speed is more manageable, i think I’ll use it more often. (Windows Vista just sucks.)

Specifications

Finally, here’s the complete specifications from the website (might be useful in the future):

Processor and chipset
Intel® Centrino® 2 / Centrino® processor technology
– Intel® Core™2 Duo ultra low voltage processor SU9400 or  Intel® Core™2 Solo ultra low voltage processor SU3500
– Mobile Intel® GS45 Express Chipset
– Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 5100 (dual-band quad-mode 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N) Wi-Fi CERTIFIED® network connection, or
– Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 5150 Wi-Fi®/WiMAX™ dual-mode module,
Operating system
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium
Memory
Dual-channel DDR3 SDRAM support, Up to 4 GB of DDR3 1066 MHz memory, upgradeable to 8 GB using two soDIMM modules (requires 64 bit Operating System)
HDD
hard disk drive up to 320GB
Storage
160/250/320/500 GB or larger hard disk drive or 80 GB SSD drive, 5-in-1 card reader, supporting Secure Digital™ (SD) Card, MultiMediaCard (MMC), Memory Stick™ (MS), Memory Stick PRO™ (MS PRO), xD-Picture Card™ (xD)
Optical Media driver
8X DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive (except model 3810T)
Display
-15.6″ HD 1366 x 768 pixel resolution, high-brightness (200-nit) Acer CineCrystal™ LED-backlit TFT LCD, 16:9 aspect ratio, Super-slim design (model 5810T)
-14″ HD 1366 x 768 pixel resolution, high-brightness (200-nit) Acer CineCrystal™ LED-backlit TFT LCD, 16:9 aspect ratio, Super-slim design (model 4810T)
– 13.3″ HD 1366 x 768 pixel resolution, high-brightness (200-nit) Acer CineCrystal™ LED-backlit TFT LCD, 16:9 aspect ratio, Super-slim design (model 3810T)
Graphics
Mobile Intel® GS45 Express Chipset with integrated 3D graphics, featuring Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD (Intel® GMA 4500MHD) with up to 1759 MB of Intel® Dynamic Video Memory Technology 5.0 (64 MB of dedicated video memory, Microsoft® DirectX® 10
Audio
Optimized 2nd Generation Dolby Sound Room® audio enhancement, featuring Dolby® Headphone, Dolby® Natural Bass and Dolby® Sound Space Expander, S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface) support for digital speakers, MS-Sound compatible, built-in microphone
Communication
• Acer Video Conference: Integrated Acer Crystal Eye webcam supporting
enhanced Acer PrimaLite™ technology
• WLAN: Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 5100 (dual-band quad-mode 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N) Wi-Fi CERTIFIED® network connection, featuring MIMO technology, supporting Acer SignalUp™ with Nplify™ wireless technology or
– Wi-Fi®/WiMAX™* Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 5150 Wi-Fi®/WiMAX™ dual-mode module, supporting Acer SignalUp™ with Nplify™ wireless technology * depending on network availability
– WWAN GTM382E module: UMTS/HSPA at 900 MHz/2100 MHz and quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) upgradeable to 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and 5.7 Mbps HSUPA (for 3G models)
• WPAN: Bluetooth® 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) – on selected models –
• LAN: Gigabit Ethernet, Wake-on-LAN ready
I/O ports
5-in-1 card reader (SD™, MMC, MS, MS PRO, xD), Three (Four on AS5810T) USB 2.0 ports, HDMI™ port with HDCP support, External display (VGA) port, Headphone/speaker/line-out jack with S/PDIF support, Microphone-in jack
Security
BIOS user, supervisor, HDD passwords, Kensington lock slot
Power
ACPI 3.0 CPU power management standard: supports Standby and Hibernation power-saving modes, 62.16 W 5600 mAh 6-cell Li-ion battery pack: Acer PowerSmart 3-pin 65 W AC adapter, ENERGY STAR® 5.0
Special keys and controls
103-/104-/107-key keyboard, with inverted “T” cursor layout (model 5810T) – 86-/87-/91-key keyboard,, with inverted “T” cursor layout (model 3810T & 4810T), Multi-gesture touchpad pointing device supporting:
• Circular-motion scrolling
• Pinch-action zoom
• Page flip
10 function keys, four cursor keys, two Windows® keys, hotkey controls, independent standard numeric keypad (only on AS5810T) , international language support Acer PowerSmart key, Easy-launch keys: Acer Backup, Communication®, touchpad lock, Media control keys (printed on keyboard): play/pause, stop, previous, next
Dimensions and weight
– 322 (W) x 228 (D) x 23.4/28.9 (H) mm – 1.6 kg ( 3.5 lbs.) with 6-cell battery pack (model 3810T)
– 338.4 (W) x 240 (D) x 24/28.9 (H) mm – 1.9 kg ( 4.2 lbs.) with 6-cell battery pack (model 4810T)
– 378 (W) x 259 (D) x 24.8/29.7 (H) mm – 2.4 kg ( 5.3 lbs.) with 6-cell battery pack (model 5810T)
Software
Acer Crystal Eye, Acer GridVista™, Acer GameZone, Acer Game Console, Acer Backup Manager, Acer PowerSmart Manager, Acer eRecovery Management, Adobe® Reader®, Adobe Flash Player, Google Toolbar, Google Desktop, Cyberlink® Power DVD, McAfee® Internet Security Suite, NTI Media Maker™, Microsoft® Works 9.0 with Office Home and Student 2007 SP1 Trial, Acer 3G Connection Manager (for 3G SKU only)
Optional items
1 GB / 2 GB DDR3 1066 MHz soDIMM module, 6-cell Li-ion battery pack, Acer PowerSmart 3-pin 65 W AC adapter, External USB floppy disk drive, External USB 56K modem
Warranty
1* Year Carry In (International travellers warranty – ITW)
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