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AS1830t -- acer aspire review

Acer Aspire TimelineX AS1830T-68U118 11.6-Inch Laptop

AS1830t -- acer aspire review

The TimelineX AS1830T offers up to 8 hours of battery life using a combination of the Intel Core and LED backlight, which saves energy by 22.2 percent compared to other computer monitors phones. You will be able to stay productive while working remotely 9-5, without ever stopping to plug-in and recharge.The the next generation of the popular Acer "everyday computing" lineup, 11, 6-inch Aspire 1830 (model AS1830T-68U118) is an ultra-portable engine just over 3 pounds in weight yet packs a full-size keyboard and ultra-low voltage Intel Core 17 dual-core processing - with 4-way processor multi-tasking power to four tasks simultaneously. 

With the operating system Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit version) is installed, you will be able to easily create a home network and share all your photos, videos and music. Windows 7 is the easiest, fastest version of the most engaging and Windows. Better ways to find and manage files, such as Jump Lists and improved taskbar previews, will speed up everyday tasks. Windows 7 for fast performance and more reliable is designed so that your PC functions just as you want. 

Burn through the hottest new digital media, content creation and advanced 3D gaming with the breakthrough performance of Intel Core i7 processor ULV - with 4-way power multi-tasking processors to work on four tasks simultaneously. A multi-touch pad allows you to pinch, flick and twirl his fingers on the touchpad for a more natural picture and video ads, and an intuitive navigation of websites. An integrated Acer Crystal Eye webcam provides smooth video streaming and high quality images for online chats and video conferencing business, even in low light situations. 

Practical Backup Manager Software, you can easily and protect your irreplaceable digital files with regular backups, or on an ad hoc basis. Data can be stored on an external hard drive, flash drive, USB key or a hidden partition on your PC safe. Housed in premium brushed aluminum, the elegant TimelineX 1830T laptop measures just over 1 inch thin - it is extremely easy to carry, maneuver and store, while on the go, without compromising ease of use . And with a full-sized keyboard for typing more accurate and comfortable and a multifunction touchpad for mouse-less, ease of your fingertips, this ultra-portable notebook features a much larger. 

Acer Aspire AS1830T-68U118 laptop comes with the following specs: Intel Core i7-680UM processor, Windows 7 Home Premium, 11.6 "HD widescreen CrystalBrite LED backlit display, Mobile Intel Express HM55, 4096 1066 MHz DDR3 memory, Intel graphics card HD, 500GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive, Built-in Webcam 1.3MP HD, multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader, 2nd generation Dolby Sound Room audio enhancement, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED, Bluetooth 3.0 + HS, 3 - USB 2.0 ports, 1 - HDMI port, 6-cell Li-Ion (5800 mAh), up to 8 hours, £ 3.09 | 1.4 kg (system unit only), AC adapter, power cord power, wireless setup. card, registration / limited Warranty Card, Microsoft Office 2010 Starter, McAfee Internet Security Suite (60 days of deposit) 

Acer Aspire TimelineX AS1830T-68U118 11.6-Inch Laptop Reviews

34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Superb travel lap top, December 22, 2010
By C. Winton "cwinton" (Jacksonville, FL USA)
This review is from: Acer Aspire TimelineX AS1830T-68U118 11.6-Inch Laptop (Black) (Personal Computers)
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I do my serious computing at home on a well-appointed desk top and when traveling need a laptop that can at least handle the kinds of work I perform with my desktop. For the past 2 years I used a Dell XPS M1330 for this purpose and came to literally loathe the machine (heavy and unreliable, with disappointing performance), which ended my respect for Dell and sent me looking elsewhere for something more to my liking.To see if I could get along with a smaller machine I first tried traveling with a $200 netbook, which I found to be simply too weak for my needs; however, I found the light weight and small size to be a major plus, so I went on the prowl for the same kind of form factor in a powerful machine, which led me eventually to the 1380T. At present there aren't many machines in this category, and from what I could tell from specs and user comments, this one is at the top of the list at the present time, which is why I bought one. There has been nothing from my experience to date to indicate otherwise and in fact, my shift to the Acer 1380T (I7 CPU) from the Dell has been like coming up for fresh air, a five star experience.
I've had this unit for about a month now and to date have taken it on one serious road trip, which has demonstrated the machine is all I had hoped for, and actually a good bit more. Other reviewers have thoroughly gone through what this machine has to offer so I will limit myself to what I have found useful.
1. It has handled everything I do with my desktop (something I could not say for the Dell) - let me hasten to add I don't do games, which may need a dedicated graphics card for best effect (Asus has a machine in this class that such users might consider, although why one would want to play those kinds of games on a machine this small is beyond me) 2. It runs cool and has a very long battery life (my initial read is that it will easily go 8 or 9 hours when all you are doing is routine text processing kinds of stuff, about 4 times as long as the Dell) 3. It is in that magic weight range of around 3 lbs and its thickness and weight are not amplified by the battery (unlike many other laptops) 4. The screen is excellent (others have carped about viewing angle, but for a single user it is great, and in this size range, isn't that what matters?) 5. I actually like the "chiclet" key board, which has "homing" ridges on the f and j keys that help with touch typing ... I find individual key size to actually be substantial, and touch type at least as easily on this keyboard as the one I have at home ... maybe I have a light touch, but I don't notice any keyboard flex others seem to sense 6. The machine feels substantial, even with all the plastic (which I'm sure holds weight down) 7. The charger does not use a proprietary input, is light, consisting of a single wall wart with a configurable plug (for which you can get alternatives for other country's outlets), configurable meaning you can position the prongs for horizontal or vertical (and it's a 2 prong non-polarized plug) - my guess is that the total travel package is a good 2 lbs under the Dell.
Are there annoyances? There is the usual bloatware, but no worse than what I've experienced with other vendors ... it just means spending some time removing or disabling it. There is no optical drive, but that's a weight trade-off, and after honestly examining my usage patterns, I couldn't even remember the last time I required one on a trip. I have a perfectly good $50 Samsung external USB that works just fine for the rare occasions I have to do something with that almost outmoded technology.
My one peeve with Acer is their not supplying system reinstall media, expecting users to create their own. It took 1.25 hours to produce the 4 DVDs their on board utility produces from the partition on the hard disk they have set aside with this content. My advice, start it going while you are watching TV or reading a book and just be prepared for it to take awhile. It would be nice if Acer would set this up so you could create a bootable USB or flash instead.
Surprises? From other reviews I expected to have issues with the touch pad, but have not at all. I've always hated touch pads because I somehow manage to hit them with my thumb at the wrong time with annoying effects, but not this one. Otherwise, it seems to work no better or worse than any other I've used across a spectrum of manufacturers. I also like having less palm space, since I've come to believe that is something that helps to keep my thumbs away from the touch pad.
My other surprise was with the built-in Bluetooth. I have an old Palm TX that has information I wanted to sync onto this machine, only to find USB sync for Win 7 x64 is not being supported by Palm software. A little investigation indicated I might be able to sync via Bluetooth. Sure enough, once enabled, both devices located each other and sync just worked. Incidentally, if you are new to x64 you too will likely find that some of your older apps won't run without an upgrade to a 64-bit version (sometimes this is just a question of needing to locate a 64-bit driver, but some apps do things that are incompatible with 64-bit architecture).
I have not used an external monitor with this machine (yet) and don't have any particular reason to use hdmi or sound I/O, so check what other reviewers have to say if those are important to you. The card reader is the usual for this type of machine and having a hot key for enabling/disabling wi-fi or Bluetooth is definitely more user friendly than the physical switch Dell supplied.
All in all, Acer has managed to wrap a lot of very nice stuff into a very small package. From my first month of usage, I believe it to be by far the best of the dozen or so laptops I've worked with over the years.
January 18 - update - OK, I've now really put this machine through some heavy lifting. For a week long workshop I was involved in, I used this laptop for extensive editing of PowerPoint slides. Presentation files ranged from a couple of slides to over 500, and sometimes I had maybe as many as 10 of them open cutting and pasting to a master. I also had Adobe Photoshop and Acrobat open at various points, not to mention Outlook, Excel, and web browsers. The machine never crashed. Every now and then I noted a bit of a pause when the system's power misering required spinning the hard drive back up, so a SSD might be worth considering, although this was a minor annoyance. I forgot my charger and went my first day on battery alone without running dry, at least 5 hours of serious use including internet for a chunk of the time. It may be of interest that the generic nature of the charge port allowed me to use a colleague's (for an Aspire one netbook), which while a bit less potent was sufficient to restore full charge in a few hours. The final presentation had notes on each slide and apparently PowerPoint writes to pdf in image form if you ask for notes, which showed one non-gaming reason reason for having a graphics card. It took the machine quite a bit of time to do it. An app we worked on had a bug that was revealed because the CPU evidently runs a good bit faster than Intel's integrated graphics processor. On the other hand, Photoshop runs perfectly fine (at least for the kinds of editing I typically do). As for using projectors and external monitors, the machine brought both up effortlessly and automatically (Casio projector, miscellaneous monitor). For airplane usage and travel, it is the perfect size for today's cramped seating, even room on the tray table for my nano mouse. I managed to get along OK with the touchpad for routine stuff, but when it came to extended or precision work, I pulled out my nano mouse. Communications and networking were flawless, across multiple variations of network configurations. One more thing that may be of interest to some, the built-in mic can be set to pass through via Sound in the control panel, which means if you plug in an external mic and hook up a set of powered speakers, the machine can easily be used as a quick and dirty PA system (my last Dell system did this quite poorly - this one is quite good).
There is nothing about the machine to change my review, except to note it is proving to be even better than I originally thought.

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful: 
Great connectivity
December 27, 2010
By Sam
This review is from: Acer Aspire TimelineX AS1830T-68U118 11.6-Inch Laptop (Black) (Personal Computers)

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I think the other reviewers have done a brilliant job and I fully agree with their assessments. I would only add the following points regarding ports......
I was all set to buy an 11.6" Airbook. That plan came to a screeching halt when I discovered that it didn't have an Ethernet port. The best you could do was to buy a separate USB dongle that would provide 10/100 Ethernet. For an IT professional who is used to walking into a client's server room and taking a 50GB backup copy of a database in no time via gigabit ehternet that was just not going to work out. I don't fancy stepping back to 1990! Also a lot of hotels only have wired Ethernet and I just want to be able to plug in and go. Not spend time playing find-the-adapter.
I also found out that the Airbook has a mini DisplayPort. To plug into an external VGA monitor you need (yep, you guessed it) another adapter. To plug into a TV or projector you need yet another adapter for HDMI. All these are sold separately and are more junk to cart around the world. They are also the exact thing that you would find that you have lost (or left back in the hotel) just when you needed to plug into a projector to give a presentation ;)
So I was all set to lay out serious $$$ on a Sony ultra-portable when I came across the TimelineX. I've had it for a month now and I couldn't be happier with it. For the professional on the road that doesn't want to lug around some 15.6" monster this little guy is the perfect replacement. Compared to the Sony ultra-portables the price is outstanding value.

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