Acer Aspire TimelineX AS1830T-6651 review
A powerful ultraportable notebook
Many customers view the new Acer Aspire TimelineX AS1830T-6651 as one of the best ultra-portable laptops available today. They praise it for its performance, lightness and good price. We wanted to see for ourselves how the device worked, so we tested it. Below you’ll find our review.
Sleek, slim and very light
We will start off by saying some things about the laptop’s design. The Acer TimelineX AS1830T-6651 supposedly has a premium black brushed aluminum body; but that was not the case: what we saw was a plastic with a black-brushed aluminum-like finish device. The product is sleek, slim and very light with its 1.4 kg. The keyboard is very nice to the feel and has decent-spaced large buttons. What we didn’t like about it during our test for this review was the fact that its default setting didn’t let us use the mouse and the keyboard simultaneously; in order to successfully do that we had to lower the sensitivity of “Palm Check”.
11.6″ LED-backlit display
The laptop also sports a multi-gesture touchpad across which we easily flicked, pinched and swirled our fingers. The TimelineX AS1830T-6651 boasts an 11.6″ LED-backlit widescreen display. Along with its 1366 x 768-pixel resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio and 200-nit high brightness, what we got were a bright clear screen and good quality viewing angles. Moreover, this display saved considerable power when compared to other notebooks.
Intel Core i5-470UM processor
The device ran on a 1.33 GHz Intel Core i5-470UM dual-core processor that allowed for good speed thanks to its 1.86GHz Turbo Boost technology. This was highly efficient for demanding applications and we could work on as much as four tasks at the same time. The laptop’s stereo speakers with their 2nd generation Dolby Sound Room audio enhancement weren’t that great; their audio performance was average, but fortunately it improved once we used external speakers or earphones. The Acer AS1830T-6651 has a good 1.3-megapixel webcam; this one was integrated into the display bezel and provided quality video chats at a resolution of 1280 x 1024 and good pictures.
Windows 7 Home Premium included
The operating system this laptop worked on was Windows 7 Home Premium (the 64-bit version) and was preloaded with Office Starter 2010. The operating system enabled us to create a home network and also share music, photos and much more; moreover, it easily and quickly opened everything on the laptop, it simplified the management of all our open windows, made the product resume/sleep faster and many more; it also allowed us to watch shows free of charge with the help of Internet TV on Windows Media Center.
8 hours battery life !
The 6-cell battery (5800 mAh) was superb, because it offered 8 hours of life on a single charge.
In terms of ports and connectivity, the Acer Aspire AS1830T boasts the following: HDMI high-definition audio/video output, Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000), 3 USB 2.0 ports and Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader. The device also came with Next-generation Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity and Wireless-N Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n), both of which offered reduced power requirements, faster output and very fast connectivity to both personal and work-related networks.
Backup Manager software
One of the most interesting features of this laptop was its Backup Manager software; this one basically enabled us to both select and then protect important digital files by performing scheduled backups. We could backup our valuable data on a flash drive, a secure hidden partition or an external hard drive.
Unfortunately, this device didn’t come with an optical drive.
If you feel lost you can consult the laptop’s operating instructions which are very helpful.
All in all the conclusion of this test and review is very clear: the Acer Aspire TimelineX AS1830T-6651 is a great ultra-portable laptop.
|* Processor: 1.33 GHz Intel Core i5-470UM dual-core|
|* Memory: 4 GB of installed DDR3 RAM|
|* Hard Drive: 500 GB SATA|
|* Wireless-N Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n)|
|* Screen Resolution: 1366 x 768-pixel|
|* 1.3-megapixel webcam|
|* Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium|
|* Stereo speakers with 2nd generation Dolby Sound Room audio enhancement|
|* Multi-Gesture Touchpad|
|* Display: 11.6-inch LED-backlit widescreen display|
|* Graphic Card: Intel HD Graphics|
|* Battery: 6-cell battery (5800 mAh)|
|* Battery Life: Up to 8 hours|
|* Weight: 3.1 pounds|