Acer Aspire TimelineX AS3820T-6480
A new 13 inch notebook
The well-known and loved Acer has launched a new ultraportable laptop on markets worldwide. The device is called Acer Aspire TimelineX AS3820T-6480 and it’s supposed to be among the best and most affordable of its kind. Acer is popular for the quality of its products, but does this new notebook rise up to expectations or not? We decided to test it and here is our review.
CineCrystal LED-backlit display
First off, let’s see how the Acer AS3820T-6480 does in terms of design. The device comes with a premium durable design with a black brushed aluminum cover and a brushed metal palm rest; the latter offered, when we tested the laptop for our review, great protection against fingerprints. The latest TimelineX AS3820T-6480 is also one of the thinnest and lightest products out there with its 12.70″ x 1.14″ x 9.25″ and 1.80kg; we had no problem carrying it around with us wherever we had to go. The front houses a 13.3″ HD widescreen CineCrystal LED-backlit display which sports the following specifications: 16:9 True Cinematic View and 1366 x 768 native resolution.
Powered by Intel i3-380M processor
This laptop uses a 2.53 GHz Intel Core i3-380M dual-core processor. When we tested the device, this translated into very good speed and response. The processor comes with a technology called Hyper-Threading; this means that the processor is enabled to work on two tasks simultaneously. The 16:9 aspect ratio helped us watch HD digital content or play various games without having to experience the image distortion we encountered with other such products from other manufacturers and it provided both accurate and clear colors. The keyboard was comfortable to use, but the multi-gesture trackpad was smaller than other 13″ laptops.
500 GB SATA hard drive
In terms of memory, the new Aspire AS3820T offers 4 GB of installed DDR3 RAM and 500 GB SATA hard drive. What we didn’t like was the fact that the laptop didn’t come with an optical drive. In the graphics department, the device boasts Intel GMA HD graphics which include 128 MB of dedicated system memory. This feature offers an advanced video engine which provided 3D capabilities with support for Microsoft DirectX 10 game and also high-quality HD video playback.
1.3-megapixel webcam included
The built-in 1.3-megapixel HD webcam did a good job: images were clear and beautiful. The pair of stereo speakers had third-generation Dolby Home Theater audio enhancement technologies which made listening to music, watching movies, playing games and many more a very enjoyable experience. To further improve sound quality, the laptop features technologies such as Dolby Natural Bass, Dolby Digital Live, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby Sound Space and Dolby Headphone.
When it comes to operating system, the Acer Aspire AS3820T runs on Windows 7 Premium (the 64-bit version) which offers Office Starter 2010. It was easy to create a home network and share all of our favorite photos, music, videos and the like with friends and family and also watch shows for free with the help of Internet TV on Windows Media Center.
Good battery life
The device sports 3 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI audio/video, Wireless-N Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) for ultra-fast connectivity (to both home and business networks), Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader and Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000).
What the laptop excels at is its battery. Our review showed that the product could work for up to 8 hours on a single charge thanks to the 6-cell rechargeable battery.
In conclusion, this new ultra-portable laptop is one of the best ones out there. The Acer Aspire TimelineX AS3820T-6480 ships with 1-year warranty for labor and parts.
|Processor, Memory, and Motherboard|
|* Processor: 2.53 GHz Intel Core i3|
|* Hardware Platform: PC|
|* RAM: 4 GB|
|* Number of Processors: 2|
|* RAM Type: SODIMM|
|* Type: Serial ATA|
|* Size: 500 GB|