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Acer TimelineX i3 review

Coming from a bulky Dell Studio laptop, here’s what I feel about the Acer Aspire TimelineX Core i3 (4820T) notebook.

First of all, a little preface on how I ended up on this particular notebook.

The Dell Studio 15 notebook I had was a high performance notebook (well, in those days any way). It was so bulky that I used to find it extremely difficult to carry it while travelling. Hence I thought I need a moderately powerful, light weight notebook. First I decided that Intel Core i3 was the processor that I will need. Since I travel a lot, the battery back up was a factor to consider as well.

Netbooks would give me decent backup’s but the performance is really below par in most. While searching for various products that fit both these requirements, Acer TimelineX was the one I zeroed in to.

Over all Pro’s

Weight: Forget the technical figures, After using Studio 15 for nearly 3 years, the TimelineX feels so light that I don’t feel it exists in my bag at all.

Great specifications and performance for a dirt cheap price (approx Rs.32000 in India)

Excellent sound and HD graphics

Light indicators for Wifi, Battery, lock, Power, Caps lock, CPU in use, which were all missing in Studio 15 laptop, which was a good Rs.12000 more in price

Fantastic battery backup. On continuous Wifi, this gave me a good 7 hours life

Decent keyboard

Comes with Windows 7 Basic on Board, but has the required specifications for an upgrade

Few decent freebies too (most likely, these are from the reseller and not from Acer; but who cares?)

Cons observed till date

LED screen isn’t that great. Even from 3 feet away, I can see individual pixels. But got used to it soon

Build quality not up to the mark; like most Acer products

Too glossy closing lid is finger print prone. But most laptops these days are too.

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