Acer's Aspire Timeline 1810T, we review the baby of the Timeline family

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Acer's Aspire Timeline 1810T, we review the baby of the Timeline family

We've praised Acer's Aspire Timeline 3810T and 4810T laptops in the past, and here we meet the baby of the family.

The characteristic Timeline design looks rather businesslike in this compact form, and the 1810T packs some serious battery life too, lasting 6hrs 20mins in our light use battery life test and 3hrs 26mins under heavy use.

Performance isn't bad, either. With 3GB of RAM and a dual-core Pentium CPU, everyday computing tasks are a smooth, if slightly leisurely, ride.

If your needs are more demanding, note that while Acer provides 64-bit Windows, there's no free DIMM slot, and the hardware maxes out at 4GB of RAM.

The rich and colourful 11.6in LCD adds to the feeling of using a professional machine, and the speakers offer a decent amount of mid-range - although the sound is a little on the boxy side.

The real let down is the keyboard. The perfectly flat keys are set so closely together we frequently found ourselves accidentally hitting two of them at once, and under normal typing pressure the action feels spongy and limp.

If previous Timeline models are any guide, the grooves between keys will be a trap for dust and crumbs too.
If you can live with that, the Aspire Timeline 1810T satisfies in more or less every other particular, including Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11n wireless.

It's one of the most portable models in its class too, weighing in at just 1.8kg with the charger, and it's cheaper than most of its rivals. If you're writing a novel you'll want something nicer to type on, but for light use it deserves a look.

Acer Aspire Timeline 1810TZ
4 6
Verdict
A fine specification at a keen price, but the keyboard on the Acer Aspire Timeline 1810T disappoints
Performance
Battery Life
Features & Design
Value for money
Overall
Specs
$985
• Price: 985 • CPU model/brand: Intel Pentium SU4100 • CPU speed: 1.3Ghz • Memory capacity: 3GB • Hard drive capacity: 250GB • Graphics: GMA 4500 • Screen size: 11.6in • Screen resolution: 1366 x 768 • Weight: 1.44kg • Dimensions WDH: 285 x 204 x 30mm • Manufacturer: Acer • Supplier: Acer
This review appeared in the June, 2010 issue of PC & Tech Authority Magazine
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