Every once and a while a notebook emerges on the scene that sets a whole new standard. In recent years laptops have come forth that are powerful, sleek, and lightweight. However, until now, most laptops have been lacking in the most important feature of all: battery life. This summer Acer released the Timeline Series – 13″, 14″ and 15′” laptops that have stellar battery life. The Acer Timeline 4810T has a 9 hour battery life! Imagine that! Turn your laptop on in the morning & use it on battery power all day. Other positives abound: wireless N connectivity, slim 1″ of thickness, 4.2lb package, cool & quiet system. It’s two negatives, the mediocre screen and choppy high-def playback, are frustrating but in this case the positives vastly outweigh the negatives.
The 4810T has dual core 1.4Ghz processors, a 320GB (5400 RPM) Hard drive, 4GB (DDR3) RAM, 14-inch 1366 x 768 resolution screen, and Windows Vista. This laptop is designed for the consumer looking for a basic laptop or semiportable business machine.
InsideHW agrees the one of the main selling points of the 4810T is the 9 hour battery life. This long battery is the result of these factors: the CPU (Intel Core 2 Solo SU3500) only uses 5.5 watts of power, the screen has a LED backlight, DDR3 memory wastes less power, and the machine uses an integrated graphics card. To reach the full 9 hours Acer developed a technology that monitors all components in the system and shuts down what it doesn’t need. For example, if you watch movie from the hard drive the 4810T will shut down components that are not used at all (like optical device and wireless card). The moment you need those components power will be served and everything will be powered on and fully functional. All this is hidden from the eyes of user and functions automatically. Another interesting fact is that even if you were the use this laptop continueously (under full load) it manages to work 4 hours without a power source! Amazing!
CNET UK indicates that the 4810T’s CPU won’t blow your socks off in terms of raw speed, scoring a sedate 3,542 in the PCMark05 benchmark test. The 4810T didn’t shine in 3DMark06 either, with a score of 731 meaning you’re not going to be able to get any kind of sensible frame rate out of it for the latest 3D shooters. Again, this laptop is targeted at the basic laptop user who won’t be going crazy in the gaming world.
This Whatlaptop article says the 4810 keyboard features an unusual layout, with flat keys raised high above the main board. It feels incredibly well made, with no sign of flex or unwanted movement, but it’s not at all practical. The completely flat typing surface means it’s difficult to distinguish between the keys when touch-typing, so mistakes are a common occurrence even for experienced typists.
I4U explains that the glossy screen means means lots of glare in anything other than a dark room. The screen does provide great color reproduction and is very good for movie watching on the go.
The 4810T currently has a rating of 4 eggs at Newegg.com with a total of 8 reviews. Here’s a few recent user options:
• ”Great price, amazing brushed aluminum lid, thin, light, sturdy, comfortable full size keyboard, and bright LED screen. With the battery at 90%, I still got 7 hours and 40 minutes, even though it wasn’t on the lowest brightness. Even on high performance, it doesn’t get hot, just a bit warm.”
• ”Conservative styling good for business, ample HD space (320 Gb), nice keyboard and touch pad with zoom, scrolling & more. Offers FREE Windows 7 Upgrade when available”
• ”Long battery life, thin, light aesthetically pleasing. After flashing the bios and updating video driver… worked like a charm. Proficient at the fundamentals (web,email,office).Was able to handle 720p streamed over home network as well as WoW on “fair” settings. Obviously not a powerhouse but what it does have works well.”
• ”I installed Windows 7 as soon as I got it, so I didn’t even deal with the Vista install with all the bloatware. The speakers are decent, but don’t have great bass. Using headphones, though, the sound was MUCH better. On a sunny day, the screen can be difficult to read unless you use it on the highest brightness. The light in front that indicates the battery status when plugged in is very bright and can be annoying in a dark room.”