|Screen Size||13.3 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1366 x 768|
|Max Screen Resolution||1366 x 768 pixels|
|Processor||2.3 hertz Intel Core i5|
|RAM||4 GB DDR3|
|Memory Speed||1066 MHz|
|Hard Drive||500 GB SATA|
|Graphics Coprocessor||NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M|
|Card Description||GeForce GT 540M|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||1024 MB|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||2|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||9 hours|
Acer Aspire TimelineX AS3830TG-6431 13.3-Inch Laptop (Cobalt Blue Aluminum)
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- Intel Core i5 Processor 2.3GHz
- 4GB DDR3 RAM
- 500GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
- 13.3-Inch Screen, NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
- Windows 7 Home Premium
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First thing I must say about this laptop is how impressed I am with the quality, especially at $749. Add to that, I am getting a free Xbox 360 4gb (which I shouldn't have a problem reselling at $150-175), you really get a lot of bang for your buck-- 2.3ghz 2nd Gen Core i5 with boost up to 2.9 (actually runs at 2.9 well and when necessary), 4GB ram, up-to-date wireless and communications hardware (with the exception of Intel Wireless Dispaly, which kinda sucks, but whatever), and a great stylish laptop with excellent form factor and 6-8 hours of REAL TIME battery life (tested).
For people who say the screen is poor, I disagree. It's not the BEST screen (like on the Vaios), but far from the worst. Colors are fine (especially if you use NVidia's control panel to adjust them) and brightness is very good. Viewing angles aren't spectacular, but if you need multiple people to see the screen, use the HDMI (which works brilliantly, exporting 1080p and 3D even).
***Update on Throttling Issue***
I did experience problems with throttling under very heavy load (games, intense cpu processing/rendering). However, there is a not-too-complicated work around. Download throttlestop (google it) and install it. Then go to options, enable "alarm" make sure dts is set to 15-20 (this will enable another setting once the cpu is 15-20 degrees from where it would start throttling). Then set use profile to "2".
Then go to the top and select the bullet for profile number 2 (doesnt matter what the name is) click the button marked "disable turbo." Set multiplier to 23. Now try your CPU intensive task.Read more ›
The laptop has a nice blue and silver color scheme going on, and for the most part it looks quite sleek and stylish. Obviously this depends on your tastes alone, but I've only met a few people who don't like the design. While the chassis is made of mainly plastic Acer has thankfully decided to opt out of shiny plastics, so the finish doesn't attract fingerprints (except for around the screen, that's still glossy plastic). One of the main problems I read about online as I was researching was that the palm rest and keyboard were very poor quality, but it seems fine to me. There is a little flex on the keyboard but I've seen much worse (dell notebooks). If you push down hard near the middle of the keyboard you get more flex than usual, but it's not to the point where I'm afraid the keyboard will break. I've typed this review on the keyboard and I'm doing pretty well (not as good as a mechanical keyboard, but still good). Keys are quiet, as are the touch pad buttons. The hinge feels strong out of the box, but I guess only time will tell if the quality holds up. The only qualm I have is that there is this small bit of rounded plastic on the bottom left that wiggles around a bit and makes a quiet hollow plastic noise. Maybe I can tighten a few screws to fix it.
Standard display, with the inclusion of a USB 3.0 port, which will come in handy as faster flash drives begin to hit the market. I haven't tried any 3.0 devices on the port yet.Read more ›
1. CPU throttling
2. Battery wear
3. Build Quality
1. CPU Throttling
I have largely resolved the heat-related throttling issues by applying aftermarket thermal compound on the heatsink. The manufacturer globbed wayyyy too much of this low quality thermal goop. By doing only this, I am able to play Starcraft 2 on high settings at ~65fps in 1v1's. On medium I average well over 100fps. Heat becomes an issue about 2 hours into playing nonstop, but I only need to use Throttlestop to decrease the multiplier by x1, an almost insignificant decrease. I disable turbo as well. With these settings, I get about -5 or -6 fps change on both high and medium settings playing for hours into the night like the wannabe nerdballer that I am.
2. Battery Wear
My laptop was purchased from Amazon and it came with a Panasonic battery. The wear was already at 29% out-of-box. I emailed Acer support through their support line on their website and was immediately shipped a Sanyo-branded battery, after I explained my battery wear levels. They did not ask for my panasonic battery to be returned either. The Sanyo brand is reading at 0% wear right now and I can get close to 7.25 hours on a single charge with wifi on and display lit at 50%.
3. Build Quality
Somewhat of a minor issue, but compared to my previous thinkpad and envy laptops, the build quality is definitely on the creaky side. That said, there is very little keyboard flex and the body seems very sturdy for an all-plastic housing. It's certainly better than I expected out of a budget manufacturer like Acer. The form-factor is very very lean, yet surprisingly dense, which I like.Read more ›
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I have owned this laptop for over 3 years now and I have been extremely happy with it. During this time, I have upgraded to 8GB of RAM and also swapped out the original HDD for a... Read morePublished 15 months ago by RipeRedRobot
Great performances but the gobal quality of the product is so-so. (well it is Acer)
But for this price, difficult to complain. The performance/price rate is good.
This is a very cute, light and amazing laptop. I've had no problems with it, except the right mouse button isn't as 'clicky' as the left but I use a hand mouse anyway. Read morePublished on March 26, 2012 by Dagmara Sowul
It is a worker.. I used computers from the start of computers and can tell you that this one is one of the best.Published on October 17, 2011 by mwh
If you want your bang for the buck, this is a must, for games and programs. i love it . mac will never give you the deal this will. Mac's are overrated.Published on October 13, 2011 by Alfred Hopes
Wonderful, wonderful machine! *Thoughtful* design shows through everywhere you look.
The first Win laptop I've ever had that doesn't require me to carry a charger around... Read more
I bought this computer based partially on the 'it's a steal, but...' reviews online, and partially due to Amazon's customers' understandably more mixed takes. Read morePublished on September 24, 2011 by J. Nichols
This Acer is great. Over 7+ hours battery life even with turning it on/off (because I don't sit around on my laptop for 8 hours straight), multitasking, and a video here and... Read morePublished on September 22, 2011 by Eric
Got this for schoolwork and mobile gaming. I have been surprised over
and over again while playing games on it: it outperforms my
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