|Screen Size||14 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1366 x 768|
|Max Screen Resolution||1336 x 768 pixels|
|Processor||1.3 GHz Pentium|
|RAM||3 GB DDR3|
|Memory Speed||1066 MHz|
|Hard Drive||320 GB|
|Card Description||Graphics Media Accelerator|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||1759 MB|
|Wireless Type||802.11 B/G, 802.11B|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||3|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||8 hours|
Acer Aspire 4810TZ-4011 Timeline 14.0-Inch Laptop
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- Intel Pentium Processor SU2700 1.30GHz Processor (2MB L2 cache, 1.30GHz, 800MHz FSB)
- 3GB DDR3 1066 SDRAM
- 320GB 5400RPM Hard Drive, SuperMulti Optical Drive
- Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, 6 Cell Lithium-Ion Battery (up to 8 Hours of Battery Life)
- 14.0" WXGA TFT LCD Display (1366 x 768), Intel Graphics Media accelerator 4500MHD
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The Aspire 4800, one of the Timeline models from Acer, earned the name "all-day" notebook because it provides up to 8.0 hours of battery life, allowing users to go unplugged throughout the workday. Adding to this notebook’s portability is its compact size and light weight. The Aspire 4800 with 14.0" LCD is only 4.2 lb. and just a fraction over one-inch high at its tallest point. Model # ACRNB48104011. UPC: 884483706464. Intel Pentium SU2700 1.30GHz Processor (2MB L2 cache, 800MHz FSB). 3GB DDR3 1066 SDRAM. 320GB 5400RPM Hard Drive. 14.0" WXGA TFT LCD Display (1366 x 768) with CineCrystal technology (16:9). Integrated variable speed Super Multi Drive. 5-in-1 Card reader. Crystal Eye Webcam. Intel Graphics Media accelerator 4500MHD. 802.11b/g/Draft-N WLAN. Gigabit LAN. Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium. Optimized second-generation Dolby® Sound Room audio enhancement. Kensington® lock slot. 6-Cell Lithium Ion battery: up to 8.0 hours life with Acer® PowerSmart Manager enabled and depending on configuration and usage (may be reduced if Windows Vista® Aero is enabled). Dimensions: 13.3""W x 9.4""D x 1.1"H . Weight: 4.2 lb"
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The model number of this laptop is 4810TZ-4011 and features an Intel Pentium processor at 1.3GHz, 3gb DDR3 memory, and 320gb hard drive. I got it for $535 with free shipping and it came in exactly five days. Thanks Amazon! And the reason why I chose this laptop over the 13 inch is that it has the CD/DVD drive that I wanted.
It comes with the free Windows 7 upgrade that is being promoted by several manufacturers right now. I received NO paperwork about it, but I just went on the Acer website and found the right links. They just ask for your product serial number (on the bottom of the laptop) and shipping info. Then your order is placed; very easy process.
The laptop is in adark grey color and looks quite nice, actually. The build of the laptop feels very sturdy. The lid does much fingerprint smudge which is a plus. However, the black chiclet keyboard is a little slick and does attract fingerprints. The keyboard itself is nice and well-spaced, but make sure to keep the keyboard clean. However, it is slick, and takes some getting used to. However, I am typing the review on the keyboard right now, and it is comfortable to use. On another note, the spacebar on my laptop clicks louder than I'd like, but it's not a problem.
The laptop weights only about 4 pounds and is not too heavy. It of course is not netbook level weight, but it's nice to have a full featured laptop weighing less than 5 pounds. It is also thin and sleek. It's not quite on the thinness level of other laptops or the MacBook Air, but compared to other notebooks with a 14inch screen, it is thin. This is one of the main reasons why I chose this laptop.
The laptop has a multi-touch capability which works fine, like pinch to zoom. The keypad is indeed a little hard, but pressing at the edges may help as it is a bit softer. There's a button to turn off the touchpad in case you use a mouse. As for buttons, it has got good FN functions, with buttons to pause music, skip, as well as for sound and brightness. I was disappointed that there are no volume controls, but using FN button is fine.
I also really like the 5-in-1 card reader. It can read the popular SD card, which are housed in my point and shoot camera and Nintendo DSi, making transferring pictures and music quick, which is nice.
As for battery, it is quite solid. My old laptop had about 1.5 hours of battery life. On my Acer, for a full day of computing and word-processing plus watching YouTube videos, on one charge, I've gotten about 7 hours with wifi on. Very nice!
Some extra features include a Crystal Eye webcam, which is nice and crisp (I'll try it out with Skype). It also has a power saver mode to fully utilize the computer's battery life, and an LED backlit display which can be turned up quite bright. The laptop has also been quite cool. It doesn't get too hot, and even after long use isn't burning up like some other laptops at home. On another note--there is a good amount of bloatware, but it's quick to delete. The laptop does perform faster after deletion, so take care of it right away.=]
One of the bad things about this laptop is its speaker. Sound quality is not that great and sounds a bit muted. Streaming music is not what this laptop was meant for. However, for watching YouTube, it's fine. I would have liked to have better speakers, but it's OK.
In short, I've got a lot to say about the laptop, but not enough room! I really enjoy using it. As a student whose computing needs are web surfing, watching YouTube videos, downloading music and pictures, and word processing, the Acer Aspire Timeline 4810T has done its job quite well so far. It is very fun to use but also portable enough and performs well with great battery life. It has been able to perform all the tasks I've thrown at it and then some. IIf you're considering this laptop, I would definitely recommend it!
I upgraded the BIOS as I saw the CPU meter (in the Vista sidebar) at 100% with no programs open. It is now working fine. I've also been able to use Fences and ObjectDock desktop modifications to work beautifully on this laptop; no lag or issues with setup! Boot up time has increased because of some Vista updates (go figure) but it shuts down fast and doesn't get hot and is very quiet! I've only had the laptop about a week, too! I'll update in the future.
UPDATE as of 10/15/09:
I installed Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) inside of Windows Vista and it works perfectly! The 320gb comes in handy if you're planning on storing lots of music, photos, and programs, including Ubuntu. When the computer boots up I now have the choice of running Vista or Ubuntu. I just restart the computer to switch between the two and it is very easy to do.
UPDATE as of 11/05/09
I received my Windows 7 upgrade and downloading it was a smooth process, although it took a few hours. I also upgraded Ubuntu to 9.10 so I've got the choice of running Windows 7 or Ubuntu 9.10 upon boot-up. It runs beautifully on Windows 7 and is very "snappy."
The 8480 model differs from the base model in these respects-
# has 64 bit windows vista premium, base has 32 bit windows vista premium
# has 4 gb ram pre-installed, base has 3gb installed
# lid seems to be of aluminium, not sure on the base
I have had the machine for only 3 days so far, but here are my observations-
Spent some time disabling the numerous unnecessary programs at startup via msconfig.
Had to research the UAC issues etc. Downloaded and installed some of the drivers (vga/wifi/audio etc). Upgraded the BIOS.
The card reader slot had a little piece of plastic in it, and i was first mistakenly pushing it in, rather than pulling it out :) With wifi on cable internet, youtube HD videos play reasonably ok. Of course, with an ethernet connection to the cable they are certainly smooth. Depending on the wifi strength/download speed, HD may be very choppy. MTS files from canon camcorder are barely ok in video, but i still need to tweak the audio.
Poor tech support - don't have easy/inexpensive phone support from acer. email support have an expected turn around time of 24 hours. Email support requires punching in a longish serial number. In response to my simple question on how to access the card reader, they said that the serial number was not found in their database, so they are not going to do anything about my question :) very disappointing. They makeup for this by listing all the required drivers/bios/user guides on their support website.(google for 'acer support' not 'acer timeline support'). On their support page, remember to pick the correct OS to get the appropriate drivers.
Battery life is typically less than 8hr (about 6 or so) with the power setting set to 'balanced'. Full charging to 100% capacity can take several hours, if you are also working on the laptop in the same time. At 4.2 lbs, still feels somewhat heavy.
Pretty fast machine (compared to my 4 yr old averatec 12.1' laptop).
With 4 instances of procexp running, and 1 instance of netbeans, and 4 instances of firefox, the CPU was less than 15% and system physical ram was below 33% usage. Launching netbeans takes 10 seconds or less. i can launch several instances of all 4 browsers with no problem. I will likely have both netbeans and eclipse running side by side, and so far , it looks like the laptop should be able to handle it well.
Copying 16gb sdhc to hard drive took 15 minutes.
Free upgrade to win 7 premium 64 bit.
Overall, a solid laptop that will likely continue to give good service at least 2/3 years into the future.
Just noticed !!! the DVD burner does NOT Burn DVDs... I did a full system recovery, and nope...just can't !!! I would leave three stars if I could change my rating because Acer warranty helpline is toll free, easily reachable and extremely courteous. I have yet to see if international warranty is worth something cause I took it back to France or do I have to mail it in the US...I got a lemon, it happens.
Let's forget this unusual defect, and focus on the rest
The positives :
- I like the keyboard a lot (flat keys, well spaced, shiny surface...yes, fingerprints stay, and stays cool)
- very silent fan
- very bright screen with the led backlight, no prob to work outdoors
- computer top, and screen don't get hot at all
- two finger operations on the touchpad (zoom in and out with two fingers, keep scrolling with circular motion, backward and forward with right and left swipe)
- neat design (overall), looks smart, feels sturdy
- audio jack connections on the side
- nice specs (320 gb of hd, 3gb ddr3)
- great battery life
- fast enough
- stable system
- audio digital output
- hdmi and vga video output
- it did reboot once on its own (crashed) when fast forwarding a video on vlc, but I cannot make it happen again, I believe it has been fixed by the windows updates (anyway, this would be a vista issue that would get solved by windows 7 upgrade, or did already get solved buy the automatic updates)
- free upgrade to windows 7 (the form is in the computer box, whether the reseller tells you about it or not)
- sound quality is nice, but not loud
- no firewire port ! come-on, how do you connect your camcorder - sure, you can by an adapter
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