The Acer Aspire TimelineX 4820TG is a 14-inch laptop that packs in an Intel Core i5-430M processor and dedicated ATI Radeon HD 5650 graphics, making it a powerful 14-inch laptop – at least on paper. It also claims to offer eight hours of battery life.
The Acer Aspire TimelineX 4820T-3697 is a thin laptop with a somewhat industrial, business-like design that is complimented by a slick brushed aluminum cover. Under the hood you get a 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-450M dual-core processor with Turbo Boost Technology and 3 MB L3 cache. Intel Turbo Boost technology helps provide you with more performance when you need it. The way it works is that the processor automatically adapts its speed according to whatever you’re doing at the moment. So when you start doing a processor intensive task, the processor will get faster. The processor will then slow down when you’re doing low performance tasks. This helps contribute to the energy efficiency of a PC and can help improve battery life. And in this case, the Acer Aspire TimelineX AS4820T’s battery life really excels.
Other features include a 500GB 5400RPM hard drive, 4GB of ram, Intel HD Graphics, 4GB of ram, a 8x SuperMulti DVD±R/RW drive, 1.3megapixel HD web cam with a 1280 x 1024 resolution, stereo speakers with third-generation Dolby Home Theater audio, Wireless-N Wi-Fi, ethernet, Bluetooth 3.0, a multi-in-1 digital media card reader, 4 usb ports, and HDMI output for playing back movies on a TV or external LCD.
The Acer Aspire TimelineX 4820TG is well built, and although not quite ultraportable, it’s thin and weighs 2.1kg (with a six-cell battery) and has a form factor that’s easy to carry around compared to other 14-inch laptops – like the Dell Studio 14 Artist Edition and Acer Aspire 4740.
This young Timeline member comes packaged with a 3-pin plug to AC adaptor for the supplied AC adaptor that juices up the machine of course. A quick guide, limited product warranty and international travelers warranty are included among the paperwork that comes with it. There’s also a soft cleaning cloth for those who are in the habit of wiping down their laptops instead of counting on their full-sleeved garments to do the job miraculously like yours truly. Acer has been more generous with the software as compared to the hardware and other frills and fancies. The laptop is loaded with the Windows 7 Home Premium OS, Norton Online Backup Security, McAfee Internet Security Suite 2009 trial, Microsoft Office Personal 2007, Microsoft Office Trial, Adobe Flash Player 10, Acer Video Conference Manager, Windows Live Essentials, a host of trial versions of games and more.
The high-definition Acer Cine Crystal LED-backlit TFT LCD impressed us with clear visuals, thanks to its 1366 x 768 pixel resolution. We could also easily execute our tasks faster with simultaneous multi-window viewing, a praiseworthy innovation for those who’d like to close and open windows at regular intervals for a flake of fun (just a guess). The image clarity is good enough to keep you grooving over your favorite artists’ videos or favorite comedy flicks for long hours. The screen is definitely bright, like what we’ve seen earlier from Acer, and didn’t disappoint us with any dim horizontal angle viewing.
Overall, the Acer Aspire TimelineX 4820T is a well designed laptop that doesn’t sacrifice battery life in lieu of performance. It has some flaws – including a mediocre LED display, but for the price you’re getting a capable machine. The Acer Aspire TimelineX AS4820T recently dropped in price from $849 on Amazon to $796.73(Check out new price and buy it from Amazon). The laptop also comes with a one year International warranty.