3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Light, slim, long battery life, but quite basic graphics card,
This review is from: Acer Aspire Timeline X 4820T, 14" LED LCD Laptop, 4GB, 320GB, Intel Core i5 processor 430M, Windows 7 Home Premium (Electronics)
Previously I had a Toshiba Satellite, HP Pavillion, Dell Inspiron and a Dell XPS. I also used Sony Vaio E-series. This Acer is much nicer than all these laptops. For all those like me who think 15" are a bit too big and 10"-12" netbooks are too small and ineffective, this 14" Acer Aspire is a great option. It is very slim (disregarding Apple's Macbook). The build is quite solid and feels nice: the cover and bit next to the mouse-pad is dark brushed aluminum, the back is plastic but does not feel cheap. Overall, it feels fairly light and very mobile for a laptop of its size. The keyboard first looked a bit strange, but after an hour's use turned out to be comfortable. It also has dedicated Home/End/PgUp/PgDn keys which I appreciate as I use them quite frequently. The mouse-pad is larger than your average size, which after getting used to has really spoiled me (I don't like using other mouse-pads now :D). Its two keys are also nice to click with enough travel but without the loud clicking noise of other makes. The mouse-pad also recognises multi-fingertip gestures (to zoom in/out for example). The screen is very nice with crisp colors and sharp edges. The battery lasts a bit over 5 hours with WiFi on and full brightness. The speakers are quite decent for a laptop; none of the tinny noise from Dell.
There are a few issues with this laptop. The video card is quite humble, giving a maximum resolution of 1366x768. This is enough for my Web/documents use but might not be for others. The laptop also does not have a Bluetooth adaptor. It would've been sorely missed had it not been for the integrated multi-card reader. Finally, the laptop came loaded with Acer games on top of the usual rubbish 'free' applications. They are, however, easy to uninstall.
All in all a great laptop, but would've been a range leader with a better graphics card.