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Acer’s new 11.6 -inch Aspire timelineX 1830t-68U118
has a lot of punch for its size. It comes with a much
faster processor than the 11-inch Macbook Air and
has gobs more storage space for $100 less. It also
lasts longer on a charge, providing more than 6
hours of runtime. best of all, you get all this good-
ness in a trim and attractive design that will look
equally at home in the conference room and the
Weighing in at 3 pounds, this newly refreshed
1830t is just over an inch thick. that’s beefier than
the 11-inch Macbook Air (0.68 inches). the notebook
sports a fingerprint-resistant
black cover featuring a textur-
ized surface for a better grip.
though it boasts a sizeable
six-cell battery, the power
source doesn’t protrude
behind the laptop and won’t
prove to be a hindrance or
snag stray cords.
Inside, the matte black
keyboard is set against
gun-metal gray aluminum.
the keyboard sports the
same flat, square-style keys
as the previous generation.
this does not make up for
the somewhat shallow key travel and mushy feel
the textured touchpad is on the petite side, at
2.5 x 1.3 inches. Compounding the problem, it’s
virtually invisible against the wrist rest. Fingers
also don’t slide well. this resulted in a number of
uncertain swipes and scrolling errors on our part.
the 11.6 -inch display greets you with a bright,
1366 x 768-pixel resolution. We fired up Gattaca
on Hulu and were pleased with the saturated blues
and deep blacks. Reds and oranges seemed slightly
sound quality from the small stereo speakers
wasn’t much to write home about. Using headphones
was better, because the 1830t comes with Dolby
and sRs technology built in.
the Aspire’s 1.3 -megapixel webcam is standard
fare. Colors looked a bit washed out, but video per-
formance was adequate. the bundled Acer Crystal
eye software allows you to change
the resolution, shoot video, snap
quick pics, and alter various video
Running a 1.46-GHz Intel
Core i7 CPU with a full comple-
ment of 4Gb DDR3 RAM, our
1830t scored a smoking 4,717
on PCMark Vantage, which is
almost 900 points faster than
the previous model.
boot time was just a bit slower
than average. And transcoding
a 114Mb MPeG-4 file went a bit
faster than the ultraportable
In graphics performance, the 3DMark score was
slightly lower than average.
not surprisingly, the 1830t would have trouble
with a casual session of World of Warcraft given the
low 17 frames per second we measured.
the beefed-up processing power of the 1830t
doesn’t make a huge dent in battery performance.
Acer Aspire TimelineX 1830T
Acer refreshes its slim and attractive 3-pound ultraportable with Core i7 power.
the notebook lasted for a respectable 6 hours and
5 minutes on our tests—better than most ultra-
the Intel WiFi Link 1000AGn 802.11a/b/g/n radio
offered above-average throughput at 15 from our
access point, but slightly below average data rates
at 50 feet.
Pre-loaded with a host of Acer apps, the 1830t
comes with ePower and eRecovery Management,
Identity Card, Video Conference Manager, and Acer
Assist Utilities. Additionally, the company bundles
CyberLink PowerDVD, Google Desktop and toolbar,
norton online backup, and skype.
With its refresh of the timelineX series, Acer has
created another compelling ultraportable. Fast per-
formance and long battery life make this notebook
an excellent companion for those who are always
on the go. If you can live with the smallish keyboard
and somewhat steep price, this Acer may have your
name on it.
— brian bennett
CPU:1.46-GHz Intel Core i7-680UM Operating
System: Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
RAM/Expandable to: 4Gb/4Gb Hard Drive
Size/Speed: 500Gb/5,400 rpm Optical
Drive: none Display Size/Resolution: 11.6
inches/1366 x 768 Graphics/Video Memory:
Intel HD/128Mb Wireless: 8 0 2.11b /g /n Ports:
three Usb 2.0, ethernet, HDMI, headphone,
micCard Slots: 5-in-1 card reader Size: 11.2
x 8 x 1.1 inches Weight: 3 pounds Warranty:
one-year limited/24/7 toll-free phone
textured lid resists fingerprints
6 hours of battery life
Lots of storage space for 11-inch notebook
A little pricey
PCMark Vantage 4,717
LAPtoP batter y test
LAPtoP transf er test
boot time (min:sec)*
(autodetect/max) 17/7 fps 45/12 fps
oxelon trans coding
* Lower is better
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the Acer Aspire 1830t’s touchpad is on the small
side, but we appreciated the discrete buttons.
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