Acer Aspire Timeline review: Acer Aspire Timeline

Intel's single-core SU series CPUs (part of the Consumer Ultra-Low-Voltage line, or CULV) have been generally lackluster performers, but the dual-core U9400 version in the Timeline 3810T provides a much more usable overall experience. It easily out-performed the single-core MSI X340, and in anecdotal use it felt perfectly capable of performing standard tasks smoothly, such as Web surfing, working on office documents, and media playback. Of course, adding 4GB of RAM also helps--both the MSI X340 and Dell Adamo had only half that.

The Timeline's main selling point is its battery life, and while we didn't get the advertised 8 hours, we were still very impressed. The 3810T ran for 5 hours and 29 minutes on our video playback battery drain test. That test is particularly intense, so you can expect longer life from casual Web surfing and office use. That's about 30 minutes more than Apple's $999 white MacBook (but about 20 minutes less than the 13-inch MacBook Pro, with Apple's improved nonremovable battery).

Acer includes an industry-standard, one-year, parts-and-labor warranty with the system. Support is accessible through a 24-7 toll-free phone line, and Acer has made some improvements to its previously unfathomable support Web site.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
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Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
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Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
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Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
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Acer Aspire 3810T
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo U9400; 4096MB DDR2 SDRAM 1066MHz; 128MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 500GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

Dell Adamo
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 1.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo U9300; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 779MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 128GB Samsung SSD

Apple MacBook Pro - Summer 2009 - Core 2 Duo 13.3 inch - 2.26GHz
OS X 10.5.7 Leopard; Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26GHz; 2048MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 256MB Nvidia GeForce 9400M; 160GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

MSI X340
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Solo U3500; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 781MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 320GB Fujitsu 5400rpm

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Acer Aspire Timeline 3810T-8640

Part Number: LX.PCR06.004 Released: Jun 2, 2009

MSRP: $679.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Jun 2, 2009
  • Resolution 1366 x 768 ( HD )
  • Installed Size 2 GB
  • Weight 3.5 lbs
  • Graphics Processor Intel GMA 4500MHD
  • CPU Intel Core 2 Solo SU3500 / 1.4 GHz