Acer Aspire TimelineX AS3820T-5246 review: Acer Aspire TimelineX AS3820T-5246

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Acer Aspire Timeline X AS3820T-5246 Average watts per hour
Off (60%) 0.93
Sleep (10%) 1.94
Idle (25%) 10.91
Load (05%) 44.87
Raw kWh Number 50.13
Annual power consumption cost $5.69

Annual power consumption cost
Asus U33Jc-A1
$5.26 
Acer Aspire Timeline X AS3820T-5246
$5.69 

The Timeline series is all about long battery life, and at 4 hours and 20 minutes on our video playback battery drain test, this system is the longest-lasting of the recent batch of 13-inch laptops that we've reviewed. That said, Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro ran for about 90 additional minutes on the same test. Acer proclaims a possible battery life of 8 hours for the Timeline, but that involves following a rigid set of conditions that don't really reflect real-world usage.

Acer includes a standard one-year warranty with the system, and the support Web site is good at providing a list of appropriate driver software and FAQ pages for your particular model of laptop. Discovering the telephone support number is not as easy; after several minutes of circular linking, we gave up and Googled it. Try 800-816-2237 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CST, but you'll need your system's serial or SSID number.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Acer Aspire Timeline X AS3820T-5246
797 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Acer Aspire Timeline X AS3820T-5246
132 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Acer Aspire Timeline X AS3820T-5246
171 

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Acer Aspire Timeline X AS3820T-5246
260 

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System configurations:

Acer Aspire Timeline X AS3820T-5246
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.27GHz Intel Core i3 M350; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 128MB (Dedicated)/1696MB (Total) Intel GMA HD; 320GB Western Digital 5,400rpm

Asus U33Jc-A1
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.4Hz Intel Core i3 M370; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce 310M + 1749MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA MHD; 500GB Seagate 5,400rpm

Dell Vostro 3300
Windows 7 Professional; 2.26GHz Intel Core i5 M430; 3072MB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated)/1275MB (Total) Intel MHD; 320GB Seagate 7,200rpm

Toshiba Portege R705-P25
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.27GHz Intel Core i3 M350; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 64MB (Dedicated)/1696MB (Total) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

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Acer Aspire TimelineX AS3820T-5246

Part Number: LX.PTC02.087 Released: Aug 1, 2010

MSRP: $729.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Aug 1, 2010
  • Resolution 1366 x 768 ( HD )
  • Installed Size 4 GB
  • Color Black
  • Weight 4 lbs
  • Graphics Processor Intel HD Graphics
  • CPU Intel Core i3 350M / 2.26 GHz