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Acer Aspire Timeline 1810T review: Acer Aspire Timeline 1810T

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The Good Comfortable keyboard; HDMI video output; quicker than a netbook.

The Bad Battery life isn't as impressive as that of the best netbooks; mediocre graphics performance.

The Bottom Line The Acer Aspire Timeline 1810T is pretty much perfect for anyone who wants the portability of a netbook with the usability of a larger laptop. Its 11.6-inch display is easy on the eye, its keyboard facilitates quick, accurate data input, and it's small and light enough to fit unobtrusively into your ladybag

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Netbooks may be scoring the most laptop headlines of late, but there's another class of machine challenging for the hyper-portable crown. Consumer ultra-low-voltage, or CULV, laptops -- catchy, eh? -- tend to be slightly larger and more comfortable to use than netbooks, yet offer similar levels of performance and battery life, making them ideal for anyone that values both portability and comfort. One of the best examples in this category is the 11.6-inch Acer Aspire Timeline 1810T, our configuration of which, the AS1810TZ-413G25N, is on sale now for around £460.

Hoi polloi's delight
The 1810T's 285 by 22 by 204mm chassis feels just right in most usage scenarios. This is a laptop that's just as comfortable to use whether you're sitting at a desk for hours at a time, or vegging out in bed watching episodes of Lost. What's more, at 1.4kg, it's exceptionally easy to carry, and its gorgeous red colour scheme won't fail to impress the hoi polloi (it's also available in black or blue).

Use me, abuse me
Early netbooks, and indeed some newer models, have tiny, cramped keyboards that render them almost useless for anything other than hammering out a quick email or Web address. The keyboard on the 1810T, however, is fabulous. Each of its buttons is actually larger than those on a full-sized desktop keyboard, and there's a good amount of space between each key and its closest neighbour. The amount of travel in the keys seems quite shallow, but we found it easy to achieve the same typing speeds on the 1810T as we did on a proper desktop keyboard.

The 1810T's keyboard and trackpad are the very stuff of a laptop fancier's dreams

The 1810T's trackpad is also worthy of praise. It has a small surface area, but supports multi-touch gestures, so users can navigate files with just a swipe of the fingers, as with the iPhone.

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