Acer Aspire TimelineX 1830T-68U118 – Core i7 CPU under an 11 inch roof!
Acer Aspire TimelineX 1830T-68U118 is definitely a mouthful for a model name and it is a 11.6 inch ultra portable laptop which looks like a Netbook but is totally different. There are a lot of premium Netbooks coming in the market these days because the demand for them is rising fast. Hence, a lot of manufacturers are jumping on the bandwagon. This product belongs to the category of laptops which look like a Netbook but has a full fledged hardware inside.
The screen is 11.6 inches big and don’t underestimate the Acer Aspire TimelineX 1830T-68U118 by just looking at its small display size. Under the hood, there is a Core i7 processor, four gigs of DDR3 RAM and 500 GB hard drive.
On the sides, there is an HDMI port for connecting the notebook to a larger HDTV. There is no optical drive which is not a big surprise considering the small size of the product. The lack of optical drive also makes the Acer Aspire TimelineX 1830T-68U118 really lightweight. The specs are really impressive for this size. You don’t have a lot of 11.6 inch laptops with Core i7 processor.
Unfortunately, the manufacturer has slapped a high price tag on the Acer Aspire TimelineX 1830T-68U118. At $899, I find it hard to recommend this laptop as there are cheaper alternatives in the market. You can get a high end 13 inch laptop at this price. It would have a bigger display and watching movies or videos would be more fun. The question comes down to portability. Frequent travelers without any budget constraints will still go for the Acer laptop.
You won’t find a lot of laptops out there having such a small size and such fast performance. I previously reviewed the Alienware M11x laptop in my labs and the performances of these two machines were quite similar. Both these systems come with a high end Core i7 processor.
Acer Aspire TimelineX 1830T-68U118 falls behind the M11x for gaming. There is no graphic card on the Acer model; you just get Intel Integrated Graphics so you can’t do anything beyond basic gaming. The keyboard is decent and could have been better. Typing experience is not that good, I had a couple of mishits but it is certainly no a deal breaker. The palm rest area is very small. In fact, it is smaller than what you get on the standard Netbooks too. The touchpad of the Acer Aspire TimelineX 1830T-68U118 supports multitouch gestures but it has a very small size. Navigation on this laptop was really hard. The buttons below seemed to be crammed in.
The Acer Aspire TimelineX 1830T-68U118 is powered by a six cell battery and it is tucked above the keyboard in order to avoid the bulge beneath the laptop. I felt the battery eats up some of the space which could have been used for a bigger wrist rest and in turn, a bigger touchpad. The laptop has a plastic body which makes it feel cheap but then the thin look improves the aesthetic quotient. You can easily pick it up and hold it in one hand.
To sum it up, I would say that the Acer Aspire TimelineX 1830T-68U118 is a powerful laptop but at a price tag of $900, is it really worth all the money? In case you are looking for alternatives, let me tell you that there are less expensive laptops in the 1830T line up of Acer Aspire Timeline series having Core i3 and Core i5 processor. The manufacturer sent me the highest end Core i7 product in my labs for review.