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Acer Aspire Timeline 4810T - 14in Laptop - Acer Aspire Timeline 4810T
Like its keyboard, the 4810T's touchpad is a pleasure to use. It features a rocker style button that's easy to use, while the the touchpad itself is large enough to make for comfortable swipes and its semi-smooth surface offers just the right balance between slippery and rough. It is also supposed to offer multi-gesture functionality much like Apple's recent Macbooks, with a circular motion letting you scroll, two-finger swipes flicking through photos, pages or tabs, while bringing your fingers together or pulling them apart lets you zoom in or out. Unfortunately, due to our sample being a pre-production model, only the zooming worked - albeit very well,
A backlit strip at the notebook's front 'below' the touchpad indicates battery status: blue when charging, off when unplugged, red when the battery is low. This is an attractive visual touch and is clearly viewable even when the lid is closed, though a battery meter like those found on many Samsung and Dell notebooks would be even more welcome. Also at the 4810T's front is a memory card reader supporting all the usual formats (SD/SDHC, MMC, MS/Pro and xD).
Because of the way the screen's hinge works, bringing the screen's edge down past the notebook's deck, all the Timeline's remaining connectivity is found around the sides. On the left we have two USB 2.0 ports to either side of VGA and HDMI video connectors, with the headphone/SPDIF and microphone jacks located conveniently towards the front.
At the right side reside one further USB port, an Ethernet port, lock slot and power jack. Obvious absentees include a modem and eSATA connector, the former of which is becoming ever less common on notebooks, but the latter is found on most high-end notebooks and its omission here is lamentable.
This is also where you'll find the optical drive that, despite being tray-loading rather than slot-loading, is opened by a button on the right of the chassis above the keyboard. This is a stylish touch and is a lot easier to operate than the drive-mounted eject-button found on most laptops.