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Acer Aspire Timeline 5810T-354G32Mn review

Ardjuna Seghers




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Considering both versions of its smaller 14in sibling (the dual-core 4810T and single-core 4810T-353) won recommended awards, we're expecting good things from Acer's new 15.6in Aspire Timeline 5810T. Arguably an Ultra-Low Voltage (ULV) processor and thin-and-light chassis don't make quite as much sense in a form factor this large, but let's see how it actually holds up.

In terms of style the 5810T is identical to its smaller siblings, meaning you get a subtle, conservative look. As ever the outer part of the lid is constructed using brushed aluminium, lending not only a high-quality feel but excellent durability for the part of a laptop that's usually exposed to the most abuse.

The matte finish persists once you open the laptop up, but though the materials used are now plastics, build quality remains excellent with not a hint of creak or flex anywhere. All this while maintaining a slim profile (with a maximum thickness of 30mm) and weighing in at a mere 2.4kg - both impressive figures for a 15.6in machine. The only unfortunate exceptions to the generally strong build-quality are the hinges, which could be sturdier.

Though the 5810T won't win any beauty awards, its combination of carbon grey with a matte black screen bezel and semi-glossy keyboard is fairly stylish. Were it not for this keyboard and the reflective screen, the Timelines could easily be mistaken for business machines, but to be honest we'd far rather have this than the constant care and maintenance of a glossy finish, so can only commend Acer for its decision.

Just below the screen's matte black bezel nestles a thin grey strip containing a few sensitive touch-controls including Wi-Fi, instant back-up and eco mode. To the left of this resides the small chromed power button sporting an unobtrusive white LED, while on the right is a disc-eject button which operates the tray-based optical drive. This is far easier than having the button along the side and, like the metal lid, is yet another of those touches that sets the Timelines apart from many other laptops in their price-range.

Connectivity is the only minor negative so far, in that the 5810T lacks not only eSATA but also any form of ExpressCard slot. It's one of the sacrifices of the slim profile, but at least all the essentials are there. At the left we have a lock slot, USB port, VGA and HDMI, followed by another two USB ports close together and finally 3.5mm microphone and headphone jacks, the latter of which doubles as S/PDIF. The last four connections are also marked by small icons along the top to make plugging cables in even easier.

Along the front we find a memory card reader and a large colour-changing LED that indicates if the 5810T is charging or the battery is getting low. To the right is the optical drive, a fourth USB port and Gigabit Ethernet socket.


July 2, 2009, 7:57 am

Will you review the 3810T? That's my max form factor.

Tim Rice

July 2, 2009, 10:51 am

Having recently been in the market for a smart but inexpensive laptop, the Timeline series really caught my eye. My impressions were mainly positive, but I eventually decided against all three because they all struggle with Vista in 'normal' spec, and:

3810T - lacked internal optical drive, which I think is a problem

4810T - the best of the range, but I wanted a 13" form factor

5810T - why bother getting this over the 4810T? For the number pad??

In case anyone cares, I went for an HP DV3, which matches 13" form factor with good spec, good value & an internal optical drive. It lacks the battery life of the Timeline series, however which is a real fillip of this range.

Daniel Gerson

July 3, 2009, 12:21 am

Page 1: Surely you mean "Were it not for this keyboard and the NON reflective screen". Otherwise how does it make sense to not require the care of a glossy screen? Am I missing something?


July 3, 2009, 2:38 pm


No, the screen IS reflective. Hence about the screen on Page 2: "Once you get past the reflections which mar the experience in bright ambient lighting".

Maybe you're getting confused with the matte screen-bezel? Unless I'm missing something :)


July 4, 2009, 3:07 am

price should be given in u.s. dollars as well as pounds,for those who don't know the exchange rate.

Ian Piper

October 5, 2009, 3:03 pm

What a load of rubbish. Broadband connection keeps dropping, programs take ages to respond. Wish I hadn't bothered


December 5, 2009, 8:20 pm

Hey i have used that and it is really good for the normal use. even the battery life is fine it works till 7 to 8 hour. you must try this lappy and i am sure you will fill great. you can find a great article at http://www.techarena.in/review... that really impress you.

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