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Acer Unveils New TimelineX Series & 1810TZ Successor

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Acer Unveils New TimelineX Series & 1810TZ Successor

If you had to ask us what is the best budget laptop to buy would we say a netbook? "Hell no!" and we'd point you in the direction of Acer's stunning Aspire Timeline 1810TZ - though perhaps not anymore...

This is because Acer has upped the ante again this week with a rejuvenated 'TimelineX' series with 11.6in (1830T), 13.3in ('3820T'), 14in ('4820T') and 15.6in ('5820T') models. As you might expect, the line gets its choice of Core i3, i5 and i7 processors and every model is less than one inch thick and claims battery life of up to eight hours. RAM can be specified up to 8GB, HDDs to 640GB and discrete graphics in the form of the ATI HD 4570 and HD 5650 are offered while integrated 3G and Bluetooth 2.1 are optional.

Given the impact of the 1810TZ, however, what still grabs my attention the most is the 1830T. It may lose brownie points for being the only model here not to jump on the Core i3/5/7 bandwagon, but its choice of a Core 2 Solo processor will still easily outpace any form of Atom you care to throw at it. Furthermore, this will lead to a battery life of up to 12 hours and you can specify the aforementioned 3G and Bluetooth 2.1 while HDMI, two memory card slots, WiFi and gigabit Ethernet plus 3x USB 2.0 ports on are on the menu.

We don't yet have pricing or availability for the new TimelineX range, but knowing Acer these should be categorised as 'aggressive' and 'soon'. If it can also debut the 1830T at around the £400 mark (which looks on the cards) it could well win our hearts (and the contents of our wallets) yet again...


via macles Blog

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March 18, 2010, 12:18 pm

From what I can tell from the source and from other sources the 1830T is actually joining the i5 bandwagon, being equipped with a Intel Core i5-520UM and all.

If indeed they're pricing it around 400, it makes you wonder why anyone in their right mind would still want to buy a netbook.


March 18, 2010, 12:38 pm

Wow, great news Gordon! My 1810tz is by far my favourite piece of kit right now. It combines portability, price and performance in a way that no other laptop comes close to. Now your saying I can get a model with 12 hour battery life and integrated 3g.

Um, yes please!

In any reviews you do in the future, be sure to benchmark against the original 1810tz!


Nicholas Pires

March 18, 2010, 1:17 pm

Interesting new line up however was there no mention of the 1820PTZ the tablet version of the earlier 1810TZ?? Is there even a tablet version of this new series planned as that would be something I'd be holding out for (seems like that might be awhile too)


March 18, 2010, 2:57 pm

Saveonlaptops blog announced the 1825PTZ etc due in for Easter. Very confused by Acer's range, and good luck finding an 1820PT or PTZ with integrated 3g... everyone I called only had the normal ones. FAIL.


March 18, 2010, 3:12 pm

Considering that apart from at the very start the acer 1810 is hovering around the £500 mark I very much doubt £400 - £470 if your lucky in my opinion.


March 18, 2010, 4:03 pm

They might copy more than they innovate, but Acer laptops have nearly everything. The latest tech, thin lightweight designs, great battery life and incredibly reasonable pricing. It's a shame they're not reliable. I'd never buy another Acer (or Dell). Go Asus or Sony, for a little more you get something that will last more than 6 months.

Peter 20

March 18, 2010, 4:49 pm

Personally I am in need of a new laptop but until we get a USB3.0 in those things I'll just have to keep reviving my old MSI.


March 18, 2010, 9:34 pm

@Andrew Violet - Agree completely. If the 1830 does start from £400, it will be more a limited time, before components are removed and the price increases. Note this is what Acer in particular do to their models. Release a great one that gets a good review, then gut the machine to increase their margins. Causing a change in the price scale. Weaker machines are sold at the original price point, and similar machines to that reviewed command a premium. I really wanted a 1810tz, but at £450 at the moment, I settled for an MSI Wind at £150 U130, and am very happy with it. It's only failing being battery life. But for a 1/3 of the price, I can live with it.


August 17, 2010, 3:48 pm

Does anyone know when the 1830* will be released in the UK? Acer won't tell me.

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