The One Netbook to Rule them all... but don't "throw it into the fire"
Jan 13, 2010
Last year I reviewed the Acer One. It was one of the first (and best) netbooks on the market and helped spurr a huge market for these tiny computers that we now all know and love. The true test of a great device is it's continued demand... and the Acer One has proved to be an amazing success. In fact, it's been so successful that it's still one of the top selling Netbooks out there today... even in a market now flooded with an army of similar netbooks.
For those of you who are looking to get a netbook soon, I would like to introduce you to the Acer Aspire Timeline AS1810TZ . This netbook is so powerful that I'm not sure you could even call it a "netbook" anymore. Sure it's small, lightweight (3 pounds), thin (less than 1 inch at it's thickest), and has a long battery life (over 8 hrs), but this computer also includes 3GB of Ram, a 320GB hard-drive, and the ability to play full HD video, and comes with a full version of Windows 7 Premium. Also included is built-in Wifi, Blue tooth 2.1, a 5-in-1 memory card reader, Crystal Eye Web-cam, and a Multi-Gesture Touch-pad. To top it all off, this baby comes with either a Dual-core Intel Pentium SU4100. What does this mean? Well, this means that you're getting two CPU processors for the price of one and that this computer is probably at least twice as fast as the other netbooks that are still using the first Atom chip (and pretty much 98% of all the other netbooks still are using the Atom Chip. Not to mention that this computer comes with about 3 times the RAM memory that those other Netbooks have as well.
Now, with twice the power, memory, and speed of other Netbooks, you'd expect this Netbook to be twice the price of the other Netbooks... and you'd be right. Performance and Quality comes at a price and the Timeline Netbook doesn't come cheap. This brand new device is at the cutting edge of Netbook technology and as I'm writing up this review, the retail price of this computer is around $599.
With all the cool features and power that this thing has to offer, you're probably wondering why I'm calling this a "netbook" instead of a full fledged laptop. Well, there are only a few things that keep it from getting into the "Ultra-Light" category of Laptops. These things include a lack of a built-in optical drive (aka CD/DVD/Blu-ray drive) and a separate video card (which is a 'must' for 3D gaming) or other graphic intensive things like video rendering.
Still, it amazes me how much power and punch they can fit into a tiny portable dynamo they call the Timeline "Netbook". Then again... it is the year 2010 after-all. Which brings me to the question: "Where are the Flying Cars?!!? We demand it!
Ok, crazy rantings aside, here are the things that make this little guy so darn special:
-11.6-inch LED-backlit wide-screen display with 1366 x 768-pixel resolution -8-HR Battery Life with included 6-cell battery -1.3 Ghz Intel Dual-Core Chip -320GB Hard-Drive -3GB of included RAM -Includes a Full version of Windows Vista Premium -Integrated Wifi, Blue-tooth 2.1, and webcam -Small, Thin, and Powerful... the "Supermodel" amongst "Nerdbooks" :) -Cheap compared to "Ultra-light" laptops.
-Like all other Netbooks... there is no Optical Drive. -No Video Card means no intense gaming or graphic intensive operations -Expensive compared to other "Netbooks"
Bottom Line: If you want the most powerful, sophisticated Netbook available... look no further. This thing chews up other netbooks then spits them out ...and can hold it's own against other larger, clunkier, fatter, Laptops. The only thing holding me back from giving this thing the full 5 STARS is the lack of a video card. Sure, this thing can still play HD video and some light gaming. But I feel that with a video card, this netbook would be a God amongst mortal netbooks. At this point, it's only a King :)
Other things you should know: The Acer Aspire Timeline series of laptops offer similar specs with different screen sizes. So if you're looking for a larger screen, they also offer a similar Laptop with a 13.3" , 14", or 15.5" screen. Prices go up for larger screen sizes though.
They're also releasing a slightly upgraded model of this laptop soon, which includes 4GB of RAM instead of 3GB and runs on a 1.3 Ghz Core 2 Duo SU7300 chip. All other specs seem identical. This model is called the Timeline AS1810T and is currently available for pre-order. It retails for about $680 though.