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The One Netbook to Rule them all... but don't "throw it into the fire"

  • Jan 13, 2010
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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.
Acer Timeline AS1810TZ

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September 04, 2011
This is a wonderful machine which will come down in price when the next big enhancement comes along.
January 18, 2010
nice review. I'm pretty much more of your desktop guy but I have considered a laptop in the past. Thanks for the review!
January 20, 2010
Get a tablet, Woo! It'll be in the market by April ;-)
January 18, 2010
I know, I want my flying cars too! :D 3GB Ram is awesome but I'm waiting for my tablet which should be out in another few months or so! I think Acer might be a little late with this product.
January 13, 2010
320 GB for this tiny little thing? WOW. It's probably more expensive because of that. I'm so glad I didn't buy a netbook last year like I was planning to since netbooks have advanced at such a rapid pace! I heard that these things make a lot of sound though. Is that true? Thanks for sharing! :)
January 14, 2010
Hey Devora, netbooks are as quiet as any laptop. Noise from a laptop usually comes from the fan kicking on to dissipate heat away from the CPU. Because netbooks are much more energy efficient than laptops and create less heat... they actually should be quieter. Each netbook is designed differently, so if somebody told you that their netbook makes a lot of noise, it could be that the model they have has loud cooling fans. The Acer one that I had was really quiet. Sometimes, updating the "BIOs" can help with fan noise if the manufacturer released a new firmware to fix the fan-noise problem of a particular model.

This model, along with many of the other new Acer netbooks uses a new way to channel heat out of the netbook. Acer calls it the "Comfy Touch" and it's supposed to keep the CPU and bottom of the netbook cool to the touch. It uses Intel's new "Laminar Wall Jet" technology. Since you live in California, I'd recommend going to a nice electronic's store ( like Fry's Electronics) and checking out the Netbooks first-hand :)
January 18, 2010
You'll probably skipped the netbook generation, Debbie. Tablets are coming out soon! ;-)
January 19, 2010
Thanks for the heads up, El Duke!  I was asking because I saw a few netbook comparisons and a few of the reviews mentioned noise.  Good to hear that this one's fairly quiet, I'll have to take your suggestion and check it out!

Sharrie, I don't know... a tablet is probably very pricey right now! :P
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