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Acer Aspire Timeline 5810T review

£759 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Acer

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

The Acer Aspire Timeline 5810T 15in-screen laptop offers an uncanny balance of performance, price and long, long battery life, all in a relatively thin and light package

The Acer Aspire Timeline 5810T offers an uncanny balance of performance, price and long battery life, in a relatively thin and light package

Long battery life is the oft-touted but rarely fulfilled specification for many a laptop. But now Acer has delivered on the promise with the Acer Aspire Timeline 5810T, a thin and lightweight but usefully powerfully 15in notebook.

The Acer Aspire Timeline 5810T is slightly wider than 15in in fact, as it uses a new-style widescreen display that measures up at 15.6in in its 16:9 ratio. This glossy panel is bright and cheerful enough, colourful without being as oversaturated as some panels we see.

The Acer Aspire Timeline 5810T chassis is finished in a dark metallic grey, a plastic construct but nevertheless a sturdy feeling one - and all helping the 5810T to keep the weight down to around 2.3kg.

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Despite packing a six-cell battery into the Acer Aspire Timeline 5810T to aid long life, this is not an unsightly afterthought hanging off the back, but neatly integrated within the footprint of the case. In our MobileMark 2007 Productivity battery test, the Acer Aspire Timeline 5810T lasted a long 9 hours 13 minutes (553 mins).

The generous power pack is only part of the story though, as Acer has armed the Acer Aspire Timeline 5810T with a low-voltage CPU in the form of the Intel SU9400. This is the same 1.4GHz dual-core processor found in costly ultraportables such as the Dell Adamo and Samsung X360.

In running gear, this Acer Aspire Timeline 5810T can notch up several facilities you wouldn't necessarily find together on an executive thin 'n' light design - notably an integral DVD±RW Dual-Layer optical drive able to burn to dual-layer discs, plus a multi-format card reader, four USB ports and gigabit ethernet. There's even two video output ports, HDMI and VGA.

Our Acer Aspire Timeline 5810T sample came fitted with 4GB of fast DDR3 RAM and a 500GB hard drive; although we couldn't find anyone in the UK selling this notebook with anything larger than 320GB. You could fit a larger drive yourself, of course, and the Hitachi 5K500 we found ready-fitted will set you back around £90 if bought from somewhere like Dabs.

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Acer Aspire Timeline 5810T Expert Verdict »

Acer Aspire Timeline 5810T-354G32Mn Scores 8.1 out of 10 based on 63 reviews
1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400
800MHz FSB
15.6in (1366x768) 16:9 glossy LCD display
Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit
500GB 2.5in 5400rpm SATA HDD
4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 RAM
Intel 4500MHD integrated graphics
HDMI, VGA video out
DVD±RW DL optical drive
gigabit ethernet
4 x USB 2.0
headphone out, mic in
stereo speakers
built-in mic
webcam
multi-card reader
802.11b/g/draft-n
8W (idle) power consumption
5600mAh six-cell battery
378x259x25-30mm
2335g
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

Acer should be onto a winner with the new Timeline series, if this 15in Aspire 5810T is anything to go by. It’s usefully light, has a great range of practical features such as 802.11n wireless, DVD writer, USB ports aplenty and digital video out. The 15.6in widescreen display belies the notebook’s weight of just 2.3kg, and with a power efficient dual-core processor at its heart, it runs at over twice the speed of the fastest netbook so can actually chew on creative tasks. But best of all is that remarkable battery life figure of over nine hours of real productivity. Finally we have an affordable all-purpose laptop we can carry anywhere – and leave the charger at home for the day.

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