November 27, 2009 at 4:53 pm
The number of 11.6-inch CULV-powered ultra-thins coming onto the market is bewildering. No company wants to be left behind in this lucrative segment that sits between netbook and notebook. Acer is attacking this market with a number of models, albeit each with slightly different specs. The Acer Aspire Timeline 1810TZ is powered by a 1.3GHz Pentium dual-core SU4100 processor, 3GB RAM, 250GB HDD and Windows 7 Home Premium.
TrustedReviews reviewed the 1810TZ and came away with positive impressions and scored it 9/10. They even went as far to say that “the 1810TZ is about as close as we’ve ever come to giving a laptop a 10/10.” One of the main things they were most impressed with was that it’s 6-cell 5600mAh battery lasted for an enduring eight hours and 43 minutes.
The fact that it is competitively priced (against other ultra-thins) at £430 also runs in its favour. The keyboard was sensibly laid out with large keys, although key travel is a bit shallow. The touchpad is also smooth and has separate mouse buttons at the bottom. It also doesn’t include Bluetooth.
Reg Hardware were also positive on the 1810TZ scoring it 85 percent. They felt it delivered greater performance than a netbook but with a marginally bigger package and slightly more money.
It scored a 3DMark06 score of 529, bettered by the ION-powered Samsung N510 at 1,303. However, the N510’s Atom processor is no match for the 1810TZ. The 1810TZ scored a PCMark05 CPU score of 3,205, double that of any Atom netbook tested. The minor complaints came from the tinny speakers, a slightly noisy fan and warm chassis. Other than that it comes recommended.