Acer Aspire Timeline AS3810TZ-4880 13.3-Inch Laptop - 8+ Hour Battery Life

Acer Aspire Timeline AS3810TZ-4880 13.3-Inch Laptop - 8+ Hour Battery Life
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Product Description

AcerAspire Timeline AS3810TZ-4880 Notebook comes with these high level specs: Intel Pentium Processor SU2700, Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit with Service Pack 1, 13.3-inch HD Acer CineCrystal LED-backlit Display, Mobile Intel GS45 Express Chipset, 4096MB DDR3 1066MHz Memory, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD, 320GB SATA Hard Drive, Acer Crystal Eye Webcam, Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader, 2nd Generation Dolby Sound Room Audio Enhancement, Acer 802.11b/g/Draft-N Wi-Fi CERTIFIED, 3 - USB 2.0 Ports, 1 - HDMI Port, Convenience Buttons: Multi-Gesture Touchpad, Acer PowerSmart Technology, Acer Backup Manager, Touchpad-lock, 6-cell Li-ion Battery (5600 mAh), 8+ hours battery life, 3.5 lbs. | 1.6 kg (system unit only), AC Power Adapter, AC Power Cord, Wireless Setup Card, Registration/ Limited Warranty Card, McAfee Internet Security Suite (60-day insert)

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #52 in Personal Computers
  • Brand: Acer
  • Model: AS3810TZ-4880
  • Dimensions: 4.00 pounds
  • CPU: Intel Core Duo 1.3 GHz
  • Memory: 4000MB DDR2 SDRAM
  • Hard Disk: 320GB
  • Processors: 1
  • Display size: 13.3


  • 1.3GHz Intel Pentium SU2700 Processor
  • 4096MB DDR3 1066MHz RAM
  • 320GB SATA Hard Drive
  • Windows Vista Home Premium (64 bit, SP1), Over 8 Hours of Battery Life (6-Cell 5600 mAh)
  • 13.3" HD CineCrystal LED-backlit Display, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD

Editorial Reviews Product Description Averaging more than 8 hours of battery life, the Acer Aspire Timeline notebook PC series makes "all day computing" a reality. You'll be able to remain productive as you work remotely from 9 to 5 without ever stopping to plug in and recharge, or keep yourself entertained throughout an entire coast-to-coast flight without worrying whether you'll make it to the end of your movie. The thin and light Timeline 3810 (model AS3810TZ-4880) is made for modern mobile work and play with its 3.5-pound weight and thin measurements--less than one-inch thin at its slimmest point and just over an inch at its thickest.
At its slimmest point, the Acer Timeline measures less than 1 inch thin and the AS3810 weighs just 3.5 pounds.
Averaging more than 8 hours of battery life, the Acer Timeline sets a new standard for value, mobility and productivity.
Glossy clean FineTip keyboard in water lily design offers new typing experience.
The high-definition, 13.3-inch CineCrystal LED backlit widescreen display (16:9 ratio) offers 33 percent more energy savings than traditional notebook screens. A Multi-Gesture Touchpad enables you to pinch, flick and swirl your fingers across the touchpad for more natural photo and video viewing as well as intuitive navigation of websites. The Multi-Gesture Touchpad allows you to scroll, zoom in and out and flip through web pages, photos, spreadsheets and more. An integrated Acer Crystal Eye webcam delivers smooth video streaming and high quality images for online chats and business video conferences, even in low-light situations. Providing an elegant, high-tech design, a stylish brushed aluminum finish provides solid protection to the display and internal components, and the system is also lead- and mercury-free--making it easier to recycle. In addition, Acer has incorporated Intel's Laminar Wall Jet technology for the first time, directing air flow in parallel layers, to keep the notebook significantly cooler.

Key Features

  • 13.3-inch LED-backlight widescreen display with 1366 x 768-pixel resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio and 200-nit high brightness (Learn more)
  • Energy efficient, single core 1.3 GHz Intel Pentium SU2700 processor with ultra-low voltage for extended battery life (Learn more)
  • 320 GB hard drive
  • 4 GB of installed RAM with 1066 MHz speed
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD with up to 1700 MB of shared video memory and support for DirectX 10 games (Learn more)
  • Multi-gesture touchpad supporting circular-motion scrolling, pinch-action zoom, page flip (Learn more)
  • Thermal-efficient cooling innovation ensures the notebook achieves comfortable skin temperature during use. (Learn more)
  • Crystal Eye webcam supports Acer PrimaLite technology, which consists of a premium sensor, firmware and lenses to provide superior video performance under low-light conditions. A built-in digital microphone helps keep background noise levels low and minimizes echoes.
  • Backup Manager software and easy launch backup key for scheduled and as-needed backups of your most important digital files. (Learn more)
  • Draft-N Wi-Fi wireless networking (802.11a/b/g/n) with SignalUp technology for enhanced antenna efficiency
  • Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000)
  • 5-in-1 memory card reader
  • HDMI (with HDCP) and VGA video output
  • Stereo speakers with Dolby Sound Room audio enhancement transforms the experience of movies, music, and games.
  • Energy-sipping laptop thanks to low-power components and efficient technologies. (Learn more)
  • Windows Home Vista Premium operating system (Learn more)
  • Up to 8 hours of battery life with Acer PowerSmart Manager enabled and depending on configuration
  • Dimensions: 12.67 x 8.97 x 0.9/1.13 inches (WxDxH)
  • Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Warranty: One-year parts and labor limited warranty with concurrent International Traveler's Warranty
Networking, Connectivity & Expansion With its integrated Draft-N Wi-Fi networking capabilities, this laptop provides up to five times the performance and twice the wireless range using 802.11n-compatible routers as you would with 802.11g networks. It's also backward compatible with 802.11b/g networks (commonly found at Wi-Fi hotspots and in older home routers) as well as 802.11a networks (which has a higher throughput, but more limited range--great for closed office environments). This notebook also provides ultra-fast Gigabit Ethernet networking (10/100/1000).
  • 3 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
  • 1 HDMI output for connecting to a compatible HDTV or home theater receiver for uncompressed digital audio and video via a single cable
  • Analog video output: 1 VGA
  • 5-in-1 card reader compatible with MultiMediaCard, Secure Digital card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO and xD-Picture Card
  • 1 headphone/line-out jack (with SPDIF digital audio support), 1 microphone jack
  • 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet
What's in the box This package contains the Acer Aspire Timeline AS3810TZ-4880 notebook PC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, and operating instructions It also comes with the following software: McAfee Internet Security Suite (trial version); CyberLink PowerDVD; Google Desktop; Acer Backup Manager; Acer GridVista; Acer PowerSmart Manager

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13.3-Inch Widescreen Display with True 16:9 Aspect Ratio

The 13.3-inch LED-backlit display (1366 x 768 pixels) presents true 16:9 aspect ratio with high-def resolution and fast 8ms (millisecond) response time for high-quality media playback as well as increased readability in low-light conditions. And the LED backlight technology is 33 percent more energy efficient than standard CCFL LCD screens. Video is powered by the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD, which uses shared video memory (providing up to 1700 MB of video memory as allocated by the system memory). This graphics card is built with Intel Clear Video technology, which delivers clearer, more detailed images by eliminating many of the jagged edges and video artifacts seen when viewing interlaced content and features powerful color control to ensure videos are not too dark, overly bright, or washed out.

Energy Efficient Intel Pentium Processor

Offering the latest in ultra-low voltage processing power, the single-core Intel Pentium SU2700 has a has a power consumption rating of just 10 watts and a 1.3 GHz speed that's paired with a fast 800 MHz front-side bus (FSB) and 2 MB L2 cache. (An L2, or secondary, cache temporarily stores data; and a larger L2 cache can help speed up your system's performance. The FSB carries data between the CPU and RAM, and a faster front-side bus will deliver better overall performance.) Designed for use in ultra-thin laptops to balance the competing needs of high performance with battery consumption, the Pentium SU2700 features Intel SpeedStep technology, helping your system to dynamically adjust processor voltage and core frequency to decrease power consumption and heat production. It also comes with built-in Execute Disable Bit technology, which helps keep your laptop safe from viruses, worms, and other malicious attacks.

The Multi-Gestured Acer Timeline

A Multi-Gesture Touchpad allows you to pinch, flick and swirl your fingers across the touchpad for more natural photo and video viewing as well as intuitive navigation of websites. The Multi-Gesture Touchpad enables you to scroll, zoom in and out and flip through web pages, photos, spreadsheets and more. The TouchPad can also be disabled with a one-touch button, eliminating accidental cursor movement with palms and wrists when using an external mouse.

Cool to the Touch

The Acer Timeline notebook series includes Acer's ComfyTouch technology, which uses an innovative Laminar Wall Jet Engine design to air-cool the processor and notebook case. Even when running for a full day the notebook remains cool in your hands or on your lap.

Easy Backup for Peace of Mind

The Timeline family of notebooks also includes a backup button that lets you easily select and protect your irreplaceable digital files through regular scheduled backups or on an as-needed basis. Data can be backed up to an external hard drive, flash card, thumb drive or to a secure hidden partition on their PC.

Extended Battery Life via Low Power Components and Acer's PowerSmart Features

While most notebooks with long battery life use higher cell batteries which protrude from the back of the notebook, Acer combined numerous low power components with a standard high-capacity 6-cell battery, allowing them to keep the design as small as possible. In addition, a conveniently located PowerSmart button located above the keyboard allows you to easily extend battery life. A simple press of the button activates the advanced power savings settings, traditionally a tedious procedure accessed through numerous software-based steps. This one-button approach simplifies the process. Lastly, an Acer PowerSmart adapter senses when the notebook is unplugged, and stops sending needless energy. It also stops pulling power from the wall outlet when the adapter is full. The PowerSmart adapter saves 1752 watts of energy a year--equivalent to lighting a 15-watt (65W equivalent) light bulb for 116 days.

Windows Vista Home Premium Operating System

Windows Vista Home Premium (64-bit version) is the operating system for users with advanced computer needs, and it includes all of the Windows Media Center capabilities for turning your PC into an all-in-one home entertainment center for watching DVD movies and accessing your digital audio library. You can also use Windows Media Center to record and watch your favorite TV shows (even HDTV) and to access new kinds of online entertainment content. Computers that include Windows Vista Home Premium and an auxiliary Windows SideShow display will also allow you to access key data even when your computer is off. It is also easier than ever to share files between other PCs in your household and to manage your laptop computer settings to more securely connect via Wi-Fi. Every edition of Windows Vista provides the essential tools and technologies to help protect you whether you are browsing the Internet, connecting to a wireless network, or just reading e-mail. All editions of Windows Vista include new tools that can warn you of impending hardware failures long before you have lost any important personal data. And, all Windows Vista editions include parental control features that allow you to manage and monitor your family's use of games, the Internet, instant messaging, and other activities.

Customer Reviews

Almost...4 This is a product I really wanted to love, and came very close to loving it. It is very well built. The lid is razor thin yet well hinged and stable. The overall structure is solid. The keyboard is among the best I have used, with full-size, dedicated, Home, End, and Page Up/Down keys. Putting it side by side with my SONY Z, which costs over $2K and is considered one of the best ultra-portables, the Acer more than holds its own. In fact, I actually prefer some of the designs aspects of the Acer. Performance wise, the Acer is a slower class machine. Compared with my main work computer, a MacBook Pro running under Windows, equipped with a solid-state drive, the speed difference is not that obvious for my everyday tasks, which include Office applications and Web access. Working with my 2+GB Outlook files, navigating through large number of attachments, I didn't feel much speed compromise. I will not go into all the features, only some things I noticed immediately. You can get phenomenal battery life without much compromise (some laptops require reducing display brightness to barely visible to reach long battery life, not so with this Acer). The computer runs quiet and cool. The wireless performance is stable (I use 802.11n exclusively). A really pleasant surprise is the computer is equipped with S/PDIF digital output, embedded in the headphone jack. This is the same arrangement with all MacBooks, which in my opinion is one of the most underappreciated features. Plug in a special Toslink cable (very easy to find due to the popularity of Apple), connect the computer to a home theater receiver with digital inputs, you can by-pass the computer's analogue circuit and enjoy the best possible digital sound through the receiver in your home theater setup. S/PDIF output is extremely rare among laptops at ANY price, let along a $600 `budget' computer. Now the downside, the first limitation is relatively minor but peculiar. The sound from the built-in speaker is weak and shrill. I noticed there is a decorative clear Mylar strip which covered not only the LED indicators but also both speakers. I don't know if this is an oversight but it is quite possible that the sound can be improved by merely removing the Mylar. I didn't try it yet, the computer is a little too new to go under the knife. The LED display is crisp and can be turned up very bright. Compared with the better displays, however, the screen is a bit washed out. This makes long-term viewing a little fatiguing. Another limitation is the viewing angle. I am not talking about several people reading the screen at the same time. I am talking about one person trying to get a good view of the entire screen. Viewing a movie with dark scenes in darker surroundings reveals this limitation. There are always some parts of the screen with poor color rendering no matter how you angle the screen. This only came up under some conditions and at the price range, the point is more an observation than a criticism. Now the Achilles' heel, the mouse button is VERY hard to press. This is further escalated by the fact that the button is recessed to make room for the protruding Webcam when the lid is closed. The combination of rigid switch, small button, and the awkward reach makes the button extremely unpleasant to use. I read this in some reviews but was unprepared by the degree of the problem. My fingers actual hurt after prolonged use. I did somewhat remedy the problem by adding a 1/16" thick piece of foam on the mouse button (cut out a notch to clear the Webcam). This softens the surface, making button pressing less uncomfortable, while at the same time makes the button easier to reach. Even with the modification, however, I still find it difficult to live with this shortcoming and I don't know if I will ever get use to it. Some people may not mind it as much and one can use an external mouse or use tapping to perform some of the button functions. To me at least, this is a glaring defect on an otherwise great product. Other than the issue of the mouse button, this is an incredible laptop for the price. UPDATE*** I WAS THE 13 YEAR OLD WHO POSTED EARLIER5 Anyhoo, I erroneously clicked 13 year old when I first wrote my review. So here's an update. I was able to get the wifi working by restarting my modem and router. TNE GOOD: 1.Thin and light 2.Nice screen. Movies are clear, crisp, and bright. Note: It is best if you choose the balance mode instead of the high performance mode. High performance mode is too bright for my taste. 3. Battery is great. You can get 6 hours watching dvd movies on a balance mode; 5 hours on high performance mode; and 8 hours just by surfing the web 4. Netflix and Youtube picture quality is excellent. No lag or stuttering. Very smooth 5. Keyboard is great. It's like a macbook keyboard. 6. It is fairly fast for a 1.3g processor although it won't beat any benchmark 7. It doesn't get hot. I have been using it for four hours now and it is just warm. THE NOT SO GOOD: 1. Definitely not for graphic intensive gamers and power user. Of course, I knew this before I bought it. 2. 150 degree viewing angle. 3. Body doesn't feel as solid as the macbook. Then again, what would you expect for the price CONCLUSION: This is just perfect for my needs. I am not a gamer and not into heavy graphics. I just watch movies and surf the web. This is a great laptop for the right price. I prefer the 13 inch because of its thinness and lightness. There are many much powerful laptops for less than the price of this but those are heavy. I used to have a netbook (ASUS EEE PC 1000 HE). The screen was just too small for me and it couldn't handle HD movies. I recommend this laptop to anyone with basic computing needs. High end users should look elsewhere. 7. Great notebook for Internet, Email and watching Videos5 I received my Timeline 3810TZ today and so far I am very happy with it. I was looking for a notebook I could use for browsing the internet, email, video conferencing and watching videos (i.e., YouTube, NetFlix Play Now Streaming Movies). I do not intend to use this for any "heavy lifting" and processor intensive work (that is what my PC is for). I was very delighted to find that it also comes with Windows Movie Maker which will help me make little videos for posting on YouTube. I tested the video and processor power by playing a movie streamed from NetFlix in Full Screen mode. The task manager showed the processor was at about 50% while the movie was playing. Not bad at all for a ULV single core processor running at 1.3 Ghz. There was never any skipping or stuttering in the entire movie. The hard drive and cooling fan are both very quiet. I have to listen carefully to hear them. The bottom does not get hot at all. It is very comfortable to rest on your lap. The battery life is excellent. Even with playing movies and doing other things to push the processor I'm still running on battery power after six hours with about 40 minutes left on the battery indicator. I suspect I could get the full eight hours promised if I was not pushing the system so hard. The weight is great. At only 3.5 lbs I can carry it around easily. Another plus is that this notebook comes with a Windows 7 Upgrade coupon. You must go online and fill out the coupon request. After you do this the upgrade kit for Windows 7 will be shipped on October 22nd 2009. Closing the top causes the system to go to sleep mode (this can by changed by you) and when you open it again and touch any key, the system is back up and ready to go in just one or two seconds. Setting up my WIFI and my network printer was a breeze. A few negatives: The LCD screen is crisp and clear, however the viewing angle is a bit narrow. The only other problem is that the stereo speakers are not very loud even with the volume turned all the way up. I am hoping there will be some sort of driver upgrade that will fix this. If you are looking for the PC version of the MacBook Air (at half the price), this is it... and then some. I might update my review after a few months of use to give you more details about "real world" use.
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