By Amber Riippa, NotebookReview.com Contributor
A lot of the netbooks that are in circulation right now are built with lower-end processors; sometimes one of the Intel Atoms. Although this type of CPU might be sufficient for some people in terms of performance, sometimes you just need a laptop with more muscle. Check out this week's deal-- the Acer Aspire 1830T Timeline X--which offers a lot more power for just a little more in price.
The Aspire 1830T Timeline X that we found on Amazon comes built with an Intel Core i5-470UM at 1.33 GHz, which is different than our review models' CPU, but still beats what's in most netbooks out there by far. It is currently selling for $649, which is $251 less than the original MSRP on our review model.
Other than that, there's more to the smallest notebook in the Timeline X line by Acer. At 11.6-inches and just over 3 lbs in weight, it runs on Windows 7 Home Premium and has 500GB of hard drive space and 4GB of RAM. In our battery tests, the netbook was also able to last 7 hours and 48 minutes while unplugged (timing will be a little bit different because of the CPU, though).
In our review of the 1830T we thought the glossy screen with high 1366 x 768 resolution should be great for browsing the web, checking email, editing photographs and even watching movies. We also talked well about the design of the expansion bay. It provides one-stop access to the essentials for expandibility: two RAM slots, hard drive, SDHC-card slot, WLAN, and optional WWAN card slots.
Other specs and features:
* Three USB 2.0 ports
* HDMI-out, VGA, LAN, SDHC
* Intel HD integrated graphics
* MS Office Starter 2010
Take a look at our review of the 1830T for a complete list of specs, benchmarks, build and design comments, and much more.