Friday, May 20, 2011

One Step Closer to Notebook Nirvana-TESTED: The Acer Aspire Timeline X 1830T-3721

Okay, the road warrior in me will settle for nothing less than a powerful notebook computer that is truly portable and has great battery life. It should have a decent sized screen that is bright and crisp and a keyboard where you could actually touch-type. On paper and in real life, this Acer Notebook fit the bill. I recently acquired an Acer Aspire Timeline X 1830T-3721 configured with a mobile Intel Core Duo i5 low voltage processor, 4 GB or RAM, and a 500 GB 5400 RPM 2.5" Hard Disk. It comes with a wide screen 11.1" LED display screen and gets an honest 5-8 hours of battery life from the 6-Cell Lithium Ion Rechargeable battery. It has a built-in HDMI port, 2 USB 2.0 ports and built in Bluetooth. The 64 Bit version of Windows Home Premium is installed on the hard disk. It weighs in at just about 3.1 Pounds with the battery. It was selling for $789.00 at Tiger Direct.

The following upgrades were performed shortly after receiving the notebook:

The main system memory was upgraded to 8 GB of DDR3 SODIMM System Ram.

The 500GB Hard Disk was removed and replaced with an OCZ Vertex II 256 GB SSD Hard Drive.

With the 8 GB of System Ram and the 64 Bit Version of Windows booting from the OCZ Vertex II SSD drive, the Windows 7 Boot time is now 30 seconds from a cold boot. All 64 bit applications run like greased lightning and documents and spreadsheets open up lightning fast.

This notebook is highly recommended with or without the aforementioned upgrades. It is truly a high value notebook for the money and very well constructed. It stands up quite well to more expensive notebooks from Sony and Panasonic. It is powerful enough for any business application and has decent graphics performance for such a small form factor. If you are a road warrior and travel a lot for business, this notebook will significantly lighten your load.

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