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Acer Aspire Timeline Owner's Lounge

Discussion in 'Acer' started by Tocharius, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. Tocharius

    Tocharius Notebook Consultant

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    Helpful Links

    Customizing touch button shortcuts

    Ubuntu on Timeline notebooks

    Fixing most Ubuntu issues

    4810T Initial Impression And Review

    Acer Timeline CPU 100% problem

    Acer Timeline 3810T or 4810T with SSD

    Acer Windows 7 Upgrade

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    I own a 3810T with SU9400 and X4500, and so far it's a really great machine! It came with a 320GB Hitachi 5K500.B drive, which is quiet, fast und cool, but not as great as the X25-M currently inhabiting my notebook.

    Sadly, my 3810T has no Bluetooth, even though the price comparison site quoted it. I hardly use it, so it's not really a big deal.

    My Timeline scored 622 3DMarks06, so some casual games are possible. TrackMania runs nicely.

    The notebook comes with a lot of bloatware, so I recommend a clean install of Windows 7 RC 64bit. It came with Vista 32bit and 4GB, does that make any sense?

    That's all I have for now. Let's hope this thread lives long and prosper. Timeline owners, share your experience. Timeline considerers, ask your question.
     
  2. Laptopaddict

    Laptopaddict Notebook Deity

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    Do you notice a difference between the HD and the SSD in speed and better battery life ?

    How much you paid and where you bought your baby ?

    How viewable is the screen outside ?



    A proud timeline considerer.
     
  3. archilles

    archilles Notebook Enthusiast

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    for 3810T , difference between the su3500 and su9400 model is about 350usd. is the performance difference worth the price ?
     
  4. Jayayess1190

    Jayayess1190 Waiting on Intel Skylake

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    What are you planning to do? The TDP of the SU3500 us 5.5W, and for the SU9400 it is 10W, so are you willing to have the cpu power usage double for the gain of easier multitasking, hd video playback, and better game performance?
     
  5. archilles

    archilles Notebook Enthusiast

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    chessmaster will be the only game i will play on it.
    but i use firefox with lots of tabs open, onenote, powerpoint, winamp, live sync,adobe reader, visual studio maybe a few small other applications at the same time. I am not sure if a single core is comfortable to use for this kind of multitasking.
     
  6. Jayayess1190

    Jayayess1190 Waiting on Intel Skylake

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    So definetly get the SU9400 version. It will still 15W less power than a P Series C2D at full load.
     
  7. thomasshiow

    thomasshiow Notebook Geek

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    i got the 3810TZ with the slowest processor U2700 at 1.3ghz with 2GB ram and a 160GB HDD. So far i am happy with it; light, great battery life and fast enough for movies, music, word docs, excel spreadsheets and powerpoint presentations. I am also playing WoW on it though at very low settings.

    And it says i can upgrade to Windows 7 on 26th June? Wonder how true that is?
     
  8. Tocharius

    Tocharius Notebook Consultant

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    In any computer a SSD is a massive speed enhancement. I can't really tell you about any change in battery life, because I only used the HDD to create backup DVDs. When that was done, i swapped in the SSD and the HDD became an external drive. What I can tell you is that on battery mode, the fan only kicks in if you stress your CPU and GPU (Google Earth, gaming...). On all other occasions the notebook makes no sound at all, and that is just awesome.

    727 Euro, from mylemon.at

    Viewing outside is not that great, the glare is just to much. If you're not in full sunlight, the brightness of the screen can compensate that.

    @archilles: In my opinion, you can either get an Atom processor, or a dual core CPU. Everything in between is either frustrating or a waste of money. So, go SU9400.
     
  9. Laptopaddict

    Laptopaddict Notebook Deity

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    Tocharius,



    What is the output Voltage and Watt of the power adapter of your 3810T ?
     
  10. Tocharius

    Tocharius Notebook Consultant

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    19v, 3.42a, 65w
     
  11. dart22

    dart22 Notebook Consultant

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    Hi Thomasshiow:

    Congrats on the purchase:)
    can you check from the Task manager if your CPU has a single or a dual core..
    Thanx
     
  12. thomasshiow

    thomasshiow Notebook Geek

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    my 3810TZ is definately single core
     
  13. Tocharius

    Tocharius Notebook Consultant

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    A warning to all prospective buyers who want to use this notebook for virtualization: The SU9400 supports VT-X, but the BIOS doesn't. So, no hardware virtualization on my 3810T.

    Let's hope they add that feature to some future BIOS version.
     
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    BobbyNumber9 Notebook Consultant

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    How does HD video play on the SU9400? Do you experience the 100% CPU problem that other people were saying happens? One last question, have you hooked it up to an external monitor and if so how has that worked?
     
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    Tocharius Notebook Consultant

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    HD video plays without a glitch (I tried 720p H264/MKV with VLC and 1080p WMV HD with VLC (no sound) and Media Player). Youtube HD works as well. I couldn't try Hulu.

    So far, no 100% CPU problem and no screen blackouts. Let's hope it stays that way. My BIOS is the newest one.

    I hooked it to 2 different TVs over HDMI, audio and video worked flawlessly (in Vista 32bit and Win7 64bit). Haven't tried VGA yet, but shouldn't be a problem.

    If you use the notebook to watch videos on a TV, the battery life is just awesome. Before, Windows told me ~6 hours, then I started the movie, turned off wireless and the screen. After the 2 hour movie, the battery life quoted to me was still above 6 hours...

    I haven't done any real world battery draining tests yet, though.
     
  16. BobbyNumber9

    BobbyNumber9 Notebook Consultant

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    Oh that's wonderful news thank you. I can't wait for the top tier model to be available in the US.

    Just another thing, are the built in speakers as bad as one would imagine?
     
  17. super E

    super E Notebook Enthusiast

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    i'm planning to buy this laptop
    but still have doubts with the core solo SU3500 procs
    however my budget could only afford that type:D

    so with the SU3500 procs, is there any lagging when using firefox with multitab?
     
  18. Tocharius

    Tocharius Notebook Consultant

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    Everything that concerns multitasking is better with 2+ cores. So if it's only firefox, it might not make any difference. But if you're listening to music and checking your emails at the same time, maybe watching a movie or burning a CD in the background...

    An the speakers are not very good, that's for sure. Better than having no audio at all, but I use my external 2.1 system for everything. Or my in-ear headphones on the road.
     
  19. Phil

    Phil Retired

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    Just browsing will be fine. Especially if you use Flasblock.

    SU3500 can not play heavy flash like Youtube HD smoothly.

    SU9400 handles it fine.
     
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    dart22 Notebook Consultant

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    Hi all
    A New Bios for the 4810T/Z Ver: 1.20 dated 22/6/2009 is now available on acer website !!
     

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