Acer Timeline 4810T
A Core 2 Duo laptop with an eight-hour battery life? You bet
We were also annoyed by the way that Bluetooth can be turned on and off by toggling Fn-F3 but there's no such control for Wi-Fi. The pair of flick switches on the front of the Aspire One 751 work admirably well for wireless control and the sooner they're transplanted to the Timeline the better.
A perfectly decent laptop
We reserve our final piece of annoyance for the keyboard, which feels good and solid but the Enter key is inboard of the Page Up/Page Down buttons which is a complete no-no in our opinion.
The mouse buttons are formed in a strip instead of two individual buttons which isn’t our favourite layout. The multi-touch touchpad works well enough but is nowhere near as good as Apple’s version. We liked the illuminated button that locks out the touch pad as it comes in handy when you’re typing and don’t want the cursor zipping around the screen.
Just over an inch thick
The 14.1in screen has a resolution of 1366 x 768 and it looks fine, although it is rather shiny and reflective if you have a strong source of light behind you.
The new Timeline is a perfectly decent laptop that is saved from mediocrity by a battery life that is, for a notebook, absolutely epic. ®
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