Feeds
75%
Acer TravelMate Timeline X TM8481T

Acer TravelMate Timeline X TM8481T 14in Core i5 notebook

Endurance over performance?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

Staying power

The downside with this finish is that it errs to a more muted the colour intensity. The lid also flexes a fair bit, so some care needs to be taken when packing it into a bag to prevent any damage being done to the screen.

Acer TravelMate Timeline X TM8481T 14in Core i5 notebook

The battery bulge appears to be a necessary evil, as it is swappable

The chiclet style keyboard has good spacing between the keys which feel solid enough when typing. Under the keyboard sits a multi-touch trackpad and nestling in between the two mouse keys is a finger print reader which, together with the TPM (Trusted Platform Module), offers some security for the mobile business user.

With an aluminum–magnesium chassis it should survive the knocks and scrapes of everyday life on the move, although it has to be said the black finish on the lid and the wrist pads are finger print magnets.

The use of materials also makes it a nice slim line design; 16mm at the front of the unit rising to 20mm at the rear, well that’s until you fit the rather large battery which does nothing for its appearance or weight come to that matter but does angle the notebook making it easier to type.

Benchmark Tests

PCMark 7 Results

Acer TravelMate Timeline X TM8481T 14in Core i5 notebook

Longer bars are better

PCMark 7 Battery Life Results

Acer TravelMate Timeline X TM8481T 14in Core i5 notebook

Battery life in minutes
Longer bars are better

Talking of batteries, with a whacking great 8-cell 6000mAh battery and just a 1.6GHz processor it doesn’t need me to tell you that the battery life of the TM8481T-2463G32nkk is impressive, I managed to get just over six hours out of it while running PCMark Vantage in a loop which is a pretty strenuous system wide workout, but with tighter power saving settings it should easy to get nearer to Acer’s claim of eight-plus hours of battery life.

Acer TravelMate Timeline X TM8481T 14in Core i5 notebook

No speed demon, but the battery should get you through the day

Verdict


For the most part, any notebook aimed at the mobile business user should have good battery life above practically everything and that’s something the i5 version of the TM8481T has in spades, it could do with some more memory especially as it uses a 64-bit OS and it does lack an optical drive but overall it’s a decent enough notebook for any business where the budgets might be a bit tight. ®

Thanks to Saveonlaptops for the loan of the review model.

More Notebook Reviews

Dell
XPS
14z
Apple
MacBook
Pro 13in
Acer
Aspire S3
Lenovo
ThinkPad
X1
Dell
Vostro
V131

Application security programs and practises

75%
Acer TravelMate Timeline X TM8481T

Acer TravelMate Timeline X TM8481T 14in Core i5 notebook

Lightweight laptop with an undemanding Core i5 CPU and eight-cell battery, aimed at the all-day mobile user.
Price: £840 RRP

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
Microsoft confirms secret Surface will never see the light of day
Microsoft's form 8-K records decision 'not to ship a new form factor'
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.