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Thinking of getting an Acer Timeline

NibbleNibble Registered User regular
Are these any good? I've been looking for a relatively small/light laptop with a decent screen that I can watch movies on or type on for extended periods of time, as it will replace my mammoth 15" at home and at school. I don't really intend to use it for much more than media, internet, and some older games. I saw a "Timeline 3810TG" for $600 after tax, with the following specs:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Solo SU3500(1.4GHz)
Video: ATI HD4330 w/ 512MB dedicated DDR3, up to 2GB shared
RAM: 2G DDR3
HD : 500GB
Screen: 13.3", 16:9, 1366 x 768 w/ LED backlight
Battery: 6 cells, "8 hours"
WiFi: 802.11b/g/Draft-N
Standard ports, including HDMI-out
Weight: 1.67kg
Max width: 2.34cm

The keyboard seems really nice, and I like that I can switch between the ATI card and the on-board graphics chip to save energy without having to reboot. I don't normally go far from an outlet, but occasionally I have to take 13-hour plane rides, so it will be nice to have good battery life. It has no DVD drive, but my the drive on my current laptop has been dead for half a year and I've barely noticed. The guy said he'd give me a wireless N router for $30, but I don't know if buying "draft N" hardware will affect me in the future, or if I'll only need a firmware update to meet the official standard.

Does that seem like a good price for the specs? I can upgrade to an SU4100 for $160(!!); or change to a 3410G, which has an SU2300 with 320GB and only 6 hours of battery life for $90, but I doubt switching to two cores would really give me $160 worth of performance increase...

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    travathiantravathian Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    I don't recommend Acer simply because I find their support and website to be terrible. Assuming it never breaks or you never need drivers, documents, or other associated material from them, you're golden.

    Draft N wireless devices have been sold for uh, 3+ years now, you think they are suddenly going to stop working now the N standard has finally been approved?

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    NibbleNibble Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    According to PassMark, the dual-core processors are almost exactly twice as good as the cheaper single-core; but it also says that the Atom 330 is twice as good as the Atom N280 (631 vs. 316). Is that even a reliable benchmark? Should I trust the numbers, or trust what I've heard (that the three processors are about the same for normal use)?

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