Acer Aspire Timeline 4810TZ Olympic Edition review

A great way to celebrate the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and a very impressive battery life

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Our Verdict

A well built and styled machine that will keep you powered up for a whole day on the move

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Excellent keyboard
  • Good battery life
  • Tastefully done

Against

  • Integrated graphics

In celebration of its partnership with the 2010 Olympic Games this winter, Acer has released the Aspire 4810TZ, an ultraportable laptop that boasts superb power, usability and battery life.

The 14-inch screen seems larger than other panels of this size and features a 1366 x 768-pixel resolution. Images are suitably sharp and colours look great, making the laptop as suited to watching films as it is reading spreadsheets. Working with multiple windows open is also simple.

The laptop's lid and chassis have been tastefully branded with the Olympic logo in a subtle fashion, and thankfully Acer has resisted the temptation to splash the Vancouver mascot all over the place – after all, nobody really wants a yeti plastered all over their machine.

The keyboard is excellent and provides a very intuitive typing experience. The keys are spread out enough to stop you getting lost on the slightly flat surface and the travel is succinct and snappy.

The touchpad is also responsive and Acer has included a convenient button to deactivate it in case you find yourself brushing it while typing, which we did.

As you would expect from a laptop powered by a Consumer Ultra Low Voltage (CULV) processor, performance is sufficient for basic office work, and this machine is designed primarily for creating word documents, checking your email and browsing the internet.

More multimedia-orientated applications will certainly run, but the laptop will show signs of lag quickly, so if you're after anything more than the most basic of photo editing, for example, you would be better off looking elsewhere, as the integrated graphics card ensures this laptop is no multimedia machine.

All-day power

However, the CULV processor does mean that you get a phenomenal battery life, and we managed to squeeze 517 minutes - well over eight hours - from our review unit. This means that if you're out of the office all day you can forget the AC adapter and keep working without worrying about where you're going to top up on power.

On top of this, the laptop only weighs 2kg, making it very convenient to carry around in a laptop sleeve or case.

Specifications elsewhere also impress. You get a capacious 500GB hard drive to store your data on, and 802.11n Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet are also included, providing you with the very latest in highspeed networking technology.

We're big fans of the Acer Aspire 4810TZ. It ticks all the boxes for a good CULV laptop, with the battery life especially impressing, making it a great way to celebrate the Winter Olympics.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time8 Hour
Finger Print ReaderNo
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyAspire 4810TZ
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor ModelSU4100
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameAcer
Processor Speed1.30 GHz
Processor TypePentium
Screen Size35.6 cm (14")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.90 kg
Cache2 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelGS45 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height28.9 mm
Width338.4 mm
Depth240 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series4810TZ
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelAS4810TZ-414G50Mn
Product NameAspire AS4810TZ-414G50Mn Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineAspire
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberLX.PKQ02.077
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

More than 8 hours battery life All Day Computing, ultra light weight and sophisticated design, all at the right price. This is the Aspire Timeline. With the Aspire Timeline series, Acer has taken a big, if not the biggest step forward in the concept of mobility, an area where finding the perfect equilibrium between light weight and autonomy has always been the number one priority. The Aspire Timeline series was conceived around the duration of the battery and introduces an entirely new way to render the system lighter, more efficient and less harmful to the environment. From now on you can turn on your Aspire Timeline in the morning and turn it off in the evening without ever having to charge it Light as your time can be.

Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Aspire AS4810TZ-414G50Mn Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Bus Speed800 MHz