Acer Aspire Timeline X 4820TG review

A highly portable laptop boasting a fantastic battery life

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Product features

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

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  • Solid performance
  • Good build quality
  • Decent storage
  • Dedicated graphics


  • Reflective screen
  • Quite heavy

Acer's range of TimelineX laptops is built predominantly for consumers seeking performance and portability. To this end, the Aspire TimelineX 4820TG-5454G50Mn proves to be a great consumer option with its impressive power and stunning design.

The laptop comes with a large 6-cell battery which sticks out awkwardly from the back of the laptop. With 661 minutes of battery life available, however, it's hard to complain. The sizeable battery does add a little weight and, at 2.3kg, the laptop isn't the lightest machine around – but we think it's a fair exchange considering the outstanding battery life on offer.

Build quality is also excellent and the brushed-aluminium lid and chassis not only look smart, but provide excellent protection for all the internal components. The material is also very resilient to scratches and doesn't attract dust and dirt, making it ideal for life on road.

The 14-inch screen features a 1366 x 768-pixel resolution and is bright, crisp and clear enough for reading and editing even the most detailed of documents. The lid folds back almost 180 degrees to the chassis, but the shiny Super-TFT screen coating creates reflections in bright light.

Acer aspire timeline x 4820tg

The firm, flat keyboard is very comfortable to use and the spread-out keys reduce typing errors. As a result, you'll find this a very comfortable machine if you plan on spending a lot of time typing.

Usually a massive battery life means the employment of a low-powered, resource-light processor. Here, however, the powerful Intel Core i5 450M chip proved extremely capable and produced a solid benchmarking result, just losing out to the Samsung R590.


You'll have no problem running everything from word processors to media editing suites, and the power is such that it provides you with a great deal of futureproofing, so you won't have to upgrade for at least three years.

Similarly, the ATi graphics card makes photo and HD video editing possible, and the latest games will also run, albeit with settings turned down.

The 500GB hard drive provides comprehensive storage for all your files and folders, and there's also a DVD optical drive for watching films or burning backup discs, for example.

802.11n Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet make this laptop a great choice for those looking to connect to the internet via wireless or wired networks.

Overall, the Aspire TimelineX 4820TG-5454G50Mn impressed us immensely. Its excellent battery life and build quality is coupled by very capable performance to make it a great option for those regularly on the road.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerATI
Graphics Controller ModelMobility Radeon HD 5470
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated
Maximum Battery Run Time11.50 Hour
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyAspire 4820T
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli5-450M
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameAcer
Processor Speed2.40 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size35.6 cm (14")
Number of Cells9-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.20 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 512 MB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height47.6 mm
Width342 mm
Depth245 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series4820T
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelAS4820TG-5454G50Mnks
Product NameAspire AS4820TG-5454G50Mnks Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineAspire
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberLX.PSG02.165
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Building on the achievements of the previous generation of Timeline laptops, Acer created the Aspire TimelineX series in the pursuit of the extreme: extreme performance, extreme battery life, extreme connectivity and extremely thin designs. With the new Aspire TimelineX series there is no need of making compromises: you can have it all.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Aspire AS4820TG-5454G50Mnks Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter