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Acer Aspire Timeline X 4820TG review

Acer Timeline X 4820TG: Packing a Hefty Punch

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Overall rating 9/10
Design:
9
Features:
9
Performance:
9
Value:
9
Mobility:
9
THE GOOD
Powerful performance in a slim form factor
Affordable for its specifications
THE BAD
Tad heavier than other ultra-thin notebooks


Inside the Timeline

Inside the Timeline

On the interior, it seems Acer has also done some redecorating, and the new interior feels a little classier compared to the first unit. Gone are the plastic palm rests and in its place, you'll find metallic palm rests that feel cool to the touch. Whether that's a nice improvement for your palms or not, it really depends on your preference and your working environment. The button designs have also been tweaked for a metallic finish, while the biggest change would have to be the keyboard, which is now boasts a matte feel instead of the previous glossy design. That means you don't have to worry about cleaning the fingerprints off the keyboard after a long typing session nor do you have to worry about your notebook looking all greasy and ugly. Definitely subtle but good design improvements by Acer.

The trackpad too underwent some changes, but the feel and quality of the buttons indicate some work has gone into making this a really nice and easy to use trackpad. It's a shame they've removed the lock button of the trackpad, but we're guessing it's not really a feature that most users will use/need. As for the audio, Acer has taken the time to give the unit a boost with Dolby Home Theater audio certification and we quite liked the volume and audio quality output of the notebook.