Acer Aspire Timeline 5810T review

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Acer’s Aspire Timeline series has impressed us in the past, but where the 13.3in 3810T and 14in 4810T sit firmly in the ultraportable category, the 5810T is a bit harder to pin down. Its slimline body weighs a reasonably light 2.37kg, yet it manages to conceal a sizeable 15.6in display and a full-sized keyboard with numeric keypad.

The slick, unassuming design goes hand in hand with fine build quality and, despite measuring just 31mm at its thickest point, the Acer’s chassis is sturdy, with little flex.

Ergonomics are on song, too, with the Scrabble-tile keys arranged sensibly and with a reassuringly positive action. Our only minor moan is that the glossy finish occasionally makes them a tad slippery.

Acer Aspire Timeline 5810T

As with many of its competitors, the 5810T fails to capitalise on its 15.6in display. But while the native resolution of 1,366 x 768 doesn’t make for the most spacious of desktops, the ample brightness does at least keep text legible. Image quality is disappointing, though, with washed-out colours leaving skintones looking pallid.

Modern gaming is out of the question due to the Intel graphics, but stick to less entertaining pastimes and you won’t be disappointed. Its screen and keyboard are perfect for more business-like pursuits, and battery life is superb thanks to the low-voltage processor. It lasted 7hrs 24mins in our light-use tests. The dual-core 1.4GHz processor scored just 0.77 in our benchmarks, but will be fine for all but the most demanding of tasks.

The Timeline 5810T’s biggest problem, though, is the competition. It may have good battery life, ergonomics and surprising portability for such a large-screened laptop, but others are capable of putting in a more intensive shift. Add in the fact that Acer has stuck with Windows Vista – you’ll need to shell out £11 exc VAT for a Windows 7 upgrade disc – and we can’t wholeheartedly recommend the 5810T.


Warranty1yr collect and return

Physical specifications

Dimensions377 x 262 x 31mm (WDH)
Travelling weight2.8kg

Processor and memory

ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo SU9400
Motherboard chipsetIntel GS45
RAM capacity4.00GB
Memory typeDDR3
SODIMM sockets free0
SODIMM sockets total2

Screen and video

Screen size15.6in
Resolution screen horizontal1,366
Resolution screen vertical768
Resolution1366 x 768
Graphics chipsetIntel GMA 4500MHD
Graphics card RAM128MB
VGA (D-SUB) outputs1
HDMI outputs1
S-Video outputs0
DVI-I outputs0
DVI-D outputs0
DisplayPort outputs0


Hard disk usable capacity298GB
Spindle speed5,400RPM
Internal disk interfaceSATA/300
Hard diskWestern Digital WD3200BEVT-22ZCT0
Optical disc technologyDVD writer
Optical driveMatshita UJ862AS
Battery capacity5,800mAh
Replacement battery price inc VAT£0


Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec
802.11a supportyes
802.11b supportyes
802.11g supportyes
802.11 draft-n supportyes
Integrated 3G adapterno
Bluetooth supportno

Other Features

Wireless hardware on/off switchyes
Wireless key-combination switchno
ExpressCard34 slots0
ExpressCard54 slots0
PC Card slots0
USB ports (downstream)4
PS/2 mouse portno
9-pin serial ports0
Parallel ports0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports0
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports0
3.5mm audio jacks2
SD card readeryes
Memory Stick readeryes
MMC (multimedia card) readeryes
Smart Media readerno
Compact Flash readerno
xD-card readeryes
Pointing device typeTouchpad
Audio chipsetHD Audio
Speaker locationAbove keyboard
Hardware volume control?no
Integrated microphone?yes
Integrated webcam?yes
Camera megapixel rating1.0mp
Fingerprint readerno
Smartcard readerno
Carry caseno

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use7hr 24min
Battery life, heavy use3hr 0min
Overall application benchmark score0.77
Office application benchmark score0.81
2D graphics application benchmark score0.86
Encoding application benchmark score0.69
Multitasking application benchmark score0.74
3D performance (crysis) low settings5fps
3D performance settingLow

Operating system and software

Operating systemWindows Vista Home Premium
OS familyWindows Vista
Recovery methodRecovery partition, burn own recovery discs
Software suppliedMicrosoft Works 9, Acer Arcade Deluxe, NTI Media Maker

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