At first glance, the 11.6-inch Acer Aspire TimelineX 1830 looks like an ordinary netbook; it’s about an inch thick and weighs around three pounds.
Under the hood, however, there’s a powerful Intel Core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive. While the computer looks and feels like a netbook, it definitely performs like a full-fledged notebook.
The machine is priced at $900, which is definitely more than a netbook. But given the fast processor, ample RAM, full bevy of ports (VGA, HDMI, three USB, card reader, Ethernet), and battery life of up to eight hours—I was able to manage six at full brightness and constant web surfing—there’s a lot of bang for the buck without a lot of compromise.
It’ll be available in November, with Amazon being the first retailer to put up a product page for the computer.
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