Acer Aspire Timeline 5810T / Core 2 Solo ULV SU3500 1.4GHz / 4GB / 320GB / 15.6" / DVD-SM / Vista Home Premium / Laptop / Notebook (LX.PBB0X.145) £349.99 at Play - HotUKDeals
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There's no time like the present for making important changes to help the environment. With this in mind, Acer's beautifully crafted Timeline Series of energy-conscious notebooks, proudly feature lower power consumption for long-lasting, energy-efficient portability.


Cool, 9-hour power play

Charge up once and go all-out from morning till night! The Acer PowerSmart key provides one-touch system-wide energy conservation, delivering 9-plus hours of on-the-go notebook action. What's more, Acer ComfyCool technology cools down the processor and the notebook case -- even when running for a full day the notebook remains cool in your hands or on your lap.

Earth-first mobility

The Acer Aspire Timeline Series boasts real energy savings whether on the road or plugged in at your desk. While on the go, up to 40 percent more power is saved as compared to typical notebooks; and with the Acer PowerSmart adapter, savings of as much as 66 percent can be realized while your notebook is plugged in and in sleep mode.

Ultra-portable

The TimeLine features an ultra thin and light design, ideal for portability. At just 1" thin, rising 5mm at its thickest, the TimeLine series fits neatly into your hand or in a bag. And at just 2.4Kg for the 15.6" Aspire 5810T, it is light weight for pain free all day mobility.


Round-the-clock performance

The Aspire Timeline Series offers lightning fast multitasking all day long with an energy-efficient top-brand processor and speedy DDR3 memory. An exceptional high-def graphics solution is nicely accompanied by the thrilling sound of Dolby Sound Room, giving you a great multimedia experience wherever you travel.

Wide-screen entertainment

The display feature LED backlighting and Acer CineCrystal technology for improved efficiency and superior colour performance. To ensure you get the best view when watching widescreen movies the high definition screens are in 16:9 aspect ratio, the best ratio for widescreen playback. Mounted into the top of the screen is the Acer CrystalEye web cam, allowing you to keep in touch with friends and family face to face.

Multi-gesture touch pad
To keep you in finger tip control of your media, the touch pad features multi touch capability. By circling you finger you can move up and down a web page or document, swiping your fingers across the touch pad scrolls through multiple page or photos in an album and by doing a pinching motion you can zoom in on a photo or file and the reverse allows you to zoom out.

Omnipresent communication

Advanced 3G and WiMAX options complement the Wi-Fi a/b/g/Draft-N connection enabling mobile Internet from the furthest reaches and on-the-go video chats via the Acer Crystal Eye webcam and built-in microphone.

Processor: Intel Core 2 Solo ULV SU3500 1.4GHz
Memory: 4GB DDR3 SDRAM
HD Capacity: 320GB
Display: 15.6" 1366 x 768 WXGA Acer CineCrystal LED-backlit TFT LCD
Graphics Card: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD 64MB
Optical Drive: 8X DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive
Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium
Communication:
Acer Video Conference: Integrated Acer Crystal Eye webcam supporting enhanced Acer PrimaLite technology
WLAN: Intel Wireless WiFi Link 5100 (dual-band quad-mode 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N) Wi-Fi CERTIFIED network connection, featuring MIMO technology, supporting Acer SignalUp with Nplify wireless technology
LAN: Gigabit Ethernet, Wake-on-LAN ready
I/O ports:
5-in-1 card reader (SD, MMC, MS, MS PRO, xD),
4x USB 2.0 ports
HDMI port with HDCP support
External display (VGA) port
Headphone/speaker/line-out jack with S/PDIF support
Microphone-in jack
1 year manufacturer warranty
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#1
Quidco - 0.5%for PC and electronics sales -- (every little helps!)
#2
RickT
Quidco - 0.5%for PC and electronics sales -- (every little helps!)


£1.75 off such a big order :p
#3
is this the best buy for £350 at the moment - only need portability and the power to do office apps, surf the internet and play the odd movie?
#4
Im not very tech savvy but when looking for a laptop the sales person told me the higher Ghz the faster performance and most had over 2Ghz. Does a value of 1.4 mean more likely to run slower or is it this low because its energy efficient and has some other way of running fast??
Apologies if this is a stupid question to ask.
#5
Forgive me, but Core 2 SOLO?? That's a single core processor, right? I can't see this one being too popular for the price except with the super-environmentally conscious
#6
brandnewheavy
sales person told me the higher Ghz the faster performance


Do not believe any technical comment this person makes as they have no understanding of what they are talking about and I would suggest you shop somewhere else ........ they'll be selling you an HDMI cable at £100 next ;-)

For 'on the road' use (internet, basic office functions, movie/music playing) this is ideal if you require low weight and long battery life. Don't think for a minute you'll be playing COD on this :roll:
#7
SOLO - avoid like the plague - will be slow slow slow
#8
brandnewheavy
Im not very tech savvy but when looking for a laptop the sales person told me the higher Ghz the faster performance and most had over 2Ghz. Does a value of 1.4 mean more likely to run slower or is it this low because its energy efficient and has some other way of running fast??
Apologies if this is a stupid question to ask.


Higher gigahertz means better performance but only when all the other factors are the same so you also need to check cores, FSB and cache, and between Intel and AMD you can't tell at all from the published numbers and have to check benchmarks.

But yes, a 1.4Ghz Core 2 Solo is a very slow processor and this is because of it's low power consumption and high cost (the best chips are picked out to make low power processors as they can run at the lowest voltages). It's generally used on lightweight machines because low power consumption means that a long lasting battery doesn't have to be very heavy.

With the weight this is going to satisfy neither people after a portable machine nor those after a 'normal' PC so unless you need more than the usual 3-4 hours battery life and don't mind the slow processor and relatively heavy weight it's not a good buy.

Energy efficiency is probably not as clear cut as it seems. The processor uses less energy but is active for longer doing stuff so I suspect it could come out either way.
#9
cheers for the tips guys :)
#10
Far more powerful than the atom processors. Would have been nice to have it teamed up with a geforce 9400 or radeon 4200 though.
#11
For this weight and price you might as well just get a normal 15.6" laptop with much faster dual core. The large screen and chipset is going to use quite a bit of power so saving a bit with this cpu won't make a huge difference over a power efficient Core 2 Duo or Core i3 cpu.

- Simon.
#12
Windows Vista as well. Yucky.
#13
is an core i3 any good, better than this??
#14
brookheather
For this weight and price you might as well just get a normal 15.6" laptop with much faster dual core. The large screen and chipset is going to use quite a bit of power so saving a bit with this cpu won't make a huge difference over a power efficient Core 2 Duo or Core i3 cpu.

- Simon.


Alright Simon.

Any tips on which system best for £300 - £350 mate? :)
#15
God I ****ing hate it when people jump on the green bandwagon to sell something.

It's a ****** laptop made out of plastic and next year you'll want another one as it will hopelessly underpowered (as if...)

These things have obscelescence (sp?) built in and the only thing green about is will be recyling the box.

Utter tripe.
#16
I reckon this is a brilliant deal at £350 - and last week, I recommended this deal as an alternative to buying a £299 netbook:
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/606625/dell-inspiron-11z-windows-7-home-pr

My suggestion didn't go down well though... ;-(
#17
is this wwan? it says 3g ready on play, but does not list it in specs.











Omnipresent communication

Advanced 3G and WiMAX options complement the Wi-Fi a/b/g/Draft-N connection enabling mobile Internet from the furthest reaches and on-the-go video chats via the Acer Crystal Eye webcam and built-in microphone.
#18
This isn't too bad of a price.

The CPU in this is much better than any Atom based CPU apart from the 330 possibly.

This is a good price for what you are getting, no doubt.
#19
super deal, voted hot

The acer timelines get great reviews, well worth the £350
#20
How is a higher Ghz processor not faster that makes no sense.
#21
Had bad experiences with Acers. Had one a couple of years ago that went kaput, then my sisters 6 month old Acer has just gone yesterday. Crap customer service from them too so would avoid them like the plague. Thank goodness for Amazon. Rang them, told them what had happened and how unhelpful Acer had been; Amazon offered a full refund no problem. Just got her a Samsung instead, much better quality imo.
#22
milleniumc
How is a higher Ghz processor not faster that makes no sense.


From Wikipedia ......

Main article: Megahertz myth
The clock rate of a CPU is only useful for providing comparisons between CPUs in the same family. An IBM PC with an Intel 80486 CPU running at 50 MHz will be about twice as fast as one with the same CPU and memory running at 25 MHz, while the same will not be true for MIPS R4000 running at the same clock rate as the two are different processors that implement different architectures and microarchitectures. Furthermore, there are many other factors to consider when comparing the performance of CPUs, like the clock rate and width of the CPU's data bus, the latency of the memory, and the cache architecture.

Clock rates should not be used when comparing different CPUs families. Rather, software benchmarks should be used. Clock rates can be very misleading since the amount of work different CPUs can do in one cycle varies. For example, superscalar processors can execute more than one instruction per cycle (on average), yet it is not uncommon for them to do "less" in a clock cycle. In addition, subscalar CPUs or use of parallelism can also affect the performance of the computer regardless of clock rate.
#23
Yep Acers aren't built to last IMO. It's easy to mix up Acer with Asus, which makes high quality stuff. Poor deal, COLD.
#24
Just check the reviews out (reviewed at £750), I've had crappy Acer's before, this is the premium ultralight, long battery life range

http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/reviews/index.cfm?reviewid=116954
#25
killie99
From Wikipedia ......

Main article: Megahertz myth
The clock rate of a CPU is only useful for providing comparisons between CPUs in the same family. An IBM PC with an Intel 80486 CPU running at 50 MHz will be about twice as fast as one with the same CPU and memory running at 25 MHz, while the same will not be true for MIPS R4000 running at the same clock rate as the two are different processors that implement different architectures and microarchitectures. Furthermore, there are many other factors to consider when comparing the performance of CPUs, like the clock rate and width of the CPU's data bus, the latency of the memory, and the cache architecture.

Clock rates should not be used when comparing different CPUs families. Rather, software benchmarks should be used. Clock rates can be very misleading since the amount of work different CPUs can do in one cycle varies. For example, superscalar processors can execute more than one instruction per cycle (on average), yet it is not uncommon for them to do "less" in a clock cycle. In addition, subscalar CPUs or use of parallelism can also affect the performance of the computer regardless of clock rate.


Basically, you cant always state that a car with a bigger engine will be faster than the one next to you at the traffic lights. You have to consider the weight of the car, whether its turbo-charged or normally aspirated and whether the bloke behind the wheel has had one too many a Big-Mac.
#26
Rudz
Just check the reviews out (reviewed at £750), I've had crappy Acer's before, this is the premium ultralight, long battery life range

http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/reviews/index.cfm?reviewid=116954


The review, and £750 quoted, was for the dual core su9400 version, not this one.

They only mention this one in the review, quoting £599, so i would seek reviews elsewhere.
#27
I also think that this is a cracking deal. (voted hot and almost purchased one myself. Second part of this still under intense scrutiny/intense revision :) )

It must be the one-size-fits-all brigade that is voting this cold. “It can’t run CoD MW, hence it must be rubbish”.

Personally, having spenta looong time in IT industry, I see computers as tools for jobs. Some are better at one thing, the others are better at the other. (And, obviously, as most things in life tradeoffs of price v. value to users) Proclaiming that one is no good without actually knowing the intended purpose is as nonsensical as saying that a 3/4" spanner is BETTER than an 1/2" one.

This one is a good match for someone looking for a “Netbook+” Basically a larger screen + optical drive without [large] compromise on battery life. Obviouly the compromise must come from somewhere and this time it is the CPU. Therefore it would NOT be good for someone looking to play Crysis or CoD on it. Or do CAD… or render a sequel to Avatar :)

Personally (again) I'd prefer a 14" version as I don't mind trading of some real estate for better portability.

And the price on Play seems to be well cheaper than elsewhere. Hence = HOT! :)

Hope that helps someone...
#28
turdburglar
Yep Acers aren't built to last IMO. It's easy to mix up Acer with Asus, which makes high quality stuff. Poor deal, COLD.


The timeline series is built pretty well to be fair, which is why it doesn't seem as cheap as one would expect for an Acer. It a full size laptop that you can use all day, thats the beauty of it.
Yes you will have to put up with Acers ropey customer service if you need it.
#29
Toybhoy
Alright Simon.

Any tips on which system best for £300 - £350 mate? :)


If you want a 15.6" laptop then you can get a dual core T3100 1.9GHz for the same price:

http://www.dmxdimension.com/recommend/N0054504

http://www.dmxdimension.com/recommend/N0054503

- Simon.
#30
If your that worried about horsepower & torque !

Get Intel® Core™ i3-330M (2.13Ghz, 4Threads, 3M cache) laptop for £399

http://www1.euro.dell.com/uk/en/home/Laptops/inspiron-1564/pd.aspx?refid=inspiron-1564&s=dhs&cs=ukdhs1&ref=lthp

COCO

( i am more interested in IPAD wars - Acer Aspire 1420P - 8 hour Battery + Camera + Adobe Flash + Win7 due out 28th Feb)
#31
I am always scared to 1) purchase an Acer because of the crap reviews on long term build quality, and 2) Play.com because the customer service on big ticket items is apparently terrible. That puts me off this deal, as well as the fact this laptop has no webcam, no bluetooth, windows vista and a crud processor. Otherwise, general spec seems good for £350 though.
#32
Goog laptop, good price. I've supplied a few of the Timeline range for my clients and for portability and general use they are an excellent buy. The Timelines are available in a lot of sizes and spec variations so worth shopping around a bit though. No worries about Acer, any problems and warranty work is usually carried out within @ 4 working days.

Steve
#33
I've got the laptop in question, had it since christmas it came with a free upgrade to windows 7 .I think it was about £399 with a free omega 330gig portable hdd.The main reason i bought it was battery life, as everyone i know with a mega powerful laptop seems to have it plugged in to the mains all the time!!!!!!!!!!!!
I mean they are supposed to be portable devices!
Speed wise it runs everyday apps/internet sound and HD (720p) video runs fine. Its also very thin,the only thing i'm a little dissapointed with is its got no bluetooth.
Battery life is about 4 hours, proberbly triple that of most laptops.
#34
4 hours, i thought its 9! want a netbook/laptop with good battery life, is this not long lasting then
#35
roadie
4 hours, i thought its 9! want a netbook/laptop with good battery life, is this not long lasting then


Depending on how you use it you can get up to @ 8 hours.

Steve
#36
thanks a lot mate, im going to be using it mainly for internet browsing and watching films so i probably would get some good use.can u get an extended warranty for this?!
#37
roadie
thanks a lot mate, im going to be using it mainly for internet browsing and watching films so i probably would get some good use.can u get an extended warranty for this?!


Yes, you can buy that seperate, 3 year extended. Can't remember the price off the top of my head. Have a look at laptopsdirect they list the warranty packs there.

Steve
#38
cheers but this is from play
#39
roadie
cheers but this is from play


It doesn't matter where you get the laptop from, you can still add a genuine Acer extended warranty pack to it from elsewhere as long as within a certain time period.

Steve
#40
Great laptop but unless your on standby your looking at 4-5 hours max.

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