Acer TravelMate Timeline 8371 - Core 2 Duo 1.4GHZ - 320GB HDD - 4GB RAM - 13.3" LCD - BLUETOOTH - WIFI - SWITCHABLE INTEL & DEDICATED GRAPHICS - 10+ Hours Battery - ONLY £345.80 DELIVERED @ IT247.com - HotUKDeals
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ONLY 4 LEFT IN STOCK !!!

This has been posted before but its cheaper now, and also it was posted over a month ago. So it can be posted again. Plus its a really good laptop for the money.

Normally laptops with switchable graphics cost at least £700 plus check google.

The CPU in this laptop is about 300% faster than a netbook atom cpu. So if you are looking to buy a netbook for portability and battery power you should consider this laptop to get a lot of extra power.

Its just as good as the standard 15.4" mainstream laptops around £300 but this has the added benefit of dual switchable graphics and 10+ hours battery plus easy to carry around size.

Things that make this different from other laptops is the really good built quality.
Switchable graphics. You can use the integrated Intel 4500 when you want more battery power or switch to the ATI Dedicated graphics when you want to play games. You can switch within windows without restarting.

Also I have used this laptop for over 10 hours on Intel Graphics surfing the web so it can really last that long.

You can also do a lot of cool mods and stuff to it. Check post 2

SPECS

Processor Intel® ULV Core 2 Duo (ULV SU9400, 3 MB L2 cache, 1.4GHz, 800MHz FSB)
Screen 13.3" (Acer CineCrystal, 1366x768 HD, High Brightness, LED Backlit)
RAM 4GB (DDR3 1066MHZ)
Hard Drive 320GB
Switchable Graphics - Intel 4500 & Dedicated (ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330 with 512MB Dedicated RAM)
Wireless LAN Wireless (WIFI LINK A,B,G,N Includes MIMO)
Network Card 10/100/1000 Gigabit Fast Ethernet
Integrated Webcam Yes
Card Reader 5-in-1 card reader (SD//MS/MS-Pro/MMC/xD-Picture card™)
USB Ports 3x USB 2.0 ports
Bluetooth Version 2.1
Speakers Intergrated Stereo Speakers
VGA Port 1 External VGA Port
Kensington Lock Kensington lock slot
Charge Time 2.5 Hours
Warranty 12 Months Acer Collect & Return
Battery Life 10 Hours (up to 10 hours with power management)
Weight 1.5KG

To get it for this price use the 2.5% off voucher - MYVWIN25

You can also go through quidco and get another 1.5% back of £345.80.
Which would mean another £5.18 off.

So Total could be £340.62 delivered.

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GOOD FORUM FOR INFO ABOUT THIS LAPTOP HERE - http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showthread.php?p=17919139

Sold Out Now!
- ReflexReact
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banned 1 Like #1
Extra things you can do with this laptop:

Add a 2nd HDD (Internal SSD) so you have a SSD and the 320gb hdd.
Add a 3G WWAN PCIE Card - The sim slot etc is all ready in the back of the laptop.

Overclock the CPU to boost it 25% in performance to 1.8GHZ. Doesn't seem to effect temps or battery life.


Edited By: solidsnake1 on Dec 03, 2010 17:53: .
#2
Looks a good deal, but let's wait for the "experts" to come along.
#3
I saw this on scan today only and looked around IT247 is the cheapest by far. The only problem for me is its Vista business, which rules it out as the present I'm looking for.
banned#4
Alacazam
I saw this on scan today only and looked around IT247 is the cheapest by far. The only problem for me is its Vista business, which rules it out as the present I'm looking for.


Yes thats the only downside it has Vista . All the hardware is amazing for the price and if it had windows 7 it would be amazing. The software is quite easy to change though. Depends on how you can get Windows 7, what prices, if you have a spare copy maybe or what methods you can get it with.

Just looked on scan the price there was £480 ! :O

Edited By: solidsnake1 on Dec 03, 2010 17:52
#5
Chuck in an SSD and install Windows 7 and this will be a seriously good ultra portable laptop. Hot deal

Edited By: J400uk on Dec 03, 2010 17:54
banned#6
You can also get a 9 cell battery for this . LOL. Which would make it last ages. I'm not sure how much, maybe you could get it to 13hours or something.

Also the cpu supports hardware virtualization if you use that.
#7
Will there definitely be drivers for Windows 7 for it?
banned#8
Alacazam
Will there definitely be drivers for Windows 7 for it?


Yeah there is, I'm using it with Windows 7 Ultimate.

You can download all the windows 7 drivers from the acer website - http://www.acer.co.uk/acer/service.do?LanguageISOCtxParam=en&miu10einu24.current.attN2B2F2EEF=3734&sp=page15e&ctx2.c2att1=17&miu10ekcond13.attN2B2F2EEF=3734&CountryISOCtxParam=UK&ctx1.att21k=1&CRC=3713735360

Just choose notebook, then travelmate, then 8371 , then you can select windows 7 drivers.
64bit and 32bit drivers

Edited By: solidsnake1 on Dec 03, 2010 18:21
#9
cheaper here?

Your text here
#10
Sounds cool

How much would an SSD cost and would it be Diy or pay for install please?

Onmi
solidsnake1
Extra things you can do with this laptop:Add a 2nd HDD (Internal SSD) so you have a SSD and the 320gb hdd.Add a 3G WWAN PCIE Card - The sim slot etc is all ready in the back of the laptop.Overclock the CPU to boost it 25% in performance to 1.8GHZ. Doesn't seem to effect temps or battery life.
#11
Less spec

Onmi
A51M
cheaper here?Your text here
#12
i stand corrected
banned#13
A51M
cheaper here?

Your text here


This is totally different, For one it has a slower cpu. Second it doesnt have switchable dedicated graphics, Three less ram.
banned#14
Onmi Edson
Sounds cool

How much would an SSD cost and would it be Diy or pay for install please?

Onmi
solidsnake1
Extra things you can do with this laptop:Add a 2nd HDD (Internal SSD) so you have a SSD and the 320gb hdd.Add a 3G WWAN PCIE Card - The sim slot etc is all ready in the back of the laptop.Overclock the CPU to boost it 25% in performance to 1.8GHZ. Doesn't seem to effect temps or battery life.


You can get a 30gb ssd for about £50. Install the OS on that and then have all your files on the 320gb hdd.

You have to open up the laptop to install it though, remove the keyboard etc not too hard though if you opened things before.
#15
I believe I'm correct in saying no DVD drive?
banned#16
scottygar
I believe I'm correct in saying no DVD drive?


Yeah no dvd drive. Though when do you ever use a dvd drive really
Theres no dvd drive as the laptop is meant for portability so to save on weight

Edited By: solidsnake1 on Dec 03, 2010 19:16: .
#17
I would usually say to stay away from Acer but the Travelmate range used to be built for business (well, Acers interpretation of business)...not sure how this one fares.
1 Like #18
Excellent laptop, hot from me.

Got it 2 weeks ago for £323 from site which can't be posted - unfortunately (Techno*****).

For those who don't play and don't want to hear the fan in both battery/plugged in mode do this:

1) Load modded BIOS 1.28
2) Switch graphics to Intel only
3) Do fresh OS install (Win 7 best) and don't install ANY Acer apps (unless you need Crystal for the camera
4) Disable whatever you don't use (fingerprint reader or camera)
5) Change Intel graphics power properties to power saving
6) Disable everything in the startup unless it's app you need
7) I've also swapped HDD for SSD but this is optional

After this I've never heard the fan anymore, laptop is cool almost as taken from the fridge and runs up to +10h indeed (obviously browsing, less with media playback)


Edited By: luke997 on Dec 03, 2010 19:22
#19
It's an Acer leave it alone, terrible after sales support when things go wrong
#20
Got one
solidsnake1
Extra things you can do with this laptop:

Add a 2nd HDD (Internal SSD) so you have a SSD and the 320gb hdd.
Add a 3G WWAN PCIE Card - The sim slot etc is all ready in the back of the laptop.

Overclock the CPU to boost it 25% in performance to 1.8GHZ. Doesn't seem to effect temps or battery life.

Any links to any of this? Would love to do this to mine...

Bought this from them a month ago, but the backlight has gone on mine so need to return it... IT247 kept fobbing me off to Acer which made the return "tricky" to say the least.
banned#21
Jakg
Got one
solidsnake1
Extra things you can do with this laptop:

Add a 2nd HDD (Internal SSD) so you have a SSD and the 320gb hdd.
Add a 3G WWAN PCIE Card - The sim slot etc is all ready in the back of the laptop.

Overclock the CPU to boost it 25% in performance to 1.8GHZ. Doesn't seem to effect temps or battery life.

Any links to any of this? Would love to do this to mine...

Bought this from them a month ago, but the backlight has gone on mine so need to return it... IT247 kept fobbing me off to Acer which made the return "tricky" to say the least.


Lots of stuff about this laptop here in this forum . Look down near the bottom. Shows you how to do it.

http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showthread.php?p=17919139

Edited By: solidsnake1 on Dec 03, 2010 19:29
banned#22
CPU OVERCLOCK

You can overclock the CPU from 1.4GHZ to 1.8GHZ very easily. It gives a 25% performance boost. Makes things a lot snappier. It doesnt increase cpu temperatures or use more battery power.

You just download this file extract to your desktop and run the exe. Thats it. You can then check your cpu clock speed with CPU-Z tool or any other program you wish.
Your overclock isn't permanent it will reset back to normal after you restart your computer etc.

DOWNLOAD LINK - http://www.mediafire.com/?ct575y59ne6h5l0
#23
solidsnake1
scottygar
I believe I'm correct in saying no DVD drive?


Yeah no dvd drive. Though when do you ever use a dvd drive really
Theres no dvd drive as the laptop is meant for portability so to save on weight


If you want win 7 on it?
#24
#25
scottygar
solidsnake1
scottygar
I believe I'm correct in saying no DVD drive?


Yeah no dvd drive. Though when do you ever use a dvd drive really
Theres no dvd drive as the laptop is meant for portability so to save on weight


If you want win 7 on it?


I got cheap USB DVD drive from Amazon.

You can though load WIN 7 install to USB stick and boot from it.
banned#26
scottygar
solidsnake1
scottygar
I believe I'm correct in saying no DVD drive?


Yeah no dvd drive. Though when do you ever use a dvd drive really
Theres no dvd drive as the laptop is meant for portability so to save on weight


If you want win 7 on it?


You can install Windows 7 from a USB Stick. Microsoft have even released a tool to do it here:
http://store.microsoft.com/help/iso-tool
#27
solidsnake1

You can overclock the CPU from 1.4GHZ to 1.8GHZ very easily. It gives a 25% performance boost. Makes things a lot snappier.


Good gains, +1 for the effort.
However as much as I'm all for OC on desktop, not so much on the laptop - 25% doesn't mean much in general usability in browsing/word edit. A boost during encoding - yes.

What does make things a lot snappier (and actually a lot snappier) on it is SSD + Win 7 + correct drivers (i.e. no RealTek for Audio and no Acer apps).
banned#28
luke997
solidsnake1

You can overclock the CPU from 1.4GHZ to 1.8GHZ very easily. It gives a 25% performance boost. Makes things a lot snappier.


Good gains, +1 for the effort.
However as much as I'm all for OC on desktop, not so much on the laptop - 25% doesn't mean much in general usability in browsing/word edit. A boost during encoding - yes.

What does make things a lot snappier (and actually a lot snappier) on it is SSD + Win 7 + correct drivers (i.e. no RealTek for Audio and no Acer apps).


It is quite a big boost actually. You can see it when encoding and playing 1080p flash videos etc.

What do you mean with no realtek for audio? What driver do you have then? Does audio still work ?
#29
gymsnahoogle
Worse GPU, but better HDD. Not worth it imo.
#30
solidsnake1
CPU OVERCLOCK

You can overclock the CPU from 1.4GHZ to 1.8GHZ very easily. It gives a 25% performance boost. Makes things a lot snappier. It doesnt increase cpu temperatures or use more battery power.

You just download this file extract to your desktop and run the exe. Thats it. You can then check your cpu clock speed with CPU-Z tool or any other program you wish.
Your overclock isn't permanent it will reset back to normal after you restart your computer etc.

DOWNLOAD LINK - http://www.mediafire.com/?ct575y59ne6h5l0


Very interesting. Will that work on all SU9400 equipped laptops or is it just for this Acer?
#31
solidsnake1
[quote=luke997]
What do you mean with no realtek for audio? What driver do you have then? Does audio still work ?


Just standard Win 7 drivers, audio works no problem (speakers/output).

Realtek drivers like to slow down the system, they can keep constant CPU load (1-5%) and spike fairly often higher to cause slow down.

I've had this with wife's/sister's timeline's and after experiments turned out it was the realtek drivers.
#32
Very good price but i just can't bring myself to buy an Acer. Build quality of Acer products is poor regardless of what the Acer fanboys preach.
#33
scoob65
Very good price but i just can't bring myself to buy an Acer. Build quality of Acer products is poor regardless of what the Acer fanboys preach.


That's a myth. Perhaps in past it was the case but not anymore

I have at work business class (i.e. ~ £1K) HP and Dell Lattitude and can't tell for all Acer's but this 8371 is actually better built and feels more solid than both.
Also had Vaio's, Dell's and HPs consumer laptops and same feelings.

Wife has Timeline 4810TZG for a year and it doesn't make a squeak even when held by a corner and despite being dropped couple times.
banned#34
scoob65
Very good price but i just can't bring myself to buy an Acer. Build quality of Acer products is poor regardless of what the Acer fanboys preach.


The thing is because its an Acer Travelmate and not a Timeline it goes through a totally different build cycle/routine.

Acer Travelmate is business orientated so it has a lot better build quality than normal acers.

It also goes through all these tests with it being a business laptop
* Temperature & humidity test
* Free drop test
* Acoustics test
* Weight and Pressure tests
* Spillage test
* Shock and Vibration tests
* Electrostatic discharge immunity test
* MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure) test
* Hinge life test
* Keyboard-switch life test

Edited By: solidsnake1 on Dec 03, 2010 20:27
banned#35
J400uk
solidsnake1
CPU OVERCLOCK

You can overclock the CPU from 1.4GHZ to 1.8GHZ very easily. It gives a 25% performance boost. Makes things a lot snappier. It doesnt increase cpu temperatures or use more battery power.

You just download this file extract to your desktop and run the exe. Thats it. You can then check your cpu clock speed with CPU-Z tool or any other program you wish.
Your overclock isn't permanent it will reset back to normal after you restart your computer etc.

DOWNLOAD LINK -[url=%3Ca%20class=] http://www.mediafire.com/?ct575y59ne6h5l0[/url]" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> http://www.mediafire.com/?ct575y59ne6h5l0


Very interesting. Will that work on all SU9400 equipped laptops or is it just for this Acer?


Quite a few of the laptops with SU9400 it will work. Some need a hardware mod for it to work though.

Basically you can try it and it will either work or do nothing.
#36
is it much slower than i3 laptop? worth investing more for i3?
#37
keluar
is it much slower than i3 laptop? worth investing more for i3?


Depends what you use it for. If it's casual browsing, word/photo edit or media playback it's got enough horsepower.
#38
sweet deal...Better than the Asus ul30 for 350 from CPW....+1
#39
MIght have considered swapping this for my UL30 as it has no bluetooth and slower processor
The mousepad drives me nuts sometimes
I did put an SSD in and it is much nippier though
Anyone seen or used the 2 side by side and can say the Acer is as good build quality (apart from the UL30's slightly bouncy keyboard) ?
The Acer doesn't look to have HDMI which I use sometimes maybe because a bus lappy ?


Edited By: jomppa on Dec 03, 2010 20:48
banned#40
keluar
is it much slower than i3 laptop? worth investing more for i3?


With the CPU overclocked to 1.8ghz , SuperPi 1M (which is a cpu test) takes 25 seconds to complete.
When its not overclocked it take 32 seconds

An i3 330 - SuperPi 1M takes about 21 seconds.

So not a massive difference.

The result above shows the su9400 is about the same as a Intel core 2 duo T5450 or something

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