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Acer TravelMate Timeline TM8172-6932 Notebook Intel Core i5 470UM (1.33GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 11.6" Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

  • Intel Core i5 470UM (1.33GHz)
  • 4GB Memory 320GB HDD
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • 1366 x 768
  • Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Michael H.
  • 9/29/2011 10:12:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsBest Dockable/Portable Business Notebook PC for the Money

Pros: Works flawlessly with Acer EasyPort IV Port Replicator and dual monitors at 1920x1200 resolution per monitor.
Fast processor and HDD with excellent performance in Win7 x64 Pro.
Very portable at 3lbs with long battery lfe, solid build quality and a keyboard with decent size keys.
High resolution matt finish/non-reflective LED backlight screen with good visibility in bright environments like the cab of a truck.
Great features like Broadcom 802.11n, gigabit LAN, Bluetooth, webcam, fingerprint security, card reader with XD support.
Microsoft Bluetooth 5000 mouse and 6000 keyboard work well with it except for a slight delay when starting to use them again after a few minutes of idle time(haven't tried other bluetooth keyboards or mice)

Cons: No USB 3.0 or ESATA port.
No built-in CD/DVD drive but works perfectly with the external Buffalo DVD-burner MediaStation (power and data through a single USB port)

Other Thoughts: Our organization has had perfect reliability from 8 Acer Travelmate notebook PCs dating back 6 years and used between the office and the cab of a truck. We originally purchased Acers due to their non-reflective screens that allow bettter visibility outside the office environment. This is the best Acer for portable business use so far and at an excellent price compared to competitors.

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  • Johnathan W.
  • 7/9/2011 3:28:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsPretty nice, Decent Battery

Pros: I've got the younger brother of this one, the 1.2ghz Core i3 model. That's the only difference.
But Pros:

-Small (duh?).

-Keyboard is not cramped like 10" models. It has level, "island" keys sort of like a Macbook.

-Core i3 is enough to tug through any CPU tasks.

-Battery Life is about 5-8 hours in Ubuntu, 4-6 in Windows 7.

-Can handle 6gb of RAM (I have a 2gb and 4gb stick), even though Acer says max of 4gb. I haven't tested 8gb.

-Screen DPI is extremely high (1366x768 at 11.6"). Rivals that of my friends 17" 1920x1200 Macbook Pro.

-Linux support is very good, everything except wifi works out the box. Wifi is just a click away in Ubuntu.

-Laptop is super small, I can't stress that enough. It weighs less than my previous Acer Intel Atom netbook.

-Built in mic is very good for a laptop. There is no whirring of the fan heard by the other party, like on my old netbook.

Cons: There are a few drawbacks.

-Plastic casing makes it feel a tad flimsy if you grab it by the corner. I fling mine around a bit during classes.

-Included Power Adapter is a wall wart. Not a 2-part cable like you're used to seeing with laptops.

-The 2nd Mini-PCIe slot on the inside of the laptop doesn't have a soldered connector on it.

-Intel Integrated graphics are slow, but well supported in Linux.

-No HDMI, only VGA.

-Built in speaker is on the bottom of the laptop. Works well when you're at a desk, but not so much on your lap in the car.

-Built in webcam is bad at low light, unfortunately. I've been able to tweak it enough to make it look pretty. But it's not as good as other laptops that I've had.

Other Thoughts: I bought this open box a while ago. Came new in box, got it for 470$ plus shipping. It's worth checking Open Box for good deals. My brother got an Alienware m11x from there at the same time I bought this.

-The included Wifi card is a Broadcom chipset, half-sized Wifi/Bluetooth combo. So good luck upgrading that. I haven't found any other chips that I can drop in.

-This laptop is nice for a college student. Small and fast. Can handle most of the Java development that I throw at it.

-I haven't checked out aftermarket batteries as I haven't needed to yet. It ships with a 6 or 8 cell battery though, it's hard to say which. So there is definitely some room for expansion.

None of the cons are enough to take off a star, just me nit-picking. For the price I can't complain. This thing is very inexpensive for the product you receive.

I had a choice between this laptop and an x120e Thinkpad. I needed more CPU, but the x120e is better graphics wise. It's also less expensive.

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