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Acer Laptop Aspire TimelineX AS5830TG-6614 Intel Core i5 2430M (2.40 GHz) 6 GB Memory 640GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M 15.6" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

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  • Intel Core i5 2430M (2.40 GHz)
  • 6 GB Memory 640GB HDD
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
  • 1366 x 768
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • DVD Super Multi

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  • newegg Extremely power-smart The 2011 Aspire TimelineX pushes it to the extreme with up to 10 hours of battery life*. Acer's PowerSmart long-life battery retains 80% capacity for more than 1,000 charge cycles, for up to 4 years of use. A one-touch LED power indicator lights up in different colors, so you can check your notebook's battery capacity with ease. The Aspire TimelineX optimizes performance and battery life to the max. (*Up to 9 hours for AS5830TG-6614. Actual battery life varies by usage, settings, and operating conditions.)
  • newegg Extreme performance The Aspire TimelineX AS5830TG-6614 features cutting-edge 2nd Generation Intel Core i5 2430M processor with Turbo Boost 2.0 technology and powerful NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M as well as 6GB DDR3 memory for performance that adapts to your needs. An enhanced sound system with Dolby Home Theater v4 delivers audio with improved dialogue clarity and tone. Super-speed USB 3.0 transfers data up to ten times faster than before. The extreme performance enhances digital video, games and all-round fun at home or on the road.
  • newegg Extreme convenience A one-inch profile and the Cobalt Blue aluminum cover make this notebook ultra-slim, strikingly beautiful and very durable. The chiclet keyboard has nice key spacing for accurate typing, while easy-to-use hotkeys and a multi-gesture touchpad enable superior control. Plus, you can recharge devices like a cell phone or portable media player even if your notebook is turned off, thanks to the innovative USB power-off charging feature.
  • newegg Extreme connectivity The Aspire TimelineX features advanced communication technologies to keep you well-connected wherever you go. The Acer Crystal Eye HD webcam with 720p high-definition audio/visual recording enables ultra-clear face-to-face chats with family and friends. Today's finest connectivity options include Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 802.11b/g/n wireless and Gigabit Ethernet, ensuring strong Internet access while you're on the move.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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4 out of 5 eggsThree years and still going mostly strong...

Pros: + CPU is upgradeable up to an i7-2640m if you ever choose to do so, it is not soldered on.
+ The stock i5 CPU in this computer is amazingly fast, it's certainly old now but it still handles any online stuff along with modern gaming with zero issues. Video conversion I would not recommend though.
+ GPU is overclockable from 672MHz Core/900MHz VRAM to 740MHz/960MHz. 100% stable for me.
+ Back of screen is aluminum, protecting it from damage while being carried either by people clamping their hand on it or it being banged in a backpack.
+ The sound is AMAZING. I can not stress that enough. The virtual surround sound is real and works. The speakers are loud and clear even at 100% volume.
+ The fan is never loud yet neither the CPU or GPU have ever gone over 80c, even with the GPU overclocked.
+ The battery can easily handle over seven hours of web browsing and video watching.
+ USB 3.0 port.
+ The USB 3.0 port on the left side stays on even when the computer is off/sleeping (unless you disable it) and can put out 2amps instead of just the usual 0.5amps.
+ They don't mention this anywhere at all but it has SATA 3.0 (600MBps) not SATA 2 (300MBps).
+ Number pad.
+ Comes with 6GB RAM.
+ They say it only supports 8GB RAM however I put 16GB in it without issues.
+ 100% Ubuntu compatibility including nVidia Optimus, WiFi, and Bluetooth.

Cons: - The hard drive is dual platter and only 5400RPM. Just plain slow.
- The screen. It's just... bad. The resolution is decent (720p) but that's it. It's like the LCD TVs you see always on sale at truck stops, it'll get you by without any complaints, but don't expect accurate photorealism. Mainly the blacks are washed out grays.
- The GPU is not upgradable and by today's standards is considered very obsolete. I can play Fallout 4, but it's at 15-20FPS with almost all settings on Low. Fallout 3 on highest Ultra, BioShock 2 on highest Ultra, BioShock Infinite on High, all Dead Space games play on their highest Ultra settings. If you play Second Life you can play stability with some hiccups in crowded areas on Medium, uncrowded areas on Ultra. These are all at 1280x720 with 2x antialiasing.
- The battery remaining LED. Solid blue = over 25%, Orange = under 25%, Flashing orange = under 15%. That's the only information it provides.
- The LED for the wifi being on/off has always been orange (off). It's never worked. Next time I open this up I'm going to cover it.
- Customer support is out of country with extremely strong accents and very poor English. Typically this does not bother me, people have told me they don't know how I'm able to understand so and so because of their bad accent and/or English. But these guys... I can't understand them. I let my warranty expire instead of going through all of that to get my keyboard fixed and cooling fan looked at.

Within the first year:
+ All good!

Within the second year:
- The hinge on the left side failed partially, they're very well designed so it's not falling off or getting worse but the screen can be wiggled on that hinge. Imagine putting a one inch wide pipe over a half inch wide pole, that's what it's like.
- The charging port itself is loose and wiggles in the computer. After my warranty expired I opened it to find a piece of plastic that held it in place broke, a bit of super glue fixed the problem.
- The fan made a clicking noise at random for months, but it went away. However I can hear the bearings if I listen close, so it probably only has another year left.

On the third year:
- Some keys on the keyboard (`, 5, 7, K, ;, Z, and /) have become hard to use, they click fine but you have to press hard for it to register. I've even disassembled it to clean them, but no improvement. Replacement is only $15 however.
- The battery has gotten old and worn out (currently at 50% capacity after three years) so battery life is around three hours light usage and to replace it you must disassemble the whole computer, voiding warranty.
- After years of almost 24/7 on time temps increased over 20c. My extended warranty expired so I opened it to find half an inch of dryer lint like stuff covering the cooling fins. This is a con to me as you can't clean this without opening the whole case thus voiding the warranty.
- The bezel around the screen is coming up and won't snap back into place on the left side.

Other Thoughts: I bought this computer discounted at a major electronics store in 2012 as it was the scratched up display model and last in stock. It has rarely been turned off and has frequently been maxed out by playing video games this laptop no longer meets the minimum spec for (Fallout 4) along with compressing large amounts of files overnight (8+hours at 100% CPU usage on all cores), all while the GPU has been overclocked for months. All and all if you can find this today for under $400 new I would still buy it. The screen isn't great but everything has handled 3+ years amazingly. I've maxed out the RAM to 16GB, installed an ADATA SP550 480GB SSD, and if I ever find an i7-2640m CPU under $50 I'll upgrade that too. But most likely as games are becoming more difficult to run smoothly on this aging GPU I will most likely buy a new Acer in the next year. I've had Acer's with small issues here and there, but never had one die or give me a major issue. So when I'm ready I'll be moving on to my fourth one.

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  • Michael V.
  • 9/16/2012 5:21:33 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: >Long lasting battery
>Fairly powerful for a notebook
>USB 3.0 compatible

Cons: Might just be a quirk on my laptop, but every now and again, the wifi driver goes haywire. But every time, a simple reboot fixes it

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  • Logan W.
  • 3/11/2012 7:09:57 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsSteady Machine

Pros: Works great. Sturdily built. 6 gigs never filled. Dedicated graphics prevent lagging in my most demanding games. Runs cool. Standard HDMI is great. Long lasting battery even in performConvenient "Power Saver" button for easy toggling between performance and power save mode. Very powerful.

Cons: Right now, it's starting to crash on me. Still trying to figure out the problem. It's an on/off problem. The plastic trackpad, keys, and buttons wear easily. The viewing angle is extremely poor.

Other Thoughts: It's power makes up for it's easily erodible parts.

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  • Anna B.
  • 2/6/2012 3:02:47 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPretty Good

Pros: This laptop has a very long battery life, is very lightweight, yet feels sturdy. The sound from the speaker bar is also amazing from what I'm used to. It runs cold too. Dedicated graphics is hardly used unless gaming.

Cons: Battery not removable, so I hope it never breaks. There was also a lot of bloatware, but I was expecting that. 6 gigs of ram seems sort of stupid. Why not just ship with 4 so people can upgrade and not have an extra 2 gigs just laying around.

Other Thoughts: Overall, this is a decent computer that is primarily used for school projects and minor gaming. I would purchase this product again.

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  • Michael V.
  • 1/21/2012 8:40:01 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNo problems thus far

Pros: There haven't been any annoying quirks like my hp. The battery life is excellent (6 hrs if just on web, 2 hours if gaming). It handles most games well enough. The speakers aren't too shabby either

Cons: Only three:
1. The trackpad is in a slightly inconvenient place for me
2. I haven't seen a trace of a button that disables wifi. You need to go into the Intel wireless control driver to do it
3. Comes with a lot of crapware, as all Acers do

Other Thoughts: The pros here definitely outweigh the cons. What you get from this notebook is well worth the price you pay for it.

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  • Benjamin B.
  • 1/3/2012 2:00:37 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood all in one

Pros: Thin, Portable, good battery life, good speakers, high quality build (Keyboard, trackpad, and ports are all great)

If you gaming/media without sacrificing battery life and portability this is the one. It does play modern games at medium to high settings, and it is more than enough for HD video.

There is a great access panel for potential HDD/RAM upgrades.
Overall it seems very well thought out, and made with good materials

Cons: The screen does not get as bright as other LEDs I have seen.
Captive battery.

Ton of bloatware (I spent the first hour un-installing things)

Other Thoughts: I feel like my dollars went into the parts that matter in this laptop and not a useless (to me) blue-ray or gimmicky junk.

fyi the advertized 'aluminum' construction is just the casing on the screen, the rest is plastic. (I personally prefer this because aluminum chassis get HOT on your lap!)

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  • Moses G.
  • 12/29/2011 9:53:21 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery happy with my choice

Pros: - I won't go into the specs--you can see them for yourself. I will say I'm VERY happy with my purchase. In terms of value for the money, this was the best laptop I could find anywhere that had the essentials I was looking for. Apart from the outstanding specs (including the NVIDIA graphics card) and long battery life (which many have mentioned already), here are some of the other good and perhaps more intangible things:
- It's thin
- It's light
- It has great styling (love the blue!)
- The chiclet keyboard has a really nice feel
- I love the numeric keypad--so useful!
- The track pad can do just about everything a Mac trackpad can do (two finger scroll, corner functions, zoom, rotate, etc.)
- Surprisingly good sound quality for a laptop (Dolby Home Theater)
- According to Consumer Reports, Acer is the second-most reliable computer manufacturer after Apple (but you have to pay double to get a computer of similar power from Apple)

Cons: Minor things mostly:
- The finish tends to show fingerprints
- Might be nice to have a slightly larger track pad. When I enabled corner functions, I kept accidentally activating them because the track pad just isn't that big. So I turned them off. I didn't think they saved much time/effort anyhow.
- Keyboard is not back-lit. Almost never need that anyway.
- USB ports on the side are near the front rather than near the back--minor inconvenience.
- Battery is not removable but really, how long are you going to keep this thing? My philosophy is to go mid-range when buying a computer--rather than top of the line--and just upgrade more often. I think you actually come out ahead this way.
- I wish it was optimized for slightly higher resolution but its resolution seems to be what just about all laptops in this price range offer

Other Thoughts: I get lots of compliments on how cool it looks.

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  • JIN K.
  • 12/21/2011 10:34:22 AM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA. (T.T)

Pros: I intended for it to be a gift as a casual gaming/work notebook.
Nice specs, looks nice with the aluminum finish, fits snugly in the new notebook bag I bought for it, & would make a great paper weight?

Cons: Arrived DOA, sent back to NewEgg for a replacement, was out of stock & received a refund instead.
There goes $12 in shipping.

Well, NewEgg was as prompt as ever & handled the RMA nicely. It's not their fault I received a dud.
No hard feelings towards Acer though, it happens & doesn't necessarily reflect their brand.

Other Thoughts: I usually won't rate DOA merchandise at all, preferring to leave a small note that I've received a DOA previously when I rate functional replacement units instead. (Unless I receive 3 consecutive DOA units since that's just ridiculous & costly.)

Unfortunately as mine arrived DOA & was not available for replacement, I can't write a more extensive review as I normally do.

In other notes: As I couldn't wait for this to be restocked (Christmas arriving in a few days and all), I've bought a Toshiba Satellite instead. (partially due to the fact that my last Toshiba lasted through 16 years of use which ironically was put aside due to software issues rather than hardware issues.)

Will write a review for the Toshiba in 6 months to 1 year.

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  • 12/14/2011 12:32:01 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSo far, so cool!

Pros: -Core i5 runs really fast
-640GB HDD (well about +550GB actually, you know the drill)
-Chicklet Keyboard (I like separated keys best)
-Great battery, 5-7 hours of battery life with regular* use (VERY GOOD)
-GeForce GT 540M plays modern games smoothly**
-Good Exterior Finish (I like this "Industrial" type of design)
-Really good sound quality for integrated speakers (software boost obviously)
-Touchpad supports 2 finger scroling, zooming and image spin
-USB 3.0 (I have a 3.0 portable HDD 5400RPM, transfers 60-70Mb/s)
-Overall i give it 5 eggs because the pros outweigh the cons

Cons: Some of these cons would most likely ADD a few hundred dollars to the price so maybe there not cons:

-Gets hot while gaming but no biggie that's normal, just don't put in your lap while gaming
-Bloatware, nothing to bad but planing on doing a clean install later
-No blu-ray drive but usually they only give BD-ROM on laptops under $1000 which is no help either, I prefer to be able to write.
-RAM is 1066MHz and I've seen some (in price range) that use 1333MHz which is faster but not a deal breaker since my last laptop also used 1066
-5400RPM HDD, would have liked a 7200RPM but maybe it's time to consider solid state for a future upgrade
-I don't know why the battery is internal but I just hope that it will have a good lifespan
-Having a Full-HD screen would have made it the dream laptop for me in my price range but I'm realistic
-Call me whimp but I miss a mute button

Other Thoughts: I bought this as an upgrade from a Lenovo (Turion X2, ATI 4250, 4GB RAM) that I had and after about 3 weeks I can say that I'm very satisfied. Mainly procesor, memory, graphics and LONG battery life (Timeline Series Specialty), make this (my 3rd laptop) a good choice for the price. I recommend this product.

Unfortunately since I'm finishing the school semester at the university I haven't had time to test the HDMI output, USB sleep charge and the Bluetooth feature (planing on buying a bluetooth mouse)

PS: When gaming don't forget to check if your game is running with the Nvidia card and not the HD Graphics, also you have to plug in the computer to use full CPU, GPU and everything else.

*By regular use I mean working with MS Office, Opera web browser, Code Blocks, WMP, NI Multisim, and/or Matlab

**Games I've played in this laptop:
-COD Modern Warfare 2
-Battlefield 3
-FIFA 12
-and lots of others in line waiting

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  • Jeffrey P.
  • 12/13/2011 3:45:00 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Good Laptop

Pros: Best performing laptop I have ever owned, in fact it is faster than my quad core Phenom 2 Desktop with a HD 4670 Graphics card. Stays cool when playing flash, reading websites, downloading etc. Very quiet at low loads. Intel Quick sync is awesome, encodes standard def H.264 at roughly 420 fps. Same x264 encode with handbrake is about 80 fps. Handbrake quality is SLIGHTLY better but not worth the difference in time. HD 3000 is okay for older games/gaming on the go. You could easily play games like KOTOR 2 and SW TOR at medium settings and 1366x768 res comfortably.
GT 540 is really all that you need so far for modern games at this resolution. Sound quality and positional audio are very good for a laptop. Keyboard is nice, not macbook quality, but not bad. Keypad is a must have. Usb 3.0 is not a big deal now but you are future proof with it. Resumes quickly from sleep.

Battery life is phenomenal under low load. 81% and I have 7 hours left according to windows.

Cons: Gets hot under load with and without the 540 GT activated.

The other reviewers are right about the viewing angle, it annoying but not a deal breaker.

Some crapware, wasnt sure which was crapware so I ended up uninstalling more than I should have.

Off center trackpad sucks, i mean really sucks. Trackpad is also too small for my taste. There is no two finger scroll or two finger right click like with Macbooks and many other notebooks I have owned. Fixed that by downloading a tool to give those options.

Not as light as I would like.

My DVD ram is kind of strange, reads discs a little slowly.

Hardware multimedia key placements absolutely suck.

Not very Hackbook OSX86 friendly

Other Thoughts: Bought this as a cheaper replacement for a 13" macbook pro. Not sorry I did, the quicksync support and Discrete Graphics more than make up for the lack of OS X. This was the best computer buy I have made in a long time.

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