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Acer Aspire TimelineX AS5830TG-6614 Notebook Intel Core i5 2430M (2.40GHz) 6GB Memory 640GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M 15.6" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • Intel Core i5 2430M (2.40GHz)
  • 6GB Memory 640GB HDD
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
  • 1366 x 768
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • DVD Super Multi

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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  • Jeffrey P.
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month


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