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Review: Acer Timeline 5810T. Intel CULV laptop promising 8-hour battery life

by Tarinder Sandhu on 19 June 2009, 08:21 3.6

Tags: Acer Timeline 5810 (mains), Acer (TPE:2353)

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The Timeline's SU9400 processor is derived from the Core 2 Mobile family, and it shows. The dual-core processor is over twice as fast as the AMD Neo or Intel Atom at helping compress 205MB of pictures into one large 7-zip file.

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The playing back of high-definition movies - 480p and 720p - is very comfortable on the T5810. The MSI Wind, powered by Atom, suffers with the 720p clip, stuttering in parts.

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But Intel's gaming performance remains poor. The X4500MHD integrated graphics are a step up from what we've seen before, sure, but they really suffer when attempting to play a reasonably old OpenGL title at a low resolution and medium-quality settings. The situation, as you would expect, is even worse at 1,366x768. You'd need to specify the Mobility Radeon HD 4330 if gaming ambitions exceed playing Solitaire.

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Yet integrated graphics and a low-power CPU/chipset do bear fruit with respect to battery life. Placed in power-saving mode with screen brightness set to 50 per cent, the 5810T manages over six hours of regular Internet surfing and over four hours of high-definition video playback before running out of juice.