The Aspire TimelineX AS3830T-6417 is a nimble computer. Although the Core i3 is considered today an entry-level CPU, if you are upgrading from an older laptop, you will instantly feel the difference in performance. Even if your previous laptop was based on a Core i3, the performance gain will be very noticeable, since this machine uses a second-generation Core i3 (“Sandy Bridge”), which has a different internal architecture from the first Core i3 CPUs.

The screen resolution, at 1366 x 768, is not bad at all for the 13.3” display. The screen is, however, very glossy, and depending on the angle and lighting of the room in which you are working, you will see yourself and the furniture around being reflected on the screen all the time, which can be quite distracting.

The quality of the webcam is one of the highlights of the product. The image is crispy and can produce a resolution of up to 1280 x 1024.

The sound quality and volume are not bad for a laptop, being way above the average. The placement of the speakers on the top of the unit instead of on its bottom also helps.

The keyboard is very good. The keys are spaced enough, and we didn’t have any mistyping problem while using the unit, a common problem with laptops. Acer hit the bull’s eye by moving the Home, Page Up, Page Down, and End keys to the extreme right of the keyboard, making it easier to navigate inside documents.

The touchpad that accepts gesture commands is another highlight. For example, you can move your thumb and index finger to increase or decrease the zoom on the document you are viewing. This is quite convenient, especially if you are a user of a smartphone that has similar functionality.

With light office usage (i.e., using Word and Excel, checking emails, browsing the web), battery life can easily go over eight hours – impressive.

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