The beauty of breaking out of the Windows XP mold is saying good-bye to Microsoft's set limitations on Netbook power (most notably, 1GB of RAM). Setting the stage for the fall's next-gen Battle of the Future Netbooks, Acer's as-yet-unofficial (according to Acer) Timeline 1810T has all the trimmings that place it head and shoulders above the currently Atom N270 and N280-dominated crowd. Leaked photos have hit online, and it looks like a fusion between Acer's Aspire One line and its super-slim, recently reviewed Timeline 3810T.
First off, it has a ULV processor that's faster than Atom Netbooks by a fair margin. Then there's the HD video decoding. Also, the 1810T can support up to 4GB of RAM. Other bonuses include HDMI, b/g/n Wi-Fi, and the ability to upgrade to Windows 7 (because it runs Windows Vista Home Premium).
Details revealed so far:
- 1.4GHz Intel ULV SU3500 processor
- 11.6-inch 1366x768 screen
- Intel GS45 Express chipset
- Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics
- Up to 4GB RAM
- Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
- 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
- Optional 3G
- Eight-hour battery life (similar to the 3810T)
More pics after the break:
Our expectations are that the 1810T will be comparable to the recently reviewed Timeline 3810T, but in a more affordable price-range. It looks like Netbooks will finally be released from their protective shell that's been keeping them at virtually the same specs for the last year or so.
What price would you buy something like this at? Assuming you'd buy it, of course (but it does look like a great package, on paper).