Unboxed – Acer Aspire Timeline

In the gadget world, 'long battery life' often also means 'bulkier than Beth Ditto in a puffa jacket'. Acer's new Timeline series, though, is promisin

In the gadget world, 'long battery life' often also means 'bulkier than Beth Ditto in a puffa jacket'. Acer's new Timeline series, though, is promising at least 8 hours of juice from a chassis that's not noticeably thicker than Dell's XPS M1530 range.

Of course, manufacturer battery life claims should always be taken with several pinches of salt and depend hugely on the kind of tasks you ask your laptop to perform. We'll bring you a full verdict on the Timeline's claims in a review soon, but in the meantime let's have a closer look at the rather lovely 15.6in version.

The Aspire 5810TG packs a 1.4Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo processor (low voltage, natch) and a very crisp 1366x768 display, which claims to be able to reduce the backlight with minimal effect on brightness. There's also a 320GB hard-drive, 2GB RAM (upgradeable to 4GB), and an impressive range of connectivity; three USB ports, a memory card slot, an HDMI out and a standard VGA connector all say hi.

It's a well built laptop too. As you can see below, it lacks wow factor but the metallic finish is smart and the keyboard very comfortable for touch typing duty. Our only complaint is the slightly unresponsive mouse buttons, although the trackpad does support 'multi-gesture' touches a la Apple's MacBook.

What's more, it looks good value too, with the 13.3in and 14.1in models starting at £550, and the 15.6in version starting at £580. Looks out for a hands-on video and review before they launch on 15th May.