What do you get if you rip out the guts of an Acer Aspire Timeline 1810 laptop and replace the CULV processor with a newer, faster, Core i5 chip? Apparently what you get is the Acer Aspire TimelineX 1830T.

Macles has uncovered the first photos and details about this upcoming notebook. It will reprotedly have an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display and an Intel Core i5-520UM processor with a clock speed that ranges from 1.06GHz to 1.86Hz depending on use. The graphics core has a clock speed of 166MHz to 500MHz and should be able to handle HD video playback, although it may not be powerful enough for some games with 3D graphics.

According to Macles, the rest of the specs are pretty much the same as you’d find from Acer’s existing thin and light notebooks: 802.11b/gn WiFi, HDMI, SPDIF, 3 USB ports, and optional Bluetooth and 3G modems. The battery should be good for about 8 hours.

The only thing that we don’t know yet is the price. Macles says Acer will make an official announcement in late March. If Acer can manage to upgrade the processor without dramatically boosting the price of the Aspire Timeline 1810 series, I think the company has a real winner on its hands here. On the other other hand, if the faster processor bumps the price up above $700, it will likely limit the appeal of this laptop.

Update: Wireless Goodness reports that the laptop has also made a visit to the FCC, where it’s also known as the Acer JV10, Acer Aspire ONe AO721, and several other names.

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6 replies on “Acer Aspire TimelineX 1830T thin and light laptop unveiled”

  1. Sounds like this one has an Intel graphics device – can anyone confirm/deny?

    1. It uses the Intel HD Graphics, the on-package IGP that is part of Arrandale.

  2. Brad, is the Intel Core i5-520UM substantially faster than the C2D ULV SU7300?

    And does it give much better battery life?

    Can you advice us whether we should just stick to our old processors (those who have SU processors) or should we be looking to upgrade our processors to Intel Core i5-520UM?

    This would be interesting. People have benchmarked the i5 a lot but nobody has really benchmarked the i5 520UM in comparison to the SU7300 or the 4100 yet.

    Thanks Brad

  3. i5 with 8 hours battery life – I’ll believe that when the test results are in.

  4. Wow, sounds nice! I wish it was made of alloy (?) and magnesium and had a nipple-trackpoint and ThinkPad sticker on it 😀 I mean, why can Acer and Lenovo cant? X100e being example, lacking good cpu, good battery life and rigidity of X200 series, greedy bastards :P!
    Here im hoping that till summer someone releases 11.6″ machine with Core i’s and solid build!

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