New Laptop, an Acer Aspire TimelineX 1830T
I wanted a netbook to test UNE, but I also wanted something with a bit more oomph than an atom, so I got the 11.6 inch 1830T. This is a notebook in a netbook’s body! (i3-330UM processor) However it’s also much pricier than a netbook.
Don’t let the length of the page fool you, everything was working ootb except the NIC in Lucid (you need to install linux-backport-modules); however the newer kernels in Maverick support it out of the box. I need to still go through and check to see if all that crazy stuff is needed for the other features, so very much WIP.
Here’s some pics:
This “finish” on the lid is great, as it’s textured and not as much of a fingerprint magnet.
The keyboard is pretty decent, not Thinkpad quality but it’s comfortable. The hardest thing is getting used to not having a trackpoint. I suspect a future Thinkpad X100 will have similar CPU and insides (indeed if they made such a thing I would have bought that.) However I really like how this feels, it’s quite thin and light and has great battery life so far. I don’t know if it’ll hit 8 hours so I’ll have to test that, however I used it for quite some time in the coffee shop and didn’t notice the battery life being sucky. More detail later when I remember to pay attention to the battery life, heh.
Acer Timeline owners …
I’ve been mulling moving to a smaller form-factor laptop, something more netbook-y. I’ve been eyeballing the Aspire Timeline 1830T.
Does anyone with a current 1810T or 1810TZ care to comment on how it’s running with Ubuntu? I found this thread on a notebook forum, and the tips on the help site look helpful. Any information on real-world battery performance would be useful!
EDIT: Hey, looks like the 1830T has hit the States!