Pros

  • Trackpad is overly sensitive
  • Above-average gaming performance
  • Sleek, thin, and elegant looking

Cons

  • Very poor overall display quality

At A Glance

The Timeline M3 could have been a Macbook killer, if not for the poor LCD panel.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://us.acer.com

The Specs

Processor
Processor type Intel Core i7
Processor speed 1700.0 MHz
Cache size 4.0 KB
Processor count 2
Display
Display size 15.6 inches
Display type Glossy LCD with LED Backlight
Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels
Storage
Drives included 1.0
Drive size 256.0 GB
Other storage
  • SD/MMC Card
  • SDHC Card
Drive type Solid-State Drive
Ports and Connections
MultiMedia Card (MMC) or MultiMediaCard (MMC) Yes
Ethernet Type 10/100/1000 Mbps
SDHC Card or Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) 1.0
SD/MMC Card 1.0
Wireless connection 802.11 n
Video Interfaces HDMI
Slots
  • SD/MMC Card
  • SDHC Card
Memory
Memory size 4000.0 MB
Memory type DDR3
Memory speed 1333.0 MHz
Dimensions
Width 14.8 inches
Depth 11.0 inches
Height 1.0 inches
Weight 4.5 pounds
Weight with Accessories 5.2 pounds
Sound
Speakers Stereo
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Included Software CyberLink MediaExpresso; Dolby Home Theater 4; NTI Media maker 9; Skype
Other Features
Docking Station Port No
Devices
  • Built-In Microphone
  • Built-In Webcam
Input devices
  • Keyboard
  • Touchpad (multitouch)

Performance

Overall Performance
Worldbench Score 155.0
Worldbench Version 7
Battery
Battery Life 8:04   (hh:mm)
Start Up
Start Up 15.4   seconds (lower is better)
Office Productivity
PCMark 7 Productivity Suite 3553.0   score (higher is better)
Web Browsing
Web Performance 11.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
Storage Performance
File Compression 573.8   seconds (lower is better)
Hard Drive File Operations 86.3   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 224.8   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 209.3   seconds (lower is better)
Audio Encoding 150.0   seconds (lower is better)
Gaming
Gaming Score 94.0
Crysis 2, High Quality, 1366x768 33.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 2, High Quality, 800x600 55.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 2, Low Quality, 1366x768 48.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 2, Low Quality, 800x600 72.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, High Quality, 1366x768 64.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, High Quality, 800x600 87.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, Low Quality, 1366x768 105.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 3, Low Quality, 800x600 112.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
Power Usage
WorldBench Green Score 89.0
Working power usage 2.5   Watt hours
Idle power usage 7.2   Watts