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Back-to-School Giveaway: Acer Aspire Timeline Laptop (Valued at $899!)

by Tara Kuczykowski on August 27, 2009 · 2,838 comments

Acer Aspire Timeline Laptop Notebook

This fantastic giveaway is the last of my Back-to-School giveaways, but be sure to check out all of the current giveaways for other great prizes that are still available!

I think Moms and kids alike (or anyone else for that matter) will love this Acer Aspire Timeline Laptop. It's part of a new category of laptops called "thin and light," and this particular model boasts 8+ hours of battery life. I can attest to the battery life personally, as I left the house with mine on at 8:45 this morning and it's still going strong at 3:45 in the afternoon.

After using this laptop for a week, I'm very impressed with it. Priced as low as $769.99, it rivals my far more expensive Sony Vaio in speed and definitely is far more convenient to tote around.

I just want to take a moment to share some of my favorite features from a mom's perspective:

  • The first thing I noticed is that the power cord is formed at a right angle. I was ecstatic about this because we have an older Toshiba laptop that the kids use. Its cord just comes straight out of the back, and we've had to replace it 7+ times because the wires break at the base of the plug and the computer won't charge. So yay for user-friendly power cords!
  • Keys that are easy to replace are big in my book. Yes, I purposefully popped one off just to see how easy it was to replace, and I'm happy to report that it snapped back on super easy, unlike my old Dell laptop that used to have me in tears trying to replace a key. Plus, the former transcriptionist in me loves the feel of the keys when typing. They are very smooth and give just enough resistance.
  • The long battery life is another feature I love. I mean, who wouldn't? I can follow my kids around the house with my laptop, take it in the car, and look up a recipe while I'm cooking dinner all in one charge.
  • I can multitask with ease thanks to the Intel Core 2 Duo processor. I'm not quite techie enough to explain just how this wonderful piece of technology works, but I know that it allows me to run multiple programs at the same time without bogging down the system as a whole. This means that I can run Firefox, Tweetdeck, Paint Shop, Skype, and more without lags while working. What mom couldn't use a little boost while multitasking? Do note that running several processing intensive programs in tandem can decrease the length of time before you need to recharge the battery.
  • This particular model has a HUGE hard drive. At 500GB, I won't be running out of space any time soon, even with a large iTunes collection and several hundred digital photos stored on it currently. I'm not an expert, but I've noticed software getting larger over the years, so a large hard drive will be important for longevity.

A few things on it that I'm not crazy about:

  • No CD drive – this makes it a little difficult to install some software, but I understand the need to forgo one to keep the thin and light feel. And of course, USB CD drives are fairly inexpensive if that's a necessity for you.
  • Touch-sensitive buttons – I wish they would have put a sticker on the computer to point out the row of touch-sensitive buttons above the keyboard. My curious toddler swiped his hand across them turning off the WiFi, and I spent a good 30 minutes trying to figure out how to turn it back on. Cool technology, but dangerous with kids around.
  • Mouse button is stiff – the mouse button is a little awkwardly placed and is slightly stiff. Maybe this is something that I just need a little time to get used too, but it's definitely not my optimal setup.
  • Glossy screen – I've found that most systems come with glossy screens, but the anti-glare screen that my old Dell had was one of the only features that I loved. It makes working outside so much easier, and I enjoy taking the kids outside and letting them play while answering a few emails.

Overall none of the things that I was less than pleased with would be deal breakers when looking for a computer in this category. It may not be ideal as a complete desktop replacement laptop, but it's perfect for a mom, dad, student, etc. who needs access to the Internet, email, word processing software and the like on the go and at home.

One very lucky Deal Seeking Mom reader will win an Acer Aspire Timeline AS3810T-6775 Laptop:

  • 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400 Processor
  • 4096MB Dual-Channel DDR3 1066MHz Memory
  • 80 GB Solid State Drive
  • Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit (SP1)
  • Over 8 Hours of Battery Life (6-Cell 5600 mAh)
  • 13.3-inch HD CineCrystal LED-backlit Display

To enter, leave a comment and tell me what features you look for in a laptop. Is portability and weight most important, or are you looking for something with high performance to replace your home desktop?

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Every reader has four methods available to enter this contest. Choose one each of any combination of method one, two, three, or four for up to a total of 4 entries!!!

Methods of entry:

1. Leave a comment. Tell me what features are most important to you when shopping for a new laptop!

2. Add Deal Seeking Mom to your blogroll or add my badge to your sidebar. Make sure to come back and leave the link to your site in a separate comment!

3. Join the new Deal Seeking Mom Forums to chat about your great finds, special coupon codes, and chances to win exclusive giveaways. Leave a separate comment letting me know you've joined or that you're already a registered user!

4. Subscribe to my feed via RSS or email. You must confirm your email subscription for it to be a valid entry! Leave a separate comment letting me know you have done so. If you’re already a subscriber, simply leave a separate comment letting me know you’re already subscribed. Lovin’ my subscribers! You guys make this all possible.

Prize:
(1) Acer Aspire Timeline AS3810T-6775 (ARV $899), as described above

This giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, 9/2. I’ll use Random.org to select the winning comment. Winner will be notified by email on and listed on my Giveaway Winners page. Good luck!

While you’re in a contest entering mood, don’t forget to check out the Giveaway Gathering for a variety of contests being hosted on Deal Seeking Mom readers’ blogs!

Note: As the sponsor of this giveaway, Intel provided me with a laptop to review the latest features as well as a second laptop to give away to a Deal Seeking Mom reader.

{ 2838 comments }

1 vivian September 2, 2009 at 2:26 pm

looking for portability ty.

2 dawn September 2, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Speed, portability, and battery life

3 Kathy September 2, 2009 at 2:35 pm

I look at the price, memory and whether the keyboard feels like a typewriter. I'm from the old school don't you know!

4 Wendy September 2, 2009 at 2:49 pm

I subscribe to your feed already.

5 Wendy September 2, 2009 at 2:50 pm

The things that are most important to me with a laptop are:
weight - needs to be light weight.
battery life - I don't want to be recharging all the time.
screen size - I deal with photographs a lot so it's nice to have a bigger screen for viewing them.

6 roman santillan September 2, 2009 at 3:04 pm

I like like the size

7 Wendy September 2, 2009 at 3:11 pm

I signed up for the Forums.

8 Betty C September 2, 2009 at 3:27 pm

There are two things I really want in a laptop. It needs to be fairly lightweight if I'm going to be lugging it around a lot and I really want a separate number pad. I'm a 10-key person and it's so much more convenient.

9 Betty C September 2, 2009 at 3:29 pm

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10 Betty C September 2, 2009 at 3:29 pm

I'm a registered user of the forums.

11 Betty C September 2, 2009 at 3:30 pm

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12 Betty C September 2, 2009 at 3:31 pm

I'm an email subscriber.

13 hazel hunt September 2, 2009 at 3:42 pm

nice!

14 Sheila Hickmon September 2, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Price would be a big factor for me, and also I would want one that is easy to carry, has enough memory for my millions of pictures, and one that has a great battery. Thanks for the great giveaway!!

15 Sheila Hickmon September 2, 2009 at 3:46 pm

I subscribe via email!

16 susan smoaks September 2, 2009 at 3:47 pm

i need to upgrade and this is an awesome laptop, i want portability and speed

17 susan smoaks September 2, 2009 at 3:47 pm

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18 Sheila Hickmon September 2, 2009 at 3:47 pm

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19 Bonnie S September 2, 2009 at 4:32 pm

speed & reliability

20 Collin Shaw September 2, 2009 at 4:42 pm

Im going to college and need a laptop, hope I win this! I`ll keep my fingers crossed!

21 Happi Shopr September 2, 2009 at 4:45 pm

computer wonked when I hit submit so I don't know if it went through or not...I need speed and memory in a computer which is very much lacking in this one.

22 Margret S September 2, 2009 at 4:48 pm

I need small and light and LOVE long battery life.

23 Charlotte lapham September 2, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Would love to have this laptop

24 miztrniceguy September 2, 2009 at 5:06 pm

I love a good combo of speed and portability.

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25 miztrniceguy September 2, 2009 at 5:08 pm

i subscribed

26 Ok Cha Park September 2, 2009 at 5:23 pm

I think it's most important to find a laptop that has a big memory and a big screen. Thanks for hosting!

27 Ok Cha Park September 2, 2009 at 5:24 pm

I subscribed via email, thanks!

28 DanV September 2, 2009 at 5:36 pm

I'd like a laptop with a good screen, webcam and microphone built in, wireless ready and maybe a sound card

29 Mishia September 2, 2009 at 5:42 pm

One of the most important features is a dvd drive!

30 Sarah Lehan September 2, 2009 at 5:46 pm

I like the 8 hours battery and the back-lit screen (sometimes I use my laptop while waiting in the car and it's hard to see). Thanks for the contest.

31 Nate @ Debt-free Scholar September 2, 2009 at 5:47 pm

I look for speed.

32 Sarah Lehan September 2, 2009 at 5:47 pm

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33 Gabriel J. September 2, 2009 at 5:47 pm

I like the long battery life.

34 Sarah Lehan September 2, 2009 at 5:47 pm

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35 katie September 2, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Most important features to me are storage capacity and ease of use!

36 Sarah Lehan September 2, 2009 at 5:54 pm

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37 Rebecca September 2, 2009 at 6:04 pm

Several features are important to me - portability. The smaller and lighter, the better for me. Speed - It's gotta do the job. Storage capacity - needs room to do the job. Prepackaged software - software is sometimes as expensive as the computer and becomes even more expensive when you add all the programs you routinely use. And finally - lots of memory! Thanks!

38 Leslie September 2, 2009 at 6:09 pm

Being in college, I've searched around to find the best laptop I can to hold all my homework and something that is tough enough to withstand being in and out of my bookbag travelling from class to class. I like laptops with long battery life because I can't always find a free plug-in in the commons. I need something on the lighter side so that it won't add to the weight of all my books. I also want one that has high performance, the last thing I need to be worrying about is if my document fully uploaded into my professor's inbox.

39 Aisling September 2, 2009 at 6:38 pm

I don't know if I have a "most" important feature, but I'm looking for something lightweight and sturdy, with good battery life, so I can take it out of the house and use it while I'm on the go.

40 Deborah M September 2, 2009 at 6:59 pm

I look for a laptop that is able to have several functions operating at the same time. I seem to always have 15 things going on at the same time and I really need a laptop that can keep up with me.

41 thelastman September 2, 2009 at 7:12 pm

i look for the machine to function. the lighter the better but speed is first and foremost.

42 ThereO September 2, 2009 at 7:23 pm

Definitely battery life for me!

43 ThereO September 2, 2009 at 7:24 pm

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44 ThereO September 2, 2009 at 7:27 pm

I'm a subscriber.

45 kathy pease September 2, 2009 at 7:28 pm

when shopping for a laptop i like one with lots of storage to hold all my files and pics

46 kathy pease September 2, 2009 at 7:28 pm

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47 kathy pease September 2, 2009 at 7:29 pm
48 Sarah September 2, 2009 at 7:42 pm

It's important to me for a laptop to be lightweight and durable, I carry mine all over the house. I also want it to be fast and have a long battery life.

49 Sarah September 2, 2009 at 7:43 pm

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50 Sarah September 2, 2009 at 7:46 pm

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