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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 amy delong September 2, 2009 at 7:51 pm

well since iam looking for a new one,Memory&speed!

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2 Sarita September 2, 2009 at 8:05 pm

I am looking particularly for speed and reliability :)

3 MichelleM September 2, 2009 at 8:12 pm

ease of use, lightweight, and durability

4 Lisa Sheldon September 2, 2009 at 8:16 pm

I look for speed, memory and a good graphic card.

5 Lisa Sheldon September 2, 2009 at 8:21 pm

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6 Louise A Brouillette September 2, 2009 at 8:21 pm

I love its portability...I could take it anywhere!

7 Sarah C September 2, 2009 at 8:45 pm

As a mom, I'm looking for something durable that can withstand being yanked onto the floor or pounded on by grubby hands. So durability is definitely the most important thing to me by far.

8 Sarah C September 2, 2009 at 8:46 pm

Google reader subscriber

9 Iliana Blair September 2, 2009 at 8:53 pm

already subscribed

10 I.Blair September 2, 2009 at 8:55 pm

I would love to have a smaller laptop , with more memory and a tablet writing area.

11 Jason September 2, 2009 at 9:03 pm

I need a laptop to be fast, fast, fast.

12 katiea September 2, 2009 at 9:03 pm

Basically the main thing I look for in a laptop is price to performance ratio. That factors in lots of things: memory, processor, number of crappy preloaded bloatware titles, etc. After that, its screen size, number pad availabitiy, and weight.

Thanks for the contest!

13 Marilyn September 2, 2009 at 9:04 pm

My husband's laptop is kind of bulky, so having one that's thinner is important to me.

14 Donna Y September 2, 2009 at 9:12 pm

Features I need in a laptop is a fast enough processor and enough memory to handles videos and pics of the kids!

15 Donna Y September 2, 2009 at 9:12 pm

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16 tesa s. September 2, 2009 at 9:22 pm

The main factor I'm looking for is performance, and just to actually have a laptop. I've never had one, and have wanted one for so, so long. Here's hoping! :)

17 S September 2, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Some important features I look for when shopping for a new laptop are: Weight (I have to carry it around in my backpack all day), storage (lots of research and movies to..uh, study), and a video chat option to keep in touch with my family back home. :o) Cheers.

18 Donna Y September 2, 2009 at 9:32 pm

I registered for the forums! Sitting here waiting for the activation email. :)

19 judie B. September 2, 2009 at 9:34 pm

this would be so so cool --- kids are getting older and need a computer for school. They fight and fight over the one slow one we have... we really could use this .... thanks for the chance

20 Paul September 2, 2009 at 9:34 pm

I've been using the same iMac G5 since 2004. I'm really looking for an upgrade in speed and capacity. And having portability would be incredible.

21 casey byrd September 2, 2009 at 9:36 pm

a feature i owuld most want in a laptop is a spill proof one! the last laptop we had (key word there, being, HAD) was ruined on afternoon when my 3 year od spilled her pink (strawberry) milk inside the keyboard while it was plugged in a FRIED it. i lost a lot of pictures and she lost months of play n a computer in general bc of my fear of her ruining my desktop! SO, short story long, LOL) i need this laptop very badly!

22 CAndie L September 2, 2009 at 9:38 pm

The most important feature is a computer that will last more than a year a half. Thank you

23 AB Smith September 2, 2009 at 9:47 pm

Good battery life is very important to me!

thanks for sponsoring this.

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24 Nicole LeFevre September 2, 2009 at 9:47 pm

a new computer would be awesome

25 AB Smith September 2, 2009 at 9:47 pm

I am an email subscriber

thanks for sponsoring this.

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26 AB Smith September 2, 2009 at 9:48 pm

I am a registered forum member!

27 Amy Stafford September 2, 2009 at 9:50 pm

I have never had a laptop. I need one that is easy to use.

28 Mel September 2, 2009 at 9:56 pm

the weight and battery life are important to me

29 Linda H. September 2, 2009 at 9:59 pm

Portability is a big must. I love that its light weight and it can fit in just about any bag I have.

30 S Carter September 2, 2009 at 10:00 pm

I woulkd look for a fast, lightweight model

31 Patty September 2, 2009 at 10:07 pm

This is a tough one- what I really want is my desktop computer to shrink and lose a few pounds and become my laptop. So I am looking for a laptop that has the workhorse ability that a desktop does, that I can easily transport.

32 Tiffany S. September 2, 2009 at 10:07 pm

The keyboard and memory are the most important. price and looks are up there too. Thank you for the giveaway!

33 Patty September 2, 2009 at 10:11 pm

I joined the Deal Seeking Mom Forums!

34 Marc September 2, 2009 at 10:18 pm

I would look for speed, good memory...and a connection to a desktop monitor so I can use that instead of the build in monitor when I'm not in the car.

35 Patty September 2, 2009 at 10:19 pm

I Subscribed to your feed via email!

36 Charity September 2, 2009 at 10:19 pm

Battery life and size. I want a battery that lasts, and a non bulky laptop.

Thanks

37 Charity September 2, 2009 at 10:21 pm

I subscribe via reader.

38 S September 2, 2009 at 10:22 pm

I am registed on the DSM forums.

39 sew September 2, 2009 at 10:24 pm

I have been a registered user of the forums for a while. Thanks

40 Phyllis Jenkins September 2, 2009 at 10:25 pm

I need a large capacity hard drive. At 500GB this Acer will hold my photos.

41 Ben September 2, 2009 at 10:25 pm

I look for a good price and keys that are easy to type on.

42 Sand September 2, 2009 at 10:31 pm

I'm looking for a laptop that has a significant amoutn of memory and is fast but also reliable.

43 Sarah September 2, 2009 at 10:35 pm

I subscribe to email and rss feed. Thanks for the giveaway!

44 R Hicks September 2, 2009 at 10:37 pm

Features that I look for is a speedy processor, big hard drive, reputatable vendor, and being lightweight.

45 R Hicks September 2, 2009 at 10:38 pm

have your badge

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46 R Hicks September 2, 2009 at 10:40 pm

joined the forums and registered user

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47 Kari September 2, 2009 at 10:41 pm

hi, i subscribed !

48 KW September 2, 2009 at 10:41 pm

I look for the price and speed. Also the weight.

49 R Hicks September 2, 2009 at 10:41 pm

subscribe via email

50 KW September 2, 2009 at 10:42 pm

I just subscribed via email.

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