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Acer Travelmate 341T notebook
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Author: BK Toh
Date of review: 01-September-2000
Type Of Review: Miscellaneous

Executive Summary
If you already have access to a desktop PC, having a notebook PC may seem to be superfluous, especially if you take into account the fact that notebooks usually use proprietary connectors and accessories, which make it virtually impossible to upgrade.

Features
However, I found myself pleasantly surprised with the Acer Travelmate 341T ultra portable. It may not be the most lightweight or the most powerful notebook in the market, but it packs a lot of features into that affordable price. It comes with a Pentium III 500MHz Coppermine CPU, a 6GB hard disk, built-in modem and Ethernet connectors and a whole host of other features. I do occasionally ďback-upĒ my files to my desktop PC hard disk since the 6GB hard disk isnít really enough with all the files (drivers, demos, etc) that I normally download but for most users, 6GB is a lot of space.

The standard memory configuration is 64MB but I found from previous experience that you should ideally have 128MB.

I have also gotten used to the smaller keyboard and I find the trackpad a really intuitive device, compared to the joystick-device favoured by Toshiba and IBM.

Performance
The performance is more than acceptable in word processing and other office applications, and I can barely detect any appreciable differences between the Acer and my 733MHz desktop PC for such applications. However, donít expect to be able to run any 3D intensive programs at a realistic speed.

Once you get used to being able to work on your files or surf your favourite sites anywhere, it can get addictive. In fact, since getting the notebook, the Acer has overtaken my desktop as my primary machine.



Our recommendations
Acer deserves a solid pat on the back for coming out with such a brilliant package for such an affordable price. If you are in the market for an ultra-portable notebook, and price is a serious consideration, the Acer is a star buy.


This product earns Hardware ONE's Value Pick!




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