Acer launches TravelMate C204TMi and C203ETCi Tablet PCs

Posted on Wednesday, November 23 2005 @ 12:00 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Acer today launched the new TravelMate C200 Tablet PC notebook series which features Intel's Centrino platform and small 12.1" LCD displays. The most interesting feature of this laptop is its sliding mechanism which allows a one-motion conversion from notebook mode to tablet mode.

The system can be easily converted from Tablet to PC mode by simply pushing the LCD module from its closed position to the upright location of a typical notebook PC. Thanks to its advanced ergonomics and its one-motion conversion process, the Acer TravelMate C200 Tablet PC creates the ultimate Tablet PC experience in mobile computing.

The Acer TravelMate C200 series combines efficient computing and advanced technology. Based on the new Intel "Sonoma" platform that combines Intel Pentium M processor and the Mobile Intel 915PM/GM Express chipset, the TravelMate C200 series also features dual-channel system memory support -- DDR2 533 MHz, 256/512MB scalable to 2GB -- and a ATA/100 Hard Disk drive offers a storage capacity of up to 100GB. All models feature a slot loading DVD Dual double layer burner or DVD/CD-RW (tray) and a 4-in-1 card reader that supports Secure Digital (SD), MultiMediaCard (MMC), Memory Stick, and Memory Stick PRO standards.

The convertible Acer C200 Tablet PC sports a high contrast, widely viewable and tablet optimized 12.1" XGA TFT LCD display managed either by NVIDIA GeForce Go 6200 graphics, PCI Express or through the integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 with up to 128MB of shared memory.

Acer's brand new Tablet PC offers desktop PC versatility through the Acer ezDock, a PCI Express-based port replicator designed to accommodate up to 24 legacy and next-generation devices. What's more, the internal Acer MediaBay hot-swappable drives -- a choice of second battery, DVD Dual double-layer or HDD up to 100GB -- improve expandability and extensive storage. With the optional Acer MediaBay battery, the TravelMate C200 can reach up to 8 hours battery life.

For communication and connectivity the TravelMate C200 offers maximum flexibility through integrated Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2915ABG/2200BG network connection chipset featuring dual-band tri-mode IEEE 802.11a/b/g or 802.11b/g and an integrated Bluetooth module. In addition, the standard 10/100/1000 Mbps Fast Ethernet card and 56Kbps ITU V.92 fax modem provide instant connectivity options for home and office environments.

All models have a complete series of I/O ports, including three USB 2.0 ports, Fast infrared (FIR) port and a Firewire 1394 port.

The TravelMate C200 series also integrates the new Acer Soft Button, a software utility designed for Tablet PC users. Especially useful when an Acer convertible Tablet PC is in tablet mode and the launch buttons and hot keys cannot be easily reached, the Acer Soft Button provides rapid software launches, fast Internet and email access, easy system configuration and quick and effective adjustments to the connectivity options.

The TravelMate C200 series supports the new Windows(R) XP Tablet PC Edition providing seamless integration for all Windows-based applications and others specifically developed for Tablet PCs, with pen and voice input.

Acer TravelMate C204TMi specifications:
  • Intel Pentium M Processor 760 (2MB L2 cache, 2.0GHz, 533MHz FSB)
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
  • 1GB (512/512) DDR2 533 SDRAM
  • 100GB hard drive
  • Modular DVD-Dual drive (DVD+/-RW)
  • NVIDIA GeForce Go 6200
  • Biometric Fingerprint ID
  • 4-in-1 card reader for optional MultiMediaCard, Secure Digital card, Memory Stick, or Memory Stick PRO
  • One six-cell and one three-cell battery for 5+ run time hours
  • 802.11b/g, WLAN, Gigabit LAN, V.92 Modem, Bluetooth
  • 12.1" XGA (1024 x 768)
  • $1899
  • Acer TravelMate C203ETCi specifications:
  • Intel Celeron M Processor 370 (1MB L2 cache, 1.5GHz, 400MHz FSB)
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
  • 512MB (512/0) DDR2 533 SDRAM
  • 80GB hard drive
  • Modular CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo Drive
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900
  • 4-in-1 card reader for optional MultiMediaCard, Secure Digital card, Memory Stick, or Memory Stick PRO
  • 802.11b/g, WLAN, Gigabit LAN, V.92 Modem, Bluetooth
  • 12.1" XGA (1024 x 768)
  • $1399

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    Thomas De Maesschalck

    Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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