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TravelMate 5730

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Acer's TravelMate 5730 comes packaged in the new ProFile design chassis and boosts on-the-job performance with features perfectly suited to the progressive professional's daily life. The TravelMate ProFile's look and feel is all business and equipped with cutting-edge Dual Core Processor technology, latest graphics and full wireless communication, the TM5730 boosts mobility and efficiency of any professional user inside a rigid magnesium alloy chassis for maximum protection.


Exceptional performance and complete communication
The new TravelMate 5730 sports cutting-edge dual core processor technology which empowers exceptional multitasking productivity to keep professionals on the cutting edge while the latest ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3470 or NVIDIA® GeForce® 9300M GS card delivers new levels of graphics and video performance for the reliable and stress-free running business applications. The provision of WPA2 advanced data encryption and full wireless communication (802.11a/g/Draft-N) guarantee trouble free wireless compatibility and security to protect business critical data while Gigabit Ethernet with Alert Standard Format (ASF) and Wake-on-LAN support offers fast, efficient and secure LAN connection and remote manageability

Review :

Description: The Acer TravelMate 5730-6953 is a 6.6-pound, consumer level notebook computer.Compared to other mainstream notebooks on the market, it is relatively inexpensive at around $850.The 15.4 inch widescreen has a native resolution of 1280 x 800, which is fairly standard among notebooks.Built around the Intel Core 2 Duo chip.This unit comes with a 160GB hard drive and 2 GB of RAM.

Pros: Includes an HDMI port so you can easily output the notebook's audio and video to a compatible TV or monitor.The External Serial ATA port (ESATA) will transfer data to an external hard drive much faster than USB 2.0.The built-in fingerprint reader will speed up the log in process while adding a strong layer of data protection.The EPA has classified this notebook as Energy Star compliant because it has built-in power management features.

Cons: Has a 6.6-pound weight, which is somewhat heavier than some similarly priced notebooks..The fair battery performance of this laptop means it has to be recharged more frequently than other notebooks in its class.This notebook's Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics chip uses system RAM, which sometimes results in slower performance.

Suitability: A mainstream consumer notebook, suited for general mobile computing.If you have a Wireless Network at home, wirelessly browse the Web from any room in your house with this Wi-Fi enabled laptop.Archive your digital videos using this laptop's DVD writer.An anti-theft security tether can be fastened into the built-in lock slot.

Value: In view of its relatively inexpensive price, this notebook has great features for the money.For example, when it comes to screen size, the average price of consumer level products with a comparable screen size is considerably more -- in fact around $1,048.

Suggestions: (1) Given this device's Wi-Fi capability, you may want to get a WAP for your home, so that you can browse the Web more conveniently from any room.(2) The integrated camera, while it does not have the resolution of most digital cameras, can be handy if you want to video chat over the Internet.





Processor & Chipset
  • Intel® Centrino® 2 processor technology, featuring:
  • Intel® Core™2 Duo processor with up to 6 MB L2 cache, supporting Intel® 64 architecture
  • Mobile Intel® PM45 Express Chipset, or
  • Mobile Intel® GM45 Express Chipset
  • Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 5000 Series (802.11a/g/Draft-N) Wi-Fi CERTIFIED® network connection, featuring MIMO technology, supporting Acer SignalUp™ with Nplify™ wireless technology InviLink™ Nplify™ wireless technology
Memory
  • DDR2 memory, upgradeable to 4 GB using dual soDIMM modules (dual-channel support)
  • * A 64-bit operating system is required to enjoy the ultimate performance of 4 GB memory.
HDD
  • S-ATA Hard Disk Drive with Acer DASP (Disk Anti-Shock Protection)
Storage
  • Blu-ray Disc™/DVD-Super Multi double-layer combo drive or DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive or, DVD/CD-RW combo drive
  • 5-in-1 card reader, supporting Secure Digital (SD), MultiMediaCard (MMC), Memory Stick® (MS), Memory Stick PRO™ (MS PRO), xD-Picture Card™ (xD)
Display
  • 15.4" WXGA high-brightness TFT LCD, 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, supporting simultaneous multi-window viewing via Acer GridVista™
  • 16.7 million colours
Graphics
  • ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3470 with up to 2048 MB of HyperMemory™ (256 MB of dedicated DDR2 VRAM, up to 1792 MB of shared system memory), supporting Unified Video Decoder (UVD), OpenEXR High Dynamic-Range (HDR) technology, Shader Model 4.1, Microsoft® DirectX® 10., or (*Depending on size of system memory)
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® 9300M GS with up to 2047 MB of TurboCache™ (256 MB of dedicated DDR2 VRAM, up to 1791 MB of shared system memory), supporting NVIDIA® PureVideo™ HD technology, OpenEXR High Dynamic-Range (HDR) technology, Shader Model 4.0, Microsoft® DirectX® 10, or (*Depending on size of system memory)
  • Mobile Intel® GM45 Express Chipset with integrated 3D graphics, featuring Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X4500HD (Intel® GMA X4500HD) with up to 512*MB of Intel® Dynamic Video Memory Technology 5.0 (8 MB of dedicated system memory, up to 502 MB of shared system memory), supporting Microsoft® DirectX® 10 (*Depending on size of system memory)
  • DualView™ support
  • MPEG-2/DVD hardware assisted capability
  • WMV9 (VC-1) and H.264 (AVC) support (acceleration)
  • HDMI™ (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) with HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) support
Multimedia
  • Acer PureZone technology with two built-in stereo microphones featuring beam forming, echo cancellation, and noise suppression technologies
  • Two built-in Acer 3DSonic stereo speakers
  • High Definition Audio support
  • MS-Sound compatible
Communication
  • Acer Video Conference featuring Voice and Video over Internet Protocol (VVoIP) support via Acer CrystalEye webcam and optional Acer Xpress VoIP phone
  • Integrated Acer CrystalEye webcam, supporting enhanced Acer PrimaLite™ technology (manufacturing option)
  • Gigabit Ethernet supporting ASF (Alert Standard Format) 2.0, Wake-on-LAN ready
  • Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 5000 Series (802.11a/g/Draft-N) Wi-Fi CERTIFIED® network connection, supporting Acer SignalUp™ with Nplify™ wireless technology
  • Bluetooth® 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) (factory option)
I/O Interfaces
  • Acer EasyPort IV connector
  • 1x ExpressCard™/54 slot
  • 1 x PC Card slot (Type II)
  • Acer Bio-Protection fingerprint reader
  • 5-in-1 card reader (SD, MMC, MS, MS PRO, xD)
  • 4 x USB 2.0 ports
    (1x USB 2.0 port combined with eSATA port)
  • 1x HDMI port (on the dedicated graphics version)
  • 1 x External display (VGA) port
  • 1 x Modem (RJ-11) port
  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) port
  • 1 x Microphone-in jack
  • 1 x Line-in jack
  • 1x DC-in jack for AC adapter
Security
  • Acer Bio-Protection fingerprint solution, featuring Pre-Boot Authentication (PBA), computer protection, Acer FingerLaunch and Acer FingerNav
  • Enhanced Acer DASP (Disk Anti-Shock Protection) HDD protection technology
  • Slot for Kensington lock
  • BIOS user and supervisor passwords
Power supply and battery
  • ACPI 3.0 CPU power management standard: supports Standby and Hibernation power-saving modes
  • 48.8W 6-cell Li-ion battery pack, or 71W 8-cell Li-ion battery pack
  • Up to 5-hour battery life with 8-cell, or up to 2-hour battery life with 6-cell battery pack
  • Acer QuicCharge™ technology:
    • 80% charge in 1 hour
    • 2-hour rapid charge system-off
    • 3-hour charge-in-use
  • 3-pin 65W AC adapter
  • Energy Star 4.0
Keyboard & Special Controls
  • 88-/89-key Acer FineTouch™ keyboard with 5-degree curve, inverted "T" cursor layout, 2.5 mm (minimum) key travel
  • Acer Bio-Protection fingerprint reader1, featuring Acer FingerNav 4-way control function
  • 12 function keys; four cursor keys; two Windows® keys; hotkey controls; embedded numeric keypad; international language support
  • Empowering Key
  • Easy-launch buttons: Internet, email, user-programmable
  • Productivity keys: Lock, Presentation, Sync
  • Two front-access switches: WLAN and Bluetooth®
Weight and dimensions
  • 360 (W) x 267 (D) x 30.3/43 (H) mm
    (14.17 x 10.51 x 1.09/1.69 inches)
  • 3.02 kg (6.65 lbs.) with 8-cell battery pack
    2.88 kg (6.36 lbs.) with 6-cell battery pack
Quality & Reliability Tests
  • Temperature & humidity test
  • Free drop test
  • Acoustics test
  • Weight and pressure test
  • Spillage test
  • Shock and vibration test
  • Electrostatic discharge immunity test
  • MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure) test
  • Hinge life test
  • Keyboard-switch life test
Software
  • Acer Empowering Technology (Acer eDataSecurity, ePower, eRecovery, eSettings Management)
  • Acer Crystal Eye
  • Acer GridVista™
  • Acer Launch Manager
  • Adobe Reader™
  • Corel® WinDVD
  • NTI® CD Maker™ / NTI® Shadow™
  • McAfee Internet Security Suite 60-day trial version (or equivalent)
  • Microsoft® Office Ready 2007
Options
  • Acer EasyPort
  • Acer Xpress VoIP phone featuring Acer Video Conference Manager
  • Additional memory modules
  • Additional battery pack
  • Additional AC adapter
  • External USB floppy disk drive
Certifications
  • Wi-Fi®
  • ACPI 3.0
  • Mobile PC 2002
  • DMI 2.0
  • TCG 1.2


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TravelMate 6593

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Processor
• Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor P9500
(6MB L2 cache, 2.53GHz, 1066MHz FSB)

Chipset
• Mobile Intel® GM45 Express

Memory
• Up to 4GB (2GB installed in each of two memory slots) DDR3 1066 SDRAM

Storage
• 250GB* SATA hard drive, 5400RPM, with Acer® DASP (Disk Anti-Shock Protection)
5-in-1 card reader for optional MultiMediaCard™, Secure Digital card, Memory Stick®, Memory Stick PRO™ or xD-Picture Card™

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Video
• 15.4" WXGA (128
0 x 800) TFT LCD with white LED backlight


Communications
• Intel® Wireless WiFi Lin
k network connection supporting 802.11a/b/g/Draft N wireless LAN, Acer® SignalUp technology for enhanced antenna efficiency

Bluetooth® 2.0 + EDR (enhanced data rate) wireless PAN

Gigabit LAN, Wake-on-LAN ready

Dimensions & Weight
• 14.2" (360.0mm) W x 10.5" (267.0mm) D x 1.3" – 1.4” (34.0 - 36.5mm) H

6.6 lb. (3.0kg) with nine-cell battery and optical drive

Size and weight may vary depending on configuration
Power
• 90-watt AC adapter
Lithium ion batteries:

Quality Tests
• Temperature and humidity, acoustics, electrostatic discharge immunity, hinge life, keyboard-switch life, free drop, weight and pressure, shock and vibration, spillage, MTBF (mean time between failure)


Review:

Description: The Acer TravelMate 6593 is a 6.6-pound, mainstream consumer notebook computer.Compared to other consumer level notebooks on the market, it is midpriced at around $1,190.The 15.4 inch widescreen has a native resolution of 1280 x 800, which is fairly standard among notebooks.Built around the Intel Core 2 Duo processor.This configuration includes a 250GB hard drive and 4 GB of RAM.

Pros: Has a 2.53 GHz CPU speed, which is somewhat faster than some similarly priced notebooks.By way of comparison, the typical cost of a product with this zippy a CPU speed is $1,730.The built in Bluetooth connectivity will let you pair headphones or sync your mobile contacts.The built-in fingerprint reader will speed up the log in process while adding a strong layer of data protection.

Cons: The fair battery performance of this laptop means it has to be recharged more frequently than other notebooks in its class.This notebook's Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics chip uses system memory, which sometimes results in slower performance.

Suitability: A mainstream consumer notebook, suited for general mobile computing.If you have a wireless network at home, wirelessly browse the Web from any room in your house with this Wi-Fi enabled notebook.Comes with a DVD writer, allowing you to convert home movies from your digital video camcorder onto DVDs.An anti-theft security tether can be fastened into the built-in lock slot.

Value: Overall, this notebook has great features for the money.

Suggestions: (1) Given this device's Wi-Fi capability, you may want to get a WAP for your home, so that you can browse the Web more conveniently from any room.(2) To get the most out of this notebook's Bluetooth capability, you could have a Bluetooth-enabled headset, handheld or other device, and be able to link it wirelessly to your computer within a range of 20-or-so feet inside the same room.





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Acer Aspire One AOD150

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DDespite owning a huge chunk of the growing Netbook market, the popular Acer Aspire One has been saddled with a 9-inch screen, rather than the bigger 10-inch type we prefer. At long last, Acer now has a 10-inch model, the Aspire One AOD150. Even better, it's keeping the starting price at $349, which is about $50-$100 cheaper than similarly configured systems from other PC makers. The Aspire One series has been neither the best nor the worst Netbook out there, and Acer's market share to date has largely been based on its lower retail-price strategy.

With the basic Intel Atom/1GB RAM/XP setup, you'll get a similar experience to using a Netbook such as the HP Mini 1000 or Lenovo S10, but there are a handful of trade-offs for the AOD150's price. While the AOD150's keyboard is large enough for comfortable typing, the tiny touch pad and mouse buttons (on a flimsy rocker bar) are painful to use, and the extended six-cell battery runs for up to 6 hours, but makes the whole package relatively heavy. Note that our test unit had a slightly beefed-up battery (5800mAH versus 4400mAH) compared with what it will finally ship with, and we'll retest with the official six-cell battery when we get our hands on one.

Netbooks were originally intended as cheap, no-frills travel machines, and the new Aspire One fits that bill well, but there are also plenty of slightly more expensive options that add polish.

The new Acer Aspire One AOD150 is available in blue, white, red, and black. Our review unit was "sapphire blue," with a glossy lid and a matte, slightly textured finish on the keyboard tray. While the new Acer Aspire One has a footprint similar to other 10-inch Netbooks, such as the MSI Wind, it's significantly thicker than the slim HP Mini 1000, and also heavier, thanks to the bulky battery.

The first Acer Aspire One we looked at was a 9-inch Linux model, and while the AOD150 model has a larger chassis and screen, the keyboard is virtually identical. Despite not having as comfortable a keyboard as the Samsung NC10 or HP Mini, we did appreciate the inclusion of dedicated page-up and page-down keys.

The touch pad is one of the few giveaways that this is a budget Netbook. It's tiny and square, with a very small rocker bar below it, instead of traditional left and right mouse buttons. Getting it to properly register a click is a pain: you need to press really hard, as the contact seems to be deeply embedded in the chassis.

The 10.2-inch, wide-screen, LCD display offers a 1,024x600-pixel native resolution, which is standard for Netbooks. It's certainly readable, but most documents and Web pages will require some scrolling. Bright and clear, the new bigger display is the main selling points of Acer's updated Aspire One.







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Acer Extensa 5620

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Description: The Acer Extensa 5620-4677 is a 6.4-pound, general-purpose notebook computer.Compared to other mainstream notebooks on the market, it is very inexpensive at around $580.The 15.4 inch widescreen has a native resolution of 1280 x 800, which is fairly standard among laptops.Runs on the Intel Pentium dual Core chip.This configuration includes a 120GB hard disk drive and 1 GB of memory.

Cons: Has a modest 1.86 GHz CPU speed.This is not out of line with the product's price, but is slower than the average notebook on the market today.The poor battery performance of this laptop means it has to be recharged more often than other laptops in its class.This notebook's Intel GMA X3100 graphics chip uses system memory, which sometimes results in slower performance.

Suitability: A general-purpose notebook, suited for general mobile computing.If you have a wireless network at home, wirelessly browse the Web from any room in your house with this Wi-Fi enabled laptop.Archive your digital videos using this notebook's DVD burner.An anti-theft security tether can be fastened into the built-in lock slot.

Value: In view of its very inexpensive price, this notebook has great features for the money.Generally, not targeted at the gaming crowd, this computer will likely fulfill more modest laptop needs.

Suggestions: (1) Given this device's Wi-Fi capability, you may want to get a wireless access point for your home, so that you can browse the Internet more conveniently from any room.(2) For help in deciding if this is the right notebook for you, see CNET's buying guide for notebooks.

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