Acer System Taps Centrino

 
 
By Anne Chen  |  Posted 2003-08-11 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

$1,500 won't buy you much in terms of desktop replacements, but with Acer's TravelMate 290LMI, that sum will get you on the Intel Centrino bandwagon.

These days, $1,500 wont buy you much in terms of desktop replacements, but with Acers TravelMate 290LMI, that sum will get you on the Intel Centrino bandwagon—and more.

This enterprise-oriented desktop replacement, which was released last month, is a good fit for organizations on tight budgets. Armed with a 1.3GHz Pentium M processor, an Intel 855 GM chip set and Intel Pro 802.11b wireless capabilities, the 290LMI fits Intels requirements for the Centrino platform.

The unit I tested came with Windows XP Home and was equipped with 512MB of PC2100 (266MHz) double-data-rate synchronous dynamic RAM and a 40GB hard drive.

Measuring 13.13 by 10.88 by 1.26 inches, the 290LMI weighs in at 6.2 pounds. The laptops battery can deliver up to 5 hours of power, according to Acer officials.

Along with wireless capabilities, the laptop has a built-in 56K-bps ITU V.92 data/fax modem, 10/100M-bps Fast Ethernet and integrated Bluetooth capabilities. The 290LMI is also equipped with three USB 2.0 ports, an IEEE 1394 port and a parallel port.

The laptops 15-inch XGA TFT LCD screen has a maximum 1,024-by-768-pixel resolution. The unit was also equipped with a hot-swappable DVD-RW combo drive. Gamers and graphics-intensive power users should keep in mind that the 290LMI features an integrated graphics chip with shared memory.

More information is available at www.acer.com.

 
 
 
 
As a senior writer for eWEEK Labs, Anne writes articles pertaining to IT professionals and the best practices for technology implementation. Anne covers the deployment issues and the business drivers related to technologies including databases, wireless, security and network operating systems. Anne joined eWeek in 1999 as a writer for eWeek's eBiz Strategies section before moving over to Labs in 2001. Prior to eWeek, she covered business and technology at the San Jose Mercury News and at the Contra Costa Times.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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