Acer Tablet Taps Centrino

 
 
By Anne Chen  |  Posted 2003-06-09 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

One of the first vendors to release a Tablet PC, Acer America is again a front-runner with its second-generation TravelMate C110.

One of the first vendors to release a Tablet PC, Acer America is again a front-runner with its second-generation TravelMate C110—the first Tablet PC to include Intels Centrino mobile technology.

The C110 (priced starting at $1,899) was released last month. The unit I tested was equipped with an Intel 900MHz Pentium M ultra-low-voltage processor. It was also armed with 512MB of DDR RAM and a 40GB hard drive.

The C110 comes preloaded with Microsofts Windows XP Tablet PC Edition operating system and weighs 3.2 pounds without external drives.

The tablet features a 10.4-inch XGA display. As with its predecessor, the C100, the C110 performs as a Tablet PC or as a notebook with a flip of the screen.

The C110 has built-in wireless 802.11b and Bluetooth support, two USB 2.0 ports, an IEEE 1394 interface, a 10/100M-bps LAN connection, and a 56K-bps modem. An external CD-ROM or combo drive can be attached via the IEEE 1394 interface.

As with most tiny notebooks, I found the keyboard on the C110 too small for fast touch-typing. However, some of the slower typists in the Labs had less trouble using it. The casing has a flimsy feel; users should be careful when handling the unit.

Acer can be contacted at global.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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