Acer Travelmate Acer got an early start in the Tablet space; we evaluated a fully functioning Acer prototype months ago (see review). The shipping TravelMate C102Ti clamshell unit is about the size of a small notebook and is indistinguishable from a notebook in appearance.eWeek Labs found the Acer device to be perfectly average in every way, which makes it a somewhat compelling machine because it has no notable flaws. The problems associated with the Acer are the same ones that other Tablet PCs havenotably, the fact that theyre Tablets. The Acer we tested was equipped with an Intel Corp. 800MHz Pentium III-M. This is the minimum Intel processor needed for a usable Tablet experience. The Acer performed well in usability testing, exhibiting only minor pen lag. Pen lag in Tablet systems is created by the processing power it takes to calculate the motion of the pen. Dragging a mouse, which has a typical resolution of 400 dpi (dots per inch), across a traditional screen produces virtually no lag. The Tablet digitizers have resolutions of at least 1,000 dpi. A simple drag across a Tablet can consume as much as 15 percent of processor resources. The Acer also performs well as a functional notebook. Flip the 10.4-inch digitizer screen and twist it, and the Acer cannot be distinguished from a subnotebook. The Acer keyboard is small and the casing has a slightly cheap feel, but, overall, the Acers size and capability will make it a good choice for those who want a convertible Tablet PC.
Many people will like the Acer units compact design and the fact that it is fully equipped, including an extra battery and an external CD-ROM. However, at $2,399, the Acer TravelMate is also the most expensive unit we tested.