Acer TravelMate C314 Tablet PC – First Look (pics, specs)

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Acer TravelMate C314 Tablet PC – First Look

The chrome and black color combo makes for a bold appearance for the C314.

Acer C314 on top the Toshiba Tecra M4 – Both models share a similar size class.

In this first look, we aim to provide an overview of the Acer C314 Tablet PC Convertible, its features and performance capabilities. With its powerful 2.0GHz Sonoma-based Pentium M, 1GB of RAM and generous 100GB hard drive, the C314 essentially packs a heck of a punch in the power category. What makes this model especially desireable though is the features vs. pricetag balance.

Of honorable mention:

1. Although not the top of the line, the NVIDIA GeForce Go 6200 dedicated/shared (PCIe) offers respectable performance – well above a standard Intel GMA900 solution (fully integrated). Yes, you can run Doom 3 on this machine with very playable framerates. Games such as Half Life 2 and Far Cry will fly.

2. The unique curvy keyboard is a nice touch both ergonomically and aesthetically.

Don’t want to mention it:

1. Some of the exterior elements (such as the power switch and plastic casing) feel less “solid” than we would like.

C314 Tablet PC Specs (our review model):

Product Description Acer TravelMate C314XMi – Pentium M 760 2 GHz – 14.1″ TFT
Dimensions (WxDxH) 12.8 in x 10.7 in x 1.4 in
Weight 6.2 lbs
Localization English
Mobile Technology Intel Centrino
System Type Tablet PC – convertible
Built-in Devices Stereo speakers, wireless LAN antenna, Bluetooth antenna
Processor Intel Pentium M 760 2 GHz
Cache Memory 2 MB – L2 cache
RAM 1 GB (installed) / 2 GB (max) – DDR SDRAM ( 2 x 512 MB )
Card Reader 4 in 1
Hard Drive 100 GB
Optical Storage DVD RW – plug-in module
Display 14.1″ TFT active matrix XGA (1024 x 768) – 24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Graphics Controller NVidia GeForce Go 6200 – 32 MB
Audio Output Sound card
Telecom Fax / modem – 56 Kbps
Networking Network adapter – Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
Input Device Keyboard, digitizer, touchpad, 4-way scroll button, digital pen
Power AC 110/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
Battery Lithium ion
Run Time (Up To) 5.5 hour(s)
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
Manufacturer Warranty 1 year warranty

C314 Design and Build Quality

front: lock latch, speakers and pen (top left corner).

top view

right side: kensington lock, power switch, heat vent, optical drive

left side: multi-card reader, USB port, IR port, PCMCIA slot

rear: mic jack, headphone jack, (covered ports: LAN, modem, VGA), S-Video,
2 USB ports, AC in

underside: HD access, RAM access (to the right), BT radio/mini pci, battery.

The 14.1″ C314 display is bright and clear.

The 6 Pounder Weight Class:

The Acer C314 is in the same weight and power class as the Toshiba Tecra M4. This class is perfect for users who are looking for a notebook/tablet/desktop replacement combination.

The C314 is the most powerful Tablet PC we have seen so far, featuring the 2.0Ghz Pentium M (Sonoma) CPU. Although the NVIDIA Go 6200 GPU has a relatively minute 32MB of dedicated video RAM, it is designed to borrow up to 96MB of system RAM as needed. Speedy performance is offered as RAM is shared via the new PCI Express interface. This chip is a good compromise between value, power consumption and performance. Truthfully, the Go 6200 is no slouch and will please most any user (with the exception of the heavy gamer).

Our full review of the Acer TravelMate C314 Tablet PC will be posted around the third week of July. In the meantime, we hope this “First Look” provides a basic idea of what the Acer C314 offers in looks, features and performance.





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