The Acer C200 Series Tablet PC – First Look

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The Acer C200 Series Tablet PC – the First “True” Convertible?

Looking for a “Slate” Tablet PC with an optical drive? Throw in a hardware keyboard, scrollwheel and trackpoint and you got the new Acer Travelmate C200 series Tablet PC. With its innovative new sliding display mechanism, this convertible tablet feels very much like a slate when you want it to! Most convertible models are more “notebook” than “tablet”, the C200 changes the rules.

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Hard Drive


80GB Ultra ATA/100 (ATA-6)



1 x IrDA Fast Infrared
3 x USB 2.0
1 x Docking
1 x DC Power Input
1 x RJ-11 Modem
1 x RJ-45 Network
1 x VGA
1 x Microphone
1 x Headphone(s)
1 x i.Link IEEE 1394 FireWire

Package Contents


TravelMate C203ETCi Tablet PC Lithium Ion battery AC Adapter Acer System Recovery CD Tablet Pen



Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000Mbps
Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11b/g 54Mbps



Acer Inc.

Case Style



Standard Memory



Display Screen


12.1″ XGA Active Matrix TFT Color LCD

Optical Drive


Combo Drive – CD-RW/DVD-ROM (Plug-in Module)

Sound Card



Standard Warranty


1 Year(s) Limited – Worldwide



84 Keys

Manufacturer Part Number



Expansion Slots


1 x Flash Memory Card
1 x CardBus Type II

Operating System


Windows XP Tablet PC Edition



Intel Celeron M 370 1.50GHz



1 x 6-cell Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) Standard



V.92 56Kbps Fax Modem

Maximum Memory



Manufacturer Website Address

Security Features


User and administrator BIOS passwords Kensington lock slot

Power Supply


65W External AC Adapter

Graphics Controller


Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 Up to 128MB VRAM

Parts Warranty/Labor


1 Year(s)

Bus Speed


400MHz FSB



Mono Speaker Integrated

Software Included


Acer Empowering Technology Acer Launch Manager Acer Soft Button Adobe Acrobat Reader CyberLink PowerDVD (OEM, not full-featured, version) Microsoft Experience Tablet PC Microsoft Reader Microsoft Windows Journal Norton AntiVirus (OEM, not full-featured, version) NTI CD-Maker (OEM, not full-featured, version) Software on CD: Acer System Recovery

Optical Drive Speed


24x 24x 24x CD-RW/8x DVD-ROM

Battery Life


Up to 3.9 Hour(s) (Main Battery)

Keyboard Features


12 function keys 4 cursor keys 2 Microsoft Windows keys Hotkey controls Embedded numeric keypad International language support Empowering Key Easy-Launch Keys: Internet browser Email User-programmable



1.4″ Height x 12.4″ Width x 9.4″ Depth

Product Line



Display Resolution


1024 x 768 @ 262144 (256k) Colors (18 Bit) Internal Support



1MB L2

Certifications & Standards


CCX (Cisco Compatible Extensions) LDCM (LANDesk Client Manager) 6.0 Mobile PC2001 PC2002

Battery Recharge Time


2.5 Hour(s) Passive (Main Battery)
3.5 Hour(s) Active (Main Battery)

Removable Storage Drives


3.5″ 1.44MB Floppy Drive USB External Optional

Memory Speed


533MHz DDR2-533/PC2-4200

Pointing Device


Tablet Pen Electromagnetic

Product Series



Color Support


262144 (256k) Colors (18 Bit)

Memory Slots


1 Populated
1 Free

Power Management


ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) 2.0

Pointing Device Features


Trackpoint Features: 2 buttons Scroll wheel



Intel 915GM Express

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The Acer Travelmate C200 comes in three flavors. Our review unit is the base model which is powered by a 1.5Ghz Celeron M CPU and integrated Intel GMA 900 graphics. Our first impressions of this value priced system (starts at $1,299) is fairly positive. The sleek design and gorgeous display make for an attractive machine.

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The sliding display is pretty slick, however it does go with some obvious compromise. We will discuss this aspect in the C200 full review.

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ThinkPad users, let’s not get too excited. Yes, Acer has added your beloved trackpoint. Still there are many users who will miss a trackpad. Our answer, use the pen then!

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The scrollwheel looks like it can be a real winner. Give us more time to play with this feature. The verdict is still out.

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One thing is for sure. The C200 is a nice looking, professional and sylish machine. It will surely turn heads in the boardroom and at Starbucks. Acer supplies this lcd cover which is absolutely mandatory. Like a true slate Tablet PC, the C200 has no other way to protect the display from damage. A good case would also do the trick.

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Bottoms up! We leave you with this “last look” for our “First Look”. LOL The ass-end of this slick new device looks just about like any other in the tablet/notebook world! Check back with us soon for the the C200 “Full Review”.




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