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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SPECS

   

Hard Drive

 

80GB Ultra ATA/100 (ATA-6)

Ports

 

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

Network

 

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

Manufacturer

 

Acer Inc.

Case Style

 

Portable

Standard Memory

 

512MB DDR2 SDRAM

Display Screen

 

12.1″ XGA Active Matrix TFT Color LCD

Optical Drive

 

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

Sound Card

 

Integrated

Standard Warranty

 

1 Year(s) Limited – Worldwide

Keyboard

 

84 Keys

Manufacturer Part Number

 

LX.TAU0E.002

Expansion Slots

 

1 x Flash Memory Card
1 x CardBus Type II

Operating System

 

Windows XP Tablet PC Edition

Processor

 

Intel Celeron M 370 1.50GHz

Batteries

 

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

Modem

 

V.92 56Kbps Fax Modem

Maximum Memory

 

2GB DDR2 SDRAM

Manufacturer Website Address

 

www.acer.com

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

Speakers

 

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

Dimensions

 

1.4″ Height x 12.4″ Width x 9.4″ Depth

Product Line

 

TravelMate

Display Resolution

 

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

Cache

 

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

 

Trackpoint
Tablet Pen Electromagnetic

Product Series

 

C200

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

Chipset

 

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”.

Barry

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