1/28/2009 05:20:00 AM | Posted in

One of the major complaints about ultraportables is the fact that their svelte frames are not packed with the performance of their desktop replacement cousins. Well Acer's Travelmate 6292 suffers no such weakness, it's loaded with a 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo processor, boasts 2GB of RAM and a more than ample 160GB hard drive.

Acer TravelMate 6292 Technical Specifications

* Processor 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7300, 800MHz FSB
* Memory 2GB 667 MHz DDR2
* Harddrive 160 GB 5,400rpm SATA
* OS Windows Vista Business
* Weight 4.5 pounds (2 kg)
* Screen 12.1 inches
* Screen resolution 1280x800
* Graphic Card Intel GMA X3100 IGP
* Battery Life 5 hours

Product summary

Description: The Acer TravelMate 6292-6856 is a 4.6-pound, consumer level notebook computer.Compared to other general-purpose notebooks on the market, it is relatively inexpensive at around $1,025.Has Wi-Fi (wireless connectivity) built-in.

Pros: Has a plug-in module media bay, which is considerably more favorable than some similarly priced notebooks.In fact, the typical cost of a product with this favorable a media bay is $1,465.Also, this notebook has only a 4.6-pound weight, which is somewhat lighter than some similarly priced notebooks.By way of comparison, the typical cost of a product with this light a weight is $1,345.Has a modular media bay -- meaning its DVD? RW(? R DL) / DVD-RAM drive is removable, allowing you easily to swap it out for alternative or upgraded units.This is a Santa Rosa Centrino.

Cons: Has only a 12.1-inch screen size, which is considerably smaller than some similarly priced notebooks.For example, the Dell Studio 17, a -pound notebook at around $1, 055, has a 17.0 screen size.The Acer TravelMate 6292-6856 comes with simple word processing software  if you often need access to special character sets you will likely need to upgrade to a full-fledged office suite.Integrated graphics controllers that rely on shared RAM are sometimes an acceptable trade-off for budget-minded users.

Suitability: A general-purpose notebook, suited for general mobile computing.Archive your digital videos using this notebook's DVD burner.If you have a wireless network at home, wirelessly browse the Web from any room in your house with this Wi-Fi enabled laptop.

Value: Given its relatively inexpensive price, this notebook has great features for the money.For example, when it comes to screen size, the average price of mainstream products with a similar screen size is quite a bit more -- right around $1,341.Generally, not targeted at the gaming crowd, this computer will likely fulfill more modest laptop needs.

(1) Given this device's Wi-Fi capability, you may want to get a wireless access point for your home, so that you can browse the Web more conveniently from any room.
(2) To get the most out of this laptop's Bluetooth capability, you could have a Bluetooth-enabled headset, PDA or other device, and be able to link it wirelessly to your computer within a range of 20-or-so feet inside the same room.



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