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Acer TravelMate 8100 Centrino Notebook
By Justin Ong
Category : Notebooks/Laptops
Published by Jimmy Tang on Friday, 21st January, 2005
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars  

Wide Bodied Acer TravelMate 8100

Having covered the intimate details of 'Sonoma' in our exhaustive review of the new mobile platform for Intel Centrino, the next notebook to come under our scrutiny is the Acer TravelMate 8100. Badged under its 8000 series that is designated as the company's performance series, the TravelMate 8100 is the first Acer notebook to completely make the switch to its Folio design theme. Highlights to note in this design are the graceful curves at the edges and a leather-like exterior constructed entirely of metallic graphite gray polycarbonate plastic.

The Acer TravelMate 8100

Measuring 36.3cm across its width and 26.5cm deep, the unit appears massive and is actually quite an intimidating sight from afar. Thickness on the other hand is pleasantly slender, coming in at a delightful 3cm. In terms of build, the TravelMate 8100 is very well knocked together and even when its entire 2.86kg mass was supported on its side, there were no audible stresses from its plastic housing whatsoever.

Front View - (from left to right: SD/XD/MS/MMC card reader, IR port, headphone/optical S/PDIF jack, MIC jack, Bluetooth switch and WLAN switch)

Left Flank - (from left to right: Analog RGB port, RJ-45 Ethernet port, RJ-11 modem phone jack, USB 2.0 port, mini-DV FireWire 400 port)

Right Flank - (left to right: 3x USB 2.0 ports, Super Multi DVD writer, DC power input jack, Kensington slot)

Rear View - (left to right: DVI-D connector, S-Video connector, ezDock connector)

Acer TravelMate 8100 Technical Specifications
Processor and Chipset
  • Intel Pentium M 2.13GHz (Dothan)
  • Intel 915PM + ICH6-M
Operating System
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
BIOS and Supported Standards
  • Phoenix BIOS
System Memory
  • 2 x 512MB DDR2
  • Upgradeable to 2048MB on dual SODIMM sockets
  • 15.4-inch WSXGA+ TFT LCD
  • 1680 x 1050 pixels
Video Expansion
  • 1 x 15-pin D-sub
  • 1 x DVI-D
  • Toshiba PATA (MK8026GAX)
  • 80GB
  • 5,400RPM
  • 16MB Buffer
Optical Drive
  • Panasonic UJ-831S Super MULTI Drive
  • DVD-ROM Read: 8x
  • CD-ROM Read: 24x
  • CD-R Write: 24x
  • CD-RW Write: 10x
  • DVD±R Write: 8x
  • DVD±RW Write: 4x
  • DVD+R DL Write: 2.4x
  • DVD-RAM Write: 3x
  • 56K ITU V.92 data/fax software modem
  • Wireless PAN: Integrated Bluetooth
Network Connections
  • Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet (BCM5751M) x1 PCI Express
  • Intel PRO/Wireless 2915ABG Network Connection
  • Audio system with two built-in speakers
  • Intel high-definition audio support
  • Sound Blaster Pro and MS-Sound compatible
  • S/PDIF (Sony/ Philips Digital Interface) support for digital speakers
  • Dolby support for digital speakers
I/O Port
  • 1 x 124-pin Acer ezDock connector
  • 1 x Type II PC Card slot
  • 1 x Smart Card interface slot
  • 4 x USB 2.0 ports
  • 1 x S-Video TV-out (NTSC/PAL) port
  • 1 x RJ-45 jack for Gigabit Ethernet
  • 1 x RJ-11 jack for modem
  • 1 x 5-in-1 card reader (supports SD, MMC, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO and xD-Picture Card)
  • 1 x IEEE 1394 port
  • 1 x FIR port
  • 1 x microphone/line-in jack
  • 1 x headphone/speaker/line-out with S/PDIF support jack
Dimension & Weight
  • 363 x 265.7 x 30.5 mm (W x D x H)
  • 2.86kg
  • BIOS Lock
  • Hard Disk Lock
  • LifeBook Lock
  • Anti-theft Lock Slot
  • CyberLink Power DVD
  • Acer System Recovery CD
  • Norton Anti-Virus
  • Acer GridVista
  • Acer eManager (eSetting/ePresentation/ePowerManagemen/eRecovery)
  • Acer Launch Manager
  • NTI CD Maker
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • PlatinumSecret suite
System Compliance
  • ACPI 1.0b compliant
  • DMI 2.0 compliant
  • Cisco Compatible Extension (CCX) compliant
  • Mobile PC2001 compliant
  • WiFi compliant
  • LDCM 6.0 compliant

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