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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  


An All Round Look

Positioned and retailing as a performance notebook, the size of the TravelMate 8100 allows it to pack in a whole slew of expansion slots and I/O ports into its wide frame. I/O connections are supplied by various high-speed interfaces which include four USB 2.0 ports, a Firewire port and a Type II PC Card slot. Available along the same panel is an earphone jack and a microphone/line-in jack.

A cluttered but highly practical and useful front panel

Lightweight and small Flash cards are being utilized in almost every portable gadget nowadays. At the front panel of the TravelMate 8100 is a 5-in1 card reader capable of reading SD, MMC, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO and xD-Picture cards, giving it instant file sharing capability with the majority of digital cameras available in the market today. Close range wireless connections such Infrared and Bluetooth are supported within the notebook for data communication with mobile phones and PDAs; indispensable tools for mobile warriors. Two backlight buttons for activating Bluetooth and WiFi are conveniently located at the front panel. These backlights are nice design touches as they give users a better awareness on the operational status of the two power draining wireless connections.

Three of the four onboard USB 2.0 ports can be found on the right flank together with the 12.7mm DVD writer with support for 2.4x DVD+R DL write speed


The fourth USB 2.0 port is packed into the left flank together with Gigabit Ethernet and modem jacks. On the rightmost edge is a PCMCIA slot (top) and a Smartcard reader (bottom).


An Acer ezDock connector on the left and a 15-pin D-sub Video-out on the right.


You'll find a DVI port and an S-Video TV-out port at the rear handling all video out in addition to a D-sub Video-out port located on the left flank of the notebook

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