Acer TravelMate TMC203ETCi – C203

Acer TravelMate C203
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Product Name: Acer TravelMate C203ETCi / C203 / C200
Official Page: Discontinued
Manufacturer: Acer, Inc.
Announced: Late 2005
Available: November 2005
Price: Base @ $1399
Markets: Worldwide

Related Laptops:
– Replaced by Acer TravelMate C210 Series
Acer TravelMate C204TMi / C204 is a high-end version of the C203
– Replaced Acer TravelMate C113TCi
– Replaced Acer TravelMate C110 / C111 Series

Features:

– “Convertible” – Can convert between a Tablet PC to a Laptop form factor
– “Sliding Track” mechanism for converting from Tablet PC to Laptop in one motion.
– Full-size EMR (electromagnetic resonance pen with eraser)
– Slot loading optical drive

Note: Does not have second battery that C204TMi has

Manufacturer’s Description:
The Acer® TravelMate® C200 is an all-new series of convertible tablets with a patented sliding-track mechanism that allows you to move between notebook and tablet modes in one smooth motion. You can choose a model that includes fingerprint security and two batteries, yet even with both batteries and the removable optical drive installed, weighs just 5.7 pounds.

Acer TravelMate C204

Specifications:
CPU: Intel Celeron M 370, 1.5GHz, 1MB L2 Cache
Chipset: Mobile Intel 915PM
Front-side Bus: 400MHz
Memory: DDR2 SDRAM – 533MHz
Memory Capacity: Up to 2GB (base may come with 2x256MB = 512MB)

Graphics/Display:
Display: 12.1″ TFT LCD
Resolution: 1024×768 XGA (262K colors)
Touchscreen: Yes
Widescreen: No
Graphics Chipset: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 (GMA 900)
Graphics Memory: 128MB (Shared)
Other: VGA Out

Storage:
Hard Drive: 80GB ATA/100
Optical: CD-RW/DVD-ROM
Other:

Connectivity:
Wireless: Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG 802.11b/g with Acer SignalUp Technology
Modem: 56K V.92
Ethernet: 10/100/1000 Gigabit
Bluetooth: Bluetooth wireless PAN
Mobile Broadband:

Input/Output:
Audio Chipset: Intel High Definition Audio
Speakers: Integrated microphone and speaker
Audio I/O: Microphone/Line-in, Headphones/speakers/line-out
USB: 3x USB 2.0
Firewire: 1x IEEE 1394
PC Card: 1x Type II/CardBus
Flash/Memory Card Reader: 4-in-1 card reader – MultiMediaCard (MMC), Secure Digital (SD), Memory Stick or Memory Stick Pro (MS or MS Pro)
Other: Inverted T cursor layout, hotkey, embedded numeric keypad, Trackpoint with two buttons, scroll wheel, FIR (fast infrared), Optional Port Replicator

Security:
Biometric/Fingerprint: No
Other:

Software & Warranty:
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP Tablet PC Edition
Other Software: Acer® Empowering Technology, Acer® Launch Manager, Acer® Soft Button, Adobe® Acrobat® Reader, CyberLink® PowerDVD,Microsoft® Experience Tablet PC, Microsoft® Reader, Microsoft® Windows® Journal, Norton AntiVirus®, NTI CD-Maker™*, On CD shipped with system: Acer® System Recovery. Note: Some of this software is OEM/Demo software and not the full-featured retail version
Warranty: One-year parts and labor limited warranty* with concurrent International Traveler’s Warranty (See product site for limitations).
Drivers: Global.Acer.com/support

Battery:
Options: Lithium Ion, 6-cell (3-cell for MediaBay is optional)
Battery Life: 6-cell = up to 3.9 hours

Dimensions:
Width: 12.4 inches (315mm)
Depth: 9.4 inches (238mm)
Height: 1.4 inches (35.3mm)
Weight: 5.5 pounds (2.5kg) with optical drive installed

Articles/Reviews:
lifekludger – May 2006 – If had to get a laptop tomorrow that runs windows, I’d buy this Acer, no question, on layout alone. There is no other notebook (with a keyboard) on the market that gives an alternative layout from the common ‘big palm rest with keyboard at back’ and ‘touch-pad’ design.

GottaBeMobile.com – May 2006 – 35 Minute video review of the TravelMate C200.

TabletPCReviewSpot.com – February 2006 – …..this Celeron M-based version of the C200 is an outstanding value. We would highly recommend this Tablet PC for students, consumers or business users who want to get a solid and dependable Tablet PC without breaking the bank.

Cyberlaw Central – January 2006 – Overall, I have been very happy with my choice of the C200. It’s easy to type out longer essays with the keyboard, and yet for most purposes the pen is a great input device. The conversion between the two modes is rapid enough to keep the flow of my work, unlike other tablets that make you stop and twist the screen around to convert it to tablet mode.

TheAge.com.au– December 2005 – A rather bold take on the tablet formula from Acer.

infoSync World – December 2005 – 82% out of 100% – As could be expected, its standard battery won’t hold for long, but this niggle aside, the C200 would be an excellent choice for tablet users who favour power over portability.

TabletPCCorner.net – November 2005 – This is a rough Google translation of their comments (Originally in French): It’s tempting because it offers a compact but sturdy case, good power consumption, and a significant number of technical features, with a good price. The sliding-track mechanism is solid, although it will take a few months before really judging this. Acer conceived the C200 in the same spirit as Toshiba: It’s a portable with Tablet PC functionality added. They mention these pluses and minuses:
Pluses: Power Consumption, Screen, Screen Angle, Brightness/Clarity, Biometric Reader, Multiple Batteries, Good Software, 3 USB Ports + Firewire + Bluetooth 2.0
Minuses: Trackpoint useability, Serrated Roller (?), no palm/hand rest, no screen protection (for stylus), XGA Only.