by January 11, 2000 0 comments

At its price, the TravelMate was the cheapest notebook in the
shootout. Barring its Celeron 433 MHz processor, the other specs are similar to
the ACI Performer II. It uses the same NeoMagic display card with 2 MB VRAM and
a 12.1″ HPA/TFT screen. It gave a maximum resolution of 1,024×768 with
16-bit color depth, which is the same as the ACI Performer. However, in terms of
performance it didn’t fare as well as the Performer II.

Acer TraveMate 506DX 

Notebook. Rs 79,900
Specs: Celeron 433 MHz; 32 MB RAM; 12.1″ HPA/TFT; 4.8 GB HDD; 24x CD-ROM drive.
Pros: Low price, built-in modem.
Cons: Low RAM; takes long time to recharge.
Bundled software: Acer time machine, Trend PC-cillin 98, Watergate PC doctor, Acer notebook manager.
Source: Acer India
S-302, Greater Kailash II
New Delhi 110048. 
Tel: 11-6294949/5959  

only managed a score of 9.83 Winmarks in Business Winstone 99. The reason for
this seems to be the 32 MB RAM. Adding 32 MB more RAM will definitely boost its
performance. The good news is that the RAM can be upgraded up to 160 MB. The
user can easily do this by simply removing one screw.

Like the ACI, this one too weighs around 5.5 kgs with the
travel bag and other accessories. It also has a built-in FDD and a CD-ROM drive,
so you don’t have to leave anything behind while on the move. It also has an
integrated 56K modem and a USB port. In addition to this, it also has two PCMCIA
slots. However, it doesn’t have an IR port.

The TravelMate gave a backup time of 2:02 hours, which was
lower than the ACI Performer II. It also took around four hours to recharge. The
notebook comes pre-installed with Win 98 SE and has a decent restore CD with an
easy-to-use browser interface. You can install specific drivers or applications
from here. The CD is also bootable, which helps in recovering from a disk crash.

This is a one-year warranty for the notebook and three months for the

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