by November 1, 2000 0 comments

The TravelMate 600 is the most attractive-looking notebook in
the shootout. One unique feature in this notebook is its CD-RW drive instead of
a CD-ROM drive. So users can also burn data on CDs. It didn’t ship with a
floppy drive. However, an optional USB floppy drive is available for the
notebook. But you’ll need to pay for it.

notebook is powered by a PIII/650 MHz processor, 64 MB RAM, and 8 MB ATI
Mobility Pro graphics card. The 602TER is pretty light, weighing just 2.96 kgs.

Acer TravelMate- 602 TER

Notebook. Rs 1,99,900
Specs: PIII/650 MHz; 64 MB RAM; 13.3 “ TFT; 12 GB HDD; 4x/4x/20x CD-RW.
Pros: Good Battery backup; lightweight.
Cons: Only three months warranty for the battery; long battery charging time.
Bundled Software: IBM Via Voice, Adaptec Easy CD Creator, Direct CD, Acer Time Machine, Intel LANDesk.
Source: Acer India
S-302, Greater Kailash II
New Delhi 110048. 
Tel: 11-6294949/5959  

It doesn’t ship with a carry bag of its own. Connectivity
is no problem at all. It has an integrated 10/100 LAN and 56K modem, 2 USB and
an IR port apart from all the regular ports.

Another good feature in this notebook is its sound system.
The jacks for speakers, line-in, and Mic are conveniently located on its
front-panel. The power button is also located in the front.

The notebook’s hard drive and RAM are easily accessible by
a user, which makes it easy for future upgrades. Performance wise this notebook
did pretty well. It gave a battery backup time of 3:36 hours, which is very
good, although its charging time of 3:40 hours, was a little disappointing. In
Business Winstone 99 it scored 22.1, which is a good enough.

The TravelMate comes with a restore CD and a system driver
CD. It also comes bundled with a host of software, which include IBM ViaVoice
speech recognition software, Adaptec Easy CD Creator and Direct CD, Intel
LANDesk Client Manager, and Acer TimeMachine. The last is meant to help your PC
recover from a crash. If a bad application creates trouble in the machine, Time
Machine software restores the notebook to a configuration before the application
was installed.

Overall this notebook is light, performs well and has all the features you
can wish for. It lost points on warranty. It offers one-year warranty for the
notebook and only three-months for the battery.

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