Acer TravelMate 330T Review - Page 3

The TravelMate 330T Sub-Notebook
The sub-notebook category was made popular by Sony’s introduction of the incredibly hot selling Vaio 505 series, which combined power, lightweight portability and elegance into one quality product.

Seeing the market opportunities, many others joined in with Toshiba, Panasonic and Sharp all producing very fine show stealers. Though Acer is a little late in the game, their Texas Instrument acquisition speeded up their development of a very impressive sub-notebook that brought the Taiwanese firm into the limelight. Here’s the spec sheet of the TravelMate 330T:

Specifications

CPU Mobile Pentium® II processor 300 MHz PE with integrated 256KB L2 cache
System Memory
  • 64MB SDRAM Memory
  • Two DIMM slots upgradable to 256MB with SDRAM soDIMMs
Storage Subsystem
  • 4.8GB Ultra ATA/33 HDD wtih password protection
  • EasyLink™ Combo Drive (options):
  • 3.5" 1.44MB FDD + 24X CD-ROM
  • 3.5" 1.44MB FDD + 2X DVD-ROM
  • EasyLink™ enhanced-IDE interface
Video Display
  • 12.1" TFT color display at 800 x 600, 16.7 million colors
  • Trident Cyber 9525DVD 3D graphics accelerator
  • 2.5MB embedded SDRAM video memory
  • 2X AGP and 3D graphics support
  • MPEG-2 DVD hardware assistance
  • Dualview support (under Microsoft® Windows® 98)
  • Simultaneous LCD and CRT display, via external non-interlaced monitor at (max.) 1600x1200, 256 colors
Dimensions and Weight
  • 289mm(W) x 218mm(D) x 23.5mm(Height on front)/27.9mm (Height on rear)
    or 11.3"(W) x 8.6"(D) x 0.93"(Height on front)/1.1"(Height on rear)
  • 1.8 kg. or 4.01 lb. with battery
Audio Systems
  • PCI-based SoundBlaster™ Pro and MS-Sound compatible 3D audio system
  • ESS SOLO-1E audio accelerator with pipelined wavetable synthesizer
  • 3D spatial enhancement with high fidelity audio output
  • Built-in speaker
  • Audio jacks for Line-in/Line-out/Microphone-in
Power Subsystem
  • 30WH 6-cell prismatic Li-Ion battery pack
  • 45W, 100~240V full-range AC adapter
  • 3 Hour battery life
  • 3 Hour rapid charge and 6-9 hour charge in use
  • APM 1.2 support and ACPI hardware compliant
Keyboard and Pointing Device
  • 84/85/89 key, invited "T" cursor layout, 19mm key spacing and 2.6m key travel
  • Euro sign supported
  • Built-in 3 button touchpad pointing device with scroll button
I/O Ports
  • One USB port
  • One CardBus type II PCMCIA slot with ZV port support
  • One ECP/EPP-compliant parallel port
  • One 16550-compliant RS-232 serial port
  • One external VGA port
  • One PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
  • One jack each for microphone-in, line-in and line-out
  • One IrDA FIR (4Mbps) wireless communication port
  • One DC-in jack for AC adapter
  • One 68-pin enhanced-IDE interface for EasyLink™ Combo Drive
Software Support
  • Microsoft® Windows 98
  • Windows NT® 4.0 compliant
Manageability
  • DMI 2.0 compliant
  • Intel® LDCM (LANDesk® Client Manager) 3.3 bundled in recovery CD.
  • Recovery CD included
Warranty
  • 1 year limited local and international (carry-in services) warranty

 

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