The Good Record-breaking performance; rugged design; memory card slots.
The Bad Poor battery life; short warranty; no integrated Wi-Fi.
The Bottom Line Acer's desktop-replacement 420 series provides top-notch performance and innovative features.
|Acer TravelMate 426LC (Pentium 4-M 2.4 GHz||Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (15-inch, 2017)||Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13-inch, 2016)||Lenovo ThinkPad X230||Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (13-inch, 2015)|
|Price||$1,979 MSRP||$4,099 Apple||$1,979 MSRP||$1,979 MSRP||$1,979 MSRP|
Acer TravelMate 426LC (Pentium 4-M 2.4 GHz
When it comes to performance and style, the Acer TravelMate 420 series excels. These handsome, two-spindle desktop-replacement notebooks are also sturdily built and come with both MMC/Secure Digital and Memory Stick flash memory slots. The line currently consists of only two models: the top-dog 426LC we tested and a lesser configuration, the 422XC. Alas, while both models are packed with features, there's one notable exception--these notebooks don't come ready for 802.11b wireless. A common trade-off for breakneck performance, battery life is another weakness. Business or home users who want ultimate speed but don't need wireless or top-flight battery life will like this notebook.
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