Acer TravelMate 8200

The Good Screaming multimedia performance; slick design; cutting-edge components; ample connectors; integrated DV camera.

The Bad Lacks multimedia controls.

The Bottom Line From a performance perspective, the fast Acer TravelMate 8200 does Intel's new Core Duo processor proud--but its battery life didn't see much of a boost.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Battery 5.0
  • Support 4.0
7.7 Overall

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Review

Acer TravelMate 8200

Acer TravelMate 8200

Editor's note: In our original review, we mistakenly stated the Acer TravelMate 8200's RAM speed. The laptop ships with 533MHz RAM. We regret the error. (3/15/06)

The Acer TravelMate 8200 is one of the first Intel Core Duo laptops out of the gate. In addition to its bleeding-edge Core Duo processor, the midsize portable features a great case design and top-of-the-line components, such as a 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics chip, a mammoth 120GB hard drive, and a double-layer DVD burner. Though this sweet system delivers on the Core Duo's promise of extremely fast multimedia performance, its performance gain was less pronounced on our productivity benchmarks, making its $2,499 price too expensive for users who just want fast performance for office work. Still, the TravelMate 8200 is worth the price premium if you're looking for a well-outfitted laptop for graphic design, video editing, or heavy-duty multitasking; otherwise, you can likely meet your needs by purchasing a less expensive laptop with a single-core Pentium M processor, such as the Acer TravelMate 4650 or the ThinkPad Z60t.

In terms of design, the TravelMate 8200 is a logo-free, all-black version of the Acer Ferrari 4000. The TravelMate 8200's tough carbon-fiber case lid has a cool kaleidoscopic lattice pattern; the rest of the case consists of sturdy magnesium alloy. The laptop measures a reasonable 14.3 inches wide, 11 inches deep, and 1 inch thick. Its 6.6-pound weight is identical to that of the Dell Inspiron 6000 and about average for a midsize system--the Acer TravelMate 4650, for instance, weighs 6.4 pounds.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $2,099
  • Brand Acer
  • Type Core Duo
  • Installed Size 2 GB
  • Edition Windows XP Professional
  • Capacity 120 GB
  • Diagonal Size 15.4 in
  • Chipset Type Mobile Intel 945PM Express
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