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.
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 .
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