Acer TravelMate C310 - First Take

The 6.7-pound Acer TravelMate C310 is too heavy for extended handheld use, but it's big enough to include a 14.1-inch screen and great performance.

Acer TravelMate C310 series
The Acer TravelMate C310 series comes in two fixed configurations. The $1,699 TravelMate C312XCi includes a 1.73GHz Pentium M processor, 512MB of swift 533MHz RAM, an 80GB hard drive spinning at a sluggish 4,200rpm, and a CD-ROM/DVD-RW drive. The $1,999 TravelMate C314XMi offers a fast 2GHz Pentium M processor; 1GB of 533MHz RAM; a 100GB, 4,200rpm hard drive; and a multiformat DVD burner. On both models, a huge 14.1-inch display with a 1,024x768 native resolution provides ample room for writing, and an Nvidia GeForce Go 6200 card drives the graphics. At 6.7 pounds, this tablet is not travel-friendly, but if you want strong performance and tablet functionality for your desk or conference room, the TravelMate C310 series should meet your needs. For more information, see our review of the TravelMate C314XMi.