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Power-On and instant-launch buttons are placed in the top left corner of the notebook:

As on other Acer notebooks, the instant-launch keys are assigned to Mail, Web and power management programs, plus one user-defined key. On the left, closer to the side panel, there are three LED indicators of the notebook’s keyboard status.

The touchpad is blameless:

The sensitive area is large; the buttons and the 4-position scrolling joystick are handy.

As for the display, it will suffice if you need a notebook for work. If you need something more, you’d better search among other models. The only good thing about this display is that it allows adjusting its brightness in a rather wide range. The rest of the parameters – color reproduction, viewing angles, matrix response time – are only average. But again, this is quite sufficient for processing text or surfing the Web.

Like with many other notebooks from Acer, the bottom panel is uneven.

You should carry the notebook is a special bag to protect it from getting scratched or worn off on its numerous edges. Each key component of the computer resides in a separate compartment under a cover, so there’s no need to take the whole thing to pieces to replace a failed hard drive or add more memory.

The notebook is equipped with a normal-capacity battery…

…with ordinary characteristics:

The power adapter is good, too:

This is a well-matched companion for a compact notebook: it is very small and light for its wattage. The only thing I don’t quite comprehend is why Acer includes such a thick power cord that would better suit a room heater than a notebook with a consumption of a few dozen watts. As a funny consequence, the coiled power cord that you connect the power adapter to the electric outlet with takes up more room than the power adapter itself!

So, the key features of the Acer TravelMate 3222WXMi are good performance, compact size, nice design, and good configuration. On the downside is the mediocre and poorly protected display (rainbow patterns appear on it if you just press on the back of the lid). The plastic of the lid is too scratchable – the notebook may lose its good looks after a very short period of intensive use (you can avoid this by carrying it in a special bag).

For average prices and technical specs of this and other notebooks covered in this review, refer to the summary table in the Test Results section.

 
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