Acer TravelMate 3004WTMi
Our tests are opened by a product from the popular and respectable brand, the TravelMate 3004WTMi model from Acer.
The 3000 series from Acer is designed in the new Folio style that looks like a thin leather folder without a lock on the lid (which is not very convenient in practice, as you have to use both your hands to open the notebook; if you try to lift the lid up without holding the bottom in place, they will both go up without opening). The gray panels of the case feel nice to the touch and are made of “proper” plastic – this notebook doesn’t give you any unpleasant tactile sensations and your fingerprints don’t stay on the plastic. By the way, the designers of the exterior of the TravelMate 3000 series were awarded the prestigious Red Dot Award for the best design in the Media and Home Electronics category.
The engineers who developed the internals of the notebook should also be praised, though. By using an external optical drive they managed to put some advanced stuffing into the TravelMate 3004WTMi model: a Pentium M 760 processor (2.0GHz clock rate), 1 gigabyte of system memory, and a 100GB hard disk drive. Well, this may give rise to apprehensions as to how long these power-hungry components can work autonomously – they must require more juice than models on Pentium M ULV.
I think it is because of this fact that Acer equips the series with two batteries. The bigger-capacity battery doesn’t add any elegance to the device:
But it doesn’t stick out too far, so you can put up with that:
And if you don’t like any protruding elements at all, you can use the enhanced battery only when you are long away from a wall electrical outlet and change it for the standard battery in other situations:
And here is another design feature of all Acer notebooks made in the new design:
The company’s logotype is placed in the bottom left corner rather than in the center of the lid, and I think this looks better.