Besides the notebook, two batteries and power adapter, you receive an external DVD±RW drive with a FireWire interface:
And a cable to connect it:
The drive is designed in the same style as the notebook, and its only drawback is the stiff and short cable. You just have nowhere to put the drive if you hold the notebook on your laps: there’s no room for it left on the laps and you can’t put it somewhere nearby due to the shortness of the cable.
You also receive a large software pack which users of Acer notebooks should be familiar with. I want to single out the Acer GridVista tool you can divide the screen into zones with and switch through them as necessary. The ePowerManagement tool for setting up the power management options is handy, too. You can set up operational modes for each of the main power consumers and create power management profiles that you can later switch between quickly.
These are expectable results for a powerful CPU and high-performance memory subsystem. The notebook won’t fail even in complex desktop applications. The battery life time is not long, but this is understandable considering the configuration. You can work with the full-size battery, but the “half” one is much worse: 40 minutes under full load and 1.5 hours in the reader’s mode is not enough for normal work, but it can do as a spare battery.
The notebook leaves a highly positive overall impression. It is a well-rigged compact model with nice appearance and good ergonomic properties. The screen is in fact the only component that’s below the general level of this model – I think a top model from a renowned manufacturer must have a better-quality screen.
If you think the TravelMate 3004WTMi is too feature-rich and expensive for you, the 3000 series includes four other modifications, even the simplest of which can cope with any office task imaginable. Generally speaking, you can limit yourself to this series alone in your search for a compact notebook up to your requirements and budget, but only if you are satisfied with the employed screen.