The Bottom Line
- Thin For Size
- Good Choice For A Low Cost Business Notebook
- Older 32-bit Core Duo Processor
- Lacks FireWire Port
- No Productivity Software
- Intel Core Duo T2300E Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 1GB PC2-4200 DDR2 Memory
- 120GB 5400rpm Hard Drive
- DVD+/-RW Burner
- 15.4" WXGA (1280x800) Widescreen LCD and Intel GMA 950 Integrated Graphics
- v.92 56Kbps Modem, 10/100 Ethernet and 802.11a/b/g Wireless
- Four USB 2.0 and One Type II PC Card Slot
- 14.1" x 10.4" x 1.2" @ 6.1 lbs
- Vista Business Operating System
Guide Review - Acer TravelMate TM4200-4091 Budget Notebook
04/02/07 – Acer's TavelMate TM4200-4091 is kind of an odd man out in the budget notebook world. The design and specifications are not that much different than want one would expect to find in a budget notebook computer. It is the software that really sets this system apart from the others.
While most budget notebooks rely on the consumer orient operating systems, Acer instead uses the Windows Vista Business Edition with this model of TravelMate 4200. This has some significant implications as to how the notebook with be used. For example, Vista Business does not include any of the media center features, DVD maker, games or photo features. Instead, it provides functions like Fax and Scan remote access and improved backup features. This are all features that are great for a business but remove some key items for consumers.
In terms of the hardware, it has a pretty standard layout for a budget notebook. It uses an older 32-bit Core Duo processor instead of the newer Core 2 Duo for 64-bit software support, but this isn't an issue for many people. The one gigabyte of memory should help it run smoothly and the 120GB of storage space is more than enough for what most people use their notebooks for. It does include a DVD burner in case you need to burn a DVD or CD, but you will need extra software for that as the OS as mentioned can't do it.
Going back to the software, Acer does not include any productivity software with this system. This will mean extra expense for those looking to use this system for word processing or spreadsheets. These are items a business generally wants to buy separately anyways, but consumers typically like to have a basic package included.