Let’s face it. Netbooks and other ultra-light laptops are rapidly dominating the laptop market. Since the MacBook Air entered the fray, the only way regular laptops could keep up was to incorporate some necessary changes – become thinner, lighter, and of longer battery life per charge. The Acer Travelmate 8172T is in the market to prove that, challenging all comers with its much flaunted 8 hours battery life and HD media playback capability. The netbook’s 11.6inch LED display offers a pleasant viewing experience. The keyboard includes secondary function keys such as volume control, turning the screen off, switching displays, multimedia controls, and number pad among others. The 8172T’s touchpad supports limited mutli-touch gesture capability. Pinching the touchpad will zoon in on documents, spreading two fingers to zoom out, and so on. Lower side of the laptop lies a 5-in-1 memory card reader and, two USB 2.0 ports on the left. The overall design of the 8172T Notebook almost perfectly caters to an average user’s needs and comfort.
The Acer Travelmate 8172T Notebook is equipped with an Intel core i3-330UM processor. The 8172T is packaged with Windows 7 operating system. The operating system is pre-installed, for having a quick start. The 8172T is high portable device in that it is light-weight and offers a considerable amount of usage time on backup power. The high-powered 1.20GHZ Intel Core i3 and Intel on-board graphic card combination means that the 8172T would be able to handle 3D graphics, gaming, or high-definition video. Moreover, other specification includes 2GB DDR3 RAM (upgradable to up to 4GB), 5400rpm HDD carrying 250GB memory, 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN, Wi-Fi 802.11 g/b/n and an integrated microphone. The biggest outcome of this business perceptive Notebook is that it doesn’t include a webcam, which is a failure on the Acer’s side.
Despite the limitations, this machine is quite capable of managing almost every task needed by an average user. Multitasking between web browsing, video encoding, photo editing and MS Office can be a snap with this notebook. Noise and overheating on this system is negligible. Even after four to five hours of continuous usage, the processor doesn’t get warm and one could easily keep it on the lap and work comfortably. For the businessperson on the go, this is the ultimate mobile machine. Retailing at between $400 and $500, Acer Travelmate 8172T Notebook definitely suits the business and mobile needs of the user. The HS playback and performance degradation in resource-heavy games and tasks do not matter much when all you need is longer usage times for greater mobility – this is the notebook to get your hands on.