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Acer TravelMate 8204WMLi

£1,761 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Acer

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The TravelMate is a beautifully executed laptop, but Acer certainly charges you for the privilege of owning it. You get what you pay for.

The TravelMate is a beautifully executed laptop, but Acer certainly charges you for the privilege of owning it. By the time you've added VAT, it breaks the £1,700 barrier, becoming more expensive than any laptop in our Power chart bar the Evesham. But you get what you pay for, as this powerhouse proves.

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The 8204WMLi scored a massive 111 in our WorldBench processing-speed tests, putting most other laptop and desktop PCs to shame. When performing Microsoft Office tasks it far outstripped the high-end baseline system that we measure PCs against.

We liked the LCD screen, which provides a good range of viewing angles and crisp, sharp image quality. Our only complaint is that at this price 15.4in is a little small.

This is a business tool, not a gaming system, but the games performance squeezed from the 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 isn't at all bad. It managed a reasonable 50fps (frames per second) in our Doom3 video tests, which puts it ahead of all but dedicated games laptops. Battery life is decent, with a MobileMark score of 111 minutes in operation.

The herringbone finish on the case is a bit strange, but it can't hide the superb build quality. We particularly liked the curved keyboard, which made typing comfortable. Attention to detail is shown in the positioning of the several ports and switches to turn Bluetooth and wireless networking on and off. A 1.3Mp (megapixel) webcam is built-in. This is easy to control thanks to the combination of a hinge and the Intuitive Acer OrbiCam software.

Acer TravelMate 8204WMLi Expert Verdict »

Acer TravelMate 8204WLMi Scores 9.0 out of 10 based on 1 review
2GHz Intel Core Duo T2500
Windows XP Professional
2GB DDR RAM
120GB hard drive
15.4in screen
256MB ATI Mobility Radeon X1600
8x/8x/8x/2.4x/4x/4x/3x (DVD-ROM/-R/+R/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM)
24x/24x/24x (CD-ROM/-R/+R) drive
802.11a/b/g
Bluetooth
Norton AntiVirus
CyberLink PowerDVD
1-year collect-and-return warranty
364x271x38mm
3kg
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 6 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The TravelMate is a quality laptop – it's fast and well built, and the battery life is decent. The graphics are good and attention has been paid to design details and build quality. But it's not cheap.

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