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    ACER Travelmate 8104 Sneak Peek

    Each of the series is built around Intel Centrino technology and complemented by ATI's MOBILITY RADEON X700 graphics, so you know there’s plenty of power from the CPU which isn’t going to be bottlenecked at the GPU… Now I’ve written that, I’ve just realized this thing has more bang under the bonnet than my desktop machine! And weighing in at just over 2.8kg, I’m not going to worry about popping a hernia shifting it around.
    http://www.hexus.net/content/reviews...lld19JRD0xMDAz
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    I have a review of an acer laptop running radeon mobility 9700 in the works - keep an eye out for it. It's more of a business model, but it still runs HL2 nicely.

    I bet the 8104 blows my lappy out of the water, however.
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    that looks and sounds very nice. If the claims about battery times are to be believed, then acer are onto a winner, as are ATI with those framerates in Doom3 and Far Cry

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    Well my travelmate certainly does pretty well for battery time in games. Not quite as well as claimed for the 8104, but I can get nearly 2 hours.
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    me wants one.
    I'd be interested in knowing if they sell whitebox models in the UK - seem to do it in the US and SEA.
    Would much rather have the option to build my own and customise it to my tastes. Even so, I've got to work out how to get one and make it a tax writeoff!

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    Hi,

    Whats the repsonse type like on the screen? and What Resolution options are there. Most laptops are dissapointingly low normally 1024x758 non wide screen equiv.


    Edit:

    Ok good it's 1680 x 1050. An opinion on response time / ghosting would still be good though.
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    yawn - yet more overheating flaky overpriced crap with no upgrade path aimed at muppets. Why do people by this mobile crap?

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    I can't speak for the model in question here, but my acer has an upgradeable CPU, RAM, wireless, and HDD.

    No upgrade path? Sure I can't replace the motherboard, but I knew that when I bought it. Am I a muppet then?
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    also - have you TRIED using a desktop machine on a plane or a train?
    surely you'd buy a laptop on the assumption that the upgrade path will be limited, and you'll definitely need to buy a whole new set of screwdrivers to take it apart to perform the limited upgrades. even my old dell allowed me to upgrade from a piii 600 to an 866 - but having to take apart the entire chassis to replace the on board 64mb (which was harder to replace than the processor!!)

    it's a pretty safe assumption that if you can get one of these as your office machine - it's pretty valuable to have a kickass machine which you can use on the move.
    completely different market to desktop machines - considering i'm sitting here typing this on an IBM X40 - which is a pretty amazing laptop - sitting here on the couch watching uktv food, drinking coffee - while my desktop machine is in the study keeping my cat warm.
    as i said - completely different way of working.

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    i was working on the assumption (from the phrasing) that we'd be seeing the full review in a matter of days rather than weeks/months - waiting with baited breath -
    but think you're right - they've been exceptionally slack in the UK market in recent months. plenty of advertising, but little or no actual data on the machines themselves.

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    Question Anyone wanna buy one?

    [B]HI all,

    I have been offered an ACER TRAVELMATE 8104 (with maximum RAM) by Acer as a replacement to my previous machine which was an 800LCI but it had a problem.

    Thing is, I really dont need or want it cause Ive now got one work laptop AND a home laptop.

    What can I expect to get for this if I sell it off brand new straight from ACER and not even out of the box? Does anyone know where I could sell it or have any idea what price I could sell it for under those conditions?

    Any help is appreciated, cheers

    K

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    Eugh, ******* hate Acer laptops. ******* hate touchpads too, I want nipple!

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    Katerpillar - I'll take it off your hands - so long as it's not a bag of spuds
    I don't know what you'd get for it honestly - looks nice.
    Maybe e-Bay, or one of the many Acer resellers around. I suppose it depends on where you are - I'm looking at getting one from a local reseller in Battersea (South London)

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/02/23/potato_pc_scam/

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    Hi Scottyman, Are you planning to get that same laptop?

    Ill be selling mine from Horsham, West Sussex (Clapham J is on the same line as Horsham. I used to live in Clapham by the way!). Im going to try and get a refund from Acer first off but if this doesnt work then Ill have to go for the replacement and sell it on.

    If its a bag of pots I hope they are McKaines.
    Does the reseller in Battersea perhaps have a website I can see for an idea of prices?

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    there you go...
    http://www.asuslaptop.co.uk/asus_contacts.php...edit ooops - thought they were acer for some reason - must have mis-read it!!!

    also - these guys

    http://www.shopacer.co.uk

    they're up in yorkshire tho

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    Quote Originally Posted by PD HEXUS
    ...limited testing time initially being offered, was insufficient to undertake our comprehensive testing process, or to form a wholly authoritative opinion...
    Don't worry PD...

    ...I have been re-evaluating the rotation cycle being used (by employing a more 'scientific algorithm' which takes into account unique IPs and reach - as opposed to the 'promise of more focus') and I think you will be pleasantly surprised the next time one of these opportunities comes along

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