Acer Launches Sandy Bridge NetBook
As long as it doesn’t have an optical disc drive, it’s called a netbook
Acer has decided to build a decent netbook, and that’s probably detrimental to the usual battery life expected from netbooks in general. The new device is powered by a modest-performing Celeron B877 processor and features a 11.6” screen.The new netbook from Acer is reportedly quite a bit heavier than the usual netbook, but unfortunately it doesn’t feature the useful DVD-Writer.
In fact, the TravelMate B113 is heavy enough not to fit in the UltraBook category either, but that is also excluded by the device’s thickness.
The TravelMate B113 is a very peculiar device. It doesn’t look like an UltraBook, can’t last as long as a netbook, and it doesn’t have a propped ODD drive just like any notebook should have.
This is device clearly targeted for the cash-strapped buyers that need more performance than a netbook can provide, but that don’t mind the lower battery life and the lack of the ODD.
The new TravelMate B113 series feature 4 GB of DDR3 RAM memory, a 500 GB hard disk drive, Wireless N and USB 3.0 connectivity, along with HDMI and a 4400mAh battery.
The screen features the mediocre 1366 by 768 pixel resolution and the whole thing weighs in at 1.88 Kg. That’s about 4.14 pounds, and it is clearly too much to be considered an UltraBook.
In our humble opinion, Acer could have included an optical disc drive in the design, as there are quite a lot of laptops that come with an ODD in the €450 ~ €560 price range of the TravelMate B113.
In US dollars, that is around $563 to $700, which is quite pricey by our standards.
The more capable versions come with a 1.3GHz Pentium B967 or a Core i3-2377M working at 1.5GHz.