Acer TravelMate C112TCi review

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Acer’s tiny tablet PC range has a new top-line model, the TravelMate C112TCi. Nothing has changed on the outside from the C111TCi, but the processor is now the 1.1GHz Ultra Low Voltage Pentium M (up from 1GHz), the wireless LAN now handles 802.11g, and there’s 50 per cent more storage with a 60GB hard disk – a generous amount given the small 255 x 210 x 29mm chassis.

Acer TravelMate C112TCi review

Benchmark performance has jumped from 0.95 overall to 1.24, and there’s a similar boost to the individual scores. Battery life saw a corresponding drop though, with intensive use dropping 40 minutes to 1 hour, 30 minutes and light use dropping a similar amount to 3 hours, 7 minutes.

Unfortunately, the machine still has the C11x-series limitations – the keyboard is notably cramped for touch-typing and the 10.4-inch 1,024 x 768-pixel screen is dull and grainy. On the other hand, it comes with both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, has effective locking caps to stabilise the corners of the twist screen, and at only 1.4kg it’s one of the few tablets you can hold in one hand for any length of time. Ultimately, its suitability depends on whether you need portability enough to accept the limitations. If you do, however, it’s worth considering.

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