Acer TravelMate 2403WXCi review

£455
Price when reviewed

Rounding off the specifications, there’s 802.11b/g LAN, controlled by a sturdy orange-backlit switch on the front (the Bluetooth switch next to it isn’t functional on this model), plus wired 10/100 Ethernet and a 56K modem. The back is home to just the power input and a single USB port, while a further two USB ports, a Type II PC Card and VGA D-SUB output are housed on the left-hand side. It’s not an exhaustive showing – there are no parallel, serial or FireWire ports for a start – but unless you can’t live without them it’s certainly no deal breaker at this price. Similarly, while we’re spoiled with dual-layer DVD writers and 100GB hard disks these days, the TravelMate’s CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo optical drive and 40GB of disk space are perfectly practical.

So the TravelMate ticks just about all the right boxes for a machine at this price. It may not have the extravagance, power or sheer wow factor of more costly machines, but it’s more than capable of coping with daily use in most situations. Given all that, you’re getting a tremendous amount for your money, and the TravelMate takes a well-deserved spot on the A List as our value notebook of choice.

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