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The TravelMate 8204WLMi can’t be described as an ultra-portable notebook by any means, but it’s not a huge beast either. To be honest the chassis is pretty much the same as the 8104WLMi before it and the Ferrari 4000 – at just under 3kg you’ll know that you’ve got it with you, but it’s not going to give you back ache.
Although Acer has a reputation for creating very good notebooks at amazing prices, with a machine based on this kind of brand new technology you’re going to have to expect to dig deep. That said, the price of £1,761.33 is far from exorbitant, especially considering the components you’re getting. In fact the TravelMate 8204WLMi looks like a bit of a bargain when you consider the cutting edge CPU, the graphics chipset with 256MB of memory and the 2GB of system RAM. If you’ve been holding out for a dual core notebook, you could do a lot worse than to throw your hard earned cash at this little beauty from Acer.
The TravelMate 8104WLMi was a great notebook that showed off the Intel Sonoma platform to great effect. But the new TravelMate 8204WLMi takes notebook technology to the next level with Intel’s new Napa platform. Although it may not be priced as aggressively as other Acer notebooks, you are getting a whole bundle of cutting edge technology wrapped up in a great looking chassis – the carbon fibre lid really does look awesome.
There’s no doubt that Intel’s dual core Yonah chip is a fabulous piece of kit and anyone who’s serious about using a notebook as their main computer should definitely go down this route. Expect to see masses of new notebooks based on the Napa platform over the coming months, but Acer’s competitors will have to work hard to come up with a better model than this one.
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