Acer gives its new tablet a 14.1-inch face

Acer gives its new tablet a 14.1-inch face

LAS VEGAS'Acer America Corp. showed off next-generation tablet PCs at Comdex'convertible tablets with high-resolution 14.1-inch LCD screens.

Featuring Intel Centrino mobile technology, the Acer TravelMate C300 also comes with a full-size keyboard and an internal, modular optical drive. The TravelMate C300 is the first convertible tablet PC to feature a full-size display and keyboard, said Jeffrey Friederichs, vice president of the San Jose, Calif., company's notebook business unit

An on-screen Soft Button feature lets users access volume controls, applications, wireless and modem connections, and screen rotation controls more easily than previous TravelMate models.

Likewise, a built-in light sensor automatically adjusts screen brightness by measuring the ambient light and retuning the brightness to one of four default settings. A user can also adjust screen brightness via hotkeys when in notebook mode or by using the Acer Soft Button when in tablet mode.

Weighing 6.2 pounds, the $2,300 C300 comes with a 1.7-GHz Pentium M chip, a 60G hard drive, 256M of double-data-rate synchronous dynamic RAM upgradeable to 2G,
IEEE 802.11b wireless capability and a DVD/CD-RW combo drive.

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