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Not so long ago I tested the Acer Travelmate 621XC and it was clear that an Intel® Pentium® 4-Ì in the same box should be expected soon. Well, this is what we have today in our lab. According to Acer, TravelMate 620 are mobile PCs of the business class with extended functional capabilities. They are meant for users who need high mobility together with high performance. Well, it's not much time that passed, no new designs were invented, and the Acer's one was always brilliant.
On the left:
On the back (left to right):
The right panel, like the left one, is not overloaded - it contains
a Kensington lock, power button (!), air vent and AcerMedia Bay.
Fir the first time I was looking for the power button quite long as I got used to the fact that it's located on the keyboard. But it's not a disadvantage.
Well, it asks to insert a Smart card. It's the right time to show how information is protected in the notebook. The preinstalled software includes PlatinumPAS(TM), PlatinumSecure(TM) and PlatinumKey(TM).
The PlatinumPAS protects data on the BIOS level. During the POST procedure the program checks whether a main or emergency Smart card is inserted, and if it doesn't find it the booting process stops.
The PlatinumSecure extends capabilities of the authentication procedure on the OS level using cryptographic methods. When the card is ejected this program starts up the screensaver and locks the system. The emergency Smart card is necessary to enter the system and disable the protection if a main card is lacking. Besides, the utility allows for encryption of files.
The PlatinumKey provides auto user authentication on sites which require passwords.
All those things can be disabled.
When we inserted the card the computer booted up successfully. The keyboard
is very handy. I was never disposed toward TouchPads because you have to
move your hands down to position the pointer or press mouse buttons. And
here thumbs are right above the pointer management system, and you don't
need to raise the base of the palm above the keyboard. The TouchPad of
the TravelMate 620 series differs from that of the TravelMate 610. The
swing scroller is replaced with a disc which has some more functions (like
back-next in the browser).
|TravelMate 610||TravelMate 620|
I don't know how useful these functions are, but the touchpad itself helps a lot.
There are no more complains about its operation. Now let's turn to such function as Recovery. This process is implemented ideally in the Acer notebooks. You boot from the system CD-ROM and choose what you need to do. There are the following ways.
Service. Any of authorized service centers (the list is available on the site) can implement diagnostics of a notebook and, in certain case, repair. But to be repaired a computer gets into the central service center, if the warranty is valid. If not, any Acer's service center can repair it on the spot.
Site. The design is comprehensive, the descriptions of models are detailed and illustrated, supplemented with a demo program etc. There is a base of drivers and BIOS updates.
The hot-line support was checked when we tested the TravelMate350 model. Well, it does work.
So, the scores:
|Scores max.||Our mark|
|Appearance and ergonomics||25||25|
|Ease in handling||25||25|
Total: 98 scores.
We lowered the scores for
"-1" - no floppy disc drive;
"-1" - lack of user manuals and description of accessories on some sites in other languages.
|Acer TravelMate 630XC||Acer TravelMate 621XC|
|BAPCo/MadOnion MobileMark 2002 Productivity workload (Performance rating)||99||-|
|BAPCo/MadOnion MobileMark 2002 Productivity workload (Average response time)||1,99 sec||-|
|BAPCo/MadOnion MobileMark 2002 Productivity workload (Battery life rating)||205 minutes||-|
|BAPCo/MadOnion MobileMark 2002 Reader workload (Battery life rating)||238 minutes||-|
|BAPCo/MadOnion SysMark 2002||124||92|
|BAPCo/MadOnion SysMark 2002 Office Productivity||88||81|
|BAPCo/MadOnion SysMark 2002 Internet Content Creation||175||105|
|ZD Content Creation Winstone 2002||18.2||18|
|ZD Winbench 99 v1.2 Business Disk WinMark||2270||2850|
|ZD Winbench 99 v1.2
|ZD Winbench 99 v1.2 Business Graphics WinMark||210||123|
|ZD Winbench 99 v1.2
|ZD BatteryMark 4.0||3 hrs||4 hrs 45 min|
Well, as for the graphics results the situation is clear - an integrated controller and GeForce2Go are different things. And the disc subsystem doesn't shine. I think it's the chipset to blame. That is why the scores of the ZD Content Creation Winstone 2002 and SysMark 2002 Office Productivity are so close.
The advantage of the new model in the MadOnion 3DMark 2001 is unquestionable.
That is why I will omit the results of its predecessor.
Finally, the Rage Games Expendable.
|16 bpp||32 bpp|
Quite unexpectedly... I think it's because the test is not the latest, and 16 MB of video memory is not enough. Well, this computer wasn't developed for games.
I'm very fond of the design of the Acer's notebooks! That is why the
estimation is subjective :). All in all, this is a good business machine.
Though I'd take the TravelMate 621XC, just to save money. But Acer keeps
on reducing prices little by little.