The day after I ordered a Travelmate 291LMi-G, I discovered on the Acer site that they are coming out with the 292LMi-V64, which adds a larger hard drive (60 up from 40), slightly faster processor (PM 1.5 up from 1.4) and most importantly, 64MB of dedicated video memory (arrives in stores this week)! I refused delivery of the 291 with the intention of getting the 292. After calling a few of the resellers here in Denver, one near me can get me the 292 or offer me the 8002LCi which he has in stock at the same price ($1675). My fear of being stuck with one or more dead pixels for the next few years led me to look for a dealer here. I'm pretty set on Acer and am leaning towards the 292 due to the favorable user reviews on CNet for the 290 series compared to more negative user reviews of the 8000 series predecessor, the 800 series. Below are what I believe to be pros of each, I would appreciate any feedback:
- DVD burner, although with the new double-layer technology arriving now I will probably get an external anyway (double-layer DVD burners are already available in Dell laptops, although I won't consider a Dell again).
- Hard drive located under the keyboard, where the heat can dissipate more effectively and not warm up the palm rest.
- Includes a parallel port. Although I have a USB printer, often when I go to a client site I need to hook up to their printer via parallel.
- Newer design (although I prefer the appearance of the older 290 design, I'm sure the newer design is probably better).
- Newer chipset - 855GME versus 855GM. Although it looks like this primarily benefits integrated video, please correct me if I'm wrong.
- Faster memory - DDR333 versus DDR266
- Newer video card - Radeon 9700 versus Radeon 9200. Both 64MB
- Higher resolution - 1400 x 1050 versus 1024 x 768. Because I'm not a big gamer, my sorry eyes actually prefer the lower resolution for most day to day Windows activities.
- Bluetooth integrated (not as important now, but maybe a year from now..)
- DVI video out (again, maybe a year from now...)
- Four USB slots versus three. Although I like the positioning of the 292 USB better (two on back, one on the right instead of all four on the left).