Originally Posted by nickmar123
DarthAcer - does the 8100 documentation mention anything about the videocard being upgradeable? (I believe that the x700 is AXIOM compatible). Does Acer offer an extended warranty plan?
Thanks in advance!!
No, documentation does not mention it. And judging from the thinness of laptop, I'm 100% sure it's not AXIOM/upgradable. Most likely socketed like in other Travelmate versions.
Regarding HD Audio, it's not spectacular, it's ok, it has SPDIF now. It's good enough for me to not use Creative Audigy ZS Notebook (which I used with TM8003).
In digit-life review that was mentioned before, all air intakes on the bottom of unit are clearly visible. The exaust is on the left side, between VGA connector and LAN connector. Have not used it on a lap yet. The bottom of unit is not getting hot though, so I assume it's safe
Touchpad is Synaptics.
I purchased 3-year support plan.
Just to add some more things:
- I don't like front-side location of audio inputs/outputs
- I liked back-side location of network and modem on TM8003
- if you used another Acer laptop before, where PgUp/PgDn are next to arrow keys and where Home/End are with Fn button, prepare to swear regularly as you are gradually getting used to new keyboard (euro and dollar signs are where PgUp/Dn keys used to be). If you are coming from diffferent brand or new to laptops, disregard this.
I ran 3dMark05 on it. This was the first time the benchmark was watchable, i.e. not a slideshow. It was not really smooth, some jerking was clearly visible, but it was enjoyable. 2447 is the score without any tweaking done.
It also showed something over 44000 in Aquamark. Both more than double of MR9700 in TM8003