Acer-TravelMate-B113-03The Acer TravelMate B113-M-6825 Notebook is a bit of a tween experience.  While it isn’t exactly designed for Windows 8 (it doesn’t have a touch screen) it is capable of running it.  While people are still getting used to the idea of switching to a whole new operating system experience (Yes, Windows 8 is a completely new beast with a learning curve) it definitely helps to have a lightweight cheap-ish notebook that can switch easily between both Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Acer thought of this and that’s why the TravelMate B113-M-6825 ships with both operating systems.  It’s not a dual boot setup, you have to restore the image that comes loaded on the Laptop.  It comes at a price, this laptop is probably around $100 more than it should be (from a hardware perspective) but if you factor into the equation that it comes with 2 copies of Windows (both professional versions) it’s really pretty warranted.

The TravelMate B113 series has sleek lines, and a clean design.  The keyboard buttons are designed in such a way that a 2 year old can’t really pry the keys off, and while you may laugh it is an important part of a design if you have a 2 year old at large <grin>.

Here are the specifications:

Operating System
Operating System Windows 7 Professional Windows 8 Pro
Processor & Chipset
Processor Manufacturer Intel
Processor Type Core i3
Processor Model i3-3217U
Processor Speed 1.80 GHz
Processor Core Dual-core (2 Core)
Cache 3 MB
64-bit Processing Yes
Hyper-Threading Yes
Chipset Manufacturer Intel
Chipset Model HM77 Express
Memory
Standard Memory 4 GB
Maximum Memory 8 GB
Memory Technology DDR3 SDRAM
Number of Total Memory Slots 2
Memory Card Reader Yes
Memory Card Supported MultiMediaCard (MMC) Secure Digital (SD) Card
Storage
Hard Drive Capacity 500 GB
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA
Hard Drive RPM 5400
Optical Drive Type No
Display & Graphics
Screen Size 11.6″
Display Screen Type Active Matrix TFT Color LCD
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Screen Mode HD
Screen Resolution 1366 x 768
Backlight Technology LED
HDCP Supported Yes
Graphics Controller Manufacturer Intel
Graphics Controller Model HD 4000
Graphics Memory Technology DDR3 SDRAM
Graphics Memory Accessibility Shared
TV Card No
Network & Communication
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi Manufacturer Intel
Wi-Fi Model Centrino Advanced-N 6235
Wi-Fi Standard IEEE 802.11 a/g/n
Ethernet Technology Gigabit Ethernet
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Standard Bluetooth 4.0
Built-in Devices
Webcam Yes
Microphone Yes
Finger Print Reader No
Interfaces/Ports
HDMI Yes
Total Number of USB Ports 3
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1
VGA Yes
Network (RJ-45) Yes
Software
Operating System Windows 7 Professional Windows 8 Pro
Operating System Architecture 64-bit
Software Included
  • Microsoft® Office Starter: reduced-functionality Word and Excel® only, with advertising. No PowerPoint® or Outlook®. Buy Office 2010 to use the full-featured software.
  • Bing™ Bar
  • Windows Live™ Essentials
Input Devices
Keyboard Yes
Pointing Device Type TouchPad
Battery Information
Number of Cells 6-cell
Battery Chemistry Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Power Description
Maximum Power Supply Wattage 40 W
Physical Characteristics
Height 1.1″
Width 11.2″
Depth 8.0″
Miscellaneous
Package Contents
  • TravelMate TMB113-M-33214G50ikk Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Security Features
  • Kensington Lock Slot
  • BIOS Passwords :
  • User
  • Supervisor
  • HDD
Warranty
Warranty Limited Warranty agreement applies.

Battery life is pretty good, nothing spectacular, but very reasonable.  We went a good 6 or so hours without looking at the battery indicator and we were doing all kinds of things ranging from surfing, downloading, video, etc… So all in all I think the Acer TravelMate B113 series is a fair machine.  It won’t knock your socks off with its slow-ish i3 processor, but it gets the job done and it is a cheap way to play with Windows 8 without committing to an expensive notebook or desktop.TMB113-01

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