Acer launches TravelMate B113 portable notebook for students
Acer’s latest ultraportable notebook isn’t exactly an ultrabook. It’s not thin enough to qualify, and it doesn’t have solid state storage. But the Acer TravelMate B113 is a light-weight notebook with an 11.6 inch display and a starting price of less than $400.
The notebook has a list price of $399, but you can already pick one up from Overstock.com for $376.
At that price you get a notebook with an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, a 1.3 GHz Intel Pentium 967 dual core processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 320GB hard drive. It ships with Windows 7, but Windows 8 models are also expected to be available.
Acer also plans to offer models with up to a Core i3 Ivy Bridge processor and a 500GB hard drive for those looking for a little more power. Once you get the notebook in your hands, you can also upgrade the RAM — the Acer TravelMate B113 supports up to 8GB of memory.
While Acer is targeting the TravelMate B113 at students, I can imagine a lot of other folks who might be in the market for an inexpensive notebook that weighs just 3 pounds, measures 1.1 inches thick, and features WiFi, Bluetooth, and Ethernet.
Of course, Acer kind of already offers a computer with many of those features — the Aspire One 756, which is already available from some stores for under $300.
The Travelmate B113 also goes on sale in Canada this week fro $369 and up. The laptop has been available in Europe since this summer.