Acer Outs Budget-Friendly TravelMate Notebooks for Business Pros with Spillproof Keyboard

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Hey, business users: Acer knows that you need a solid-performing notebook that doesn’t break your company’s budget, so it’s produced the TravelMate P243 for you. The P243 features Intel Core i5 (Ivy Bridge) processors, 14-inch ComfyView HD (1366x768) display, 4GB of DDR3 memory (upgradable to 8GB), 500GB HDD, as well as WiDi technology, WiFi, Bluetooth, and Gigabit LAN. The keyboard is spillproof (clumsy coffee drinkers, do your worst).

Acer cut no corners on the security front, building in Acer ProShield Security with BioProtection Fingerprint and pre-boot authentication to keep unauthorized users from accessing any data, and the Personal Secure Drive keeps files encrypted anyway, just in case. The File Shredder utility deletes files securely.

The P243 starts at $699.99, although variations built with Intel Core i3 (Sandy Bridge) processors are coming, with a price tag starting at $599.99.

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Acer America Introduces the TravelMate P243 Notebook for Business Pros
SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - August 14, 2012)

Designed for professionals seeking a solid business notebook that delivers robust productivity, manageability, security and reliability features, Acer America today introduced the new TravelMate P243 notebook PC for U.S. customers.
"Today's mobile business executive needs a PC that is robust enough to run intensive business applications while still fitting into strict budget guidelines," said Gregg Prendergast, vice president of commercial sales for Acer America. "The TravelMate P243 notebook is an important addition to our professional notebook portfolio as it combines everything today's road warrior requires, including exceptional performance, enterprise-level security, durability and manageability for a best-in-class mobile experience."

Fast, Efficient and Reliable Notebook Performance for Serious Business
The new TravelMate P243 notebooks are powered by third-generation Intel® Core™ i5 processors with Intel Turbo Boost Technology, ensuring smart performance that adapts to users' needs. The TravelMate P243 notebooks with Intel Boost Technology allow significantly faster performance to speed through demanding tasks and boost productivity, while saving energy. In addition, these processors provide built-in capabilities for enhanced multimedia creation and media enjoyment.

The TravelMate P243 delivers superb business presentations with rich color and crisp images via the notebook's 14-inch Acer ComfyView LCD LED backlit display with HD (1366x768) resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio. With Wireless Display (WiDi) technology, users can connect the notebook to an HD display with a compatible adaptor, and easily setup and wirelessly share presentations and HD videos with great image clarity and sound.

The TravelMate P243 packs 4GB of DDR3 memory and is upgradeable to 8GB. It provides plenty of space to store and manage important files and folders of any size thanks to a spacious SATA hard disk with up to 500GB of capacity.

For added insurance, the TravelMate P243 features a spill-resistant keyboard, which allows for accidental spills on the notebook without damaging any of the internal components.

The TravelMate P243 notebooks offer a full range of advanced connectivity solutions including Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi and Bluetooth. The Acer Video Conference solution, including high-def webcam and built-in microphone, enables high-quality video conferences so that users can easily keep in touch with business contacts.

Premium Security & Manageability
When booting up the system, the TravelMate P243 utilizes the multi-level Acer ProShield Security with BioProtection Fingerprint solution, preventing unauthorized access while safeguarding the notebook's valuable assets and data integrity with one swipe of a finger.

Acer ProShield features pre-boot authentication (PBA) and protects the notebook from the BIOS level all the way to the application level. It allows creating a Personal Secure Drive (PSD) to seamlessly store and encrypt all critical files, ensuring if the notebook is lost or stolen the data cannot be accessed. Unwanted files or folders can be permanently removed beyond recovery thanks to the File Shredder utility. Finally, it offers the automated solution to manage IT assets remotely.

The TravelMate P243 offers another layer of security with Acer Backup, protecting valuable data, media and other digital assets. Acer eRecovery Manager provides on-demand recovery.

The TravelMate P243 comes with Acer Office Manager (AOM), a manageability solution which allows small businesses to deploy security policies, monitor IT assets, and schedule maintenance tasks in one simple application.

Pricing, Eco-Compliance and Warranty
The Acer TravelMate P243 notebooks are available in the U.S. in early August at authorized Acer resellers. Prices for the TravelMate P243 begin at $699.99. Additional TravelMate P243 series notebooks with 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i3 processors will be available with prices beginning at $599.99.

Acer professional notebooks are submitted to a series of reliability tests and are compliant with the most stringent industry criteria. These TravelMate P243 series models are Energy Star® qualified, ensuring energy savings and longer battery life.

The new Acer TravelMate P243 Series comes with a standard two-year parts and labor warranty, which can be extended to three years with the Acer Advantage service. Additionally, some models have longer warranties offered through specific channel partners. All Acer notebooks and netbooks are backed by toll-free service and support.
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Jaybk26 replied on Tue, Aug 14 2012 11:36 AM

It sounds neat enough, but every person I've ever known who has bought an Acer computer has had horrible, horrible issues with them (issues I've had to fix). Definitely not something I'd invest in

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InsideSin replied on Tue, Aug 14 2012 3:44 PM

This makes me think that I need a spill proof keyboard. Always chugging down fluids then somehow choking on them.

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Thats a very nice laptoo for a bussiness standpoint. Like the security and the spill proof keys...

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karanm replied on Wed, Aug 15 2012 12:12 AM

@Jaybk26 thats weird because I've heard nothing but good things from a few people who have owned Acer laptops. Different usage scenarios I guess.

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akcent14 replied on Wed, Sep 19 2012 3:21 AM

this is really pretty cool laptop. i have a question that is this compatible for gaming?

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