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The Acer Travelmate 244LC is a very good entry level laptop.
We use the 244LC for a range of tasks ranging from video and music playback to word processing applications with no problems what so ever.
We bought the Travelmate 4 years ago for £799 which was good for the level of spec 4 years ago.
The Travelmate 244LC comes with a 15" TFT LCD screen installed, which is capable of giving good, consistent colour definition to films and games being played, and with a maximum resolution of 1024 x 768 which is more than enough on a 15" screen.
The laptop is home to an Intel Celeron 2.6GHz processor which as anyone who knows about CPUs is mainly a word processing CPU which is not really designed for high graphics applications or movies, but it's more than capable of doing so without error.
256mb of DDR SDRAM is all the memory the laptop comes with, which for normal word processing and book keeping its more than adequate, but for anything else more is always better. The 244LC has room for another memory stick so its very easy to upgrade should you feel the need for more memory.
The 244LC also comes fitted with a 30GB hard drive which when the laptop was first released was a capable and ample sized drive but with broadband speeds increasing making much more information available to you, a 30GB HDD just isn't enough. A DVD/D-RW is also included in the feature listing.
As for connectability the laptop has the usual 10/100mb wired network connections but does not have built in wireless or bluetooth just because of the age of the laptop these features we not really factory standard at the time.
Only downside I have found is that the battery has slowly started to loose power quicker and quicker, so I have to run it off mains power other wise it informs me battery power is low. Replacing the battery just isnt cost effective as a new one is arround half the price of a newer higher spec laptop.
Overall a very useable affordable laptop which is more than capable of doing much more than it's specified to do.