Acer TravelMate 2300 Laptop

  • Brand: Acer
  • Category: Laptop
  • resolution: 1280 x 800
  • screen size: 15"
Laptop computers embody a series of compromises. You sacrifice speed and comfort for size; power and technology for price; and durability for weight. GNU/Linux and *BSD users often make another sacrifice: compatibility for portability. Running a free operating system on your computer means that parts of it may not work. Somehow, Acer managed to hit all of these compromises squarely in the center with its TravelMate 2300. For less than $700, you'll have a hard time finding a better Linux laptop computer than this.

The TravelMate 2300 is solidly built. It's made of plastic, not magnesium or some other metal, so the chassis is light and flexible.

Those who are used to older laptops will marvel at the size and quality of the LCD screen -- 15-inch viewable, which is only a little less viewing area than some 17-inch CRT monitors. You would think that the wider design would encourage a wider keyboard with bigger keys, but other than a five degree upward curve, the 88-key keyboard is pretty standard.

Removing the access panel that covers the RAM slots on the bottom of the machine was harder than it should have been. Disassembly was tougher than with most other laptops, but far from the worst I've seen.

  • 24x24x24x8 CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo drive
  • 40GB hard drive
  • 256MB PC2100 SODIMM memory
  • 1.3GHz Celeron M CPU with 1MB cache
  • 15-inch XGA 1024x768 LCD screen
  • 802.11b/g wireless LAN (Inprocomm IPN2220)
  • Intel Extreme Graphics 2
  • Midsize
  • Windows (XP)


  • 15 inches
  • 1280 x 800
  • 16:10
  • LCD (Active, Color, Backlit, CCFL)
  • Matte / anti-glare


  • Intel
  • Celeron
  • M
  • 1.5 GHz
  • Single-core
  • 1 MB L2 cache

Optical media

  • Yes
  • Tray loading
  • DVD, CD
  • Yes
  • CD
  • CD-R (24x)


  • 802.11 b, g
  • WEP, WPA
  • 10/100 [Fast Ethernet]
  • 56k