Acer's finally offering up the TravelMate P243 here in the US, a business notebook designed for the harsh realities of corporate life. 4GB of DDR3 RAM loiter next to an Ivy Bridge Core i5 CPU and a 500GB HDD, packed beneath a spill-resistant keyboard that'll ensure that flyaway grande latte only ruins the front of your suit. You'll be staring into a 14-inch, 1,366 x 768 LED-backlit display with a built-in webcam, as well as a fingerprint reader and the company's ProShield security suite. You (or more likely, your IT buyer) can grab one of these for $700, while you can still grab last year's Sandy Bridge-powered P243 for $600.
Acer America Introduces the TravelMate P243, An Essential Solution for Today's Business Professional
Business Class Notebook Boosts Efficiency and Productivity While Supported with a Two-Year Warranty
SAN JOSE, Calif., 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.