Acer TravelMate X313 Released

Acer have now released a successor to their Acer Iconia W700, called Acer TravelMate X313, with the same particular looking docking as its predecessor had.

The Acer Iconia W700 was well enough received, in some part due to Acer being among the earliest out of the gate with the release of new Windows 8 made tablets last year. The Acer TravelMate X313 however is going to struggle.

This is a “ultrabook” by design, measuring 11.6-inches and weighing 1.74 pounds or 789 grams. The tablet runs Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit, so this device is aimed at business users.

Acer TravelMate X313 has hardware specifications like a 2.0GHz Intel Core i5-3339Y processor and Intel HD Graphics 4000 with 128GB of dedicated system memory, 4GB of RAM, and 120GB of SSD storage.

Acer TravelMate X313
Acer TravelMate X313

The 11.6-inch IPS display have only got a 1366 x 768 resolution but 10-point multi-touch. It otherwise have a 720p front camera, and a 5MP 1080p rear camera. The front speakers have Dolby Home Theater V4.

Features that will help business users stay ahead or secure in the rat race, are features called MemoryBinder (photo drawing app), ScreenGrasp (Acer stylus mixing), Recovery Management (backup), pre-boot authentication, Personal Secure Drive (PSD) that prevents file access with encryption in case of theft.

But then there's the price. Acer's MSRP is $949.99 for this ultrabook, which surely won't win Acer many hearts.

It goes up against some competition too. It's closest competitor is the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix, also a 11-6-inch ultrabook with Windows 8.1 Pro, but with a better 1920 x 1080 resolution. The cheapest ThinkPad Helix though is still $1,299 at the time of the writing, so by that comparison, Acer looks cheap.

If someone is just looking for a 11.6-inch Windows tablet without the need for business credentials however, then the cheapest alternative is the Lenovo IdeaTab K3 Lynx at $339.

Acer TravelMate X313
Acer TravelMate X313

– Tom Bowen