Acer Announces TravelMate P243 Notebook with Spill Resistant Keyboard

Paul Lilly

It might be hard to believe at this point, but there actually exists a mobile computing segment outside of the official Ultrabook category, and not just for AMD systems. Acer's new TravelMate P243 for business users is one such notebook and is built in the mold of a traditional laptop, albeit with a travel-friendly 14-inch display (1366x768 screen resolution). It also has a spill resistant keyboard, so if you spill a cup of coffee in between cities, it won't necessarily shut down your business trip.

Third generation Intel Core i5 processors power the new TravelMate P243 series, along with 4GB of DDR3 memory (upgradeable to 8GB) and up to 500GB of hard drive capacity. It has Wireless Display (WiDi) technology baked in, "a full range of advanced connectivity solutions" (which we take to mean USB 3.0, though Acer didn't come right out and confirm it), and various security features as part of Acer's ProShield technology.

Acer says you'll be able to purchase a TravelMate P243 this month starting at $700, or $600 for models featuring 2nd generation Core i3 (Sandy Bridge) CPUs.

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