Acer has seen its share of less-than-great releases recently and is struggling with a little bit of financial wreckage. In fact, things have gotten so bad that CEO JT Wang announced he's resigning after the company posted a record loss. With competition like Microsoft, Samsung, and Toshiba, it's no wonder Acer is having such a tough time carving out its own section of the consumer tech world. But that hasn't stopped the company from trying, as evident by their newest creation, the TravelMate X313.
This shiny new hybrid is poised to attack Microsoft's Surface Pro 2, but unfortunately for Acer its internal specifications aren't exactly on par with Microsoft's tablet. The X313 runs an older Ivy Bridge Core i5 processor, instead of the newest Haswell chipset. It also runs at a resolution of 1366 x 768, which is lower than the Surface Pro 2's 1920 x 1080 display.
It isn't all bad though, and the X313 does have a couple good features. For one, it comes in at 0.39-inches thick and weighs only 1.74 pounds, which is slightly less than the Surface Pro 2's two pound bulk. It also comes with a 120GB SSD, which is almost double that of the Surface Pro 2's 64GB drive.
The biggest difference between these two tablets is the price. The TravelMate X313 comes in at a rather hefty $950, which is an odd pricing strategy considering its lesser specs, but then again the company is targeting a business audience with security and management software for safeguarding important data.
The Surface Pro 2 is powered by an Intel Haswell processor and comes in different versions, 64GB and 128GB of storage with 4GB of RAM, as well as 256GB and 512GB editions with 8GB of RAM. The Surface Pro 2 is the follow up to last year’s Surface tablet from Microsoft sporting USB 3.0 and a mini DisplayPort ports.
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