Acer laptop packs in hi-res webcam

We don’t want to tell Acer that its new baby is already unfashionable, but sometimes the truth is the best policy. Acer, you see, has just turned up w

We don’t want to tell Acer that its new baby is already unfashionable, but sometimes the truth is the best policy.

Acer, you see, has just turned up with its first ever white laptop, the Travelmate 3020, despite Apple decreeing black as the new white with its 13-inch Macbook (review here).

The chassis, as chassis spotters will have noted already, is an old one, but the lick of paint is fresh and the 1.3MP CMOS webcam above the screen gives it a touch of the exotic. Sony’s FE series and Apple’s Macbooks, by comparison, both have digicam-style VGA ones.

Specs are decent. You get – deep breath – Bluetooth 2.0, Wi-Fi, a none-too-light 1.5kg weight, 12.1-in widescreen, handy VGA output, external Double Layer DVD drive (pictured), fast Intel Centrino Duo processor and 5-in-1 card reader.

It costs £1200, and it’s out now in the UK under the moniker TM3022WTMi. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, scour eBay for Toshiba’s discontinued white version, the A100.

Acer’s international product page for the 3020 is here.