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Acer has built both an SSD and a hard drive into its latest laptop, the 13in TravelMate 8481.

Pick one up and you get 320GB of magnetic storage for data and such, but the 8481 also has a 64GB mSata form-factor SSD to quick-load the OS and your apps.

Acer TravelMate 8481

The 8481's battery life runs to nine hours, Acer claimed, and it said that said power pack has a greater longevity than most, not losing 20 per cent of its capacity after the usual 300 recharge cycles but after 1000.

Other specs include Sandy Bridge Core i processors, a choice of integrated-only and dual-GPU graphics - integrated plus Nvida, with the latter's Optimus tech handling the switch over.

The Acer TravelMate 8481 will be available the end of August for around £840. ®

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