The Acer Travelmate P6 was built for both business professionals on the go and travelers. The high powered carbon fiber notebook is Acer’s latest reply to HP’s Elitebook and Lenovo’s Thinkpad and it does not disappoint. With fast processing capabilities, respectable graphics and a long battery life that’s miles ahead of competition, the Acer Travelmate P6 is perfect for on the go usage.
Acer Travelmate P6
Acer Travelmate P6
Acer built the Travelmate P6 with a unique black carbon fiber lid and an easily noticeable matte finish across both the interior and exterior. Two gray hinges support the laptop’s largely metallic lid giving it a monolithic business look that is perfect for the boardroom.
The Acer Travelmate P6 boasts of a light weight of barely 3.5 pounds, which is actually lighter than the Thinkpad T440 which weighs in at 3.9 pounds and the Apple Macbook Pro 13 with Retina. At 24.7mm, it may not be the thinnest laptop but it equals the Thinkpad T440 and the Toshiba Tecra Z40. The stern, however, measures 46mm if you consider the battery that juts out from the back giving the keyboard a user-friendly angle for a more comfortable use.
The laptop is easily luggable and is not too bulky to carry around in the office or fit in a small travel bag.
- Decently fast
- Long Battery Life
- Average exterior
- Unpleasant keyboard
- No touch screen
- Poor cooling
The Travelmate P6 comes with a fourth generation Intel Core i5 processor, which is one of the more powerful processors for Ultrabooks, giving it a respectable speed of 2.2GHZ. With built in turbo boost, the speed can be boosted up to 3GHZ. The laptop has an 8 GB DDR3L SDRAM and 256 GB SSD memory. The Travelmate will feel insufficiently quick given Acer sacrificed a bit of performance for 256 GB storage space (many Ultrabooks come with a standard 128GB SSD).
The user can select between the standard AMD or NVIDIA graphics from the various P6 models while the 14inch full HD IPS antiglare screen provides excellent visuals even in bright surroundings or when viewed from a wide angle. The laptop was not keen on exemplifying gaming experience but most games will play easily on this computer if kept at moderate levels. In addition, the added Intel graphics will reduce battery power drainage while playing.
DURABILITY AND SECURITY
The Travelmate comes with HDD FreeFall protection that immediately terminates any operations if the notebook is dropped while the Disk Anti-Shock Protection (DASP) serves to absorb all the shock from the landing. The built-in Acer Dust Defender adds increased protection from external dust to maintain performance in the long run.
Overseeing your hardware and software has never been easier with the Intel vPro with AMT in the Travelmate P6. The TPM 1.2 compliant design, Intel Anti-theft technologies and the integrated Acer ProShield tools combine for higher security.
An added feature is the fingerprint scanner below the trackpad to ensure owner authorization before usage.
The keyboard boasts of hot keys for timesaving access to emails and wifi, reasonable keyboard spacing with the only exception being the enter key, a fully functional trackpad for two finger scrolling and pinch zooming and two buttons below the touchpad separated by a fingerprint scanner.
The backlighting in the Travelmate is standard with no adjustable brightness settings which spells trouble for the light sensitive user as the default setting appears too bright in dark surroundings.
The laptop’s keyboard is further cheapened by light leaks that are both visible around the keys and uneven, putting the design of the Travelmate’s keyboard miles behind the Thinkpad and the MacBook Pro.
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DISPLAY AND AUDIO
The Travelmate P6 comes with two different resolution options. There’s the 14”Full HD (1920 by 1080) 16:9 IPS and the 14” (1366 by 768) 16:9 IPS. The 1920 by 1080 IPS LCD display, being an upgrade of the 1366 by 768 model, is much clearer than that of both the Thinkpad T440 and the Latitude E7440. However, the Thinkpad and Latitude offer touch screen technology, which is not present in the Travelmate.
The computer’s Active Matix TFT Color LCD display screen type offers a comfortable view. Tested against high definition imaging, the screen served up 95% of the sRGB gamut and managed to maintain a decent contrast ratio of 680:1.
Watching a 1080p high definition movie such as “Thor: the Dark World”, the colors looked pleasantly rich even after playing with the viewing angles.
Acer packed the Travelmate with a 235-lux display that fell short in comparison to the Latitude E7440’s 238-lux and the Thinkpad T440’s 294-lux. Acer did, however, manage to offer a higher display than the Tecra Z40 with 169-lux.
The lux category average is 205-lux, much lower than the Travelmate’s capability.
The P645 comes with three underside speakers that power the sound system into filling a small room with music. The mid-range tones may get muddled by the bass, making dialogues a bit tedious to follow, especially if accompanied by dramatic music.
Testing the P6 on the LAPTOP Audio Test, the Travelmate produced a resoundingly loud 83 decibels, just higher than the Thinkpad T440 at 81 decibels and the Tecra Z40 at 79 dB. The loudest sound came from the Latitude E7440 with 88 decibels.
PORTS AND WEBCAM
The P645 has a majority of its ports lying on its left edge. The ports consist of an Ethernet, HDMI, VGA and one USB 3.0. Separate jacks for microphones and headphones are also present. The right edge of laptop plays host to two USB 3.0 ports together with a power input and a discernible Kensington lock.
The SD card slot can be found on the front edge at the left.
Interestingly, the underside of the P645 can be connected to an optional Acer ProDock for support and which will also provide additional ports.
Acer utilized its Crystal Eye technology in the stock webcam app. Characteristic features include the adjustable brightness, contrast and the option to take photos that are up to a 1280 by 720.
While users will have the opportunity to choose between various models of the Travelmate, the laptop comes with a basic Intel Core i5 processor that may be either a single core or a dual core. RAM is set at 8GB, DDR3L SDRAM and internal memory at 256 GB.
During testing, the Travelmate took about 23 seconds to boot itself into the Windows 7 mode, much longer than the Thinkpad T440 with Windows 8 and the Latitude 7440, both of which took only 14 seconds.
On testing the Travelmate P6 with the PCMark 7 performance test, the P6 recorded a moderate 4886 points. This was lower than the higher end Thinkpad T440 at 4970. It was, seemingly, higher than the Latitude 7440 that only managed to clock 4544.
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Acer Travelmate P6 Hands On
Discrete AMD Radeon HD 8750M GPU graphics make playing games on the laptop easy and average. When “World of Warcraft” was played on the computer, the P6 ran at a less than stellar 28 frames per second on Ultra settings and a resolution of 1366 by 768.
The Travelmate P6’s 4850-mAh battery is indeed travel worthy. Locking up an impressive 9 hours and 40 minutes’ worth of power, it proved much longer than the Tecra Z40 (9:28) and the Latitde 7440 (5:52). Noteworthy is the T440 which lasted a jaw dropping 14 hours 36 minutes.
SOFTWARE AND WARRANTY
Users have the option of choosing between Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro with the Travelmate P6. The laptop also comes with common Microsoft programs such as Windows Media Player, Microsoft Office and Skype. Built in apps include Acer Crystal Eye Webcam and Acer Updater for updating software.