Acer TravelMate P6 Review (lightweight, thin, durable)
8th Generation Intel Core i7-8565U Processor (Up to 4 6GHz) & 14 0" Full HD (1920 x 1080) Widescreen LED-backlit IPS Display
Despite the travel in the name, this is a typical ultrabook for business. We study in detail the hot new product of the end of last year.
The fashion for thin laptops came to us a few years ago, and now even powerful gaming laptops strive to make them matchbox-thick. What can we say about devices for simpler tasks … Of course, you have to sacrifice something: usually a discrete graphics card or cooling system. But still, for the needs of the average manager, the power of thin laptops is enough.
How much fun?
Most manufacturers have not even one, but several lines of such devices. For example, if we consider the diagonal 13-14 inches popular for business, Acer has Swift and TravelMate P6. The first – typical ultrabooks at a price of 29,000 rubles. (A model with a simple dual-core AMD Athlon 300U processor and 4/128 GB memory), the latter are positioned as business notebooks, have more powerful hardware and, accordingly, a higher price.
We took for test one of the most inexpensive Acer TravelMate P6 models with these characteristics:
- Processor: Intel Core i5 8265U Quad Core
- RAM: 8Gb SDRAM
- Permanent memory: 256Gb SSD
- Graphics: Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620
- Display: 14 ”FHD (1920×1080)
- Operating System: Windows 10 Home
At the time of testing, it could be bought for $1,249.00.
What did we like exactly this? We considered it the best laptop option for the average manager: not the most powerful, but also far from poor in configuration. The amount of RAM 4 GB (like some Swift) may not be enough even for office tasks, 16 GB is not yet justified. However, you can increase the volume if you wish after purchase.
About the same thing should be said about the SSD: 128 GB is already small, 516 is still expensive. FHD resolution for a 14-inch screen is enough. And finally, “home” Windows 10 is usually enough for the eyes – it’s not worth overpaying several thousand rubles just for the Pro version.
Design and execution
The TravelMate P6 case is made of aluminum-magnesium alloy. In many ways, this helped the creators of this laptop achieve an exemplary weight of 1.1 kg and a thickness of 16.6 mm. At the same time, the main part of the device does not look flimsy, does not bend and does not spring. What can not be said about the cover with the screen – it responds to the slightest impact. The lid can be folded 180.
The screen itself has a fairly large frame (by today’s standards), especially in the upper and lower parts. A camera is hidden in the upper frame, and if necessary, it can be buried with a curtain. A good solution for those who value privacy.
As for the interfaces, there is no shortage. On the left side you will find HDMI, a USB Type A port and USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C with Thunderbolt 3. support, as well as a connector for power and 3.5 mm audio jacks. Yes, a separate adapter is attached for power, although competitors are in full swing using Type-C devices. In principle, it is possible to charge Travelmate via Type-C, but you will have to purchase a 20 V / 65 W charger separately.
On the right side of the laptop is another USB Type A (with power even when the device is turned off), an RJ-45 port and a micro-SD card reader.
The TravelMate P6 keyboard is standard on this type of device. Digital block, of course, no. The Home and End keys are combined with arrows, and with frequent work with texts this is very inconvenient. But nothing can be done.
There is no trackpad either, the touchpad is relatively small. It’s quite convenient to work with if you haven’t ever used an Apple MacBook before. On the other hand, the large touchpad of the apple laptop may not appeal to those who often knock on the keys.
By the way, the entire keyboard on the TravelMate P6 has a backlight. Only one mode, but it is. True, in order to save energy, the “keyboard” goes out after a few seconds of your inaction. This is also not very convenient: if you work in the dark, you have to press Ctrl to “revive” the keyboard, and only then continue typing.
Travel Mate P6 In work
What is important for a typical manager or, say, an editor? Convenient keyboard. Here the key stroke is very small (an ultrabook after all), but typing is very convenient. The backlight is not the brightest, and it’s even good, otherwise (in the absence of adjustment) it would hit in the eyes in the dark.
A bit about corporate work. The screen has good viewing angles, so discussing something with colleagues is very convenient. In addition, it is precisely for discussions that you understand why you need the opportunity to flip the display 180 degrees – this is how everyone sees it, and not just those who are standing next to you.
Currently, our Acer is used for remote work. It should be noted that even with a large number of open programs and tabs in the browser, no “brakes” arise. I was also pleased about the quality of the microphones: during group video communication sessions you are heard perfectly. The sound from the built-in speakers of stars from the sky is not enough, but loud enough even for collective communication.
The main sore spot of all ultrabooks is the cooling system. Everything is banal: there is no place for a full-fledged one with powerful coolers. Travelmate seems to have no global overheating problems. The main thing is not to put it on a blanket or other soft surfaces, because it takes air exclusively for cooling from below.
In normal mode, the cooler is almost inaudible, the back cover is barely warm. A characteristic low-pitched rumble appears only when downloading (for example, watching Full HD video).
Autonomy Travelmate is one of its trump cards. The manufacturer promises to work on a single battery charge for up to 20 hours, but in fact the supply is significantly less. Even in our operating mode (Wi-Fi Internet and office programs), a laptop lasts 8-9 hours, which in principle is also a good result.
Our resume: is it worth buying the Acer Travelmate P6?
Although in general the Acer Travelmate P6 made a good impression on us, it turned out to have many disadvantages. This is a weak cover with a screen, and a separate adapter for power, and just a one-year warranty, which is not enough for a business class device. Hypothetical 20 hours of work without recharging, we also did not find.
But in general, such shortcomings do not interfere with the work. In the end, you don’t hammer nails with the screen, and 9 hours of work without recharging is the dream of the owners of many 3-4-year-old laptops. More importantly, Travelmate is light and comfortable, and also quiet and cold. As for the cost, it is not known how it will change in the near future. One of the closest competitors, Lenovo ThinkBook 13s with a 13.3-inch screen, managed to rise in price and costs about 4,000 rubles in the same configuration. expensive. So the Acer Travelmate P6 today is a great business-class laptop for the money.