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Acer TravelMate P6 reviews




Stars -GOOD



Meager and light -GOOD



Strong undercarriage -GOOD



Powerful port determination including HDMI and Ethernet -GOOD



Long battery life -GOOD



1080p webcam -GOOD



CONS 



-Dull styling



-Awkward touchpad 



-Substantial on the bloatware 



-Primary concern 



Acer's revive of the TravelMate P6 is one of the uncommon business PCs that packs a liberal number of ports into a meager and-light skeleton, settling on it a possible decision for explorers who can ignore its bloatware and dull styling. 



Acer's TravelMate P6 is an option in contrast to the armies of Dell Latitudes and Lenovo ThinkPads that make up the universe of big business class business workstations. 
The passage level Intel Core i5 design evaluated here ($1,049.99, model TMP614-51-G2-57MS) is a lightweight, durable journal with a 14-inch show that bears numerous similitudes to our Editors' Choice for best business ultraportable PC, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon. 
With dull styling and a couple of missing corporate security includes, the TravelMate P6 isn't exactly on a par with the X1 Carbon, and it's very little less expensive, either. 
In any case, it's as yet worth a search for organizations that need a lightweight yet full-included PC. 



A 14-Inch Screen in a Small Chassis 



The TravelMate P6's primary distinguishing strength is offering a 14-inch show in a suspension that weighs essentially not exactly the 3-pound limit we believe proper for a PC to be called ultraportable. 
The TravelMate P6 measures 0.65 by 12.8 by 9.1 inches and weighs 2.54 pounds. 
Those are commendable measurements for a PC with a 13-inch screen, not to mention a 14-inch one. 
The 13-inch Apple MacBook Air, for example, is 0.63 by 11.97 by 8.46 inches and 2.8 pounds.
 All things considered, the seventh-age, 14-inch ThinkPad X1 Carbon (0.59 by 12.7 by 8.6 inches, 2.4 pounds) has the Acer beat. 



Our TravelMate P6 audit unit comes outfitted with a tenth Generation "Comet Lake" Intel Core i5-10210U processor with four centers, a base clock speed of 1.6GHz, and Intel UHD Graphics. 
It likewise sports a 256GB strong state drive and 8GB of memory. These are generally people on foot specs, in spite of the fact that they to a great extent coordinate what equivalently estimated arrangements of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and MacBook Air offer. Acer additionally sells an overhauled TravelMate P6 with a Core i7 chip, more RAM and capacity, and discrete illustrations. 
We tried this $1,499 setup toward the end of last year. 



The two arrangements have for all intents and purposes indistinguishable outsides. 
The PC is clad in dim magnesium compound, which Acer says is more grounded and lighter than the more generally utilized aluminum of a similar thickness.
 Not exclusively does the magnesium composite hold the weight down, however it likewise helps the TravelMate P6 pass MIL-SPEC 810G and 810F affirmations for sturdiness, which means it can endure light knocks and unintentional drops. 
MIL-SPEC affirmation is table stakes for premium business workstations, with numerous Latitudes, ThinkPads, and HP EliteBooks likewise finishing these solidness assessments. 



The TravelMate P6's styling could best be depicted as tasteless. Without a doubt, the magnesium combination is attractive enough outwardly, yet the occupied, hard-to-peruse console textual style and enormous showcase bezels appear to be stuck previously. 
The X1 Carbon and MacBook Air look unmistakably increasingly particular, and I can't see the TravelMate knocking some people's socks off in an air terminal parlor or coffeehouse the manner in which those two PCs can. 



The webcam configuration is especially tedious, with a monster plastic protection entryway that takes up the whole stature of the bezel over the presentation.
 Most other PC producers, including Lenovo and Dell, have made sense of approaches to recoil their protection shades to a small amount of this size, so Acer is well failing to meet expectations here. 



Be that as it may, the camera catches video at 1080p goal, which is a stamped improvement over the 720p webcams of most different PCs. 
The better goal should make for more excellent video meetings, at any rate, most definitely. 
The TravelMate's speakers can't occupy a condo lounge, even with the volume maximized, so it's improbable they'll have the option to occupy a gathering room. 






The Core i7 arrangement of the TravelMate P6 additionally incorporates an IR sensor to take into consideration face-acknowledgment logins to your Windows account.
 The passage level config doesn't, yet you can in any case utilize the unique mark peruser incorporated with the force button for passwordless logins.
 Much obliged partially to the IR camera and to some extent to other, heavier segments like an increasingly proficient GPU, the better quality P6 gauges more than the present test model at 2.65 pounds. 







Matte Screen Finish, But No Touch Support 







The absence of a touch screen likewise helps keep the passage level adaptation's weight down. 
The in-plane exchanging (IPS) show with a LED backdrop illumination and the 1,920-by-1,080-pixel goal is satisfactory for business efficiency, however, it won't blow your mind with splendid hues or well-honed text. 
On account of IPS, you can see it from outrageous points without twisting, and Acer says the screen covers a decent 72 percent of the NTSC shading array. 
I likewise welcome the matte completion, which diminishes glare from encompassing lights. 







Most screens with matte completions don't have contact support, yet the better quality setup of the TravelMate P6 offers it, as do a few forms of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. 
In the event that you can manage the cost of it, it merits the redesign, since it offers the best of the two universes—decreased glare contrasted and the typical gleaming completions and the capacity to cooperate with Windows through computerized pens or fingertips. 







The TravelMate P6's presentation can't be arranged with an incorporated security channel like those accessible on numerous ThinkPads, Latitudes, and EliteBooks.
 Incorporated protection channels are disputable increases since they commonly decrease show quality in return to serve to defeat individuals from investigating your shoulder, however, some business clients managing touchy information incline toward the true serenity that a channel offers. 







A lot of Ports, But a Clumsy Touchpad 







The PC's left side offers Thunderbolt 3, HDMI, and USB 3.1 Type-A ports, alongside a sound jack and the attachment for the AC connector. 
Another USB 3.1 Type-A port joins a microSD card space, an Ethernet port, and a security link locking indent on the right. 







This is an incredible port choice for such a slim and-light PC. 
The machine isn't even thick enough to oblige an ordinary Ethernet port, so Acer uses a drop-pivot "jaw"- type port that opens when you plug a link into it. 
While the pivot may in the long run wear out, it's desirable over a restrictive Ethernet port like the one on the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, which requires an extraordinary connector. 







The remote network incorporates the most recent 802.11ax Wi-Fi standard (Wi-Fi 6), just as Bluetooth 5.0. 







The TravelMate P6 offers satisfactory composing solace, however, it can't come close to the unbelievable ThinkPad composing experience.
 The movement is somewhat shallow and the textual style that Acer uses for the key marks appears to be superfluously little.
 In any case, the key switches are tough and offer a smart composing feel, with positive, clicky criticism. 
I like the devoted Page Up and Page Down keys, however, I wish the bolt keys were bigger. Fn+F8 flips a not splendid console backdrop illumination. 







I see the touchpad as less agreeable. 
Its switch is free to such an extent that it shakes in any event when you're simply moving the cursor around with your finger or tapping to click. Genuine physical snaps leave a ton to be wanted, with noteworthy give in the lower left and right corners yet practically no development at all in the upper half. 







Heaps of Bloatware 







Business PCs regularly have less preinstalled programming than ones focused on buyers do, yet not the TravelMate.
 Bloatware on our survey unit incorporates a spring up offering a $10 in-game reward for the first-time Forge of Empires players, different pop-ups for Norton Security Ultra, and a preinstalled Amazon connect on the Windows Taskbar, among different aggravations. 
It's the most bloatware I've seen on a PC so far this year. 







In any case, there are some possibly valuable business-accommodating programming and firmware highlights, including the Acer Office Manager application that is expected to help IT laborers oversee little workplaces. 
And keeping in mind that the PC comes up short on Intel's vPro far off administration and security highlights, it accompanies an inherent TPM module to prepare for physical hacking endeavors. 







Sufficient Performance for an Ultraportable 







With its coordinated designs processor and Intel Core i5, the TravelMate offers satisfactory execution for ordinary assignments that office laborers need to perform, however, it will battle to perform escalated employments like 3D gaming or sight and sound altering. 







For our exhibition benchmarks, I contrasted the TravelMate P6 with four other premium PCs with comparative sizes and costs, including the 14-inch Acer Swift 5, the 13-inch MacBook Air, the 14-inch Dell Inspiron 14 7000, and the seventh-age ThinkPad X1 Carbon. 
Despite the fact that the latter is currently in its eighth era, the seventh-gen model is as yet superb and keeps on being sold. (Perceive how we test PCs.) 







Profitability, Storage and Media Tests 







PCMark 10 and 8 are comprehensive execution suites created by the PC benchmark pros at UL (some time ago Futuremark). 
The PCMark 10 test we run reenacts distinctive true profitability and substance creation work processes. 
We use it to evaluate general framework execution for office-driven errands, for example, word preparation, spreadsheet work, web perusing, and videoconferencing. 
The test produces a restrictive numeric score; higher numbers are better. 













Since the entirety of the frameworks is furnished with similar Core i5 CPUs and quick SSDs, they all performed generally similarly here. 
Strikingly, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon accomplishes a somewhat preferred PCMark score over the TravelMate does, despite the fact that the Carbon has a past age CPU. 



Next is Maxon's CPU-crunching Cinebench R15 test, which is completely strung to utilize all accessible processor centers an



Cinebench is regularly a decent indicator of our Handbrake video-altering preliminary, another intense, strung exercise that is profoundly CPU-ward and scales well with centers and strings. In it, we put a stopwatch on test frameworks as they transcode a standard 12-minute clasp of 4K video (the open-source Blender demo film Tears of Steel) to a 1080p MP4 document.
 It's a coordinated test, and lower results are better.



There are no astounding outcomes here, yet it's ideal to see the TravelMate come out marginally in front of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, regardless of whether it's one moment quicker. 


We likewise run a custom Adobe Photoshop picture altering benchmark.
 Utilizing a mid 2018 arrival of the Creative Cloud form of Photoshop, we apply a progression of 10 complex channels and impacts to a standard JPEG test picture. 
We time every activity and, toward the end, include the all out execution time (lower times are better). 
The Photoshop test focuses on the CPU, stockpiling subsystem, and RAM, yet it can likewise exploit most GPUs to accelerate the way toward applying channels.



While the Inspiron 14 7000, furnished with a discrete GPU, showed improvement over the TravelMate here, the thing that matters is insignificant, and most office clients won't be taking part in such a mind boggling photograph altering in any case. 

Illustrations Tests 


3DMark estimates relative illustrations muscle by rendering groupings of profoundly nitty gritty, gaming-style 3D designs that accentuate particles and lighting. 
We run two distinctive 3DMark subtests, Sky Diver and Fire Strike, which are fit to various sorts of frameworks.
 Both are DirectX 11 benchmarks, yet Sky Diver is increasingly fit to PCs and midrange PCs, while Fire Strike is all the more requesting and made for top of the line PCs to swagger their stuff. The outcomes are exclusive scores.




While a discrete GPU now and again matters to Photoshop clients, it generally matters to gamers, and the Nvidia GeForce-prepared Inspiron 14 7000 plainly wins out over the competition here. Recollect that you can get a discrete GPU in the $1,499 arrangement of the TravelMate. 


Next up is another manufactured designs test, this time from Unigine Corp.
 Like 3DMark, the Superposition test renders and container through a nitty gritty 3D scene and measures how the framework adapts. For this situation, it's rendered in the organization's eponymous Unigine motor, offering an unexpected 3D outstanding burden situation in comparison to 3DMark and a second sentiment on the machine's graphical ability.




While these outcomes are like the 3DMark test, recall that none of these frameworks is proposed to be a gaming PC. 
Some snappy program based time squanderers should run fine, however much else requesting likely won't. 

Battery Rundown Test 


After completely energizing the PC, we set up the machine in power-spare mode (rather than adjusted or superior mode) where accessible and make a couple of other battery-preserving changes in anticipation of our unplugged video summary test. 
(We likewise turn Wi-Fi off, placing the PC into quite mode.) In this test, we circle a video—a privately put away 720p record of similar Tears of Steel film we use in our Handbrake preliminary—with screen splendor set at 50 percent and volume at 100 percent until the framework conks out.





The TravelMate's battery goes on for an advantageous 20 hours on this test, an ideal supplement to the go-anyplace availability that its light weight empowers. 
You most likely won't have to visit an electrical plug frequently. 

It's Still a ThinkPad World 

Numerous IT purchasers are centered around Latitudes, ThinkPads, and EliteBooks, yet the TravelMate is an update that different choices exist.
 It's a lightweight PC with a large portion of the highlights that business explorers need, from a devoted HDMI yield to a ruggedized undercarriage. 


Then again, it's not genuinely more affordable than a MacBook Air or a ThinkPad X1 Carbon, which implies its lacks are more diligently to disregard. 
These incorporate an awkward touchpad, critical bloatware, and forgettable styling. 
Generally speaking, it doesn't exactly unseat the Carbon as our preferred business ultraportable.

Acer TravelMate P6 (2020) Specs

Laptop Class Business, Ultraportable

Processor Intel Core i5-10210U

Processor Speed 1.6 GHz

RAM (as Tested) 8 GB

Boot Drive Type SSD

Boot Drive Capacity (as Tested) 256 GB

Screen Size 14 inches

Native Display Resolution 1920 by 1080

Touch Screen No

Panel Technology IPS

Variable Refresh Support None

Screen Refresh Rate 60 Hz

Graphics Processor Intel UHD Graphics

Wireless Networking 802.11ax, Bluetooth

Dimensions (HWD) 0.65 by 12.8 by 9.1 inches

Weight 2.54 lbs

Operating System Windows 10


Tested Battery Life (Hours:Minutes) 20:14

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