In need of a notebook which would take care of your productivity tasks as well as official needs with equal ease? Today we’re gonna check out such a notebook, Acer Travelmate TMP449-G2-M (NX.VEFEK.005). Let’s check out then whether it was able to handle the challenge or not.
- CPU – Intel Core i5 Dual-Core (7th Gen), 2.5 GHz
- GPU – Intel HD Graphics 620
- Memory – 8 GB DDR4, extendable up to 24 GB
- Screen – 14-inch HD (1,366 x 768)
- Storage – 256 GB SSD
- OS – Windows 10 Home edition
- Performance – It is equipped quite decently if you ask me. An Intel Core i5 processor along with 8 gigs of RAM would take care of almost any task that you can throw safely at a 14-inch notebook. It includes a 256 GB SSD which makes it pretty zippy and loads it in seconds. And it can handle a slight bit of games as well thanks to the integrated Intel HD Graphics 620 GPU. So titles like Dota 2 and Dirt 4 won’t be troublesome with the lowest settings.
- Battery – It does provide what they call a day’s worth of backup thanks to the seemingly small but actually pretty effective 4-cell 48 Wh battery pack. It was able to last nearly 7 and half hour under the web surfing test in medium brightness.
- Ports – It includes almost all the essentials including 4 USB ports, an Ethernet port and an HDMI port. I would have been really pleased if it included a Thunderbolt port though. But that’s a pretty rare sight in a budget notebook anyway.
- Portability – The 14-inch design certainly makes it a better option to carry around in your backpack than some of the 15 inchers. And as a result, it is pretty lighter than those notebooks as well at only 2 kg.
- Price – It’s priced at around £730. Now, considering the fact that it’s a 14-inch notebook equipped with merely an HD display it certainly feels overpriced. Contenders like Dell Latitude and HP ProBook 440 G5 are somewhat cheaper than this.
- Display – It comes with a 14-inch HD display. The panel seemed just another run-of-the-mill display to me. The average brightness was pretty low at only 225 nits. As a result, it becomes increasingly difficult to work under the direct sunlight. Other than that the colour reproduction capability of the panel is pretty limited as well with only 60% coverage of the sRGB colour space. But that’s only natural for such a low-medium budget notebook. In short, it is just average for everyday chores.
So, it’s decision time. Is it good? I would say, it is. But would I recommend it? I don’t think so. One of the places where Acer saved some money from is definitely the display. So that’s a place for potential improvements. But even after cutting the corners the price didn’t seem very competitive to me.