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Acer TravelMate P614 Ultraportable Business Notebook—With Fangs on the Side: Page 2 of 3

This 14-inch model aims to offer business professionals a lightweight, powerful, and secure notebook without breaking the bank. By Matt Whitlock

There are numerous ways to securely login, thanks to the 1080p webcam situated in the bezel above the display, complete with a sliding security cover and IR for full Windows Hello compatibility. The webcam quality is better than average, though the field of view is too wide. It works great for logging in with Windows Hello, capturing my face almost immediately when in view (which is pretty much anywhere you are in front of it).

There is also a fingerprint reader embedded into the power button, though it’s inconveniently positioned directly centered above the keyboard. It had some difficulty keeping up with fast, repeated presses during the learning stages, but rarely failed to recognize a finger when logging in on the first press.

Performance and Impressions

Though the P6 includes an off-putting amount of third-party bundleware, once it’s up and running there are a lot positive things to say from a performance perspective. The Core i7-10610U doesn’t rack up ultrahigh scores in the benchmarks, but provided ample power to handle multiple applications, browser windows, and media playback. Lack of a dedicated GPU will be a turn-off for heavy content creators, as the UHD 620 just doesn’t have the 3D chops for heavy multimedia editing. There are configs with a NVIDIA MX-250 GPU for such users.

Battery life from the integrated four-cell 3,920 mAh Lithium battery was good, though not quite what I’ve seen from similar configurations from other vendors. I averaged 10 to 11 hours on battery with real-world productivity tests, screen brightness, and power saving settings at usable levels. In a video playback test, I managed 18:16 looping a locally stored 1080p movie with a lot of the power-saving features enabled.

The six-row backlit keyboard won’t win any ThinkPad fans over, but it does offer a respectable typing experience. The key travel is incredibly short, but the action is tight and responsive. The white (or very light blue) backlight offers two brightness levels, neither of which I would describe as particularly bright.

The P6’s Corning Gorilla Glass NBT Touchpad surprised me. I found it accurate, responsive, and generally pleasant to use. The clickable areas in the left/right lower corners hit that perfect spot of pressure and travel, and I had no problem with multifinger gestures.

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Matt Whitlock is online director and technical editor for ChannelProSMB.com.

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