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Review Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk Notebook

Sascha Mölck (translated by Bernie Pechlaner), 02/19/2014

Good, but overpriced. The Travelmate P455-M is aimed at business professionals and as such equipped with TPM, a fingerprint scanner, and security software. A ULV Core i5 processor powers the notebook. How does the system, which sells for a fairly steep 840 Euro (~$1150), handle the daily workload?

For the original German review, see here.

On their website, Acer states that the models in the Travelmate P4 series offer "staunch reliability for SMBs". At the aforementioned price point, the Travelmate P455 competes with systems like Hewlett Packard's Probook 650/655 and the Thinkpad L5xx series from Lenovo. Notebooks in both of these series offer comprehensive security features, good input devices, simple maintenance, and a docking port. At first glance, the Travelmate can't really compete, as it comes with the same chassis Acer uses for the Aspire E1 series - for example the Aspire E1-572 (Core i3-4010U, HD Graphics 4400). If the Travelmate can hold its own regardless is the subject of our review.

To evaluate our review model, we compare it to its competitors HP Probook 650 (Core i3-4000M, HD Graphics 4600) and Dell Latitude 3540 (Core i5-4200U, Radeon HD 8850M). 

Since the Travelmate is nearly identical in construction to the Aspire E1-572 and other 15.6-inch models in the series (E1-532, E1-522), we won't spend any time on the chassis, port selection, input devices, the display, and the speakers - unless there are notable differences. For more details, please take a look at the individual notebook reviews.

Case

As mentioned in our introduction, the Travelmate shares its plastic chassis with the Aspire E1 series. One difference: the P455's display lid cover is brushed metal and not plastic. Rigidity hasn't improved much, however - we were still able to twist the lid rather easily. For around 800 Euro (~$1100), we would expect a higher-end chassis design. As is, the construction is perfectly adequate for an Aspire E1-series model, but in our opinion not sufficient for the Travelmate.

The display lid of the Aspire E1-572
The display lid of the Aspire E1-572
The display lid of the Travelmate P455-M (photo: Acer)
The display lid of the Travelmate P455-M (photo: Acer)

Communication

Security

For a notebook to appeal to businesses, certain security features have to be on board. In addition to the Kensington lock slot, Acer equipped the Travelmate with a Trusted Platform Module (1.2) as well as a biometric fingerprint reader and the required security software "Pro Shield". The software not only regulates access, but also allows the user to encrypt and securely erase data.

Operating System

The Travelmate ships with Windows 7 Professional (64 Bit) preinstalled, although Windows 8 Professional (64 Bit) is included as well. Acer does not supply media for either OS - rather, both are included as images on the hard drive. In order to replace Windows 7 with 8 or vice versa, the user needs to use Acer's eRecoverymanagement Software. A pamphlet, which is included in the box, explains the process.

Maintenance

Accessibility for maintenance purposes is not overwhelming. The single cover on the bottom hides the RAM and the hard drive. The Travelmate has two RAM slots, one of which houses a 4 GB module. The hard drive is easy to replace and both 7 and 9.5 mm models will fit.

Input Devices

The keyboard of the Travelmate features a backlight
The keyboard of the Travelmate features a backlight

Keyboard

Compared to the Aspire E1-572, the P455 features a backlit keyboard. The only options - accessible using a function key - are on and off. When the notebook is running on battery power, the backlight turns off by itself after a few moments and reactivates when any key is depressed.

Display

The matte Full-HD display is the same one Acer equips the Aspire E1-572 with, although the measurements are not identical. This is normal, since even structurally identical panels can show some deviations. Both displays are about average as far as their brightness is concerned and lack contrast. Our review version of the E1-572 sells for about 400 Euro (~$550) without a Windows OS, so the quality of the display is acceptable. The Travelmate, however, should offer a higher-end display. We would like to see an IPS panel like the one Acer uses for the Aspire V5-573G.

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Average: 200.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 195 cd/m²
Black: 0.54 cd/m²
Contrast: 361:1
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Performance

The Travelmate P455-M is a 15.6-inch notebook designed for business environments and its processor is more than powerful enough to handle the commonly encountered tasks. Our review notebook sells for about 840 Euro (~$1150). At the time of writing, Acer does not offer any other versions of the P455-M.

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System information Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk

Processor

Acer decided on Intel's Core i5-4200U processor for the Travelmate P455. This dual-core CPU is part of Intel's Haswell generation and features a base clock speed of 1.6 GHz, which can be increased to 2.3 GHz (both cores) or 2.6 GHz (single core) via the Turbo. The CPU doesn't consume a lot of power - according to Intel, the TDP is 15 watts.

The CPU handled the Cinebench benchmarks tests at its maximum clock speed. The resulting scores are comparable to the Latitude (Core i5-4200URadeon HD 8850M), which uses the same processor. The Probook's (Core i3-4000MHD Graphics 4600) performance is also at the same level, although its CPU is not a ULV model, but a standard mobile processor with a higher base clock speed but no Turbo. In this case, the Turbo modes of the ULV Core i5 processors are close to the base frequency of the Core i3 and the results are thus more or less identical. The three CPUs in our comparison are all based on Intel's Haswell architecture. Thanks to its powerful dedicated GPU, the Latitude was able to outperform the other notebooks when running the GL tests.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
7722
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
9783 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
4694 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6091
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
3568
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
6053 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.11 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
13.13 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.46 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
16.1 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
230 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
97 Points
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Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1.11 Points ∼56%
HP ProBook 455 G1 H6P57EA
Radeon HD 7420G, A4-4300M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
0.68 Points ∼34% -39%
Acer Aspire E1-572-34014G50Dnkk
HD Graphics 4400, 4010U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
0.76 Points ∼38% -32%
HP ProBook 650 G1 H5G74E
HD Graphics 4600, 4000M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
1.05 Points ∼53% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 20C60041
HD Graphics 4600, 4000M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
1.06 Points ∼53% -5%
Dell Latitude 3540
Radeon HD 8850M, 4200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD7500BPVX-75JC3T0
1.11 Points ∼56% 0%
Fujitsu LifeBook A544
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1.35 Points ∼68% +22%
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2.46 Points ∼14%
HP ProBook 455 G1 H6P57EA
Radeon HD 7420G, A4-4300M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1.03 Points ∼6% -58%
Acer Aspire E1-572-34014G50Dnkk
HD Graphics 4400, 4010U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1.87 Points ∼11% -24%
Dell Latitude 3540
Radeon HD 8850M, 4200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD7500BPVX-75JC3T0
2.47 Points ∼14% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 20C60041
HD Graphics 4600, 4000M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2.55 Points ∼14% +4%
HP ProBook 650 G1 H5G74E
HD Graphics 4600, 4000M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2.6 Points ∼15% +6%
Fujitsu LifeBook A544
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
3.27 Points ∼19% +33%

System Performance

We can't complain about the overall performance: the Travelmate runs smoothly. The results of the PC Mark tests confirm our subjective findings. Both the Probook (Core i3-4000MHD Graphics 4600) and the Latitude (Core i5-4200URadeon HD 8850M) fare slightly better, however, since the former has a faster 7200 RPM drive, while the latter has RAM that operates in dual-channel mode. The Dell also has a more potent GPU.

A Solid State Disk should increase performance, lead to faster system starts and program executions, and improve the PCMark scores. We put it to the test with a 64 GB Crucial RealSSD C300 SSD and were rewarded with PCMark 7 result of 4225 points, which is an increase of almost 80 %.

PC Mark
PCMark Vantage5464 points
PCMark 72344 points
PCMark 8 Home v22028 points
PCMark 8 Work v22973 points
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PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2344 Points ∼34%
HP ProBook 455 G1 H6P57EA
Radeon HD 7420G, A4-4300M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1586 Points ∼23% -32%
Acer Aspire E1-572-34014G50Dnkk
HD Graphics 4400, 4010U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2385 Points ∼34% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 20C60041
HD Graphics 4600, 4000M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2538 Points ∼37% +8%
HP ProBook 650 G1 H5G74E
HD Graphics 4600, 4000M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2569 Points ∼37% +10%
Dell Latitude 3540
Radeon HD 8850M, 4200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD7500BPVX-75JC3T0
2627 Points ∼38% +12%

Storage Devices

HD Tune
HD Tune
CrystalDiskMark
CrystalDiskMark

The Travelmate is equipped with a Seagates Momentus Thin series hard drive with a capacity of 500 GB and a rotational speed of 5400 RPM. The hard drive comes with two  identically-sized 219 GB partitions; the rest of the space is shared between the installation files and the recovery partition. The P455 features a shock sensor which parks the hard drive read/write head when a fall is detected, which in turn protects the drive from damage.

CrystalDiskMark attests a read rate of 98.85 MB/s, while HD Tune recorded an average transfer rate of 82.4 MB/s - good and in line with what we would expect from a 5400 RPM hard drive. We've encountered the same drive in many other notebooks, including the Aspire E1-572, which costs about half as much. In our opinion, Acer should have used a small SSD, a 7200 RPM drive, or a hybrid drive (conventional drive + SSD cache) for the Travelmate.

Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
Transfer Rate Minimum: 1.3 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 114.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 82.4 MB/s
Access Time: 18.7 ms
Burst Rate: 103.8 MB/s

GPU Performance

Intel's HD Graphics 4400 is tasked with handling graphics. The GPU supports DirectX 11.1 and operates between 200 and 1000 MHz. The 3DMark benchmark results show that the HD 4400 doesn't fare that well when to the compared to the graphics cards in the competing notebooks, as both the Probook (Core i3-4000M, HD Graphics 4600) and especially the Latitude (Core i5-4200U, Radeon HD 8850M) feature more powerful graphics processors.

3D Mark
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
4131 points
3DMark Vantage3306 points
3DMark 11777 points
3DMark Ice Storm33077 points
3DMark Cloud Gate3744 points
3DMark Fire Strike494 points
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Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk
Intel Core i5-4200U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
HP ProBook 650 G1 H5G74E
Intel Core i3-4000M, Intel HD Graphics 4600, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
Dell Latitude 3540
Intel Core i5-4200U, AMD Radeon HD 8850M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD7500BPVX-75JC3T0
Acer Aspire E1-572-34014G50Dnkk
Intel Core i3-4010U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G75Mnkk
Intel Core i5-4200U, AMD Radeon HD 8750M, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
3DMark (2013)
17%
109%
-10%
81%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score3307739808
20%
38786
17%
25080
-24%
50492
53%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score37444360
16%
6278
68%
3339
-11%
5433
45%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Standard Score494563
14%
1683
241%
514
4%
1209
145%

Gaming Performance

The Travelmate is not very well suited for gaming. Some current games can be played at low resolutions and with the details set to low; games which are not very resource-intensive - for example the various Fifa versions - are playable at higher resolutions and settings. The frame rates can be improved slightly with a second RAM module, which allows the RAM to operate in dual-channel mode, thus improving graphics performance. The result is an average increase in the frame rate of about 20 % depending on the game.

Users wanting a business notebook which works well for gaming might want to consider the Latitude. The Probook is also an alternative, as it is available with a dedicated Radeon HD 8750M GPU. An obvious choice on the consumer side is Acer's own Aspire E1-572G (Core i5-4200U, Radeon HD 8750M), which is a version of the E1-572 with dedicated graphics. Equipped with a matte HD display (1366 x 768 pixels) and Windows 8, the notebook sells for about 500 Euro (~$685).

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011) 26.812.8fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 36.518.410.4fps
GRID 2 (2013) 45.324.7fps
Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk
Intel Core i5-4200U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
HP ProBook 650 G1 H5G74E
Intel Core i3-4000M, Intel HD Graphics 4600, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
Dell Latitude 3540
Intel Core i5-4200U, AMD Radeon HD 8850M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD7500BPVX-75JC3T0
Acer Aspire E1-572-34014G50Dnkk
Intel Core i3-4010U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G75Mnkk
Intel Core i5-4200U, AMD Radeon HD 8750M, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
Tomb Raider
21%
313%
1%
166%
1024x768 Low Preset36.546.2
27%
37.1
2%
92.6
154%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x18.421.9
19%
67.2
265%
18.3
-1%
45.5
147%
1366x768 High Preset AA:FX AF:8x10.412.2
17%
47.9
361%
30.8
196%

Emissions

System Noise

The Travelmate is certainly not a noisy notebook. On the contrary: the notebook is mostly silent and even under full load, the fan is nearly whisper-quiet. The P455 gets the loudest when accessing the DVD drive. The Probook is also very quiet, whereas the Latitude is the noisiest - at least under load. Of course that's not very surprising, since this notebook comes with a dedicated and powerful GPU, which requires additional cooling.

Noise Level

Idle 30.5 / 31.2 / 31.2 dB(A)
HDD 30.9 dB(A)
DVD 36.2 / dB(A)
Load 32.5 / 34.7 dB(A)
 
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min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The Acer Travelmate P455-M during the stress test.
The Acer Travelmate P455-M during the stress test.

The surface areas of all three notebooks don't get very warm during idle. Under load, things don't change much - only the Probook and the Latitude exceeded 40 degrees C in one area each. Overall, the Travelmate stays the coolest.

During the stress test (Prime95 and Furmark running in parallel for at least one hour) both the CPU and the GPU remained at their maximum respective speeds (CPU: 2.3 GHz, GPU: 1000 MHz). The CPU temperature stabilized at around 70 to 71 degrees C with the notebook connected to external power.

 31.7 °C28.3 °C25 °C 
 30.1 °C29.9 °C24.7 °C 
 28 °C28 °C28.1 °C 
Maximum: 31.7 °C
Average: 28.2 °C
25.9 °C29.6 °C31.1 °C
27.1 °C30.1 °C30.8 °C
27.6 °C28.8 °C28.6 °C
Maximum: 31.1 °C
Average: 28.8 °C
Power Supply (max.)  35.5 °C | Room Temperature 22.9 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Energy Management

Power Consumption

During idle, the Travelmate consumes between 4.3 and 12.7 watts. The latter value is a bit high for a simple office notebook with a ULV processor. The Probook (4.6 to 9.4 watts) and the Latitude (6.3 to 10.8 watts) both need less. Under medium load levels (3D Mark 06) and full load (stress test, Prime95 and Furmark), the Travelmate requires 30.4 and 39 watts, respectively. The Probook, equipped with a standard mobile processor, is only slightly more power-hungry (37.1 and 41.5 watts). The Latitude (50.7 and 52.7 watts) needs the most because of the dedicated GPU.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.1 / 0.2 Watt
Idle 4.3 / 10.5 / 12.7 Watt
Load 30.4 / 39 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

In idle mode, the Travelmate lasted for 8 hours 13 minutes - in between the Probook (7 hours 41 minutes) and the Latitude (12 hours 34 minutes). To check the maximum run time, we use the Battery Eater Reader's Test. For this test, we turn down the display brightness all the way, enable the power saver profile, and turn off the wireless modules. Under load, the Travelmate kept running for 1 hour and 5 minutes before we had to plug it back in. Both the Probook (1 hour 40 minutes) and the  Latitude (1 hour 56 minutes) lasted longer. To establish the minimum battery life, we use the Battery Eater Classic Test, maximize screen brightness, use the high performance profile, and enable all wireless modules.

The P455 shut down after 4 hours and 30 minutes when tasked with the WLAN test. Again both the Probook (5 hours 16 minutes) and the Latitude (5 hours 34 minutes) outlasted our review notebook. During this test, a script visits various websites in 40 second intervalls. For the WLAN test, we activate the power saver profile and set the display brightness to about 150 cd/m². We were able to play back DVDs for 3 hours 34 minutes. Both the Probook (3 hours 43 minutes) and especially the Latitude (4 hours 31 minutes) offer longer playback times.

It's not really surprising that the Travelmate has the shortest battery life, since its battery also has the lowest capacity (Acer: 37 Wh, Hewlett Packard: 55 Wh, Dell: 65 Wh). Acer still manages to extract decent run times despite the low capacity. The Aspire E1-572 has the exact same battery. Considering the price point of the Travelmate, we would have expected a larger-capacity battery.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
8h 13min
WiFi Surfing
4h 30min
DVD
3h 34min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 05min

Verdict

All things considered, the Acer  Travelmate P455-M is a decent business notebook. The overall performance is good and the noise levels are very low. The battery life is also OK. In our opinion, however, the Travelmate is outrageously overpriced. The nearly identical Aspire E1-572 comes with the same hardware and Windows 8 for about 540 Euro (~$740). In other words,  the Travelmate is much like the Aspire, but equipped with a fingerprint reader, a TPM chip, a shock sensor, a display lid made of metal, security software, and a second Windows license. The charge for these add-ons is about 300 Euro (~$410).

While the Aspire E1-572 offers a good price-performance ratio, the Travelmate simply doesn't. Given the asking price, we would have expected a higher-end chassis, a better display, a faster hard drive, as well as a larger battery. Additionally, we would like to see a docking port. Potential buyers who like the notebook but don't need the TPM chip or a fingerprint reader are better off with a notebook from Acer's Aspire E1 series.

The Dell Latitude 3540 is a good choice for users needing better graphics performance, since the notebook has a dedicated GPU. In addition, the Latitude also features the longest battery life in this group. The Hewlett Packard Probook 650 is extremely easy to expand and features a docking port. In addition, the Probook also sells for about 100 Euro (~$135) less than our review notebook.

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Specifications

Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk
Processor
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 4400, Core: 200-1000 MHz, 9.18.10.3215
Memory
4096 MB 
, DDR3, single-channel, two slots (one open)
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, AU Optronics B156HTN03.1, TN LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Lynx Point-LP
Harddisk
Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142, 500 GB 
5400 rpm , 410 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Lynx Point-LP - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Audio combo-jack, Card Reader: SD, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Sensors: Vibration sensor,
Networking
Broadcom BCM57786 NetXtreme PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10MBit), Atheros AR5BWB222 Wireless Network Adapter (b g n ), 4.0 Bluetooth
Optical drive
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GU71N
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 25 x 382 x 256 ( = 0.98 x 15.04 x 10.08 in)
Weight
2.4 kg ( = 84.66 oz) Power Supply: 223 g ( = 7.87 oz)
Battery
37 Wh Lithium-Ion, 14.8 V, 2500 mAh
Price
839 Euro
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (64 Bit) + Windows 8 Pro (64 Bit)
Additional features
Webcam: HD Webcam (1280 x 720), Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Acer Crystal Eye Webcam, Acer ProShield, Corel WinDVD, McAfee Internet Security Suite (trial version), Microsoft Office 365 (Testversion), Nero BackItUp 12 Essentials, Skype, Windows Live Essentials 2011, 24 Months Warranty

 

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The optical drive reads and writes all types of DVDs and CDs.
The optical drive reads and writes all types of DVDs and CDs.
The hinges...
The hinges...
...hold the lid securely in all positions.
...hold the lid securely in all positions.
The speakers are located on the bottom.
The speakers are located on the bottom.
The fingerprint reader is located between the two mouse buttons.
The fingerprint reader is located between the two mouse buttons.
The cover on the bottom only allows access to the hard drive and the RAM.
The cover on the bottom only allows access to the hard drive and the RAM.
The Travelmate has two RAM slots.
The Travelmate has two RAM slots.
The hard drive is protected well, but easy to swap.
The hard drive is protected well, but easy to swap.
The battery weighs about 190 grams...
The battery weighs about 190 grams...
...and has a capacity of 37 Wh.
...and has a capacity of 37 Wh.
The fan exhaust is located on the left side.
The fan exhaust is located on the left side.

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Price Comparison

Pro

+Good performance
+Quiet
+Two Windows Operating Systems
+Matte Full-HD display
+Backlit keyboard
 

Cons

-Way overpriced
-Display with average brightness and little contrast

Shortcut

What we like

The decent performance and low noise levels.

What we'd like to see

A better display, higher-end chassis, faster hard drive, larger battery, and a lower price.

What surprises us

Acer takes a bargain-basement notebook, adds a few security features, and then almost doubles the asking price.

The competition

HP Probook 650, Dell Latitude 3540, Fujitsu LifeBook A544, HP Probook 455, HP Probook 450, Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E540, Acer Aspire E1-572, Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E535, Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E530, Lenovo B5400, Fujitsu Lifebook AH502, AsusPro P56CB-XO193G

Rating

Acer TravelMate P455-M-54204G50Makk
07/11/2014 v4
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
78 / 98 → 80%
Keyboard
82%
Pointing Device
82%
Connectivity
71%
Weight
60 / 67 → 85%
Battery
82%
Display
76%
Games Performance
62 / 85 → 73%
Application Performance
65%
Temperature
92%
Noise
95%
Average
77%
81%
Office *
Weighted Average
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Author: Sascha Mölck, 2014-02-19 (Update: 2014-02-19)