Acer TravelMate P256-M-55EG
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)
Reviews for the Acer TravelMate P256-M-55EG
Source: It Pro Archive.org version
The Acer TravelMate P256-M isn’t very glamourous, but it’s a well-made workhorse laptop with good battery life, enough performance and almost all the ports you’re ever likely to need. It’s a shame the keyboard isn't better, but it's still a good fit for businesses looking to make a mass replacement of old desktops as well as for students and home users on a budget.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/24/2015
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Tech Advisor Archive.org version
The Acer TravelMate gets all the basics right, with decent battery life, good application performance and a sturdy, robust feeling chassis. For under £500 it would be a good choice for home or business users looking for a simple Windows machine that can be carried around.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/03/2015
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 90% performance: 80% features: 70% workmanship: 80%
Model: The latest entry in the iconic TravelMate series by Acer is the P255-M-55EG model. It comes equipped with Intel's Core i5 4210U processor clocked at 1.7 GHz and 4 GB DDR3 RAM. The RAM capacity can be increased to up to 16 GB depending on personal usage needs. A 500 GB hard drive is used for mass storage. Alongside the internal storage, a memory card reader is useful when users have digital cameras and smartphones to transfer data from. The 15.6 inch display has an HD resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels.
The integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphic processor is responsible for graphics. The total number of USB ports is three, but only one of them is a USB 3.0 port. Other ports available on the device are the standard VGA, HDMI and Ethernet. The pre-installed operating system is the Windows 8 Pro with 64 bit architecture. The laptop weighs in at 2.5 kg, which is acceptable for a 15 inch model. According to Acer an average of 4 hours of Internet surfing and word processing is possible with the 2500 mAh battery. All in all, the Acer TravelMate is a sturdy laptop targeted at business users.
Intel HD Graphics 4400:
ULV integrated GPU (GT2) with 20 EUs found on certain Haswell CPU models.
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
4210U: Haswell-based ULV dual-core processor clocked at 1.7 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 2.7 GHz. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 4400 and a dual-channel DDR3 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
15-inch display variants are the standard and are used for more than half of all laptops.
The reason for the popularity of mid-sized displays is that this size is reasonably easy on the eyes, often allows high resolutions and thus offers rich details on the screen, yet does not consume too much power and the devices can still be reasonably compact - simply the standard compromise.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Acer: In 1976, the company was founded in Taiwan under the name Multitech and was renamed Acer or Acer Group in 1987. The product range includes, for example, laptops, tablets, smartphones, desktops, monitors, TVs and computer peripherals. Since 2007, the group has merged with Gateway Inc. and Packard Bell, which also market their own laptop product lines.
Acer computers are designed for a variety of purposes, including ultrabooks for mobile use, gaming laptops for gamers, affordable options for everyday tasks, and 2-in-1 convertible laptops for versatility. Acer's product portfolio also includes tablets that offer portable computing and multimedia capabilities.
75%: This rating is poor. More than three quarters of the models are rated better. That is rather not a purchase recommendation. Even if verbal ratings in this area do not sound that bad ("sufficient" or "satisfactory"), they are usually euphemisms that disguise a classification as a below-average laptop.
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