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Acer TravelMate P276-MG-56FU Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 12/12/2014

All-rounder with gaming capabilities. Acer's new 17.3-inch notebook is designed for private as well as business users. A powerful Core i5 in combination with a fast GPU and good battery runtimes should be appealing for both customer groups.

For the original German review, see here.

The models of the diverse TravelMate-series are primarily designed for business users, but they are interesting for other user groups as well. The 17.3-inch notebook TravelMate P276-MG-56FU could be a good solution for anybody who wants a replacement for a bulky desktop PC. The CPU performance is more than sufficient for everyday tasks, and the GeForce GPU means the notebook can handle games. Sounds pretty good. Our review shows if the device can convince us.

Competitors for the TravelMate are similar notebooks from rival manufacturers. The list includes the Asus AsusPro P750LB-T2057G, the HP ProBook 470 G1 and the Lenovo G710, for instance.

Case

Acer uses a black plastic case for the TravelMate. Both the display cover and the top of the base unit have a matte-finished coating. Metal elements are not integrated, and Acer did not include a maintenance cover, either. The battery is integrated into the notebook. This should actually not be the case for a notebook that is designed for business users. You have to open the case to access the internal components, but more on that later.

The build quality of the chassis is okay. The base unit does not reveal any issues in terms of stability. You can slightly dent the chassis areas next to the keyboard and below the touchpad – but this is the case for the majority of notebooks. You can also twist the base unit – it is not too bad, but we expected more from a notebook for 800 Euros (~$996). The display cover can be twisted even further, but there are no picture distortions. Pressure on the back of the display only results in picture deviations at some spots. The hinges keep the display well in position and only allow a small amount of bouncing. It is possible to open the lid with one hand.

The Acer TravelMate P276-MG-56FU
The Acer TravelMate P276-MG-56FU
Acer uses a black chassis.
Acer uses a black chassis.
A maintenance cover is not available.
A maintenance cover is not available.

Connectivity

The TravelMate does not offer any surprises in terms of the connectivity. You get the same ports that are available at the rivals Asus AsusPro P750LB-T2057G and the HP ProBook 470 G1. All the ports are located at the rear areas of the sides, so there are no annoying cables next to the palm rest.

Left side: AC power, VGA, Ethernet, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0, combined stereo jack
Left side: AC power, VGA, Ethernet, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0, combined stereo jack
Right side: 2x USB 2.0, DVD burner, slot for a Kensington lock
Right side: 2x USB 2.0, DVD burner, slot for a Kensington lock
The card reader is at the front.
The card reader is at the front.

Communication

Acer equips the TravelMate with a WLAN module from Atheros (AR9565). It supports the WLAN standards 802.11 b/g/n and the signal quality does not cause any criticism. We always had a stable connection with a distance of 15 meters from the router. Wired networks are handled by a Gigabit Ethernet chip from Realtek's RTL8168/8111-series. Such a chip is used in a lot of notebooks and it works without problems. A Bluetooth 4.0 module is available as well. The integrated webcam creates blurry pictures with a resolution of 1280x720 pixels.

Security 

The TravelMate neither has a Trusted Platform Module nor a fingerprint reader. Acer only equips the notebook with its own "ProShield" software. It allows, for example, access to the system via facial recognition.

Accessories

Besides a quick-start poster and warranty information, the notebook is not shipped with any accessories.

Operating System

Our review unit uses a preloaded version of Windows 7 (64-bit) Professional, but the buyer of the notebook can also use Windows 8.1 (64-bit) Pro. A corresponding image is stored on the hard drive. The notebook is shipped with a printed manual that explains how you can switch the operating systems. Recovery DVDs are not provided.

Maintenance

We already mentioned that the TravelMate does not have a maintenance cover. To access the hardware, you first have to remove all screws at the bottom and then carefully lift the bottom cover. We used a flat object for that. After the removal, you can access the memory, the hard drive, the fan, the WLAN module, the BIOS battery and the battery. The TravelMate has two memory slots, one of which is equipped with an 8 GB module. Replacing the hard drive is a very simple process, and the battery could be replaced as well if it is defective.

Warranty

Acer grants a two-year warranty for the TravelMate – including a pick-up service. The same applies for the Asus AsusPro P750LB-T2057G; buyers of the HP ProBook 470, however, only get a warranty of 12 months. The warranty of the TravelMate can be extended; a three-year on-site service, for instance, is available for around 80 Euros (~$99).

Input Devices

Keyboard

The chiclet keyboard of the Acer is not illuminated, which is not really understandable when you consider the price level and the targeted customer group. The flat, slightly roughened keys have a medium travel and a well defined pressure point, even though the latter could be firmer. During typing we could determine a slight bouncing of the keyboard, but it was not annoying. All in all, Acer offers a decent input device, which can be used for regular typing sessions.

Touchpad

The mouse replacement is a ClickPad (a touchpad without dedicated mouse buttons) with support for multi-touch gestures and the dimensions 10.6 x 7.8 cm. The large surface is good for the execution of gestures and the smooth surface provides good gliding capabilities for the fingers. The pad has a short travel and a well defined and audible pressure point.

The keyboard is not illuminated.
The keyboard is not illuminated.
The ClickPad support multi-touch gestures.
The ClickPad support multi-touch gestures.

Display

The matte 17.3-inch display of the TravelMate has the native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. We can measure a good average brightness of 317.3 cd/m², which means it is brighter than the two rivals Asus AsusPro P750LB-T2057G (236.1 cd/m²; HD+) and HP ProBook 470 G1 (258 cd/m²; HD+).

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cd/m²
329
cd/m²
346
cd/m²
275
cd/m²
345
cd/m²
305
cd/m²
306
cd/m²
322
cd/m²
322
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 346 cd/m² Average: 317.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 79 %
Center on Battery: 340 cd/m²
Contrast: 627:1 (Black: 0.55 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 10.05 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 10.18 | 0.64-98 Ø6.4
60% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.72
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
Asus ASUSPRO P750LB-T2057G
GeForce GT 740M, 4010U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
HP ProBook 470 G0-H6P56EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 3632QM, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
Lenovo G710 59397112
GeForce GT 720M, 4702MQ, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
HD Graphics 4400, 4510U, Samsung SpinPoint M8 HN-M101MBB
Wortmann Terra Mobile 1749
HD Graphics 4600, 4000M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Screen
-1%
-6%
-21%
-12%
14%
-16%
11%
-17%
Brightness middle
345
238
-31%
269
-22%
376
9%
224
-35%
271
-21%
248
-28%
282
-18%
240
-30%
Brightness
317
236
-26%
258
-19%
337
6%
215
-32%
251
-21%
248
-22%
270
-15%
246
-22%
Brightness Distribution
79
86
9%
86
9%
85
8%
82
4%
79
0%
84
6%
91
15%
83
5%
Black Level *
0.55
0.66
-20%
0.58
-5%
1.09
-98%
0.56
-2%
0.23
58%
0.66
-20%
0.36
35%
0.75
-36%
Contrast
627
361
-42%
464
-26%
345
-45%
400
-36%
1178
88%
376
-40%
783
25%
320
-49%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
10.05
3.66
64%
7.49
25%
10.88
-8%
9.08
10%
8.84
12%
9.85
2%
7.76
23%
8.59
15%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
10.18
4.62
55%
9.3
9%
12.84
-26%
8.79
14%
9.09
11%
11.34
-11%
8.35
18%
10.36
-2%
Gamma
2.72 81%
2.6 85%
2.61 84%
2.65 83%
1.95 113%
2.14 103%
2.18 101%
2.48 89%
2.35 94%
CCT
12180 53%
7557 86%
10832 60%
17847 36%
9185 71%
10313 63%
13670 48%
10112 64%
12658 51%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
60
52
-13%
47.6
-21%
52
-13%
48
-20%
49.9
-17%
52
-13%
60.35
1%

* ... smaller is better

TravelMate P276 vs. sRGB
TravelMate P276 vs. sRGB
TravelMate P276 vs. AdobeRGB
TravelMate P276 vs. AdobeRGB

Contrast (627:1) and black value (0.55 cd/m²) of the TravelMate display are not overwhelming but can still be called good results. Both the Asus AsusPro P750LB-T2057G (361:1, 0.66 cd/m²) and the HP ProBook 470 G1 (464:1, 0.58 cd/m²) have panels with worse results. The AdobeRGB and sRGB color spaces cannot be represented by the TravelMate; we measured a coverage of 81% sRGB and 60% AdobeRGB, respectively.

The color presentation ex-works is not perfect. We measured an average DeltaE 2000 deviation of 10.05 for the screen. The target value would be smaller than 3. We can also see a blue cast.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps


Acer equipped the TravelMate with a TN panel. Panels with this technology only have limited viewing-angle stability. Horizontal shifts are not a huge problem and the picture remains stable for quite a while, so even multiple people can look at the panel. Vertical shifts, however, quickly result in picture distortions. Thanks to the brightness, contrast and the matte panel surface, it is no problem to use the display outdoors.

Viewing angles TravelMate
Viewing angles TravelMate
The TravelMate outdoors (picture taken with a cloudy sky).
The TravelMate outdoors (picture taken with a cloudy sky).

Performance

Acer's TravelMate P276-MG-56FU is an all-rounder with a 17.3-inch display. The CPU performance is more than sufficient for everyday tasks, and the notebook can even handle games. Our review unit is currently available for around 780 Euros (~$971), but Acer also offers numerous other configurations of the device.

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CPU-Z
CPU-Z
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GPU-Z
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System information Acer TravelMate P276-MG-56FU

Processor

Acer equipped our review unit with an Intel Core i5-4210U (Haswell) dual-core processor. The CPU runs with a nominal clock of 1.7 GHz, which can be raised to 2.4 GHz (both cores) and 2.7 GHz (one core) via Hyper-Threading. It is a frugal processor with a TDP of 15 Watts. The CPU runs with a steady clock of 2.4 GHz in the Cinebench single-thread tests on mains power with occasional spikes to 2.7 GHz. The multi-thread tests are performed with 2.2 - 2.4 GHz, which means the CPU cannot utilize its full potential. Both tests are performed with a steady clock of 1.7 GHz on battery power.

The performance of the Core i5 processor is between the Core i3 processor in the Asus AsusPro P750LB-T2057G and the Core i5 CPU in the HP ProBook 470 G1. Why is the Core i5 CPU in the HP notebook faster? The ProBook uses a standard mobile processor (no ULV) that runs with a higher frequency compared to the ULV Core i5 of the Acer notebook. The benchmark results of the ProBook are therefore higher.

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
5086
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
7707
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
3669
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
42.88 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.39 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.16 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
57.55 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
222 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
99 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
99 Points ∼45%
Asus ASUSPRO P750LB-T2057G
GeForce GT 740M, 4010U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
67 Points ∼31% -32%
HP ProBook 470 G0-H6P56EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 3632QM, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
113 Points ∼52% +14%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
118 Points ∼54% +19%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
105 Points ∼48% +6%
Lenovo G710 59397112
GeForce GT 720M, 4702MQ, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
128 Points ∼59% +29%
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
HD Graphics 4400, 4510U, Samsung SpinPoint M8 HN-M101MBB
101 Points ∼46% +2%
Wortmann Terra Mobile 1749
HD Graphics 4600, 4000M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
94 Points ∼43% -5%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
222 Points ∼5%
Asus ASUSPRO P750LB-T2057G
GeForce GT 740M, 4010U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
171 Points ∼4% -23%
HP ProBook 470 G0-H6P56EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 3632QM, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
521 Points ∼12% +135%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
297 Points ∼7% +34%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
240 Points ∼5% +8%
Lenovo G710 59397112
GeForce GT 720M, 4702MQ, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
588 Points ∼13% +165%
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
HD Graphics 4400, 4510U, Samsung SpinPoint M8 HN-M101MBB
233 Points ∼5% +5%
Wortmann Terra Mobile 1749
HD Graphics 4600, 4000M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
241 Points ∼6% +9%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1.16 Points ∼48%
Asus ASUSPRO P750LB-T2057G
GeForce GT 740M, 4010U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.73 Points ∼30% -37%
HP ProBook 470 G0-H6P56EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 3632QM, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
1.32 Points ∼54% +14%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1.35 Points ∼55% +16%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1.18 Points ∼48% +2%
Lenovo G710 59397112
GeForce GT 720M, 4702MQ, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1.44 Points ∼59% +24%
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
1.12 Points ∼46% -3%
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
HD Graphics 4400, 4510U, Samsung SpinPoint M8 HN-M101MBB
0.96 Points ∼39% -17%
Wortmann Terra Mobile 1749
HD Graphics 4600, 4000M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1.05 Points ∼43% -9%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2.39 Points ∼9%
Asus ASUSPRO P750LB-T2057G
GeForce GT 740M, 4010U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1.8 Points ∼7% -25%
HP ProBook 470 G0-H6P56EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 3632QM, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
5.83 Points ∼22% +144%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
3.22 Points ∼12% +35%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
2.61 Points ∼10% +9%
Lenovo G710 59397112
GeForce GT 720M, 4702MQ, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
6.35 Points ∼23% +166%
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
2.47 Points ∼9% +3%
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
HD Graphics 4400, 4510U, Samsung SpinPoint M8 HN-M101MBB
2.59 Points ∼10% +8%
Wortmann Terra Mobile 1749
HD Graphics 4600, 4000M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2.58 Points ∼10% +8%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
3669 Points ∼34%
HP ProBook 470 G0-H6P56EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 3632QM, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
4296 Points ∼40% +17%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
4391 Points ∼41% +20%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
3803 Points ∼35% +4%
Lenovo G710 59397112
GeForce GT 720M, 4702MQ, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
4706 Points ∼43% +28%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
7707 Points ∼15%
HP ProBook 470 G0-H6P56EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 3632QM, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
15980 Points ∼32% +107%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
10072 Points ∼20% +31%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
8068 Points ∼16% +5%
Lenovo G710 59397112
GeForce GT 720M, 4702MQ, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
17437 Points ∼35% +126%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
4698 Points ∼15%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2409 Points ∼50%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
121.5 ms * ∼1%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
11764 Points ∼24%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2626.5 ms * ∼4%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2387 Points ∼39%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

The system runs smoothly and without hiccups; we did not encounter any problems. The PCMark results are good as well. The HP ProBook 470 G1 is much better than the TravelMate in this section, too, which is once again a result of the faster processor of the HP system. The Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111 is ahead of the TravelMate as well – even though both notebooks basically have the same processors. The reason is probably the dual-channel memory configuration of the Satellite.

PCMark 7 Score
2269 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2658 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
2813 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3604 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2658 Points ∼44%
Wortmann Terra Mobile 1749
HD Graphics 4600, 4000M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2240 Points ∼37% -16%
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
HD Graphics 4400, 4510U, Samsung SpinPoint M8 HN-M101MBB
2361 Points ∼39% -11%
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
3117 Points ∼51% +17%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
3562 Points ∼58% +34%

Storage Devices

The storage solution is provided by a Western Digital hard drive with a capacity of 1 TB and 5,400 revolutions per minute. Ex-works, the drive is divided into two identical partitions (450 GB each). CrystalDiskMark determines a reading performance of 108.1 MB/s and HD Tune shows an average transfer rate of 85.7 MB/s. These are good results.

WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
Transfer Rate Minimum: 53 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 111.5 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 85.7 MB/s
Access Time: 16.4 ms
Burst Rate: 235.3 MB/s

Graphics

The TravelMate supports switchable graphics with the combination of the Intel HD Graphics 4400 GPU and Nvidia's GeForce 840M GPU. Both cores are designed for different tasks: The integrated Intel GPU handles simple tasks and the graphics output on battery power, while the GeForce GPU is used when you need a lot of performance – such as playing games, for example. Switching between the two cores is automatically handled by the system. The user does not have to do anything but can change the settings manually all the time.

The GeForce GPU is a mainstream chip. It supports DirectX 11 and runs with a nominal clock of 1,029 MHz, which can be raised to 1,124 MHz via Turbo. The results in the 3DMark benchmarks are on the expected level for this hardware configuration and also on a level with similarly equipped notebooks like the Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro (VN7-571G-56NX), for instance.

Our three comparison devices have dedicated graphics cards, which means they are much more powerful than notebooks that only use integrated solutions – like the Wortmann Terra Mobile 1749 and the Dell Inspiron 17-5748.

3DMark 11 Performance
2417 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
35852 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
5657 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1321 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2417 Points ∼8%
Asus ASUSPRO P750LB-T2057G
GeForce GT 740M, 4010U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1790 Points ∼6% -26%
HP ProBook 470 G0-H6P56EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 3632QM, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
2005 Points ∼6% -17%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1873 Points ∼6% -23%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1896 Points ∼6% -22%
Lenovo G710 59397112
GeForce GT 720M, 4702MQ, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1358 Points ∼4% -44%
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
1966 Points ∼6% -19%
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
HD Graphics 4400, 4510U, Samsung SpinPoint M8 HN-M101MBB
758 Points ∼2% -69%
Wortmann Terra Mobile 1749
HD Graphics 4600, 4000M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
858 Points ∼3% -65%
Acer Aspire V3-772G-747a8G1.12TWakk
GeForce GTX 850M, 4702MQ, Kingston RBU-SMS10053128GA
4558 Points ∼15% +89%
Acer Aspire V3-772G-747A321
GeForce GTX 760M, 4702MQ, Toshiba HG5d THNSNH256GMCT
3515 Points ∼11% +45%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
5081 Points ∼16% +110%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1321 Points ∼5%
Asus ASUSPRO P750LB-T2057G
GeForce GT 740M, 4010U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
963 Points ∼4% -27%
HP ProBook 470 G0-H6P56EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 3632QM, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
1281 Points ∼5% -3%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1186 Points ∼4% -10%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
973 Points ∼4% -26%
Lenovo G710 59397112
GeForce GT 720M, 4702MQ, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
779 Points ∼3% -41%
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
905 Points ∼3% -31%
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
HD Graphics 4400, 4510U, Samsung SpinPoint M8 HN-M101MBB
466 Points ∼2% -65%
Wortmann Terra Mobile 1749
HD Graphics 4600, 4000M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
498 Points ∼2% -62%
Acer Aspire V3-772G-747a8G1.12TWakk
GeForce GTX 850M, 4702MQ, Kingston RBU-SMS10053128GA
3264 Points ∼12% +147%
Acer Aspire V3-772G-747A321
GeForce GTX 760M, 4702MQ, Toshiba HG5d THNSNH256GMCT
1971 Points ∼7% +49%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
3518 Points ∼13% +166%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
5078 Points ∼9%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
3890 Points ∼7% -23%
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
3948 Points ∼7% -22%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
5657 Points ∼10%
Asus ASUSPRO P750LB-T2057G
GeForce GT 740M, 4010U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
4214 Points ∼7% -26%
HP ProBook 470 G0-H6P56EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 3632QM, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
7521 Points ∼13% +33%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
5930 Points ∼10% +5%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
4621 Points ∼8% -18%
Lenovo G710 59397112
GeForce GT 720M, 4702MQ, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
5443 Points ∼9% -4%
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
4406 Points ∼8% -22%
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
HD Graphics 4400, 4510U, Samsung SpinPoint M8 HN-M101MBB
3534 Points ∼6% -38%
Wortmann Terra Mobile 1749
HD Graphics 4600, 4000M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
4125 Points ∼7% -27%
Acer Aspire V3-772G-747a8G1.12TWakk
GeForce GTX 850M, 4702MQ, Kingston RBU-SMS10053128GA
14389 Points ∼25% +154%
Acer Aspire V3-772G-747A321
GeForce GTX 760M, 4702MQ, Toshiba HG5d THNSNH256GMCT
11171 Points ∼19% +97%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
13488 Points ∼23% +138%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
35852 Points ∼3%
HP ProBook 470 G0-H6P56EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 3632QM, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
58505 Points ∼5% +63%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
54656 Points ∼5% +52%
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
40334 Points ∼4% +13%
Lenovo G710 59397112
GeForce GT 720M, 4702MQ, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
50811 Points ∼5% +42%
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
44839 Points ∼4% +25%
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
HD Graphics 4400, 4510U, Samsung SpinPoint M8 HN-M101MBB
26803 Points ∼2% -25%
Wortmann Terra Mobile 1749
HD Graphics 4600, 4000M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
33265 Points ∼3% -7%
Acer Aspire V3-772G-747a8G1.12TWakk
GeForce GTX 850M, 4702MQ, Kingston RBU-SMS10053128GA
93300 Points ∼8% +160%
Acer Aspire V3-772G-747A321
GeForce GTX 760M, 4702MQ, Toshiba HG5d THNSNH256GMCT
79494 Points ∼7% +122%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
82166 Points ∼7% +129%
3DMark 06 - 1280x1024 Standard AA:0x AF:0x (sort by value)
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
8925 Points ∼19%
Lenovo G710 59397112
GeForce GT 720M, 4702MQ, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
8243 Points ∼18%
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
7356 Points ∼16%
Acer Aspire V3-772G-747A321
GeForce GTX 760M, 4702MQ, Toshiba HG5d THNSNH256GMCT
18014 Points ∼39%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
21431 Points ∼46%

Gaming Performance

You can play modern 3D games on the TravelMate. The majority of current titles run smoothly on the notebook with medium or sometimes even high quality settings, even though you will be limited to the HD resolution (1366x768 pixels) most of the time. The Full HD resolution is only possible with a couple of games.

Much more gaming performance is also more expensive. The HP Envy 17, for example, has a GeForce GTX 850M GPU and is available for around 930 Euros (~$1158). The even more powerful Lenovo Y70 starts at around 1,000 Euros (~$1246) and is equipped with a GeForce GTX 860M.

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 130.162.833.516.6fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 87.949.640.113.6fps
Thief (2014) 32.424.819.59.3fps
The Crew (2014) 41.831.2147.7fps
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
Asus ASUSPRO P750LB-T2057G
GeForce GT 740M, 4010U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
Lenovo G710 59397112
GeForce GT 720M, 4702MQ, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
HD Graphics 4400, 4510U, Samsung SpinPoint M8 HN-M101MBB
Wortmann Terra Mobile 1749
HD Graphics 4600, 4000M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Acer Aspire V3-772G-747A321
GeForce GTX 760M, 4702MQ, Toshiba HG5d THNSNH256GMCT
Acer Aspire V3-772G-747a8G1.12TWakk
GeForce GTX 850M, 4702MQ, Kingston RBU-SMS10053128GA
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
Tomb Raider
-35%
-21%
-40%
-45%
-36%
-64%
-68%
76%
129%
190%
1366x768 High Preset AA:FX AF:8x
33.5
21.8
-35%
30.8
-8%
22.7
-32%
19.4
-42%
23.1
-31%
13.1
-61%
11.5
-66%
65
94%
87.1
160%
97
190%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x
62.8
40.3
-36%
45.9
-27%
36.2
-42%
34.5
-45%
39.9
-36%
24.2
-61%
20.3
-68%
99
58%
141.6
125%
1024x768 Low Preset
130.1
84.7
-35%
94
-28%
72.2
-45%
69.2
-47%
77.8
-40%
40.8
-69%
40.9
-69%
262.5
102%

Emissions

System Noise

While idling, the TravelMate produces a constant and quiet murmur. This is not from the fan, which is often completely deactivated, but it is actually from the hard drive. The fan only spins up when you stress the notebook. However, the noise development is still pretty restrained in this scenario. We could measure a system noise of 40 dB(A) during the stress test, which is a decent result.

Noise Level

Idle
33.7 / 33.9 / 33.9 dB(A)
HDD
34.6 dB(A)
DVD
38.1 / dB(A)
Load
37.6 / 40 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Stress test TravelMate
Stress test TravelMate

Our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark for at least one hour) shows that the GPU of the TravelMate can maintain its maximum performance (1,124 MHz) both on mains and on battery power. The processor runs with 1.7 GHz (battery) and 2 GHz (mains), respectively. The Acer notebook does not reveal any temperature issues. We measured a maximum temperature of 38.3 °C during the stress test. The rivals Asus AsusPro P750LB-T2057G and HP ProBook 470 G1 don't get very warm, either; only the ProBook reaches a higher temperature around the fan exhaust.

Max. Load
 36.4 °C
98 F
33.8 °C
93 F
24.3 °C
76 F
 
 36.1 °C
97 F
29.8 °C
86 F
24.3 °C
76 F
 
 25 °C
77 F
24 °C
75 F
26.8 °C
80 F
 
Maximum: 36.4 °C = 98 F
Average: 28.9 °C = 84 F
23.7 °C
75 F
37.1 °C
99 F
36.1 °C
97 F
24.2 °C
76 F
28.2 °C
83 F
38.8 °C
102 F
21.5 °C
71 F
24.1 °C
75 F
25.3 °C
78 F
Maximum: 38.8 °C = 102 F
Average: 28.8 °C = 84 F
Power Supply (max.)  53.5 °C = 128 F | Room Temperature 22.3 °C = 72 F | Voltcraft IR-360
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 28.9 °C / 84 F, compared to the average of 30.9 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Multimedia.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 36.4 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 36.4 °C / 98 F, ranging from 21.1 to 71 °C for the class Multimedia.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 38.8 °C / 102 F, compared to the average of 38.8 °C / 102 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25.3 °C / 78 F, compared to the device average of 30.9 °C / 88 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 30.4 °C / 86.7 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29.1 °C / 84.4 F (-1.3 °C / -2.3 F).

Speakers

The stereo speakers of the TravelMate are located at the bottom of the device. They produce a rich sound, even though the bass is missing. The sound also tends to be a bit muffled and tinny. We recommend external speakers or headphones for a better sound experience.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

We are used to seeing idle consumptions below 10 Watts from Haswell ULV notebooks, but the TravelMate consumes a bit more power. The load consumption, however, is normal for this hardware configuration. The HP ProBook 470 G1 needs a bit more energy since it uses a standard mobile processor (no ULV). The Asus AsusPro P750LB-T2057G is more frugal under load thanks to its weaker graphics card.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.3 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 6.7 / 11.8 / 12.3 Watt
Load midlight 46.8 / 53.5 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
Asus ASUSPRO P750LB-T2057G
GeForce GT 740M, 4010U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
Lenovo G710 59397112
GeForce GT 720M, 4702MQ, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
HP ProBook 470 G0-H6P56EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 3632QM, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
HD Graphics 4400, 4510U, Samsung SpinPoint M8 HN-M101MBB
Wortmann Terra Mobile 1749
HD Graphics 4600, 4000M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Power Consumption
17%
1%
-14%
-42%
16%
4%
30%
-27%
Idle Minimum *
6.7
5.9
12%
7.2
-7%
6.5
3%
10.8
-61%
5.1
24%
6.1
9%
3.8
43%
11.1
-66%
Idle Average *
11.8
10.3
13%
10.9
8%
9.1
23%
15.8
-34%
8.8
25%
10.7
9%
8.6
27%
15.5
-31%
Idle Maximum *
12.3
10.3
16%
11.9
3%
10.5
15%
16.2
-32%
9.6
22%
11.7
5%
9.8
20%
17.6
-43%
Load Average *
46.8
38.5
18%
40.7
13%
63
-35%
55.3
-18%
44.2
6%
50.3
-7%
28.2
40%
43
8%
Load Maximum *
53.5
40.8
24%
60.7
-13%
93
-74%
88.2
-65%
51
5%
52.6
2%
44.1
18%
54.7
-2%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

The battery inside the TravelMate manages an idle runtime of 9:43 hours; both the Asus AsusPro P750LB-T2057G (5:39 h) and HP ProBook 470 G1 (8:31 h) have to be recharged sooner. We simulate the idle operation with Battery Eater's Reader's Test that uses the minimum display brightness while the energy-saving mode is active and all wireless modules are turned off. Load results in a runtime of 1:41 hours for the TravelMate, which is once again longer compared to the Asus notebook (1:39 h) and ProBook (1:09 h). The runtime under load is determined with the Battery Eater Classic Test, which uses the maximum luminance and the high-performance energy profile while all wireless modules are activated.

The Acer notebook finishes the WLAN Test after 4:37 hours. The ProBook (4:27 h) and the P750LB (4:35 h) are on the same level. This test automatically updates websites every 40 seconds while the energy-saving profile is active and the display brightness is adjusted to around 150 cd/m². We test the runtime during video playback with a loop of the short movie Big Buck Bunny (h.264, 1920x1080 pixels) while the wireless modules are deactivated and the display brightness is adjusted to around 150 cd/m². The TravelMate managed a result of 5:02 hours. The Asus notebook does not run this long and we didn't perform this test on the ProBook.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
9h 43min
WiFi Surfing
4h 37min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
5h 02min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 41min
Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
Asus ASUSPRO P750LB-T2057G
GeForce GT 740M, 4010U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
HP ProBook 470 G0-H6P56EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 3632QM, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
HP ProBook 470 G2 (G6W68EA)
Radeon R5 M255, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
Lenovo G710 59397112
GeForce GT 720M, 4702MQ, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
Dell Inspiron 17-5748
HD Graphics 4400, 4510U, Samsung SpinPoint M8 HN-M101MBB
Wortmann Terra Mobile 1749
HD Graphics 4600, 4000M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Battery Runtime
-25%
-41%
-16%
-13%
-26%
16%
-4%
-28%
Reader / Idle
583
339
-42%
341
-42%
511
-12%
492
-16%
459
-21%
600
3%
461
-21%
H.264
302
139
-54%
WiFi
277
275
-1%
197
-29%
267
-4%
275
-1%
210
-24%
291
5%
302
9%
199
-28%
Load
101
99
-2%
49
-51%
69
-32%
80
-21%
67
-34%
142
41%
101
0%

Verdict

The Acer TravelMate P276-MG-56FU offers a decent amount of application performance that is more than sufficient for everyday tasks. Thanks to the GeForce GPU you can play games as well. We also like the rest of the features: The hard drive has a capacity of 1 TB and the notebook has 8 GB memory, but you could upgrade to 16 GB. The bright, high-contrast Full HD panel is nice as well. Asus, unfortunately, does not use an IPS panel with wide viewing angles. The device could be silent while idling, but the hard drive, unfortunately, prevents it. This problem could be solved with the integration of a Solid State Drive. The battery runtimes should not be forgotten, either, since they are good for a 17.3-inch notebook. It is also unfortunate that Acer did not integrate a maintenance cover, which means you have to disassemble the notebook if you want to access the hardware. We expect a better upgradeability and maintainability for a price of almost 800 Euros (~$996).

The HP ProBook 470 G1 is an alternative if you need more CPU performance. The devices of this notebook-series use standard mobile processors (no ULV; ULV processors are only available in the HP ProBook 470 G2-series. A review of such a device will be available on our website in a couple of days). The notebook also has a big maintenance cover and a case that is partly made of metal. The Asus AsusPro P750LB-T2057G is very appealing because of its low price; the notebook currently starts at around 600 Euros (~$747).

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In review: Acer TravelMate P276-MG-56FU. Test model courtesy of Cyberport.
In review: Acer TravelMate P276-MG-56FU. Test model courtesy of Cyberport.

Specifications

Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce 840M - 2048 MB, Core: 1029-1124 MHz, Memory: 900 MHz, DDR3, ForceWare 344.75, Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR3, Single-Channel, two memory slots (one slot occupied)
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, Chi Mei N173HGE-E11, TN LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Lynx Point-LP
Storage
WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0, 1024 GB 
, 5400 rpm, 870 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Lynx Point-LP - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combined stereo jack, Card Reader: SD, MMC, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, xD
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Atheros Communications AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
Matshita DVD-RAM UJ8E2Q
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 31 x 424 x 289 ( = 1.22 x 16.69 x 11.38 in)
Battery
48 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Windows 8.1 Professional (64 Bit) + Windows 7 Professional (64 Bit)
Camera
Webcam: HD webcam
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Cyberlink Power Media Player 12, McAfee LiveSafe-Internet Security (trial), MS Office (trial), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
3 kg ( = 105.82 oz / 6.61 pounds), Power Supply: 451 g ( = 15.91 oz / 0.99 pounds)
Price
779 Euro

 

The input devices of the TravelMate.
The input devices of the TravelMate.
A numeric keypad is available.
A numeric keypad is available.
The DVD burner reads and writes every kind of DVD and CD.
The DVD burner reads and writes every kind of DVD and CD.
The speakers are at the bottom of the notebook.
The speakers are at the bottom of the notebook.
The hinges keep the display well in position.
The hinges keep the display well in position.
After you remove the bottom cover...
After you remove the bottom cover...
...you can access the hardware.
...you can access the hardware.
The notebook has two memory slots.
The notebook has two memory slots.
Replacing the hard drive would not be a problem.
Replacing the hard drive would not be a problem.
It is possible to clean the fan.
It is possible to clean the fan.
The graphics chip...
The graphics chip...
...and the processor are soldered onto the motherboard.
...and the processor are soldered onto the motherboard.
The BIOS battery can be replaced.
The BIOS battery can be replaced.
Good: There are two WLAN antennas.
Good: There are two WLAN antennas.
The battery could be replaced if it is damaged. It is secured by two screws.
The battery could be replaced if it is damaged. It is secured by two screws.
The battery has a capacity of 48 Wh.
The battery has a capacity of 48 Wh.
The power adaptor weighs 451 grams.
The power adaptor weighs 451 grams.

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Pros

+Bright, high-contrast, matte Full HD panel
+Good application performance
+Powerful enough for gaming
+Gets hardly warm
+Good battery runtimes
+A lot of storage capacity
+Two Windows versions
 

Cons

-No maintenance cover
-No recovery DVDs

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What we like

The matte Full HD display, the low temperature development of the device.

What we'd like to see

A maintenance cover, an IPS panel.

What surprises us

Nothing.

The competition

Asus AsusPro P750LB-T2057G, HP ProBook 470 G1, HP ProBook 470 G0, HP ProBook 470 G2, Lenovo G710, Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111, Dell Inspiron 17-5748, Wortmann Terra Mobile 1749.

Rating

Acer Travelmate P276-MG-56FU - 12/06/2014 v4(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
75 / 98 → 77%
Keyboard
73%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
66 / 81 → 81%
Weight
57 / 20-67 → 79%
Battery
85%
Display
81%
Games Performance
80 / 85 → 94%
Application Performance
72 / 92 → 78%
Temperature
92%
Noise
82 / 95 → 86%
Audio
36%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Average
71%
78%
Multimedia - Weighted Average
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Sascha Mölck, 2014-12-12 (Update: 2014-12-13)
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I grew up with computers and modern consumer electronics. I am interested in the technology since I had my first computer, a Commodore C64, and started building my own PCs after that. My focus here at Notebookcheck is the business segment including mobile workstations, but I also like to test new mobile devices. It is always a great experience to review and compare new products. My free time is filled with a lot of sports, in the summer mainly on my bike.