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Acer TravelMate P449-G2-M (i5-7200U, FHD IPS) Laptop Review

Benjamin Herzig, 👁 Sebastian Jentsch, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Martin Jungowski), 08/01/2017

Bread & Butter. These days, notebooks are considered a bulk commodity, and affordable business notebooks are a dime a dozen. Standing out of the crowd is quite tough, particularly if you are competing against established names and brands. Let us find out whether or not Acer stands a chance in the low-end business market against the ProBooks, Latitudes, and ThinkPads of this world with its TravelMate 449, shall we?

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While low-end affordable business notebooks are rarely ever among the even remotely exciting devices, this market segment is one of the most important ones. After all, the decline in demand for consumer devices has been much more dramatic than the decline in demand for business notebooks, rendering the latter critical for all manufacturers. And despite the fact that the more expensive flagship devices usually get the media attention they deserve (among others here on Notebookcheck as well), the more affordable low-end devices for less than $1000 tend to sell in significantly higher volumes. And businesses are very keen on good prices.

Being a manufacturer that made a name for itself in the consumer space with affordable notebooks and PCs, Acer’s reputation suffered from the fact that these were most commonly anything but high-quality. Nevertheless, the strategy was very successful overall and eventually, Acer became the global market leader in the industry. Unfortunately, what goes up must come down, and with the global decline in PC sales in the last few years and the smartphone and tablet revolution, Acer suffered the most; unlike the big three (HP, Lenovo, Dell) Acer had neglected the business market for too long. Only in the past few years has the company’s interest in the business market started to grow, and the manufacturer is desperately trying to rid itself of its image as a cheap, low-cost and low-budget manufacturer.

Their string on Acer’s business bow is the TravelMate series that they have acquired from Texas Instruments after the manufacturer purchased TI’s PC business in 1998. Today’s review model is the Acer TravelMate P449-G2, part of Acer’s P400 mid-range business notebook series. In theory, this means that this should be a decent-quality notebook equipped with the most important and essential business features while remaining somewhat affordable. Our review unit is the P449-G2 top model, equipped with a Core i5-7200U processor, 8 GB of RAM, a 512 GB SSD, and a FHD IPS display. Currently, it is selling for close to 1000 Euros (~$1185) in Europe. US Prices are not yet available.

Our top 10 list of affordable budget notebooks is a good starting point to look for potential competitors. In this case, we chose the Lenovo ThinkPad E470, the HP ProBook 440 G4, the Dell Latitude 5480, the Asus AsusPro B9440, and the Lenovo ThinkPad L470 (currently in review).

Acer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CD
Graphics adapter
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2133, 8 GB soldered, 1 free slot
Display
14 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, N140HCA-EAB, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U Premium PCH
Storage
Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7, 512 GB 
, 415 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Kaby Lake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
Connections
3 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio combo, Card Reader: SD, 1 SmartCard, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Intel Ethernet Connection I219-LM (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (a/b/g/h/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 22.3 x 342 x 236 ( = 0.88 x 13.46 x 9.29 in)
Battery
48 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Additional features
Speakers: stereo speakers, Keyboard: 6-row chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Acer Control Center, AppExplorer, Acer Collection, Acer ControlCenter, Microsoft Office Trial, Norton Security, 36 Months Warranty
Weight
1.8 kg ( = 63.49 oz / 3.97 pounds), Power Supply: 260 g ( = 9.17 oz / 0.57 pounds)
Price
959.99 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

Acer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CD
Acer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CD

Magnesium, carbon, aluminum: none of these can typically be found in affordable business notebooks. Instead, they are most commonly made of business-like black plastic. The only accents are silver caps on the hinges, and the silver Acer logo on the lid. Subjectively, the P449 is hard to tell apart from the more expensive P658 as long as the lid is closed. Once opened, there are quite a few notable differences though. The P449’s bezels are not as narrow, the fingerprint reader is located next to the touchpad instead of being embedded into the touchpad’s buttons, and the extra row of keys above the keyboard is missing.

Despite the low-cost material, the base feels comparatively stable. It does not flex even in the middle, and only warps marginally. The lid, on the other hand, is much more flexible and warps and flexes very easily. Even slight pressure to the back of the display results in a ripple effect. The base’s overall quality is much higher than the lid’s; the latter presented us with some sharp edges that felt pretty cheap. The notebook’s surface is incredibly susceptible to fingerprints and greasy fingers, and smudges are surprisingly hard to remove.

The hinges are fairly solid, but allow for some teetering. Opening the lid one-handed is not possible. The maximum opening angle is a notable 180 degrees.

Not all notebooks can be opened 180 degrees.
Not all notebooks can be opened 180 degrees.
The TravelMate's colors are business-like.
The case is made entirely out of plastic ...
... and the base is much more stable than the lid.
Overall, the P449 is fairly similar to the more expensive P648 ...
... from the positioning of the Acer logo ...
... to the exact same hinge design.
The bottom cover is equipped with two maintenance hatches.

In terms of size and weight, all competitors except for the lighter, smaller, and slimmer Asus were mostly the same. The latter has “ultra-thin bezels” written all over it, a design element the rest of the competition is clearly not after at all.

Size Comparison

Connectivity

Connectivity on the TravelMate P449 is plentiful; among others, it offers USB-C (including support for DisplayPort), HDMI, VGA, and Ethernet. The three USB ports on the right-hand side are only USB 2.0, a decision we do not really understand. The notebook’s single USB 3.0 port is located on the left-hand side. Thunderbolt is not supported, which is not uncommon for affordable low-end business notebooks.

The three USB 2.0 ports on the right-hand side are spaced too close to each other, just like the USB Type-C, USB 3.0, and HDMI ports on the left-hand side, and it might be impossible to use them simultaneously. At least the layout is practical for attaching an external mouse regardless of left or right handedness.

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left: Ethernet, VGA, HDMI, USB 3.0 Type-A, USB 3.0 Type-C, 3.5 mm audio combo jack
left: Ethernet, VGA, HDMI, USB 3.0 Type-A, USB 3.0 Type-C, 3.5 mm audio combo jack
right: smartcard reader, SD card reader, 3x USB 2.0 Type-A, Kensington Lock, power
right: smartcard reader, SD card reader, 3x USB 2.0 Type-A, Kensington Lock, power

SD Card Reader

The TravelMate’s low price shows most explicitly in the P449’s SD card reader. Not only was it dead slow when tested with our 64 GB Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC UHS-II reference card, it was also impractical to boot. Inserted SD cards protruded noticeably from the case, and they were not locked in place either. Thus, it is not made for permanent storage upgrades but rather temporary data transfers instead.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell Latitude 5480
 
131.3 MB/s ∼100% +434%
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
 
74.3 MB/s ∼57% +202%
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
 
67.3 MB/s ∼51% +174%
Acer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CD
 
24.6 MB/s ∼19%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Dell Latitude 5480
 
251.9 MB/s ∼100% +813%
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
 
85.9 MB/s ∼34% +211%
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
 
81.04 MB/s ∼32% +194%
Acer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CD
 
27.6 MB/s ∼11%

Communication

In addition to its full-sized Ethernet port, the TravelMate also supports Wi-Fi. Despite the fact that Acer’s Wi-Fi modem of choice is Intel’s 2015 7265AC (2x2, dual-band) it performed surprisingly well in our Wi-Fi benchmarks. We did not experience any issues with the Wi-Fi modem during the test period.

The webcam and the single microphone are barely good enough for video chats. Video quality is somewhat noisy, and microphone placement is abysmal. Unlike most notebooks, whose microphones are located in the display bezels, the TravelMate’s microphone is located right next to the keyboard. Consequently, it not only registers typing noises very prominently but also the notebook’s fan.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkPad L470-20J5S00C00
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
674 MBit/s ∼100% +20%
Dell Latitude 5480
Qualcomm QCA6174
645 MBit/s ∼96% +15%
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
621 MBit/s ∼92% +10%
Acer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CD
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
562 MBit/s ∼83%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CD
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
648 MBit/s ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad L470-20J5S00C00
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
506 MBit/s ∼78% -22%
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
413 MBit/s ∼64% -36%
Dell Latitude 5480
Qualcomm QCA6174
314 MBit/s ∼48% -52%

Security

fingerprint reader
fingerprint reader

Business notebooks are always equipped with a set of security features that are available on low-budget models as well. Among these are a smartcard reader, a Kensington lock, a TPM, and a touch fingerprint reader. The latter is very narrow and worked quite well albeit not as reliable and accurate as fingerprint readers on other devices.

Accessories

Acer does not include any extras besides the power supply. Additional accessories, such as a USB-C dock, have to be purchased separately. In theory, every USB-C dock should work with the TravelMate, and Acer obviously has its own dock for sale.

Maintenance

Most Ultrabooks are somewhat similar when it comes to maintenance: in order to get to the internal hardware, the bottom cover has to be removed. Older and thicker notebooks might have dedicated maintenance hatches instead. The TravelMate P449 has both: two maintenance hatches as well as a removable bottom cover. In order to remove the cover, both maintenance hatches have to be opened and removed first (one screw each). One hatch houses the free RAM slot, the other would have been able to give access to a 2.5-inch drive if the proper connectors and ports had been available inside the hollow space.

The rest of the components, such as the M.2 SSD or the fan, can be accessed once the bottom cover has been removed. In addition to 11 screws, the cover is also held in place tightly with plastic clips. Be careful when taking the notebook apart: irreversibly damaging these clips is very simple.

maintenance hatches removed
maintenance hatches removed
bottom cover removed
bottom cover removed

Warranty

Devices sold in Europe come with a 36-month limited warranty with bring-in service. Extended warranties as well as on-site service can be purchased separately. For a business notebook, a total of three years is quite generous considering that by default, Lenovo sells the ThinkPad E470 with only a single year of warranty. Unfortunately, according to Acer’s website the TravelMate series is sold in the US with a one-year limited warranty instead.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The TravelMate P449’s German keyboard layout has been changed in quite a few ways from the default layout. For example, some keys such as the left SHIFT key or the key located left of the 1 key were significantly smaller than usual, and the Return key is very close to the #-key as well. Given that the US keyboard layout lacks the extra key between the left SHIFT and the Z key and has a different Return key design, this is most probably not going to be an issue on US models. However, the tiny arrow keys will be just as annoying as the Page Up/Down, Home, or End keys that are located in a single row on the far right of the keyboard. Thus, while the US layout will most probably be somewhat closer to the default layout, it might still require some adjustment.

The keys have sufficient travel but very mushy and spongy feedback. The overall typing experience is thus not up to the experience of the Dell, Lenovo, or HP notebooks. Like most keyboards these days, the TravelMate’s keyboard has a backlight. In this case, it is not adjustable and can only be turned on or off.

Touchpad

In the past, touchpads have most often been a Windows notebook’s biggest weakness. Thanks to Microsoft’s Precision Touchpad standard, things have slowly started to improve and fortunately, the TravelMate is equipped with a Precision Touchpad as well. It supports multi-touch gestures, two-finger scrolling, and very precise and accurate pointer movement.

The touchpad’s hardware was very decent as well. While other touchpads may feel more premium, the P449’s plastic touchpad with dedicated buttons and a very smooth and slippery surface is more than adequate for a business notebook. The dedicated buttons are quiet and well-made.

keyboard
keyboard
touchpad
touchpad

Display

N140HCA-EAB subpixel geometry
N140HCA-EAB subpixel geometry
backlight bleeding
backlight bleeding

Only a few years ago, TN panels with abysmal viewing angles and low contrast ratios were very common even in business notebooks for much more than $1,000. Fortunately, the situation has improved somewhat in the past few years, and only the low-end SKUs are equipped with low-resolution TN panels while more often than not, mid-range business-class notebooks feature high-resolution IPS panels. Accordingly, the TravelMate P449-G2 is available with two different matte panels: a 1366 x 768 TN panel (HD) and a 1920 x 1080 IPS panel (FHD). Our review unit was equipped with the latter.

Sadly, IPS is not a sign of quality per se, and modern IPS panels range from brilliant but expensive to cheap and terrible. The P449-G2’s panel is somewhere in-between, with a maximum brightness of 256 nits and a contrast ratio of 630:1. In its price bracket this kind of IPS panel quality is quite common, and none of the competitors offers a significantly better display.

266
cd/m²
260
cd/m²
250
cd/m²
272
cd/m²
271
cd/m²
267
cd/m²
249
cd/m²
231
cd/m²
239
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 272 cd/m² Average: 256.1 cd/m² Minimum: 19.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 271 cd/m²
Contrast: 630:1 (Black: 0.43 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.03 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 4.02 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
61% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 39% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.31
Acer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CD
N140HCA-EAB, , 1920x1080, 14
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
N140HCA-EAB, , 1920x1080, 14
Lenovo ThinkPad L470-20J5S00C00
N140HCA-EAB, , 1920x1080, 14
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
AUO1E3D, , 1920x1080, 14
Dell Latitude 5480
LG Philips LGD0553, , 1920x1080, 14
Asus ASUSPRO B9440UA-GV0100T
AU Optronics AUO353D / B140HAN03.5, , 1920x1080, 14
Response Times
-7%
-20%
1%
11%
-18%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
39 (22, 17)
40.8 (22, 18.8)
-5%
50.4 (27.6, 22.8)
-29%
43.2 (21.2, 22)
-11%
32.8 (14, 18.8)
16%
48.8 (18, 30.8)
-25%
Response Time Black / White *
28 (16, 12)
30.4 (8.4, 22)
-9%
30.8 (16.4, 14.4)
-10%
24.4 (7.2, 17.2)
13%
26.4 (5.2, 21.2)
6%
30.8 (8, 22.8)
-10%
PWM Frequency
25000 (70)
Screen
-8%
-3%
-33%
5%
5%
Brightness middle
271
244
-10%
274
1%
216
-20%
215.9
-20%
319
18%
Brightness
256
231
-10%
256
0%
203
-21%
205
-20%
294
15%
Brightness Distribution
85
89
5%
85
0%
83
-2%
90
6%
87
2%
Black Level *
0.43
0.37
14%
0.35
19%
0.47
-9%
0.22
49%
0.26
40%
Contrast
630
659
5%
783
24%
460
-27%
981
56%
1227
95%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.03
6.41
-27%
6.1
-21%
8.98
-79%
5.1
-1%
7.1
-41%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
11.9
13.4
-13%
13.8
-16%
14.07
-18%
15.6
-31%
13.7
-15%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.02
5.94
-48%
5.7
-42%
9.61
-139%
4
-0%
9.61
-139%
Gamma
2.31 95%
2.28 96%
2.11 104%
2.63 84%
2.41 91%
2.33 94%
CCT
6659 98%
6101 107%
6419 101%
11265 58%
6856 95%
6021 108%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
39
39.3
1%
40.2
3%
35.9
-8%
41.96
8%
54.01
38%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
61
61.1
0%
62.4
2%
56.7
-7%
61.15
0%
83.02
36%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-8% / -8%
-12% / -6%
-16% / -27%
8% / 6%
-7% / 1%

* ... smaller is better

colors (calibrated)
colors (calibrated)
saturation (calibrated)
saturation (calibrated)
gray scales (calibrated)
gray scales (calibrated)

Overall, the display was a mixed bag. Quality is not as clear as we would like it to be, and a slight tint remained even after calibration (as always, the resulting ICC profile can be found for download in the box above). Color coverage was only at 61%, which is not uncommon for cheap panels. It is thus unsuitable for photo editing purposes. In addition to colors being inaccurate, they were also quite dull.

sRGB: 61%
sRGB: 61%
AdobeRGB: 39%
AdobeRGB: 39%

At only 250 nits, it does not really make a difference whether the display is glossy or matte: it is barely usable outdoors either way. Sunlight rendered it completely useless but you may be able to use it in the shade.

outdoor in the shade
outdoor in the shade
outdoor in the sun
outdoor in the sun

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
28 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16 ms rise
↘ 12 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 59 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
39 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 22 ms rise
↘ 17 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 40 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 25000 Hz ≤ 70 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 25000 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 70 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 25000 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8933 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

An advantage all IPS panels have when compared to TN panels are their large viewing angles, which are fairly decent in this case as well. Extreme angles lead to an effect called “IPS glow” and a noticeable decrease of brightness; however this should not matter in everyday use.

As expected, all three video ports (VGA, HDMI, USB-C) worked flawlessly.

N140HCA-EAB viewing angles
N140HCA-EAB viewing angles

Performance

Acer offers a total of five different TravelMate P449 SKUs ranging from around 600 to 1000 Euros (~$710 to ~$1184). The differences between the individual models are mostly minor – HD or FHD display, Core i5-7200U or Core i7-7500U, 256 GB or 512 GB SSD, and 8 GB or 16 GB of DDR4-2133 RAM. 8 GB are always soldered onto the motherboard, and a single RAM slot is available for upgrades (maximum: 24 GB).

HWiNFO
HWiNFO
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z Caches
CPU-Z Caches
CPU-Z Mainboard
CPU-Z Mainboard
CPU-Z Memory
CPU-Z Memory
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
LatencyMon
LatencyMon
 

Processor

The Core i5-7200U is a well-known CPU at this point, and it is Intel’s most used U-series (15 W TDP) processor. Clocked at 2.5 GHz, it features a turbo boost of up to 3.1 GHz and Hyperthreading (4 threads total). More details and comparisons to other processors can be found on our CPU benchmark list.

To simulate persistent load and uncover potential bottlenecks that might cause throttling, we run the Cinebench R15 multi-core test in a 30-minute loop. Our review unit passed this test with flying colors, and the CPU performed very consistently.

In the single-core test the processor is capable of maintaining its 3 GHz turbo boost throughout the test, and remained within its thermal envelope of 15 W. At 325 points, our review unit was very close to the i5-7200U’s perfect score of 330. This insignificant 2% difference is not noticeable in everyday use.

The P449 full performance potential is available on battery as well.

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Dell Latitude 5480
Intel Core i7-7600U
161 Points ∼100% +26%
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
Intel Core i7-7500U
145 Points ∼90% +13%
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
Intel Core i5-7200U
129 Points ∼80% +1%
Acer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CD
Intel Core i5-7200U
128 Points ∼80%
Asus ASUSPRO B9440UA-GV0100T
Intel Core i5-7200U
127 Points ∼79% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad L470-20J5S00C00
Intel Core i5-7200U
126 Points ∼78% -2%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Dell Latitude 5480
Intel Core i7-7600U
355 Points ∼100% +9%
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
Intel Core i7-7500U
335 Points ∼94% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
Intel Core i5-7200U
331 Points ∼93% +2%
Acer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CD
Intel Core i5-7200U
325 Points ∼92%
Asus ASUSPRO B9440UA-GV0100T
Intel Core i5-7200U
321 Points ∼90% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad L470-20J5S00C00
Intel Core i5-7200U
320 Points ∼90% -2%
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
34.9 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.7 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
325 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
128 Points
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System Performance

In PCMark 8, the TravelMate P449 scored last place. That said, the difference compared to its competitors was sometimes less than 1%. In everyday use, the system was fast and snappy, and performed as well as we would have expected it to. Given the amount of RAM, the comparatively fast CPU, and the PCIe-SSD this did not surprise us.

PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Dell Latitude 5480
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Toshiba SG5 256GB THNSNK256GVN8
4992 Points ∼100% +8%
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
GeForce 930MX, 7500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
4837 Points ∼97% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
GeForce 940MX, 7200U, SanDisk X400 SED 256GB, SATA (SD8TB8U-256G)
4642 Points ∼93% +1%
Asus ASUSPRO B9440UA-GV0100T
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
4630 Points ∼93% +1%
Acer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CD
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
4605 Points ∼92%
Lenovo ThinkPad L470-20J5S00C00
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, SanDisk X400 256GB, SATA (SD8SB8U-256G)
4111 Points ∼82% -11%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Dell Latitude 5480
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Toshiba SG5 256GB THNSNK256GVN8
3913 Points ∼100% +11%
Asus ASUSPRO B9440UA-GV0100T
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
3714 Points ∼95% +6%
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
GeForce 930MX, 7500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
3614 Points ∼92% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
GeForce 940MX, 7200U, SanDisk X400 SED 256GB, SATA (SD8TB8U-256G)
3546 Points ∼91% +1%
Acer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CD
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
3519 Points ∼90%
Lenovo ThinkPad L470-20J5S00C00
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, SanDisk X400 256GB, SATA (SD8SB8U-256G)
3294 Points ∼84% -6%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3519 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4605 points
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Storage Devices

Unlike its competitors that use SSDs made by SanDisk, Toshiba, or Samsung, the TravelMate’s M.2 SSD is made by Intel. The Intel 600p SSD is the only PCIe-SSD in our test group, all others are SATA III, and consequently much slower.

For more details, benchmarks, and comparisons to other SSDs see our benchmark tool.

Acer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CD
Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
SanDisk X400 SED 256GB, SATA (SD8TB8U-256G)
Lenovo ThinkPad L470-20J5S00C00
SanDisk X400 256GB, SATA (SD8SB8U-256G)
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
Dell Latitude 5480
Toshiba SG5 256GB THNSNK256GVN8
Asus ASUSPRO B9440UA-GV0100T
Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-40%
-38%
-50%
-40%
-39%
Write 4k QD32
370.9
178.3
-52%
188
-49%
241.4
-35%
207.2
-44%
232.1
-37%
Read 4k QD32
462.9
276
-40%
321.3
-31%
146.3
-68%
380.3
-18%
247.3
-47%
Write 4k
122.4
78.82
-36%
74.29
-39%
77.85
-36%
114.8
-6%
87.8
-28%
Read 4k
35.89
35.15
-2%
34.2
-5%
19.57
-45%
24.66
-31%
26.81
-25%
Write 512
584.2
291.1
-50%
291.5
-50%
276
-53%
265.5
-55%
398.8
-32%
Read 512
869.3
346.4
-60%
323.4
-63%
310.1
-64%
408.1
-53%
323.2
-63%
Write Seq
581.1
458.7
-21%
485.7
-16%
322.2
-45%
264.8
-54%
441.4
-24%
Read Seq
1086
476.5
-56%
495.2
-54%
491.2
-55%
469.4
-57%
462
-57%
Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
Sequential Read: 1086 MB/s
Sequential Write: 581.1 MB/s
512K Read: 869.3 MB/s
512K Write: 584.2 MB/s
4K Read: 35.89 MB/s
4K Write: 122.4 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 462.9 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 370.9 MB/s

Graphics Card

As with almost all current Ultrabooks, the P449 uses Intel’s mid-range integrated HD Graphics 620GT2 GPU with 24 executive units. Even most notebooks with dedicated graphics use the integrated Intel GPU most of the time.

The biggest difference between an integrated and a dedicated GPU is video memory: the latter has its own memory, whereas the former uses regular RAM for its purposes. Accordingly, RAM speed can make a big difference, and integrated GPUs benefit noticeably from dual-channel memory configurations.

Unfortunately, our TravelMate P449 had only a single RAM module soldered onto the motherboard, which would explain the rather poor 3DMark performance. Adding a second RAM module would certainly improve graphics performance but it would not work wonders. Even the outdated Nvidia GeForce 930MX was faster in some benchmarks. For more details, benchmarks, and comparisons to other GPUs, such as the GeForce GTX 1050, see our GPU benchmark list.

As with the CPU, full GPU performance was available on battery as well.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-7200U
2556 Points ∼100% +85%
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, Intel Core i7-7500U
2206 Points ∼86% +60%
Dell Latitude 5480
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7600U
1685 Points ∼66% +22%
Asus ASUSPRO B9440UA-GV0100T
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1557 Points ∼61% +13%
Lenovo ThinkPad L470-20J5S00C00
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1419 Points ∼56% +3%
Acer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CD
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1380 Points ∼54%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-7200U
1752 Points ∼100% +141%
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, Intel Core i7-7500U
1621 Points ∼93% +123%
Dell Latitude 5480
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7600U
1027 Points ∼59% +41%
Asus ASUSPRO B9440UA-GV0100T
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
975 Points ∼56% +34%
Lenovo ThinkPad L470-20J5S00C00
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
816 Points ∼47% +12%
Acer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CD
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
727 Points ∼41%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-7200U
9501 Points ∼100% +47%
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, Intel Core i7-7500U
9056 Points ∼95% +40%
Dell Latitude 5480
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7600U
8740 Points ∼92% +35%
Asus ASUSPRO B9440UA-GV0100T
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
8433 Points ∼89% +31%
Lenovo ThinkPad L470-20J5S00C00
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
7153 Points ∼75% +11%
Acer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CD
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
6458 Points ∼68%
3DMark 11 Performance
1496 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
5308 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
684 points
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Gaming Performance

The HD 620 is most definitely not made for gaming, especially not in single-channel configurations. Older and less demanding games will run just fine, but current or more demanding games require a dedicated multimedia or gaming notebook.

low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 41.5424.0619.89fps
Company of Heroes 2 (2013) 22.5fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 16.88fps

Emissions

System Noise

fan characteristics
fan characteristics

The TravelMate is certainly not a loud device, and it remained fairly quiet even under load. Having said that, we must also add that the fan was always on, even when the device was completely idle. Consequently, if you are looking for a silent notebook you will have to look elsewhere.

Aside from fan noise, the system did not emit any other sounds, and we found no evidence of coil whine either, which is common on many modern notebooks.

Noise Level

Idle
30.2 / 30.2 / 30.2 dB(A)
Load
36.7 / 36.4 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 29.9 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2043.134.932.933.643.12542.33843.638.242.3314245.142.843.442404537.633.534455043.243.238.43943.2633534.628.931.6358030.329.828.12730.310030.326.425.126.130.312534.525.62528.434.516026.624.823.524.326.620025.123.422.322.425.125025.62421.921.525.631525.523.621.921.325.5400242320.519.52450024.123.919.618.724.163023.521.519.218.323.580023.721.818.317.623.7100027.224.618.117.127.2125026.924.417.917.226.9160024.422.217.417.224.4200026.123.617.416.926.1250028.125.217.116.928.1315025.721.917.417.325.7400021.719.417.317.321.7500019.318.317.517.519.3630018.51817.817.518.580001817.917.817.5181000017.917.81817.817.91250017.818.118.117.817.81600018.318.118.418.318.3SPL36.734.330.229.936.7N2.62.11.41.32.6median 24.4median 23median 18.1median 17.8median 24.4Delta2.62.61.51.72.630.829.930.933.433.731.532.432.929.829.429.431.230.527.827.629.226.727.727.92825.225.925.325.525.725.725.426.725.42625.526.224.323.824.425.322.822.121.922.921.822.421.822.821.821.320.722.622.421.120.422.920.920.319.322.22221.318.622.724.622.217.626.123.521.917.125.123.922.916.425.725.323.616.227.423.52216.12622.421.116.62523.221.716.625.826.723.716.527.924.122.318.128.121.320.516.623.520.819.71822.717.917.618.519.517.117.31817.817.117.317.517.1171717.816.935.433.829.537.52.21.91.32.7median 22.4median 21.7median 18median 23.51.51.31.91.8hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseAcer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CDLenovo ThinkPad L470-20J5S00C00

Temperature

stress test (Prime95+FurMark)
stress test (Prime95+FurMark)

Even under load, surface temperatures remained below 40 °C (~104 °F) at all times. Not surprising, core temperatures were comparatively low as well. Even during our stress test with Prime95 and FurMark, CPU temperature never exceeded 72 °C (162 °F), and was thus nowhere near the processors thermal limit. Given the low temperature, thermal throttling was non-existent on the P449. TDP-based throttling was no issue either; both CPU and GPU were able to maintain their maximum clock speeds with only minor variation.

Max. Load
 32 °C
90 F
36.8 °C
98 F
26.3 °C
79 F
 
 30.4 °C
87 F
30.7 °C
87 F
24 °C
75 F
 
 25.1 °C
77 F
24 °C
75 F
23.2 °C
74 F
 
Maximum: 36.8 °C = 98 F
Average: 28.1 °C = 83 F
23 °C
73 F
30.1 °C
86 F
31.3 °C
88 F
22 °C
72 F
26.2 °C
79 F
28.6 °C
83 F
22.6 °C
73 F
23.3 °C
74 F
25 °C
77 F
Maximum: 31.3 °C = 88 F
Average: 25.8 °C = 78 F
Power Supply (max.)  46.2 °C = 115 F | Room Temperature 21.9 °C = 71 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 28.1 °C / 83 F, compared to the average of 29.4 °C / 85 F for the devices in the class Office.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 36.8 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 33.9 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 31.3 °C / 88 F, compared to the average of 36.4 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25.3 °C / 78 F, compared to the device average of 29.4 °C / 85 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 25.1 °C / 77.2 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(+) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.3 °C / 82.9 F (+3.2 °C / 5.7 F).
top (idle)
top (idle)
bottom (idle)
bottom (idle)
top (load)
top (load)
top (load)
top (load)

Speakers

Given that the speakers are placed at the bottom, sound performance relies heavily on the surface the notebook is resting on. But even when placed on the optimum surface – a table top – the speakers were worse than on other notebooks. They lack bass altogether, sounds are distorted due to underrepresented mids and highs, and maximum volume is quite low to boot. The 3.5 mm audio jack worked very well.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.733.637.72535.838.235.83139.443.439.44036.33436.35034.83934.86331.931.631.98028.52728.510026.626.126.61253128.43116037.124.337.120044.822.444.825048.121.548.131554.221.354.240059.819.559.850062.118.762.163067.818.367.880071.817.671.8100070.917.170.9125064.417.264.4160064.617.264.6200068.416.968.4250073.216.973.2315073.617.373.640007517.375500070.317.570.3630066.417.566.4800058.317.558.31000057.317.857.31250065.417.865.41600067.318.367.3SPL82.429.982.4N50.71.350.7median 64.6median 17.8median 64.6Delta8.41.78.435.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAcer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CDApple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Acer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CD audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (75 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 24.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.5% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (21% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 53% of all tested devices in this class were better, 13% similar, 34% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 47% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 44% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 96% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 19%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram (checkboxes selectable/deselectable!)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The P449 is a real power hog when idle, and it consumed much more energy than all of its competitors. On the other hand, with only 31 W it was the most efficient device in our test group under load. The 45 W charger is therefore amply sized.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.3 / 0.46 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.5 / 7.1 / 10.2 Watt
Load midlight 29.8 / 31 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Acer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CD
7200U, HD Graphics 620, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
7200U, GeForce 940MX, SanDisk X400 SED 256GB, SATA (SD8TB8U-256G), IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Lenovo ThinkPad L470-20J5S00C00
7200U, HD Graphics 620, SanDisk X400 256GB, SATA (SD8SB8U-256G), IPS, 1920x1080, 14
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
7500U, GeForce 930MX, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002, TN, 1920x1080, 14
Dell Latitude 5480
7600U, HD Graphics 620, Toshiba SG5 256GB THNSNK256GVN8, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Asus ASUSPRO B9440UA-GV0100T
7200U, HD Graphics 620, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN), IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Power Consumption
-12%
10%
-6%
-5%
9%
Idle Minimum *
4.5
2.7
40%
2.6
42%
3
33%
6.64
-48%
3.1
31%
Idle Average *
7.1
5.5
23%
6.3
11%
5.4
24%
6.67
6%
6.1
14%
Idle Maximum *
10.2
6.5
36%
7
31%
6.3
38%
7.78
24%
6.8
33%
Load Average *
29.8
44.2
-48%
29.1
2%
37.5
-26%
30.83
-3%
27.4
8%
Load Maximum *
31
65.2
-110%
42.3
-36%
61.1
-97%
31.7
-2%
43.7
-41%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

charging the battery takes around 2.5 hours
charging the battery takes around 2.5 hours

Like on most Ultrabooks, the P449’s 48 Wh lithium-ion battery is not user-replaceable. Its capacity is on a par with most of its competitors; only the Dell Latitude offered a much larger 68 Wh battery.

Given the high idle power consumption, it did not surprise us that the P449 had the worst battery life of all the devices in our test group: it came in last in every single battery test we ran.

In addition to running out of power first, the P449 also required a hefty 2.5 hours for a full charge from 0 to 100%.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
16h 16min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge)
5h 41min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
8h 23min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 44min
Acer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CD
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 48 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
7200U, GeForce 940MX, 45 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad L470-20J5S00C00
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 48 Wh
HP ProBook 440 G4-Y8B51EA
7500U, GeForce 930MX, 48 Wh
Dell Latitude 5480
7600U, HD Graphics 620, 68 Wh
Asus ASUSPRO B9440UA-GV0100T
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 48 Wh
Battery Runtime
6%
35%
23%
95%
31%
Reader / Idle
976
1043
7%
1398
43%
1083
11%
1448
48%
1137
16%
H.264
503
503
0%
647
29%
571
14%
WiFi v1.3
341
326
-4%
480
41%
414
21%
964
183%
531
56%
Load
104
124
19%
130
25%
151
45%
159
53%
126
21%

Verdict

Pros

+ IPS display
+ case remains cool
+ accurate touchpad with decent dedicated buttons
+ fast PCIe SSD
+ three-year warranty

Cons

- keyboard layout needs getting used to
- fan almost always on
- poor color space coverage
- wasted space for 2.5-inch drive
- very slow SD card reader
Acer TravelMate P449. Review unit courtesy of notebooksbilliger.de
Acer TravelMate P449. Review unit courtesy of notebooksbilliger.de

Affordable business notebooks like our unit at hand are sometimes described as the “bread and butter” of the notebook market by the manufacturers: not particularly exciting but a staple of their sales. Pulling away from the competition is fairly hard, and most devices get lost in the shuffle. This is also the case with the TravelMate P449: a business notebook but nothing fancy.

The P449’s very good touchpad was particularly likeable. A mediocre or poor touchpad can ruin the entire experience, and we for one welcome the fact that most manufacturers have been paying more and more attention to the touchpad in the recent years. Considering that some manufacturers, such as HP, are still equipping their business notebooks with inferior and shabby TN panels, the P449’s IPS panel is definitely a plus. We also liked the P449’s low surface temperatures and the fast PCIe-SSD that none of the competitors was equipped with.

Not top-notch, but not really bad either. The TravelMate P449 is a mostly bland yet comparatively well-made workpiece.

Regrettably, money spent on one end must be scraped off the other, and in return for the fast PCIe-SSD, the P449 is equipped with a very slow and poorly designed SD card reader. In addition, we also disliked the altered keyboard design, and why the P449 has a slot for a 2.5-inch drive but lacks the necessary connectors remains as much a mystery as the fan. Given the overall low temperatures we really do not see why the fan is not turned off completely when the device is idle or under light load. As with all devices in this market segment, the display’s color space coverage was pretty poor. Battery life was very poor, and all other devices lasted significantly longer in our tests.

All things considered the TravelMate P449 can still be a somewhat enjoyable device assuming one gets used to the keyboard. None of its competitors were perfect though, but some had certain indisputable advantages, such as removable batteries or dedicated GPUs.

Acer TravelMate P449-G2-M-56CD - 07/26/2017 v6
Benjamin Herzig

Chassis
74 / 98 → 75%
Keyboard
75%
Pointing Device
86%
Connectivity
58 / 80 → 72%
Weight
65 / 20-67 → 97%
Battery
88%
Display
83%
Games Performance
55 / 68 → 81%
Application Performance
88 / 92 → 96%
Temperature
95%
Noise
92%
Audio
46%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Average
73%
83%
Office - Weighted Average

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