C 2018
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Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407 Notebook Review

Second best. The P449-M-7407 is the latest 14" notebook from Acer's TravelMate series. The device is aimed at business professionals looking for a portable and affordable notebook in the highly competitive business market. While it has its shortcomings, the P449 is a well-rounded device. Can this Jack of all trades best the competition, or is it merely the court fool?

Acer's TravelMate series is the Taiwanese manufacturer's answer to business notebooks like the venerable Thinkpad line from Lenovo. While focused on enterprise-class features like legacy connectivity and security software, TravelMate notebooks are a more affordable alternative to the often expensive competition. That's certainly the case with the Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407 under review today. It's been a few years since we reviewed the 14" offerings in Acer's TravelMate P4 lineup; we looked at the P455-M-54204G50 back in 2014.

The line has been updated a few times since then to keep pace with the competition. Our review model today offers an ample selection of ports, high portability, and business-centric security measures for under $1,000 USD. We'll be looking at the top-tier configuration equipped with an Intel Core i7-6500U (2.5 GHz base, boost up to 3.1 GHz) with four threads, Intel HD Graphics 520 (300 MHz base, boost to 1050 MHz), 8 GB of RAM, and a 256 GB SATA SSD. In this review, we'll see how the P449 stacks up against the competition and decide if it's worth the $949 MSRP.

Interestingly, Acer decided not to equip the P449 with an updated Kaby Lake chip from Intel. Considering the minimal performance gains with Kaby Lake, this shouldn't detract from the overall experience. We will review several aspects of the entire notebook including the build quality, maintenance, input devices, display, overall system performance, and noise and heat output. For comparison, we've chosen a few rivals in this price range that are aimed towards the business market: the Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU, HP's ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA, and the Lenovo Thinkpad E470-20H2500400

Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407 (TravelMate P4 Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 520 - 1024 MB, Core: 400 MHz, Memory: 1064 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 520 21.20.16.4526
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2400 / PC4-19200
Display
14 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, AU Optronics AU0213D, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Skylake-U Premium PCH
Storage
Liteonit CV3-8D256, 256 GB 
, 205 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Skylake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
Connections
3 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 0 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Combo in/out, 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)
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 22.4 x 342.9 x 236.3 ( = 0.88 x 13.5 x 9.3 in)
Battery
48.3 Wh, 3220 mAh, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 8 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Additional features
Speakers: Dual, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, MS Office, Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition, Acer Collection, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2 kg ( = 70.55 oz / 4.41 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
949.99 USD
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The TravelMate P449 is a budget-oriented business notebook, and that design philosophy is reflected in the computer's case. The chassis is an understated black marked only by a simple Acer logo on the lid and activity LEDs on the front. The finish is a matte black with a light texture that adds a professional air to the device. However, the case is prone to finger oils and smudges, but these are easily wiped away. Overall, the case looks very clean and should fit in well on the boardroom table. 

While the chassis looks nice, the build quality is a weak point. Acer definitely cut some corners in the construction of the P449. The entire body is made of a thin plastic that does not inspire confidence. The keyboard desk can easily flex under pressure and creaks when depressed. When typing, however, it remains fairly firm; only the typists that pound the keys will notice flex during normal use. The bottom of the case is a bit thicker and thus not as prone to warping as the top. It will flex under strong pressure but otherwise remains firm. 

The display is by far the worst offender. The chassis surrounding the panel feels very thin and weak and can be warped with hardly any force. Unless opened from the exact middle of the lid, the screen casing will bend when opening the device. The bezels also flex and creak loudly when squeezed. Users should exercise caution when carrying the device; holding it at the wrong spot can strain the chassis. 

There are two maintenance panels on the bottom of the device. These are nice additions and allow users to upgrade a single SODIMM stick of RAM. The rest of the bottom panel is held in with 11 Phillips head screws and plastic clips. More on the upgradeability of the notebook can be found in the Maintenance section below.

All considered, the case is a mixed bag. While it certainly looks handsome, the beauty is only skin deep. The chassis feels like a cheaper counterpoint to the more solid competition.

The TravelMate P449 is nice and compact, which is perfect for road warriors. Weighing in at 2 kg (~4.41 lbs), the P449 won't break a user's back and can be easily carried with the charger. Due to its 14" display, the P449 leaves a much smaller footprint than the ProBook or TravelMate P259. The P449 hits a nice sweet spot in terms of size - it can easily slide into a bag or backpack without taking up too much room and doesn't sacrifice too much screen real estate. It is almost identical in size and weight to the Lenovo ThinkPad E470. The Lenovo is a bit light (1.9 vs 2.0 kg), but the TravelMate P449 is a bit more compact in terms of volume.

Connectivity

Connectivity is ample. While there are several port options, many are older or outdated. This isn't too surprising; the TravelMate is a budget option, after all. Users in need of adequate support for high-speed external devices may be left wanting.

The P449 features a Gigabit ethernet port, which could be useful in an office setting. Display options include VGA and HDMI ports. VGA still has life in many boardroom projectors, so it's a welcome addition in the P449. Acer loaded the TravelMate with USB ports - there are 5 in total, one of which is a USB 3.1 Type-C connection. Note that the Type-C port lacks Thunderbolt support and is only Gen 1 compliant, meaning that transfer speeds are capped at 5 Gbit/s (the same as USB 3.0). The port is also seated closely to the lone USB 3.0 Type-A port. If a large flash drive is hooked into to the Type-A port, it can partially occlude the Type-C connection.

Another disappointment lies in the slow and outdated USB 2.0 standard for three of the ports. The inclusion of slower USB ports doesn't make much sense when considering the competition. Even some budget notebooks (like the Lenovo ThinkPad E560) opt for the faster USB 3.0 standard across all ports.

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Left side: Gigabit ethernet, VGA, HDMI, USB 3.0 Type-A, USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-C, 3.5 mm combo audio
Left side: Gigabit ethernet, VGA, HDMI, USB 3.0 Type-A, USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-C, 3.5 mm combo audio
Right side: Smart card reader, SD card slot, 3x USB 2.0, Kensington lock, power in
Right side: Smart card reader, SD card slot, 3x USB 2.0, Kensington lock, power in
Front: charging and activity LEDs
Front: charging and activity LEDs

SD Card Reader

Speaking of slow, the half-sized SD card slot is sluggish. Read and write speeds hover around 25 MB/s. The SD card reader on the TravelMate P449 simply can't keep up with the competition. When transferring a gigabyte of JPG files from our Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC UHS-II reference card, the HP ProBook and Lenovo ThinkPad are over two and a half times faster. Users should opt for the USB 3.0 port when transferring files, if possible.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
 
72.7 MB/s ∼100% +188%
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
 
68.1 MB/s ∼94% +170%
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
 
67.3 MB/s ∼93% +167%
Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407
 
25.2 MB/s ∼35%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
 
89 MB/s ∼100% +237%
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
 
81.04 MB/s ∼91% +207%
Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407
 
26.38 MB/s ∼30%

Communication

Thanks to its 2x2 802.11ac wireless card, the TravelMate P449 boasts good network speeds. Transmit speeds hit 511 MBit/s while receiving is pegged at 620 MBit/s. Wireless connections are rock solid; no signals are dropped when used on a home network. 

The P449 is not have any options for WWAN access.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
628 MBit/s ∼100% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
621 MBit/s ∼99% 0%
Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
620 MBit/s ∼99%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
583 MBit/s ∼100% +14%
Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
511 MBit/s ∼88%
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
413 MBit/s ∼71% -19%

Security (business devices)

The fingerprint reader only registers sporadically.
The fingerprint reader only registers sporadically.

The TravelMate P449 includes some security measures. Physically, the P449 is equipped with a smart card reader and a fingerprint scanner. The reader is fast but infrequently registers, which can be very frustrating. It only recognizes fingerprints less than half the time and will lock the computer out after three misreads. When it works, it works well; unfortunately, that is a rarity.

The P449 features a Trusted Platform Module, or TPM, which can be enabled through the BIOS. TPM offers security at the hardware level and can be used to protect critical software and systems (like the BIOS) from intrusion or malware. Acer has also pre-installed their ProShield Manager security suite to aid in software security through methods like encryption. A Kensington lock is built into the right side to physically secure the device.

Accessories

Acer doesn't include any accessories in the box; buyers can expect only the notebook and power adapter.

The TravelMate P449 can connect to Acer's USB Type-C dock (sold separately) via its USB Type-C port. The dock adds three more USB 3.0 Type-A ports, an additional USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-C port, HDMI, DisplayPort, Gigabit Ethernet, and dedicated audio and microphone jacks. The external dock requires a 135 Watt power supply which is included.

Maintenance

The interior of the P449 is quite accessible and easy to upgrade. On the bottom side are two maintenance covers held in by a single screw each. After unscrewing and unclipping these panels, users will have access to a single SODIMM slot (which was populated with 4 GB of DDR4 RAM in our review model) and what would be the 2.5-inch hard drive bay. Unfortunately, our model does not use this space, and there are no connections of any type for a drive. Further disassembly is required to change out the storage.

This is relatively simple. The bottom panel is held in with 11 screws and plastic clips along the side. Once the bottom of the chassis is opened, users will have full access to the battery (which is held in with two easy to reach screws), the M.2 SATA SSD, a single slot for RAM, and the wireless card. Users can also easily clean the fan. The additional 4 GB of RAM is soldered onto the underside of the motherboard and not upgradeable, meaning that RAM is capped at 20 GB. 

The P449 has dedicated panels for a 2.5" drive and the RAM. The 2.5" drive has no connections.
The P449 has dedicated panels for a 2.5" drive and the RAM. The 2.5" drive has no connections.
Disassembly is not difficult. Users can swap the M.2 SSD, wireless module, RAM, and battery.
Disassembly is not difficult. Users can swap the M.2 SSD, wireless module, RAM, and battery.

Warranty

The TravelMate P449 comes with a two-year limited warranty.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The typing experience on the P449 is enjoyable. The chiclet keys are large and laid out well. While the arrow key arrangement is not optimal (the up/down arrows are half the size of the left/right arrows), they are still easy to find and use. The function keys can be used for hardware-specific tasks (such as turning off the WiFi radio or disabling the trackpad) when pressed in conjunction with the "Fn" key. The arrow keys and page navigation keys (Home/End/PgUp/PgDn) can also serve as dedicated media keys.

The keys have a matte black finish with a light texture. They are highly resistant to fingerprint smudges and oils and will hold up aesthetically even after long periods of use. The keyboard features a white backlight; while the brightness cannot be adjusted, the backlight is not offensive and is pleasing to use in dark settings.

The keyboard feels great. Key travel is generous and key presses are crisply registered. The key bottom is a bit spongy and mushy, but the overall tactile experience is wonderful. Noise could be problematic. The keys themselves are quiet and only make a soft, dense "thump;" the keyboard deck, however, creaks during typing and could be distracting for some users. Long typing sessions will feel great but may sound annoying.

Touchpad

The touchpad is a smooth matte black. The plastic surface feels good underhand. Two finger scrolling and other supported gestures work without a hitch. Tap-to-click is also quick and reactive. Tracking, however, is hit or miss. While cursor movement is smooth, the touchpad frequently registers mouse presses. Often, we found the mouse would click and drag windows or files when just moving the cursor. This could be a driver issue, but it is frustrating nonetheless.

The dedicated left and right click buttons are crisp and satisfying to click. They make a clear but hollow sound when clicked and are good overall. It should be noted that the right click button on our unit was stuck and unusable out of the shipping box. After some time, the problem seemed to fix itself and the right click button now functions flawlessly.

Palm rejection is the trackpad's Achilles Heel. The pad frequently registers during typing, causing the cursor to jump around the screen, documents to scroll, and unwanted clicks to occur. This can interrupt work and creates an incredibly frustrating experience, so users may want to disable the touchpad via the function key combo (Fn+F7) during long typing sessions.

Keyboard and touchpad.
Keyboard and touchpad.
The keyboard features one-stage backlighting.
The keyboard features one-stage backlighting.

Display

The display is a matte 14-inch screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. Thanks to the IPS AU Optronics panel, the P449 boasts great viewing angles and good colors. With a maximum average brightness of 203 cd/m2, the screen is fairly dim but in line with the competition. The matte finish greatly reduces reflections and helps with indoor visibility.

The hinges are sturdy but tight. The lid requires two hands to open due to the high tension in the hinges, but this tension keeps the display rigid and upright. The screen doesn't budge or bobble during normal use. The screen can also be opened 180º and laid flat on a surface. This could be useful for presentations and collaborative work.

There is some noticeable backlight bleed, especially along the right bezel. While not distracting when doing normal tasks, dark scenes in movie clips are affected and the experience suffers.

While Acer advertises a touchscreen on some TravelMate models, our P449 does not support touch input. 

Subpixel array
Subpixel array
Backlight bleed along the right edge
Backlight bleed along the right edge
196.9
cd/m²
201
cd/m²
213.7
cd/m²
200.2
cd/m²
208.3
cd/m²
201.8
cd/m²
192.9
cd/m²
209.3
cd/m²
202.7
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 213.7 cd/m² Average: 203 cd/m² Minimum: 17.03 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 90 %
Center on Battery: 208.3 cd/m²
Contrast: 1096:1 (Black: 0.19 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6.8 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 4.9 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
54% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 34% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.35
Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407
AU Optronics AU0213D, IPS, 14, 1920x1080
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
BOE NT156FHM-N41, TN LED, 15.6, 1920x1080
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
Chi Mei CMN15C4, TN LED, 15.6, 1920x1080
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
N140HCA-EAB, IPS, 14, 1920x1080
Response Times
21%
-1%
9%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
50.8 (18.8, 32)
43 (20, 23)
15%
51 (23, 28)
-0%
40.8 (22, 18.8)
20%
Response Time Black / White *
29.6 (6.8, 22.8)
22 (6, 16)
26%
30 (10, 20)
-1%
30.4 (8.4, 22)
-3%
PWM Frequency
50 (40)
Screen
-36%
-33%
-5%
Brightness middle
208.3
180
-14%
214
3%
244
17%
Brightness
203
178
-12%
201
-1%
231
14%
Brightness Distribution
90
93
3%
77
-14%
89
-1%
Black Level *
0.19
0.45
-137%
0.43
-126%
0.37
-95%
Contrast
1096
400
-64%
498
-55%
659
-40%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
6.8
9.91
-46%
10.68
-57%
6.41
6%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
24.8
18.19
27%
18.07
27%
13.4
46%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.9
11.25
-130%
11.32
-131%
5.94
-21%
Gamma
2.35 94%
2.35 94%
2.26 97%
2.28 96%
CCT
6400 102%
12115 54%
12204 53%
6101 107%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
34
37
9%
38
12%
39.3
16%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
54
58
7%
59
9%
61.1
13%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-8% / -26%
-17% / -28%
2% / -2%

* ... smaller is better

Grayscale pre-calibration
Grayscale pre-calibration
ColorChecker pre-calibration
ColorChecker pre-calibration
Saturation Sweeps pre-calibration
Saturation Sweeps pre-calibration
Grayscale calibrated
Grayscale calibrated
ColorChecker calibrated
ColorChecker calibrated
Saturation Sweeps calibrated
Saturation Sweeps calibrated

The Acer bests the competition in terms of color uniformity. Black level is also great at 0.19; the closest rival (Lenovo's Thinkpad E470) is almost twice that. Contrast ratio is fantastic at 1096:1 and makes for very crisp images. Pictures and video are bright, clean, and smooth. These measurements only improve with calibration.

Response times, on the other hand, are slow. While this would be unacceptable for a gaming machine, the P449 is meant for office work. As such, the lethargic response rate won't be distracting in the least. 

The color space of the display is small. The AU Optronics panel only covers 54% and 34% of the sRGB and AdobeRGB color spaces, respectively. Again, visual work isn't the focus of the P449, but professionals that rely on color accuracy will be disappointed with this display. The colors should be acceptable for business applications.

vs. sRGB: 54%
vs. sRGB: 54%
vs. AdobeRGB: 34%
vs. AdobeRGB: 34%

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
29.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 6.8 ms rise
↘ 22.8 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. » 72 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
50.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18.8 ms rise
↘ 32 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. » 86 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (41.1 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 not detected

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8677 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The screen does not get very bright. Subsequently, it is difficult to see outdoors. The matte finish helps with visibility in shade and under overcast skies, and the display is legible under these conditions. However, the display is rendered useless in direct sunlight. The competition doesn't fair much better.

Viewing angles are as to be expected for an IPS panel. Images and text are legible from almost any angle, but the dim display can make off-angle viewing difficult. While colors remain accurate, details become lost in the dark.

The screen is not usable in direct sunlight.
The screen is not usable in direct sunlight.
Viewing angles.
Viewing angles.

Performance

Consumers can choose from different variations of the TravelMate P449 to suit their needs. The line ranges from the lowest model with an Intel Core i3-6100U to our top tier device with an Intel Core i7-6500U. Our model also boasts 8 GB of RAM (configurable up to 20 GB) and a 256 GB M.2 SATA SSD. While the processor is an older Skylake chip, the performance jump to the Kaby Lake Core i7-7500U is only about 15%. For a business notebook that's all about reducing cost, the gain isn't worth the expensive upgrade. While it would be nice to see Kaby Lake in our device, the Skylake CPU is more than adequate for office work.

Processor

The P449's Core i7-6500U is a dual-core chip with Hyperthreading and a low TDP of 15 W. The CPU is designed to be as power-efficient as possible while still packing enough punch to power through moderate to heavy workloads. The processor doesn't disappoint and chews through office-related tasks, such as email, word processing, and even complex spreadsheet work. 

In synthetic benchmarks, our TravelMate P449 lags behind the competition. This is surprising; the TravelMate P259 has the exact same CPU as the P449 yet tops our device by about 25% in single-threaded loads. The discrepancy could be due to thermal management, as the P259 has a much larger chassis that may grant improved airflow and heat dissipation. The Kaby Lake Core i7-7500U in the HP ProBook thoroughly trounces our P449, beating it by 15% and 12% in the Cinebench R15 Single and Multicore tests, respectively. Even the lower-tier Core i5-7200U found in Lenovo's ThinkPad E470 bests the P449 despite being a cheaper piece of silicon. 

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
151 Points ∼73% +19%
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
Intel Core i7-7500U
146 Points ∼71% +15%
Asus UX310UQ-FC396T
Intel Core i7-7500U
145 Points ∼70% +14%
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
Intel Core i7-6500U
130 Points ∼63% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
Intel Core i5-7200U
129 Points ∼62% +2%
Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407
Intel Core i7-6500U
127 Points ∼61%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-51
Intel Core i3-6100U
96 Points ∼46% -24%
HP ProBook 440 G4 Z2Y47ES
Intel Core i3-7100U
90 Points ∼43% -29%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
740 Points ∼24% +134%
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
Intel Core i7-7500U
355 Points ∼11% +12%
Asus UX310UQ-FC396T
Intel Core i7-7500U
336 Points ∼11% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
Intel Core i5-7200U
331 Points ∼11% +5%
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
Intel Core i7-6500U
329 Points ∼11% +4%
Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407
Intel Core i7-6500U
316 Points ∼10%
HP ProBook 440 G4 Z2Y47ES
Intel Core i3-7100U
257 Points ∼8% -19%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-51
Intel Core i3-6100U
240 Points ∼8% -24%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.71 Points ∼73% +47%
Asus UX310UQ-FC396T
Intel Core i7-7500U
1.65 Points ∼71% +42%
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
Intel Core i5-7200U
1.48 Points ∼63% +28%
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
Intel Core i7-6500U
1.48 Points ∼63% +28%
Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407
Intel Core i7-6500U
1.16 Points ∼50%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.15 Points ∼30% +129%
Asus UX310UQ-FC396T
Intel Core i7-7500U
3.73 Points ∼14% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
Intel Core i5-7200U
3.7 Points ∼14% +4%
Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407
Intel Core i7-6500U
3.56 Points ∼13%
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
Intel Core i7-6500U
3.53 Points ∼13% -1%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Asus UX310UQ-FC396T
Intel Core i7-7500U
5563 Points ∼51% +16%
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
Intel Core i7-6500U
4860 Points ∼45% +2%
Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407
Intel Core i7-6500U
4779 Points ∼44%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Asus UX310UQ-FC396T
Intel Core i7-7500U
12098 Points ∼24% +32%
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
Intel Core i7-6500U
11200 Points ∼23% +22%
Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407
Intel Core i7-6500U
9158 Points ∼18%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
HP ProBook 440 G4 Z2Y47ES
Intel Core i3-7100U
635.07 s * ∼8% -22%
Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407
Intel Core i7-6500U
521.22 s * ∼6%
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
329 s * ∼4% +37%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - ---
HP ProBook 440 G4 Z2Y47ES
Intel Core i3-7100U
712.173 Seconds * ∼3% -10%
Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407
Intel Core i7-6500U
645.84 Seconds * ∼3%
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
547 Seconds * ∼2% +15%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
8482
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
9158
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4779
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
40.91 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
3.56 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.16 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.7 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
45.47 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
316 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
127 Points
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System Performance

Overall system performance is snappy. Our Acer P449 keeps pace with the competition in PC Mark 8, which is a good test of overall performance. The combination of the i7-6500U and a fairly quick SSD makes for a quick machine that can handle most tasks thrown at it. Office tasks and other daily duties are no problem. The dual core i7 does find its limits with heavier tasks, such as media editing and calculation-heavy work. For everyday use, the P449 is more than adequate.

PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
GeForce 930MX, 7500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
4725 Points ∼73% +5%
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
GeForce 940MX, 6500U, Liteonit CV3-8D256
4699 Points ∼72% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
GeForce 940MX, 7200U, SanDisk X400 SED 256GB, SATA (SD8TB8U-256G)
4642 Points ∼71% +3%
Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Liteonit CV3-8D256
4511 Points ∼69%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
GeForce 940MX, 7200U, SanDisk X400 SED 256GB, SATA (SD8TB8U-256G)
4389 Points ∼46% +1%
Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Liteonit CV3-8D256
4350 Points ∼46%
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
GeForce 940MX, 6500U, Liteonit CV3-8D256
4112 Points ∼43% -5%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
GeForce 940MX, 6500U, Liteonit CV3-8D256
3823 Points ∼63% +5%
Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Liteonit CV3-8D256
3648 Points ∼60%
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
GeForce 940MX, 7200U, SanDisk X400 SED 256GB, SATA (SD8TB8U-256G)
3546 Points ∼58% -3%
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
GeForce 930MX, 7500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
3163 Points ∼52% -13%
PCMark 7 Score
5504 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3648 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4350 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4511 points
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Storage Devices

The M.2 SSD is adequate and expected for this price range. The drive, manufactured by LiteOn, is an M.2 SSD but is connected via SATA. Read and write speeds are competitive and more than quick enough for office use. While it would be nice to see a fast NVMe drive in the P449, that would raise the cost. The 256 GB of storage may quickly fill up, so users will need to be conscious of remaining space. The drive is fairly easy to get to and can be swapped by removing the bottom panel. It's a shame that the 2.5" drive bay is empty and doesn't have any connections for an additional drive.

The M.2 SSD (bottom right) can be swapped out with some disassembly.
The M.2 SSD (bottom right) can be swapped out with some disassembly.
The 2.5" drive bay is completely vacant.
The 2.5" drive bay is completely vacant.
CrystalDiskMark
CrystalDiskMark
AS SSD
AS SSD
HD Tune
HD Tune
Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407
Liteonit CV3-8D256
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
Liteonit CV3-8D256
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
SanDisk X400 SED 256GB, SATA (SD8TB8U-256G)
Asus Zenbook UX310UA-FC347T iGP
Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
HP Spectre x360 15-bl002xx
Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
8%
20%
25%
146%
Write 4k QD32
223.9
240.2
7%
178.3
-20%
251.5
12%
395.2
77%
Read 4k QD32
270.8
346.2
28%
276
2%
246.3
-9%
527.2
95%
Write 4k
60.9
76.32
25%
78.82
29%
88.65
46%
139.4
129%
Read 4k
25.6
28.32
11%
35.15
37%
26.68
4%
40.72
59%
Write 512
256.4
264.8
3%
291.1
14%
389.1
52%
713.9
178%
Read 512
250.9
254.3
1%
346.4
38%
356.7
42%
834.2
232%
Write Seq
275.4
258.2
-6%
458.7
67%
431.6
57%
981.5
256%
Read Seq
518.7
478.5
-8%
476.5
-8%
489.4
-6%
1266
144%
Liteonit CV3-8D256
Transfer Rate Minimum: 105.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 386 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 302.5 MB/s
Access Time: 0.1 ms
Burst Rate: 285.8 MB/s
CPU Usage: 5 %

GPU Performance

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 520 GPU is capable of light graphics work. However, it cannot compete with the dedicated GPUs found in rivals. Even a low-end GPU like the Nvidia GTX 930MX performs significantly better, especially at more demanding resolutions. The HP ProBook scores almost twice as much in the 1920 x 1080 Firestrike benchmark. The TravelMate P449 is definitely not designed for 3D modeling or heavy graphical work.

The TravelMate P449 is certainly not a gaming notebook. The integrated GPU can handle older or lighter titles such like Minecraft and other games from the Windows Store. These games run smoothly at the low settings. Unfortunately, office workers hoping to enjoy the latest AAA titles (like Doom or Rise of the Tomb Raider) in between meetings will be sorely disappointed. Even at the lowest settings, high-end games either run at unplayable frame rates or flat out refuse to start. Gamers that want a machine for work and play should look at the competition, particularly the TravelMate P259 and the Lenovo ThinkPad E470; the dedicated Nvidia GTX 940MX is not a gaming monster by any means, but it will provide playable frame rates at lower settings in demanding games. 

3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 6500U
4466 Points ∼25% +201%
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U
4250 Points ∼24% +186%
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6500U
2896 Points ∼16% +95%
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7200U
1990 Points ∼11% +34%
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, 7500U
1827 Points ∼10% +23%
Asus Zenbook UX310UA-FC347T iGP
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
1662 Points ∼9% +12%
Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407
Intel HD Graphics 520, 6500U
1486 Points ∼8%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 6500U
4826 Points ∼9% +242%
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U
4243 Points ∼8% +201%
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6500U
2821 Points ∼6% +100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7200U
2556 Points ∼5% +81%
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, 7500U
2092 Points ∼4% +48%
Asus Zenbook UX310UA-FC347T iGP
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
1649 Points ∼3% +17%
Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407
Intel HD Graphics 520, 6500U
1410 Points ∼3%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 6500U
4133 Points ∼10% +401%
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U
3545 Points ∼9% +330%
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6500U
2222 Points ∼5% +169%
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7200U
1752 Points ∼4% +112%
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, 7500U
1637 Points ∼4% +98%
Asus Zenbook UX310UA-FC347T iGP
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
1120 Points ∼3% +36%
Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407
Intel HD Graphics 520, 6500U
825 Points ∼2%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 6500U
25986 Points ∼14% +268%
Lenovo ThinkPad E570-20H6S00000
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U
21835 Points ∼12% +209%
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6500U
13459 Points ∼7% +91%
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7200U
9501 Points ∼5% +34%
Asus Zenbook UX310UA-FC347T iGP
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
9364 Points ∼5% +33%
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, 7500U
9122 Points ∼5% +29%
Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407
Intel HD Graphics 520, 6500U
7064 Points ∼4%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
Asus Zenbook UX310UA-FC347T iGP
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
55020 Points ∼8% +34%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 6500U
45299 Points ∼6% +11%
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6500U
43709 Points ∼6% +7%
Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407
Intel HD Graphics 520, 6500U
40939 Points ∼6%
3DMark 11 Performance
1578 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
55532 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
5590 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
722 points
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Stress Test

We use synthetic benchmarks to stress the system and get an idea of how it will run under the heaviest loads. While running Prime95, which takes CPU usage to 100%, the Core i7-6500U in our P449 throttles heavily. It is able to boost up to 3.1 GHz before immediately ramping back down to the base clock of 2.5 GHz. After running Prime95 for 30 minutes, the CPU holds steady at about 2.6 GHz. This result is disappointing. The maximum temperature on the CPU die only reached 68º C; there is still thermal headroom for the CPU to stretch its legs.

The Intel HD Graphics 520 iGPU performs admirably under stress. Furmark, which severely taxes the GPU, sees the integrated GPU clock up to and hold at about 950 MHz. Core temperature reaches 69° C which is well within tolerance.

Running both Furmark and Prime95 shows an interesting result. While the GPU boosts to a steady 850 MHz, the CPU jumps to its full boost of 3.1 GHz. After boosting for a brief moment, the processor chokes back to an underwhelming 1.4 GHz. This is well below its base clock and has a noticeable effect on system performance. Temperatures topped out at 70° C.

Prime95 stress test
Prime95 stress test
Furmark stress test
Furmark stress test
Prime95 + Furmark stress test
Prime95 + Furmark stress test
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C)
Prime95 Stress 2.6 - 68
FurMark Stress - 950 63
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 1.4 850 65

Emissions

System Noise

Fan noise profile.
Fan noise profile.

The Acer P449 is a quiet notebook. The copper heat pipes running to the fan in the back center of the notebook help to keep things cool. Under normal use, the P449 is inaudible. The fan rarely engages, and when it does, it emits a low, quiet hum that quickly blends into the background. Under load, the fan will ramp up aggressively to move heat out of the system. When taxed, the P449 remains fairly quiet at 35.6 dB. The fan noise is more noticeable at high speeds; there is a definite whine that is mildly perturbing. Thanks to the lack of a mechanical hard drive, the rest of the system is completely silent.

The P449 is comparable to its rivals in terms of system noise. Against the competition, it is about 8-12% quieter at low workloads, similar under stress, and about 5% louder when it peaks.

Noise Level

Idle
29.2 / 29.2 / 31.2 dB(A)
Load
35.6 / 40.8 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   BK Precision 732A (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 29.2 dB(A)
Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Liteonit CV3-8D256
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
GeForce 940MX, 6500U, Liteonit CV3-8D256
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
GeForce 930MX, 7500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
GeForce 940MX, 7200U, SanDisk X400 SED 256GB, SATA (SD8TB8U-256G)
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
GeForce 940MX, 6500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
Noise
-3%
-7%
3%
-2%
off / environment *
29.2
30.5
-4%
31.6
-8%
29
1%
30.5
-4%
Idle Minimum *
29.2
31.6
-8%
32.6
-12%
29
1%
30.5
-4%
Idle Average *
29.2
31.6
-8%
32.6
-12%
29
1%
30.5
-4%
Idle Maximum *
31.2
32
-3%
33
-6%
29
7%
31.5
-1%
Load Average *
35.6
35.5
-0%
38.9
-9%
35.6
-0%
36.2
-2%
Load Maximum *
40.8
38.3
6%
38.9
5%
38.5
6%
40
2%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Due to the aggressive fan control, the TravelMate P449 stays very cool. When idling, temperatures stay between 20º and 26º C (~68º and 79º F). Even under stress, the notebook barely gets warmer than room temperature. The only hotspots are in the back right corner on the top and the back left corner of the bottom of the chassis. This is where the CPU die and its large copper heat plate are located. Even at its hottest, the TravelMate P449 never exceeds 37º C (98.6º F). Since these temperatures are only reached under an extreme synthetic load (and owing to the fact that 37º C is standard body temperature), the notebook can comfortably be held on a lap for extended periods. 

Max. Load
 35.2 °C
95 F
33.6 °C
92 F
20 °C
68 F
 
 28.6 °C
83 F
26.8 °C
80 F
19.8 °C
68 F
 
 21.2 °C
70 F
20.2 °C
68 F
20 °C
68 F
 
Maximum: 35.2 °C = 95 F
Average: 25 °C = 77 F
20.6 °C
69 F
25.8 °C
78 F
37 °C
99 F
20.4 °C
69 F
23.8 °C
75 F
29.2 °C
85 F
20.6 °C
69 F
20.8 °C
69 F
22.6 °C
73 F
Maximum: 37 °C = 99 F
Average: 24.5 °C = 76 F
Power Supply (max.)  39 °C = 102 F | Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Raytek Raynger ST
Top hotspot: ~36º C
Top hotspot: ~36º C
Bottom panel hotspot: ~36-37º C
Bottom panel hotspot: ~36-37º C

Speakers

The speakers are loud but thin. Thanks to the clear highs, they excel when listening to vocals. Business is once again the name of the game here: podcasts, voice recordings, and web calls sound great, and voices come across loud and crisp. Lower registers are largely absent, so most music comes out hollow and tinny. Users wanting to enjoy the latest tunes should opt for headphones or external speakers. 

The speakers are located on the bottom side of the front edge. They face directly down and can easily be muffled by a soft or pliable surface. The Lenovo ThinkPad E470 has a similar sound profile. Mids are a bit fuller on the ThinkPad, but highs are better by the P449. Neither device is suited for bass-heavy sound.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2034.636.52535.236.93134.134.74031.833.55031.331.6633131.58032.629.110030.831.212531.431.816028.830.420026.346.325025.85731525.556.440024.556.250024.159.563023.465.780023.371.9100023.267.8125022.860160022.862.2200022.562250022.566.4315022.563.8400022.664500022.572.3630022.471.2800022.563.91000022.660.41250022.657.81600022.756.3SPL35.179N2.443.8median 22.8median 60.4Delta1.55.935.134.444.444.738.340.149.746.842.139.731.734.728.931.13433.132.534.324.944.226.552.625.658.328.357.223.66121.564.120.762.3208019.476.219.577.619.172.918.973.718.671.91968.320.26321.368.219.470.719.761.120.858.420.454.720.149.532.884.91.957.6median 20.4median 62.32.68.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAcer TravelMate P449-M-7407Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (78.95 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 18.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.1% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (10.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.6% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (10.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (21.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 61% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 30% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 53% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 39% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 15.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 9% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (11.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.1% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (10.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 70% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 22% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 60% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 32% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency Comparison (Checkbox selectable!)
Graph 1: Pink Noise 100% Vol.; Graph 2: Audio off

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The TravelMate P449 is very frugal when it comes to power usage. Idle draw averages around 5.4 Watts, well below the competition. Even under load, the P449 uses significantly less power than its rivals. Running at full tilt, our unit draws 62%, 41%, and 104% less power than the TravelMate P259, ProBook 450, and ThinkPad E470, respectively. Power-sipping comes with a price, though. Per our testing, The P449 draws less from the wall but operates notably slower in CPU-intensive tasks. 

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.3 / 0.5 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.4 / 5.2 / 7.2 Watt
Load midlight 28.2 / 32 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407
6500U, HD Graphics 520, Liteonit CV3-8D256, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
6500U, GeForce 940MX, Liteonit CV3-8D256, TN LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
7500U, GeForce 930MX, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002, TN LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
7200U, GeForce 940MX, SanDisk X400 SED 256GB, SATA (SD8TB8U-256G), IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
6500U, GeForce 940MX, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002, TN LED, 1920x1080, 13.3
Power Consumption
-62%
-34%
-27%
-32%
Idle Minimum *
3.4
7
-106%
3.8
-12%
2.7
21%
3
12%
Idle Average *
5.2
8
-54%
6.6
-27%
5.5
-6%
5.6
-8%
Idle Maximum *
7.2
10.6
-47%
11.3
-57%
6.5
10%
6.8
6%
Load Average *
28.2
39.7
-41%
38
-35%
44.2
-57%
48.7
-73%
Load Maximum *
32
51.9
-62%
45
-41%
65.2
-104%
63
-97%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The TravelMate P449 can last an entire workday thanks to its 4-cell battery. The 48.3 Wh capacity is slightly larger than the competition. Due to the larger battery and CPU frugality, the P449 outlasts the TravelMate P259 and ThinkPad E470 by a wide margin in our WiFi v1.3 test. Interestingly, the ThinkPad and ProBook 450 last much longer in the Battery Eater Reader test, where all radios are disabled and the laptop is left to idle. This could be due to the improved energy efficiency brought by Kaby Lake or some unknown background process running on our P449.

Under load, the P449 lasts just over an hour and a half. This is about 30 minutes longer than the P259 and 30 minutes shorter than the ProBook and ThinkPad.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
9h 22min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
8h 32min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 36.48min
Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407
6500U, HD Graphics 520, 48.3 Wh
Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU
6500U, GeForce 940MX, 41 Wh
HP ProBook 450 G4 Y8B60EA
7500U, GeForce 930MX, 45 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad E470-20H2S00400
7200U, GeForce 940MX, 45 Wh
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
6500U, GeForce 940MX, 48 Wh
Battery Runtime
-26%
20%
26%
19%
Reader / Idle
562
615
9%
746
33%
1043
86%
878
56%
WiFi v1.3
512
280
-45%
513
0%
326
-36%
486
-5%
Load
96.48
56
-42%
123
27%
124
29%
103
7%

Pros

+ portable size
+ great keyboard
+ good display
+ battery lasts a full work day
+ generous port selection
+ quiet operation
+ cool temperatures

Cons

- poor build quality
- inconsistent fingerprint reader
- frustrating trackpad
- CPU is heavily throttled
- most connections are older standards

Verdict

In review: Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407. Review unit courtesy of Acer.
In review: Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407. Review unit courtesy of Acer.

The Acer TravelMate P449 fits the bill of "Jack of all trades, master of none." It is a well-rounded device that brings a lot to the table. It nails the sweet spot when it comes to size; the chassis is small and light enough to be easily carried, but the screen is still large enough for multitasking and office work. The case looks attractive and professional, the keyboard feels great, and performance is more than adequate for business work. The display offers high contrast and great colors. The fan is noticeable only under extreme loads, but temperatures are well managed and the device remains cool, even under full load. Port selection is generous with 5 USB ports, 2 display options, and an ethernet port, and the battery can survive a full work day.

The Acer TravelMate P449 is a good option for professionals in need of a portable, long lasting machine. Despite a few shortcomings, it's a great option for road warriors on a budget.

The TravelMate makes some sacrifices to hit the competitive price point. The handsome case is thin and feels cheap, so long-term durability is a concern. The touchpad is inconsistent and frustrating to use while the fingerprint reader is almost useless. The screen is dim and nigh unusable in bright light. Most of the connection options are slow or outdated, and the Skylake CPU is outdated and heavily throttles.

Despite these shortcomings, The Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407 remains a compelling option in the sub-$1000 business market. However, the pricing of the Lenovo ThinkPad E470 is hard to overlook. For about $720, the E470 offers better performance and build quality, similar battery runtimes, a good IPS display, and a dedicated GPU. For $130 more, the ThinkPad can be equipped with a Kaby Lake i7-7500U and 16 GB of RAM. Keep in mind that these models don't come with an OS and may only be available in education markets. The ThinkPad E470 is a solid recommendation over the TravelMate. However, if the E470 is not available, the P449 is a great second choice.

Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407 - 02/18/2017 v6
Sam Medley

Chassis
64 / 98 → 65%
Keyboard
83%
Pointing Device
57%
Connectivity
45 / 80 → 56%
Weight
63 / 20-67 → 91%
Battery
91%
Display
80%
Games Performance
58 / 68 → 86%
Application Performance
85 / 92 → 93%
Temperature
96%
Noise
93%
Audio
50%
Camera
50 / 85 → 59%
Average
70%
80%
Office - Weighted Average

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Sam Medley, 2017-02-20 (Update: 2017-02-20)
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I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.