Acer TravelMate X349-M-56RM
Reviews for the Acer TravelMate X349-M-56RM
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Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/10/2017
Model: Acer claims that the TravelMate X3 Notebook is slated for the “design-minded professionals”. It is targeted at users who require a powerful notebook that is stylish and at the same time, delivers high performance, and portability. At first glance, it is apparent that this laptop is solidly built with a polished look. It is encased in a sleek aluminium chassis with a brushed-metal finish. Its dimensions measure at 17.9 x 341 x 236.6 mm with a weight of 1.5 kg. This makes the TravelMate X3 a portable and good looking laptop to carry about. Its performance on the display side is equally impressive as its 14-inch panel supports Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080) with IPS technology. Visuals and images appear sharp and clear and viewing angles are wide; around 170-degrees. The 180-degree hinge system allows the display panel to lie flat, which makes this laptop ideal for collaboration and discussion. What powers this business laptop is an Intel Core i5-6200U 2.3 GHz processor with the popular Intel HD Graphics 520 graphics adapter. With 8 GB of DDR4 RAM and 512 GB SSD, power users are assured of top-notched performance with multitasking capacities. Furthermore, the TravelMate X349 also features an LED backlit keyboard to which enables users to use it even under low-light conditions. It also comes with a spacious touchpad, a recent trend in all HP laptops. This provides users with comfortable input and responsive navigation. The 720p HDR webcam mounted on board is ideal for high-quality video-conferencing.
As it is integrated with a Realtek ALC255 sound card (with Intel Sunrise Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller), audio quality on this device is crisp and clear. It is also decked with multiple connection ports including USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 Gen1 ports. A Kensington Lock port is also included for securing this laptop at office or home. Network connectivity consists of both WiFi AC 7265 (a/b/g/h/n/ac) and Bluetooth 4.0. This laptop comes with a whopping 48.9 Wh, 3220 mAh Lithium-Ion battery which promises professionals a longer productivity. Acer ships the TravelMate XS with Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit pre-installed. For added security, the fingerprint sensor supports Windows Hello for fast and secure sign-in but the Iris recognition technology isn't applied in this laptop. Overall, the Acer TravelMate ranks highly in providing powerful security and productivity essentials for business needs. As the name suggests, the TravelMate X349 is focused on mobility. It is definitely an option to look out for to those who require a business laptop to work and travel with confidently.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
Intel HD Graphics 520: Integrated GPU (GT2) with 24 EUs found on some Skylake CPU models (15 W ULV series).
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
6200U: Skylake-based ULV dual-core processor for thin notebooks and ultrabooks. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 520 GPU and is manufactured in 14 nm.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
There are hardly any tablets in this display size range anymore. For subnotebooks, on the other hand, it is the standard format.
The advantage of subnotebooks is that the entire laptop can be small and therefore easily portable. The smaller display also has the advantage of requiring less power, which further improves battery life and thus mobility. The disadvantage is that reading texts is more strenuous on the eyes. High resolutions are more likely to be found in standard laptops.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Acer: In 1976, the company was founded in Taiwan under the name Multitech and was renamed Acer or Acer Group in 1987. The product range includes, for example, laptops, tablets, smartphones, desktops, monitors, TVs and computer peripherals. Since 2007, the group has merged with Gateway Inc. and Packard Bell, which also market their own laptop product lines.
Acer computers are designed for a variety of purposes, including ultrabooks for mobile use, gaming laptops for gamers, affordable options for everyday tasks, and 2-in-1 convertible laptops for versatility. Acer's product portfolio also includes tablets that offer portable computing and multimedia capabilities.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.