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Humiliatingly for Intel, an underperforming Core i7-10510U runs slower than the two-year old Core i5-8250U

2020 Acer TravelMate P215 is smaller and lighter than last year's model, but it doesn't run any faster (Image source: Acer)
2020 Acer TravelMate P215 is smaller and lighter than last year's model, but it doesn't run any faster (Image source: Acer)
The 2020 Acer TravelMate P215 may be smaller and lighter than last year's model, but it doesn't run any faster despite its fancy new 10th gen Core i7 Comet Lake-U CPU. Intel's 10th gen Core family isn't looking so hot all things considered.

Acer has updated its 15.6-inch TravelMate P series this year to the P215 to succeed the older P2510. The newer design is 14 percent smaller and 14 percent lighter while retaining all the ports of the older generation. It continues to be one of the very few laptops still shipping with an integrated VGA port, for example. The main problem is that while its exterior brings noticeable changes, its 10th gen Intel CPU isn't performing any better than the older model.

CineBench and PCMark results below compare the TravelMate P215 powered by the Core i7-10510U to the older TravelMate P2510 powered by the Core i5-8250U and results are almost the same between them despite the latter system being over two years old.

The findings are disappointing for those who were hoping for more processing power between generations, but one can also argue that portability and connectivity take priority over raw performance when it comes to office laptops. Users should look towards Ryzen-powered alternatives like the HP ProBook 445/455 G7 if CPU performance is of higher importance.

See our full review on the Acer TravelMate P2 P215 to learn more about Acer's latest budget business laptop.

379.5 mm / 14.9 inch 254 mm / 10 inch 22.1 mm / 0.87 inch 2.1 kg4.63 lbs363 mm / 14.3 inch 255 mm / 10 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 1.8 kg3.97 lbs
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Acer TravelMate P215-52 UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U, SK hynix BC511 HFM256GDJTNI-82A0; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø468 (448.91-517.29)
Acer TravelMate P2510-G2-MG-50WE GeForce MX130, i5-8250U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø500 (432.57-532.94)
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Acer TravelMate P2510-G2-MG-50WE
Intel Core i5-8250U
533 (432.57min - 532.94max) Points ∼100% +3%
Acer TravelMate P215-52
Intel Core i7-10510U
517 (448.91min - 517.29max) Points ∼97%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Acer TravelMate P215-52
Intel Core i7-10510U
167 Points ∼100%
Acer TravelMate P2510-G2-MG-50WE
Intel Core i5-8250U
142 Points ∼85% -15%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Acer TravelMate P215-52
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U, SK hynix BC511 HFM256GDJTNI-82A0
4823 Points ∼71%
Acer TravelMate P2510-G2-MG-50WE
GeForce MX130, i5-8250U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
4769 Points ∼70% -1%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Acer TravelMate P2510-G2-MG-50WE
GeForce MX130, i5-8250U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
3461 Points ∼56% +10%
Acer TravelMate P215-52
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U, SK hynix BC511 HFM256GDJTNI-82A0
3157 Points ∼51%

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Allen Ngo, 2020-08-25 (Update: 2020-08-25)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.