Acer TravelMate Spin P4 review: A sturdy and affordable 2-in-1 business convertible

Nancy J. Delong

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Acer TravelMate Spin P4: A convertible workhorse.


Image: Acer

We just lately reviewed Acer’s creator-focused Swift X laptop, which combined sturdy performance and an attractive, light-weight layout at a competitive selling price. The company’s updated TravelMate Spin P4 (TMP414RN), examined right here, is extra of an every day workhorse, whose light-weight and durable convertible layout tends to make it a good preference for a selection of cell use scenarios.

Design and style & features 

Somewhat than the common clamshell type aspect of the Swift X, the TravelMate Spin P4 has a extra adaptable convertible layout that enables the fourteen-inch contact display to be reversed for presentations, or simply just folded ideal again to function in tablet mode when you you should not need — or have room for — the keyboard. 

The fourteen-inch IPS show may only deliver FHD (1920 x 1080 pixels, 157.3ppi), but it can be sharp and colourful, with good viewing angles. The shiny display coating is remarkably reflective, which can be a tiny bothersome at moments — when you might be performing outdoors, for illustration. 

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Like

  • Slender and gentle fourteen-inch 2-in-one convertible
  • MIL-STD 810H affect resistance
  • Very good range of ports and slots

Don’t Like

  • FHD show resolution
  • Reflective display
  • Limited vary of configurations
  • 720p webcam

It is really unclear from Acer’s printed specs what color standards are supported by the show, but the TravelMate is plainly built for general business enterprise use, somewhat than substantial-high quality graphics or layout work, so that’s unlikely to get worried likely purchasers far too a lot. 

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Extra critical is the reality that the TravelMate is aptly named, with an attractively svelte layout for a fourteen-inch notebook. It measures just seventeen.9mm thick, 325mm broad and 236mm deep, and weighs one.5kg. That is, admittedly, a tiny hefty for a notebook with ‘ultraportable’ aspirations, but that’s because of to the convertible layout and the reality that the slimline chassis also fulfills the army-grade MIL-STD 810H standard for affect resistance (although ‘sand and dust testing’ is centered on the more mature 810F common). 

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The Spin P4’s keyboard is backlit and spill-resistant.


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The backlit keyboard feels firm and responsive, and is also spill-resistant, generating the TravelMate a good possibility for individuals who need a durable notebook that can cope with a selection of destinations and situations. If you can find a weak location right here it can be the electric power connector, which — as with the Swift X — juts out from the aspect of the notebook at a ideal-angle and looks a large amount fewer durable than the notebook by itself.  

Connectivity is a different sturdy position, with HDMI for an external show, as well as a Thunderbolt four (USB-C) port that also supports DisplayPort for video clip output. There are two more USB-A (3.2) ports, a MicroSD card reader and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The TravelMate supports Wi-Fi six (802.11ax), and also incorporates an RJ-forty five Ethernet port for wired office networks. The only actual disappointment is the fewer than flattering image high quality sent by the 720p webcam. 

Price & options 

Not for the initial time, we found the data on Acer’s website to be imprecise to the position of getting downright deceptive. Acer’s British isles and US internet sites condition rather plainly that the TravelMate offers “impressive graphical performance from the Nvidia MX350”, but the datasheet furnished by Acer and the numerous configurations detailed on the internet sites all clearly show that the only GPU possibility is the Iris Xe Graphics module that’s built-in with the TravelMate Spin P4’s 11th-era Intel Main processor. Optional LTE broadband is talked about far too, but similarly absent from any at present available products. 

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US pricing for the TravelMate Spin P4 ranges from $799.ninety nine (Main i5/8GB/512GB) to $one,199.ninety nine (Main i7/16GB/512GB).


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Our Acer-furnished evaluate unit charges £842.97 (inc. VAT) from Currys Small business and other 3rd-occasion suppliers in the British isles. That selling price incorporates Home windows 10 Professional with a quad-core Core i5-1135G7 processor working at 2.4GHz (up to four.2GHz with TurboBoost), alongside with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of strong-condition storage. In the US, this configuration charges $999.ninety nine. 

Acer’s UK website offers a Main i5 design with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD for £999.ninety nine (inc. VAT), whilst US clients can opt for a $one,199.99 Core i7-1165G7 model with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.  

Efficiency & battery Life 

The Main i5 processor in our evaluate unit definitely isn’t really aimed at electric power customers, but it however turned in Geekbench 5 CPU scores of one,345 (solitary-core) and 3,940 (multi-core). People scores are only somewhat reduced than ultraportables these kinds of as HP’s (a lot extra high-priced) Elite Dragonfly G2, which scores one,565 and four,330 respectively with a somewhat extra high-priced Main i7 processor. The TravelMate Spin P4 will be perfectly adequate for managing working day-to-working day business enterprise software program, electronic mail and net browsing. 

Graphics performance isn’t really going to get any awards possibly as — without having that claimed Nvidia GPU — the TravelMate’s built-in graphics could only take care of a modest 63fps when working the Cinebench R15 OpenGL tests, and just five.2fps for the demanding 3D graphics of Unigine Valley. Even so, that’ll however be adequate for some basic picture- or video clip-enhancing workloads. 

Battery lifetime is rather realistic far too, the 56Wh Li-ion unit long lasting for 7.five hrs when streaming entire-display video clip via Wi-Fi. This signifies you should not have any issues receiving a entire day’s work out of the TravelMate when you might be absent from the office. And, with its convertible layout, you can expect to be capable to kick again and loosen up with some audio or video clips at the end of the working day far too. 

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Conclusions 

The precision of the data on Acer’s website is disappointing, and the constrained vary of TravelMate Spin P4 products may discourage business enterprise customers who prefer to configure their laptops in depth. Nonetheless, the Spin P4 is an attractive and economical workhorse notebook, with a strong convertible layout that equips it perfectly for lifetime on the highway.

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