The 2021 edition of the Acer TravelMate P6 is the company’s latest attempt to shake up the business laptop market. Announced as part of Acer’s global press conference, I had an early chance to get my hands on a unit – so these are my thoughts, my photos and all the details you could possibly want.
Who is the new TravelMate for?
There used to be a big gulf between business laptops and those for consumers, but not anymore. The TravelMate P6 would be just as at home on a sofa as it would a boardroom, even if it’s unlikely that people will coo over it in the same way they would a MacBook.
What matters, though, is that it’s well made. Or, in Acer’s words, “engineered for professionals who frequently work on the road”.
Naturally, it’s thin and light – 1.1kg and 16.8mm thick – with the help of a magnesium-aluminium alloy (lighter than more common aluminium alloy chassis). Acer claims a 20-hour battery life, which will probably translate into 10-12 hours of typical use.
How can I tell the new TravelMate P6 apart from last year’s model?
It’s all in the name. Last year’s TravelMate P6 had the model number TMP614-51. This year’s is called the TMP614RN-52.
Last year’s TravelMate is still a great machine, but it includes older Intel processors and lacks the 2021 edition’s faster, Thunderbolt 4 connectivity.
So, what’s inside the 2021 Acer TravelMate P6?
Here are the core specifications common to all models:
- 14in 1,920 x 1,080 IPS panels (with 100% sRGB coverage)
- 11th generation Intel Core processors
- Up to 32GB LPDDR4x memory
- Up to 1TB NVMe SSDs (so, fast)
- 2 x USB-C 3.2 Gen2 ports (with support for Thunderbolt 4)
- HDMI (full size) plus USB-A
- Optional SIM and eSIM with 5G support
- microSD slot and Kensington lock slot
- NFC and Wi-Fi 6
- Windows 10 Pro
What does it look like?
Here’s a bunch of photos I took on the day:
When does the 2021 Acer TravelMate P6 go on sale and how much will it cost?
Here’s availability and starting price broken down by region:
- UK: September 2021 from £1,099
- EMEA: September 2021 from 999 euros
- North America: October 2021 from $1,300
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