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Acer TravelMate P6 2021 first look: what’s new?

Acer TravelMate P6 2021
Acer TravelMate P6 2021

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

Any other questions? Drop us a line via the comments below.

About the author

Tim Danton

Tim Danton is editor-in-chief of PC Pro magazine and has written about technology since 1999. He enjoys playing with gadgets, playing with words and playing tennis. Email tim@bigtechquestion.com

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