Acer – Travelmate 6292-301G16MN review

smaller member of the well-liked Travelmate clan
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£562 + VAT

Acer’s Travelmate 6292-301G16MN – a nice catchy name, that – is one of the smaller members of Acer’s well loved business notebook range, and is at the upper edge of what you would call an ultraportable laptop, weighing in at 2.6kg (including AC adapter).

Although it is clad in the usual corporate dark grey clothes, the metallic gunmetal finish of Acer’s latest ProFile design makes it look a stylish member of the clan. Measuring just 306 x 227 x 27.5mm, it is built with a magnesium alloy casing so it will stand up to the everyday knocks and bumps that notebooks go through.

Our review Travelmate 6292 came powered by one of Intel’s Core 2 Duo T7300 processors, which are clocked at 2.0GHz and have 4MB of L2 cache and 800MHz FSB speeds. Backing this up is Intel’s 965M Express / ICH8-DO chipset combination and 2GB of PC2-5300, 667MHz DDR2 memory. The laptop can support up to a maximum of 4GB of memory through two SO-DIMM slots.

Performance-wise the Travelmate 6292 won’t set the world on fire but it’s no slouch either, producing an overall result in PCMark05 of 4,200, which is respectable for this class of notebook.

As the Travelmate 6292 is primarily a business laptop it comes as no surprise to find it uses integrated graphics: these are powered via the 965M Express chipset using Intel’s GMA X3100 graphics core, one of Intel’s latest. The Travelmate 6292 is configured so that the graphics can use up to 358MB of system memory.

The 12.1-inch screen has a native resolution of 1,280 by 800 pixels and comes with Acer’s CrystalBrite technology which sharpens up the display without making the screen too reflective. Built into the top of the screen is a 0.3-megapixel web-cam, but the screen itself is let down by the thick bezel, which seems a little heavy-handed, though maybe it’s needed for strength purposes.

Connecting to the outside world presents few problems, as there’s 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N wireless, Bluetooth – both have on/off buttons to help conserve battery life – plus Gigabit Ethernet and a good old-fashioned 56kbps modem should all else fail. It would have been nice to see HSDPA included but maybe that’s for another revamp.

Unfortunately, because of the size of the Travelmate 6292, it doesn’t have the Travelmates’ usual curved keyboard (which is a delight to use); instead there is a standard-looking keyboard. The keys themselves are a good size with a good degree of travel. Beneath the keyboard sit the touchpad (with vertical and horizontal scrolling) and two mouse buttons, separated by a fingerprint reader.

For storage there is a 160GB, 5,400rpm Hitachi SATA hard drive complete with Acer’s Disk Anti-Shock Protection (DASP) which protects the drive from accidental bangs and bumps. There is also an 8x Super-Multi DVD burner and a 5-in-1 card reader, along with a PC Card slot, three USB 2.0 ports and VGA and S-Video ports.

Battery life was tested playing a DVD movie with the 6-cell battery, which yielded a life of just over two hours. There is a 9-cell option which should extend the life a lot further.

Company: Acer

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Verdict
Acer's Travelmate 6292-301G16MN is a no-nonsense, highly portable, corporate notebook. It doesn't really stand out in any department but it goes about its business without any fuss or bother. Sometimes that's all you need.