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Acer TravelMate 8481TG Ultimate Business Notebook Review
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August 15 this year, Acer China held a press conference in Beijing, in one fell swoop released seven new business notebook, which 7 products in Bingcheng Hong Acer Business Notebook series has always been based on high quality design but also for business users using more kinds of innovations can be described as Taylor. which were especially prominent flagship portable mobile office TravelMate 8481TG is most striking.Acer TravelMate 8481TG
Time flies, time wasted, time arrived at the end of the upcoming New Year’s Day in this moment, this highly anticipated ultra portable business machine finally came to our strong network YORK evaluation room, and I also had the privilege to see it before the arrival of 2012 hosting the Games <table width=”500″ cellspacing=”0″ cellpadding=”3″><tbody><tr><td colspan=”2″>Acer 8481TG-2634G32nkk</td></tr><tr><td colspan=”2″>Basic Specifications</td></tr><tr><td>Time to market</td><td>December 2011</td></tr><tr><td>Product Type</td><td>Home</td></tr><tr><td>Operating system</td><td>Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Home Premium</td></tr><tr><td>Processor model</td><td>Intel Core i7 2637M</td></tr><tr><td>Motherboard chipset</td><td>Intel UM67</td></tr><tr><td>Drive type</td><td>DVD burner</td></tr><tr><td>Wireless LAN</td><td>802.11b/g/n</td></tr><tr><td>Battery Type</td><td>8-cell lithium battery, 6000 mA</td></tr></tbody></table>OK, no more nonsense, next time let us through a detailed evaluation of the TravelMate 8481TG to close-up experience of this star product style bar.
Page 2 of Acer TravelMate 8481TG appearance
From the appearance point of view, although the TravelMate 8481 Body size is 13 inches, but the screen size of 14 inches and can be far more than its slim market of similar laptops, the body thickness of only 1.8 cm, with four-cell battery weighs just to 1.5kg.Acer TravelMate 8481TG
New Acer TravelMate series with a new mold design, and Aspire T has a very different style in order to ensure the Acer TravelMate 8481TG 14-inch portable light touch with the next highlight, the top part of the choice of carbon fiber material, both with characteristics of solid magnesium alloy, ABS engineering plastics have a high plasticity, lead to better protection for the screen. In addition, black black cap also highlights the product stable business atmosphere.
Acer TravelMate 8481TG notebook cover
Almost all currently available products will be marked with Acer Signal Up logo, which indicates the product through enhanced signal processing, wireless network users to connect the signal will be more stable.
Acer TravelMate 8481TG laptop screen
This machine uses a narrow 14-inch matte screen, the standard resolution of 1366 x 768, although the positioning of screen size 14 inches, but already close to 15-inch field of vision, while from the application perspective, with matte screen more practical than the glossy screen, a strong light in the surrounding environment, the matte screen does not appear the phenomenon of reflection, so here we suggest that you buy the best choice for notebook matte screen, you will find that after prolonged use , matte screen can adapt to any lighting environment, and easily contaminated with fingerprints.
Built-in 1.3 megapixel camera
Screen display and the viewing angle display
Although targeted at portable applications, but the Acer TravelMate 8481TG advantage of the screen design is quite obvious, 14-inch touch with ultra-narrow frame design with a screen for users with a broader visual experience through our found in actual use, the overall effect is very delicate color and the ideal, but are more common display viewing angle wide view of business risk of the larger outdoor use, so do not use mirror screen design can effectively eliminate reflective glare of the situation occurred.
Page 3 of Acer TravelMate 8481TG operation
Many products currently on the market have adopted the sunken screen axis design, this design can really be a whole body look more solid, elegant, but it’s drawbacks is that the screen to block the rear fuselage, rear fuselage so you can not arrangements for any interface.
The screen hinge, and commonly used shortcuts
The top right of the keyboard shortcuts provide a quick INSTANT VIEW Acer’s unique power system, the user can shut down the state to quickly through the system for multimedia, Internet applications and other shortcuts.
Laptop keyboard surface
In keyboard design, the Acer TravelMate 8481TG uses the popular ‘duckweed-style’ keyboard. By actual test, we feel the overall feel of this keyboard is quite good, but the intensity of the smaller keys back, knocking them feel soft.
Sink-type touch panel design
For business products, security is very important, so the general business models are equipped with a fingerprint identification system. This machine is no exception, the user can use this fingerprint reader for Bios, hard disk and operating system encryption.
Page 4 port Acer TravelMate 8481TG
In the front side of the fuselage, this machine is equipped with a charge status indicator, it can always show the battery state of charge, and also played a decorative role in the interface, we see that this machine the right body side of the configuration of the power interface, Ethernet interface, e-SATA port, HDMI port, USB ports and card reader interface out all the pictures described as follows (all descriptions are out from left to right):
Before: multimedia card reader, and status indicators
After: no port
Left: Ethernet, VGA, thermal exhaust port, HDMI, eSATA/USB2.0, USB 3.0, audio
Right: USB2.0, heat vents, security locks, AC power
Acer TravelMate 8481TG bottom of the fuselage
Page 5 of Acer TravelMate 8481TG performance
In addition to its slim design, in order to provide a better user experience of mobile applications in the core hardware TravelMate 8481TG selected Intel Core i7-2637M processor with low power consumption, frequency of 1.7GHz, the maximum TDP of only 17W, but also lack of mainstream Core products 50%.
In the graphics area is selected the NVIDIA GT520M graphics card, locate the entry-level graphics card is NVIDIA graphics entertainment series, using a 40nm process, with 48 stream processors ,64-bit memory interface with 1GB of memory Supports PureVideo HD, PhysX, CUDA technology, but also supports DX11 effects.
In addition, NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M graphics card with Intel Core i7-2637M integrated graphics in the nucleus Optimus intelligent switching technology to achieve when the system is dealing with simple 2D application or text operations, randomly integrated graphics platform has fully meet needs, then graphics card will be turned off, which to some procedures to reduce overall system power consumption, so that the platform endurance can be improved.
Test results only from the perspective of the Acer TravelMate 8481TG with the Intel Core i7-2637M processor performance in the core has a very good performance, office and multimedia applications integrated response capability, in addition to its onboard NVIDIA GeForce GT520M graphics card also showed relatively strong graphics capabilities, essential to meet the daily simple 3D applications and multimedia environments.
Integrated office and multimedia from the comparison of test scores can be seen, TravelMate 8481TG’s performance was significantly lower than the average level of commercially available products. Of course, this has been our expected performance, lightweight and portable, while ensuring its products strictly control the machine power, which directly led to performance limitations.
Page 6 of Acer TravelMate 8481TG life and summary
TravelMate 8481TG the heat very well controlled, C heating surface area mainly in the left side of the keyboard and palm rest position, this high-frequency processors, high-performance discrete graphics product C surface temperature of only 31.7 degrees maximum , the highest temperature and body temperature was essentially flat, so even under conditions of use at full power will not let the user feel discomfort, but only part of the keyboard will feel a little tepid.
The situation in D on the surface of the heat, TravelMate 8481TG has maintained a good performance, the maximum temperature is only 34.7 degrees. And positive temperature control compared to this product D surface maximum temperature to be slightly higher, but overall control is still more successful, D surface most of the area are in a relatively low temperature, short time we believe that users will use the laptop on your lap, then, although it will feel heat, but does not have a very hot situation.
In the heat outlet location, TravelMate 8481TG finally showed its hardware configuration in the ‘heat’ of the strength, the value of 45.1 degrees is the highest measured temperature, the temperature tells us TravelMate 8481TG active cooling capacity on the market seems better than the other the same type of product will not appear vents surface temperature is much higher than C, D surface conditions from the temperature of the test results, TravelMate 8481TG control of the heat quite successful in the long high-intensity users will feel a little used warm, but not on the user’s adverse impact on comfort
Random standard 14.4V/5800mAh lithium
Acer TravelMate 8481TG built-in NVIDIA Optimus switchable graphics feature, you do not need manual intervention, this notebook will automatically detect when you run an application that requires graphics card, NVIDIA Optimus will automatically switch automatically to NVIDIA GeForce GT520M, if you do not need NVIDIA GeForce GT520M horsepower full, then Optimus will switch to Intel integrated graphics, to provide you with the best Acer TravelMate 8481TG battery life. According to our testing standards will be set to 70% of the notebook screen brightness, Windows7 is set to ‘balance’ of power configuration, open WiFi , refresh the page every 60 seconds, we finally obtain 10 hours and 30 minutes of ACER TravelMate 8481 battery life.
Acer TravelMate 8481TG Battery life test
Through our evaluation we can see, this Acer TravelMate 8481TG office applications in the overall outstanding performance to meet the needs of different types of business applications, balanced configuration allowed to have a good office efficiency performance. And benefit on the machine with a high-performance graphics card, making it a business class notebook with a strong performance 3D graphics and game entertainment products, combined with 3D graphics and games machine in the outstanding performance of the test, we believe that must meet Most ordinary users of the game entertainment needs.
Acer TravelMate 8481TG to ensure a strong performance at the same time, also provide users with a screen cover, and the carbon fiber high-strength aluminum body, ultra-sensitive anti-or hard drive, full-size spill-resistant keyboard and fingerprint protection of high security measures together, the Acer TravelMate 8481TG is a balance between business and entertainment notebook performance, outstanding performance of its comprehensive, definitely worth to start a recent popular business books.
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