Work doesn’t end just because you’re in the sky or on the road, so a business laptop needs to be able to keep up with your travels. Acer’s $1,164 ($957 to start) is built solidly and performs well, but it has a shallow keyboard and a somewhat dim screen. While you do get a discrete graphics card (which you don’t usually get in a business notebook in this price range), Thunderbolt 3 and support for the new 802.11ad Wi-Fi standard, the other weaknesses are hard to ignore.
The TravelMate’s design isn’t exactly adventurous; it’s a minimalist motif that you see on just about every business notebook. The glass-and-carbon-fiber lid is plain and black, with the exception of a silver Acer badge on the top-right corner and the words “Carbon Fiber Chassis” printed in gray on the top-left corner. The computer is built solidly and feels like it could take a fall.
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