Most compact laptops you can currently buy don’t come with a huge amount of power under the hood. Still, there are exceptions, like the Acer TravelMate TMP 236-M-74EL, which, despite its reduced size, it’s a really powerful device!
In order to understand about what we’re talking, we should mention that this 13.3″ laptop comes with an Intel Core i7 5500U CPU, clocked at 2.4 GHz. Also, thanks to the Turbo Boost technology, you can increase the clock speed to a maximum of 3.0 GHz.
The processor is aided by 8 GB of DDR3 RAM, while an Intel HD Graphics 5500 chip, with shared video memory, is in charge with image processing. In terms of storage, the Acer TravelMate TMP 236-M-74EL has a 240 GB solid state drive, for quick start-up times and fast transfer speeds.
It doesn’t come with an optical drive, but for file transfers you can use one of the two USB slots (1 x 3.0 and 1 x 2.0) or the card slot, supporting microSD formats. As for the connectivity, it features a HDMI port, Bluetooth 4.0 interface, 802.1 ac wireless and an Ethernet LAN port, for quick wired Web access.
What we really like about the Acer TravelMate TMP 236-M-74EL is the display. The 13.3″ LCD-backlit panel comes with a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. It’s also using the Non-Glare technology, so you can use it in different lighting conditions, with no issues at all.
Also, even though it has a small display, you can use it for watching movies in great conditions, as the High Definition Audio technology will also assure an excellent sound.
Other features of the Acer TravelMate TMP 236-M-74EL worth mentoning are the integrated microphone and the Acer Crystal Eye HD webcam, allowing you to keep in touch with your friends and family at a great video quality.
The laptop comes with a 4-cell Li-Polymer battery, able to offer you up to 7 hours of continuous use.
Moving on, we must admit that the design is also a big plus. It measures just 0.77 inches in thickness and weighs 3.3 pounds, which, combined with the form factor, make this device very easy to transport. It has a black finish, with a metallic texture, while the silver accents of the logo and the hinges create a very elegant overall look.
The Acer TravelMate TMP 236-M-74EL has a price tag of $815, placing it in the category of mid-range business laptops. Despite a few minuses, like the integrated video card, for example, it’s a more than decent device. It comes with a pre-installed copy of Windows 8.1 or Linux, depending on the market.
To sum up, it’s a model especially made for those who travel a lot and need a compact device, which requires less space but packs a great amount of power.