Acer company - famous manufacturerquality laptops. As a rule, they are available at a “tasty” price and easily compete with other more eminent brands. I have a vivid example on the review - the Acer TravelMate X3410.
TravelMate X3410 I liked its thinbody and amazing performance. For the test, I took a model that has a couple of features. Firstly, this is a 256 GB SSD, although previously a pair of 1 TB + 256 GB SSD was installed. Secondly, there is no discrete graphics - instead of Nvidia GeForce MX130 only Intel UHD 620 remained.
Otherwise, everything is still: Intel Core i7-8550U processor, 16 GB DDR4 RAM and IPS display with Full HD resolution. From the closest competitors, there are several top business notebooks: Dell Latitude 7490; HP EliteBook 840 G5; Toshiba Tecra X40-D; Lenovo ThinkPad T480, ThinkPad T480s and ThinkPad X1 Carbon.
Acer TravelMate X3410 Specifications
Dimensions and weight
328 × 238 × 20 mm, 1.64 kg
Intel Core i7 8550U, 4 cores, 8 1.8 - 4 GHz streams, TDP - 15 W, cache - 8 MB
Intel UHD 620
256 GB, SSD M.2 SATA III, Micron-1100-MTFDDAV256TBN
16 GB DDR4, 2400 MHz, 2 × 8 GB DDR4 max. 32 GB
14.1 inches, Full HD (1920 × 1080 pixels) IPS, matte
Ports and connectors
3 × USB 3.0, USB-C with the ability to charge and transfer audio / video, VGA, HDMI, LAN
62 W, 3-chamber Li-Ion
Fingerprint scanner in the power button, SD card reader
Design and construction
To assemble the Acer TravelMate X3410 usedcombined materials. The main part and the frame of the display are made of black matte plastic, everything else is made of anodized aluminum. The design is not the most noticeable, but the most practical. The only elements that stand out from the dark gray case are the silvery lining on the screen hinge and the Acer logo.
I have no complaints about the build quality. The design turned out reliable, including at the expense of metal elements. Under pressure, the case practically does not bend, the laptop lid only slightly lends itself to deformation, but no stains appear on the display. At the same time there are thin frames, but the indents from the bottom and from the top are still large.
The screen hinges are normal, well balanced andallow you to open the laptop with one hand. The lid of the TravelMate X3410 is held securely and does not stagger during operation. The maximum opening angle is almost 180 degrees. Apparently, the metal parts influenced the weight of the X3410, the laptop turned out to be one of the heaviest among the compared models.
Acer TravelMate X3410 display has always been weakplace of the laptop, this time little has changed. The updated model received only one option - a 14-inch IPS-display with Full HD-resolution. For office work, clarity is enough, but the backlight of the panel is definitely not the brightest - only 210 nits. Most laptops have a screen brightness of at least 300 nits.
Worse, the backlight is uneven -distribution of 77%. On a gray or black background it is very noticeable how dimly the bottom corners are highlighted. The contrast ratio reaches 844: 1, but again the competitors are ahead. From the positive aspects, I note that PWM (pulse-width modulation) does not cause any problems here - the frequency is 25 kHz at a brightness level of 21% or less.
With the color rendition here everything is already fine. For most business notebooks, this is rare. For office work, this is an excellent screen, although it is too warm - 6266 K. The white color because of this has a yellow tint, which is noticeable if you connect an additional display and compare.
Color coverage is small. The TravelMate X3410 display covers only 62% of the sRGB color space. But, due to the fact that it is IPS, the viewing angles are good. Colors are not distorted even at acute angles, and the text and image remain clear. Although the screen noticeably tarnishes with a deviation of more than 20 degrees from the center, along the vertical axis.
The display is matte, which should save from glare. However, work on the street will be torture - the panel is very lacking in brightness. In addition, the matte surface creates grain. On the bottom edge of the screen, a glowing effect is noticeable, but let's take into account that this is an inexpensive laptop and the like here is quite acceptable.
Connection and ports
As for dialing by port, then in Acer TravelMateX3410 it's pretty weird. Here remains the VGA video output - today it is a great rarity, which for some may be an important point when choosing a laptop. Of course, there is a USB-C, but without the support of Thunderbolt. Because of this, we immediately have a restriction in the choice of the periphery.
But TravelMate X3410 has supportDisplayPort and can connect external display. The same port is suitable for recharging. In general, we have the following set: 3 USB-A 3.0, USB-C 3.1 Gen.1 connectors, VGA, HDMI, Ethernet, audio jack, Kensington lock, SD card slot.
Keyboard and touchpad
Acer TravelMate X3410 received a six-rowKeyboard island type with flat keys and two-level backlight. The key travel is short, the quality is high. However, I liked the keyboards of the closest competitors more.
The layout is convenient, with the exception of the strange arrangement of additional keys to the right of Enter. This may lead to accidental clicks. Someone does not like the shortened block of arrows.
Touchpad TravelMate X3410 plastic, large, with two buttons. They are pressed with a quiet click. As for convenience, I have no complaints here - the sensor is accurate, my fingers glide over it easily.
For the work of the touchpad responsible drivers Microsoft Precision. If you were looking for a trackpoint here, then it is missing. For some, this may be a disadvantage when choosing a business notebook.
The Intel Core i7-8550U processor is designed formodern top ultrabooks. However, the Acer TravelMate X3410 cannot be called an example of what a laptop should be able to do in 2019. Yes, the performance of the equipment is enough, but it lags far behind its competitors.
The gap is so big that it makesto think about - isn’t the frequency of the processor reduced so that it consumes less power and produces less heat? If we consider that they installed SSD SATA, instead of NVMe, then the questions about the cost of TravelMate X3410 immediately disappear.
Intel's eighth generation ULV processor allowedlaptops work in hyperthreading mode. One of the best deals from Intel was the processor Core i7-8550U - it has 4 cores and 8 threads, with a power of 15 watts.
Unfortunately, the X3410 is not competitive. In the Cinebench test, it demonstrates decent performance in single-core mode; however, in multi-core it is clearly weak. The backlog reaches 20% of the models on the same processor. Moreover, in the stress test chip can not work for a long time at 4.0 GHz.
There is only one such poor performance.advantage - the processor is more stable. In the looped Cinebench R15, the ultrabook showed the same result over 30 tests. At the same time, performance did not fall, even if TravelMate was running on battery power.
Overall system performance is quiteadequate. In theory, the Acer TravelMate X3410 should be fast and responsive. With office tasks, he copes well, but with a more serious load will have to be patient.
When compared with other office ultrabooksnoticeable difference in speed. Throttling is partly to blame, as well as a slow SSD. Most devices use NVMe drives that are noticeably faster than SATA. You should not wait for miracles from X3410, the laptop is suitable for simple tasks.
Above, I have repeatedly noticed that TravelMate X3410Got a slow SSD. Probably, this choice is associated with the desire to save. But competitors are much faster, which is noticeable. For example, Samsung PM981 NVMe SSDs are installed in the latest Lenovo ThinkPad models, which are 4 times faster than the Micron 1100 SATA SSD in the Acer TravelMate.
There is no discrete video card here. Therefore, it is necessary to limit the performance of Intel UHD 620 - integrated graphics for office laptops. Its performance is not the highest, although it was designed to handle pre-prepared media files and support the operation of additional external monitors.
This graphic may also support work.a single 4K monitor with a frequency of 60 Hz, but only when connected to a DisplayPort. But, there are limitations - Acer TravelMate X3410 received only VGA and HDMI connectors.
Play heavy titles on TravelMate X3410will not work. It will be possible to launch only indie games like Stardew Valley, no more. Even old games like BioShock Infinite will put your laptop on your lap. You can play from strength at the lowest settings with a resolution of 1024 × 768.
Stereo speakers at the Acer TravelMate X3410 mosttypical for a business class laptop, so the sound of them is almost none. Reserve volume is small, no low frequencies. If you twist to the maximum, then the sound is distorted.
Autonomy Acer TravelMate X3410
Energy analysis gives a clearerthe picture. On average, the X3410 consumes about 30 watts, which is less than most ultrabooks with 8th generation ULV processors. Limiting processor performance has a positive effect on power consumption.
This is confirmed by the results of tests 3DMark 06 andPrime95. Obviously, this processor in theory has all the possibilities to show high performance without problems for energy efficiency and heat dissipation.
Due to the fact that the performance of the chipspecially limited, the TravelMate X3410 shows good autonomy. In the standard Wi-Fi test with a screen brightness of 150 nit, the laptop worked for 10 hours. This time can be doubled if you reduce the brightness and engage in simpler tasks (reading documents, for example). On average, the Acer TravelMate will work 8 hours.
Acer TravelMate X3410 was a good example.out of compromise. For 85,000 rubles you can get a well-assembled laptop, with a large amount of memory and good performance for office work. Nevertheless, he loses almost all competitors in all respects.
The X3410 keyboard is comfortable and responsive though,however, too cheap. The display was too dim and grainy. Productivity without obvious reasons has been curtailed to the obscene, although this has increased the battery life.
Should I buy?
In general, the TravelMate X3410 can be called quite good.solution for business, especially if you have a limited budget. But if you have some more money left, then you can find the best laptop without such obvious compromises.
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