Acer TravelMate 6292 (302G16N)
- Performance results, Battery life, New Centrino Duo platform
- Viewing angle is not ideal
For such a small notebook it packs a lot of punch. Business users on the go will enjoy its light weight and portable design, not to mention its reliable battery. There's little to complain about when it comes to performance either.
Price$ 2,299.00 (AUD)
Well designed and oozing with more power than you would imagine from a 12.1in business notebook, the Acer TravelMate 6292 (302G16N) is another fine example of how Intel's latest Centrino platform can perform.
As part of the new Centrino platform, codenamed Santa Rosa, the Acer TravelMate 6292 includes one of the new Core 2 Duo-based CPUs, the T7300 2.0GHz chip. Aside from its increased efficiency, it also packs an 800MHz front side bus (FSB), giving the CPU more bandwidth to push data to and from the memory.
The TravelMate 6292 also includes a healthy 2GB of DDR2 RAM, which is rapidly becoming the standard on high end machines, rather than the 1GB we've been used to for some time. The 12.1in screen has a native resolution of 1280 x 800 and is quite bright, but offers a fairly average viewing angle. However, it does the job and the smaller sized screen accounts for the meagre 2.1kg weight of this unit.
Also featured in this notebook is support for the new 802.11 Draft-N wireless standard. Draft-N pledges theoretical speeds of up to 300mbps, though tests currently show considerably slower results. Still there are definite improvements over the current standards and we have noticed an increase in range with a stronger signal from the improved antenna setup.
It's no surprise that, as a business notebook, the TravelMate runs on Windows Vista business edition and uses the GMA X3100, rather than one of NVIDIA or ATI's new mobile graphics chips. The GMA X3100 is hardly a graphics solution for gaming, but it is still a better chip than was used by the previous Centrino platform and handles most business applications with relative ease. The TravelMate also has a biometric fingerprint reader for a more secure login process; a useful feature for business notebooks.
In all of our benchmarks the TravelMate 6292 scored well, from performance to battery-life. In WorldBench 6, our primary Vista benchmark software, the TravelMate 6292 scored a total of 75, which is an excellent score for a business notebook. WorldBench 6 gauges the ability of the notebook to run a suite of popular and commonly used applications, such as Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Office among others.
In our Cdex encoding test, where we encode 53 minutes worth of WAV files to 192Kbps MP3 files, the TravelMate 6292 also performed well, taking just 131 seconds; a speedy result. This test puts the CPU in the spotlight and the result is indicative (though a second or two better than average) of the T7300 2.0GHz chip with its 800MHz FSB.
When put through our worst-case scenario battery test, a DVD rundown, the TravelMate 6292 lasted 131 minutes before the battery completely drained. The test is considered a worst case because it uses the optical drive and the speakers as well as the core components such as the LCD and the CPU. Under a normal system load this notebook will run for longer.
With a 160GB worth of hard drive space at your disposal there's little chance you'll run out of room too quickly. Still, a DVD re-writer with dual layer support is installed as an alternative storage solution. The drive can also be removed and replaced with a weight saver. It requires a single screw to be undone and does not appear to be a hot-plug solution, so we suggest you turn the system off before doing this.
The keyboard is fairly comfortable to type on, though some of the keys have been shrunk to fit, most notably the function keys. In a line next to the keyboard on the right of the unit is a set of shortcuts, including a Wi-Fi on/off button, Bluetooth on/off, each of which has indicator lights to show if they are on. There's also a hotkey for mail, one for the Web, and one programmable shortcut key.
Above the keyboard is another hotkey for Acer's empowering technology software; a collection of tools including Acer's eRecovery Management for system backup and system restore, and ePresentation Management, which controls video output modes to external LCDs or projectors, among other features. The TravelMate 6292 employs a touchpad, rather than a track-point which, like the keyboard, we found to be responsive and comfortable to use.
Apart from Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/Daft-N the unit has a gigabit Ethernet port and a 56k modem. It also has three USB 2.0 ports and a FireWire port installed, as well as a VGA and an S-video port. There's a PC Card slot (types I/II) but no Express Card slot. It also sports a media card reader with support for SD, MMC, MS, MS-Pro and xD cards.
Join the newsletter!
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
Apple iPhone X
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
cloudandco Smart Cane
Toys for Boys
Google Daydream View VR Headset
Bose SoundLink Micro
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
UBTech First Order Stormtrooper Robot
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
Xbox One X
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Fallout Geeki Tikis
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Fitbit Ionic review: Impressive but not quite iconic
- 2 Acer Spin 5 review: Value for money but conditions apply
- 3 Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review: A solid winter flagship that cribs from the best
- 4 Sony LF-S50G review: Google Assistant and then some
- 5 Google Pixel 2 review: not quite 'pixel perfect' but damn close
Latest News Articles
- CES 2018: Everything Announced By ASUS
- CES 2018: Everything Announced By Dell
- macOS High Sierra ‘root’ security issue allows admin access to your Mac—but there's a fix
- Acer attempts to woo Australian gamers with reveal of its new Predator range
- Lenovo ThinkPad celebrates 25 years of cutting edge technology
PCW Evaluation Team
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
- CES 2018: Belkin go big on wearables accessories
- CES 2018: Alcatel Embrace 18:9 Aspect Ratio In 2018
- OPPO Load Up A73 Smartphone With Flagship Features
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- CCSystem Access Administrator - TelcoVIC
- FTSolutions Architect - Stores DomainOther
- CCHFC Project Manager (Delivery) - 6 mth contract - Nth SydneyNSW
- FTAutomation Tester/Technical Business AnalystOther
- FTJava Developer - iSeriesOther
- CCJunior to Mid Level - Java DeveloperQLD
- FTSOE ArchitectOther
- CCJunior to Mid Level Java Developer - BankingQLD
- CCUX DesignerVIC
- CCTableau DeveloperQLD
- CCSenior IT Business AnalystVIC
- FTUX Design Manager (Urgent!!)Other
- FTSoftware EngineerNSW
- FTApplication Support EngineerVIC
- FTChange ManagerOther
- FTTechnical Quality Analyst (Payments, data, application integration)VIC
- FTSecurity Specialist (SIEM)Other
- FTScrum MasterOther
- TPOffice 365 Technical AnalystVIC
- FTNatural/ADABAS ProgrammerNSW
- FTTechnical Consultant - HP Service Manager 9NSW
- TPSenior Business Analyst - SalesforceNSW
- TPSenior Business AnalystNSW
- FTTechnical Quality Analyst (Payments, data, application integration)VIC
- FTData AnalystOther