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Acer Travelmate P256 / TMP256

alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 reviews of Acer Travelmate P256 / TMP256. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the size and battery. The keyboard and price also get good feedback, whereas many are less positive about the connectivity and image quality. There are mixed opinions on the portability and design.

usability, price, keyboard, battery, size

performance, screen, image quality, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Acer Travelmate P256 / TMP256 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by (v3.co.uk)

Acer TravelMate P256-M review

 

The TravelMate P256-M is a functional desktop replacement, and the decent port offerings and a sizeable keyboard make it a reasonable choice for any small business. However, its bulky design, slightly dull display and unresponsive track pad diminish...

Wealth of ports, decent keyboard, positive security additions

Heavy and bulky design, dull screen, unresponsive trackpad

Expert review by : Sven Kloevekorn (notebookcheck.net)

Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG Notebook Review

 

Full HD Premium. Acer attracts a lot of office users with its conservative, yet solid and powerful notebooks. Usually, the price-performance ratio is just right, but for this to be true for our test model, which uses the Intel Core i3-4005U and a Full...

Various configurations are available, Solid case for office use, DVD burner, if needed, Good keyboard, Great touchpad, Quiet, Cool, Very long battery life, Two power adapters

Very expensive, Ports at the front, Demanding applications or a lot of multitasking will overtax the laptop, Poor contrast and colors, Somewhat blurry fonts, HDD in too slow in the 4k tests

The Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG is available for 600 Euros (~$748), which means it is maybe a 100 Euros (~$125) too expensive. The Full HD panel is not so amazing that we can justify an additional 200 Euros (~$250) for it, especially with weaknesses...

Nov, 2014

Consumer review (tesco.com)

Very convenient for travel

 

I bought this a couple of weeks ago and am now using it on a business trip in Peru. It's got a very good battery life and I am finding it very handy to use during my travel.

Sep, 2015

Consumer review (tesco.com)

Excellent budget computer

 

An excellent machine with a very comfortable keyboard. The 15.6 inch screen is good too.\nI only have 1 criticism and that is the omission of a small LED light to indicate when Caps Lock or Num Lock have been engaged.\nI would recommend this computer...

Sep, 2015

Consumer review (tesco.com)

Quirky

 

An odd laptop with a numeric keypad as well as the querty, which makes the keys quite small for me and awkward to use. The mouse pad is very large and rocks from side to side for right and left click, again rather odd. It does not seem particularly...

Jul, 2015

Consumer review (tesco.com)

Quick and Simple

 

Tesco were fantastic as usual and delivered for free to my local store with great communication and timing. The laptop itself seems to be great and is easy to set up. I've only had it a few days but so far so good!

May, 2015

Consumer review (bestbuy.com)

Entry Level Laptop

 

This laptop is not as fast as I had hoped. Good for basic applications.

Sep, 2015

Consumer review (bestbuy.com)

windows 7

 

I ordered this laptop with windows 7 professional installed, and other than the user manual not being as descriptive as I'd like and cover things that really should have an explanation, ie; the small blue square in the upper left corner with an orange...

May, 2015

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:HD
Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery Capacity:2500 / 4700 / 5000 / 7
Battery capacity (Watt hours):56
Battery life (max):10 / 5000 / 7
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:4 / 6

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720 / 1280 x 780
Front camera resolution (numeric):1

Certificates

Certification:ACPI 3.0 / ACPI 3.0, PSE
Energy Star certified: Yes

Design

Colour of product:Black
Form factor:Clamshell
Intel segment tagging:Enterprise, Small Business
Market positioning:Business
Product colour:Black
Product Type:Notebook

Display

3D: No
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display brightness:200
Display diagonal:39.6 / 40
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1600 x 900 / 1920 x 1080
Display Surface:Matt
Full HD: No
HD type:Full HD / HD / HD+ / No
LED Backlight:Y / Yes
Panel Type:TFT
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N / No

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / No / Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:1 / 2
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / Not available / NVIDIA GeForce 820M / NVIDIA GeForce 840M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 840M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.7 / 1.74 / 2
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.2/12 / 12 / 12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1100 / 950
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0xA16 / 1916
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (DisplayPort):3200 x 2000 / 4096 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (HDMI):3200 x 2000 / 3280 x 2000 / 3840 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics / Intel HD Graphics 4400 / Intel® HD Graphics / Intel® HD Graphics 4400
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3 / 4.4
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI / DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, VGA (D-Sub)

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard:Y / Yes
Island-style keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit:No / Yes
Keyboard language:Spanish
Keyboard layout:AZERTY / QWERTY
Numeric keypad:Y / Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad / Trackpad
Windows keys:Y / Yes

Memory

Internal Memory:4 / 6 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):16 / 8
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 4 / 1 x 8
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G:N / No
4G:N / No
Bluetooth:N / No / Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000 / 10,1000,100
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi:N / Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Optical Drive

LightScribe:N / No
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-RW / DVD±RW / No

Other features

Audio system:HD
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-c, VT-x / VT-d, VT-x / VT-x
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-c, VT-x / VT-d, VT-x / VT-x

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Bag included:Y
Cables included:AC / Y
Manual:Y
Mouse included:Y
Power cord included:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Bag included: Yes
Cables included:AC / Yes
Manual: Yes
Mouse included: Yes
Power cord included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port:Y / Yes
DC-in jack:No / Y / Yes
Docking connector:N / No
DVI port:N / No / Yes
eSATA ports quantity:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:No / Y / Yes
Number of SATA III connectors:2 / 4
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
Total number of SATA connectors:2 / 4
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 ports quantity:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output voltage:11.1
AC adapter power:40 / 65

Processor

Bus type:DMI / DMI2
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:10 / 12
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM
Motherboard chipset:Intel SoC
PCI Express configurations:1x2, 1x4, 4x1 / 1x2,1x4,4x1 / 2X4 / 2x4, 4x1 / 4x1, 1x4 / 4x1, 2x4 / 4x1,1x4 / 4x1,2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor boost frequency:2.7 / 3.1
Processor cache:2 / 3 / 4
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3 / SmartCache / SmartCache, L3
Processor codename:Haswell
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i3-4xxx / Intel Core i5-4xxx / Intel Pentium / Intel® Celeron® / Intel® Pentium®
Processor frequency:1.4 / 1.7 / 1.9 / 2
Processor lithography:22
Processor Model:2957U / 3556U / I3-4005U / I3-4010U / I3-4030U / I5-4210U / I7-4510U
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Celeron Processor 2000 series for Mobile / Intel Core i3-4000 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4500 Mobile series / Intel® Core™ i3-4000 Mobile Series
Processor Socket:BGA 1168 / BGA1168
Processor threads:2 / 4
Stepping:C0 / D0
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID:No / Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology:N / No / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel HD Audio Technology: Yes
Intel HD Graphics:No / Y / Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology:No / Yes
Intel Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel Matrix Storage Technology:No / Yes
Intel ME Firmware Version:9.5
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:Y / Yes
Intel RealSense Technology: No
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA):No / Yes
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology:Y / Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology:No / Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N / No
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No
Intel TSX-NI:N / No
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Connectivity (VT-c):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel visual technologies: No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT): No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):No / Y / Yes
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):Y / Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / Y
Intel® Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N / No / Yes
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):No / Y / Yes
Intel® OS Guard:N / No
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology:No / Yes
Intel® RealSense Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N / No / Yes
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology:N / No / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / N / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N / No / Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology:No / Y / Yes
OS Guard: No
Processor ARK ID:75105 / 75107 / 76621 / 78942 / 81015 / 81016 / 81018 / I5-4210U
Processor code:SR16Q / SR1DV / SR1EB / SR1EF / SR1EN
Processor package size:40 / 40 x 24 x 1.5
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2 / SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.1,SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes
UART:Y / Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:N / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint Reader:N / No
Password protection:Y / Yes
Password protection type:BIOS, HDD, Supervisor / BIOS, HDD, Supervisor, User

Software

Bundled software:McAfee Internet Security Suite\nMicrosoft Office / McAfee Internet Security Suite\nMicrosoft Office 2013
Drivers included: Yes
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Linux Linpus / Windows 7 Home Basic / Windows 7 Professional / Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro / Windows 8.1 / Windows 8.1 Pro
Optional operating system supplied:Windows 8.1 Pro
Recovery operating system:Windows 8 Pro / Windows 8.1 Pro
Trial software:McAfee Internet Security Suite, Microsoft office 2013

Storage

Card reader integrated:Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD / SD, SDHC, SDXC
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 320 / 500 / 750
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA II / Serial ATA III
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:120 / 256
Solid-state drive interface:Serial ATA III
Storage Media:HDD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 120 / 256 / 320 / 500 / 750

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:25.3 / 25.6 / 256 / 256.5 / 26
Height :2.53 / 3.04 / 30.4
Height (front):2.53 / 2.54 / 3 / 3.04
Height (rear):3 / 3.03 / 3.04 / 3.05
Power adapter depth:3.7
Power adapter height:2.65
Power adapter weight:139
Power adapter width:8.95
Weight:2 / 2.5
Width:38 / 38.2 / 381 / 381.6