PCtipp has tested the business notebook with 360-degree hinge and active stylus pen. […]
In November 2020, Acer introduced the TravelMate Spin P4, a business notebook with a 360 ° hinge and integrated Acer Active stylus (PCtipp reported). The convertible has a 14-inch Full HD touch display (35.6 cm; 1920 × 1080 pixels), which was made of Corning Gorilla Glass. The 360 ° hinge allows it to be used in different positions.
As the name suggests, the TravelMate range has been designed for use on the go and the devices should be lightweight yet robust. The tester measures 32.5 × 23.6 × 1.79 centimeters (W × D × H), weighs 1.53 kilograms and comes in the color Slat Blue (Blue).
Tent mode with pen (c) Acer
Although quite light, the TravelMate was made of sturdy semi-metal, which feels valuable. In terms of weight, I can well imagine using the Spin P4 when commuting – but I still work in the home office. But if I were commuting at the moment, then that would probably not be a problem. If you are looking for something for the home office: The notebook is also suitable for this; thanks to the HDMI connection, an external monitor can also be attached.
Funfact: The notebook with 14-inch display (35.6 cm) does not quite fit into the editor’s “Handtäschli backpack”. Of course, with a notebook backpack is no problem.
The editor’s hand bag backpack with TravelMate Spin P4 (c) cma/PCtipp. ch
In addition to 14-inch multi-touch FHD diplay with IPS, the business convertible offers 16 GB RAM, 1 TB PCle SSD storage, an Intel Iris Xe graphics card and an Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor. Under the hood runs Windows 10 Pro.
Connectors: 1 × Connector for the manufacturer-specific charger, 1 × HDMI, 1 × USB Type-C (for charging), 2 USB 3.2 (Gen. 2, Type-A), 1 × Network connector, 1 × microSD card slot, headphone jack. In addition, you will also find the on-off button on the right side. By the way, if you are looking for the fingerprint scanner for Windows Hello: it is located at this on/off button. Setting up Hello fingerprint recognition turned out to be a bit fiddly, as the button, as mentioned, is located on the side. In addition, she is quite narrow, despite my slender fingers.
From left: Storage location Acer Active stylus pen, On / off button (fingerprint scanner), microSD slot, headphone jack, Acer lock connector (c) cma/PCtipp. ch
For connectivity: WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, WOL and NFC are available. The model TMP414RN-51, which I was able to test for almost two weeks, is available with this equipment in Germany for 1299 euros (as of June 1, 2021).
From left: 1 × manufacturer-specific charging port, 1 × network interface, 1 × HDMI, 2 × USB 3.2 (gen 2 type-A), 1 × USB type-C port (Charging) (c) cma/PCtipp.ch
Acer Active Stylus Pen
The pen is integrated directly into the device on the right side. The touch display reacts quickly to the pen, which feels good in the hand. With the virtual keyboard, handwriting was also recognized, for example, you can quickly name a file like this. Since I prefer touch displays, I typed half in everyday work, half I used the pen. This is a matter of habit and how practical the pen is for digital drawing, I can only judge very conditionally.
The Acer Active Stylus Pen (c) cma/PCtipp.ch
With the 14-inch multi-touch FHD display (16:9 aspect ratio), it worked pleasantly in everyday work even without an external monitor for a working day (except for the battery). The FHD display resolves with 1920 × 1080 pixels, which was enough in our everyday work, but is not outstanding now. If you don’t want to sit in the same place all day, grab the convertible and adjust the position according to your taste or environment thanks to the 360-degree hinge. Also, its use as a tablet is convenient.
Nice for the sofa-beds (c) Acer
The display with LED backlight does not reflect strongly, but noticeable. In the home office, mirroring was no problem. However, if you like to work outside – even in the sun-this could disturb you.When streaming movies, the display left a good impression, as did the sound.
Battery life: well
In November 2020, the manufacturer spoke of a battery life of up to 15 hours thanks to 11th generation Intel Core processors with Iris Xe graphics and up to 32 GB of DDR4 RAM.
However, the test device is only equipped with 16 GB of RAM. In this version, the speed is OK, but the battery life did not come close to the 15 hours. On the one hand, the editor used the device for several days to work with an external keyboard, wireless mouse and an external monitor. The battery made already after circa. 6.5 Hours Limp. And this despite the fact that no music streaming was used or a video conference was held on these days.
If you don’t want to use an external monitor, e.g. work flat on the sofa and use the integrated keyboard: Now the convertible lasted a 7.5-hour working day, at least with half an hour of music streaming. Nevertheless: The battery life I found disappointing.
The battery life when using external peripherals disappointed me. If you use the device on the road for commuting, then that should work well, but taking the power supply with you is recommended. When trying to work on the balcony, the non-anti-reflective display quite strained the eyes. The fingerprint scanner is personally too fiddly for me and I would not use it. The speed proved to be still OK.
Positive highlights are the colorful touch display, the 360-degree hinge and the fact that the device is hybrid, so you can use it in addition to classic laptop option as something in between or as a tablet.