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Acer TravelMate P2 (TMP215-53) – Top 5 Pros and Cons

You’ll hardly find anything to be mad about with the Acer TravelMate P2 (TMP215-53). It is a plain and simple daily driver that has very appropriate hardware, displays, design, and features.

The TravelMate series was created with the purpose of offering portable and lightweight daily driver laptops that wouldn’t be an issue if you’re crisscrossing the world and have to bring in a laptop with you, as is the case almost always. With a Full HD IPS panel and Tiger Lake U-series chips, there is hardly anything wrong with the device, but that doesn’t stop us from looking.

Today we are presenting you with LaptopMedia’s top 5 picks about the Acer TravelMate P2 (TMP215-53).

Acer TravelMate P2 (TMP215-53): Full Specs / In-depth Review

3 reasons to BUY the Acer TravelMate P2 (TMP215-53)

1. Upgradeability

Once you open up the notebook you have a pleasant sight to see. There are two SODIMM RAM slots, one M.2 NVMe SSD slot, and a SATA slot, which can prolong the life of this notebook for a while.

Here is our detailed teardown video, which shows how to access the RAM and SSD slots for future upgrades.

2. I/O

As the laptop does use a 15-inch form factor, the I/O coverage is good enough. There are three USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) ports, a single USB Type-C 3.2 (Gen. 2) port with Thunderbolt 4 support, Power Delivery, and DisplayPort capabilities, HDMI and VGA ports are also present, along with an SD card reader, an Ethernet port, and a 3.5 mm audio jack.

3. Battery life

While the battery is on the smaller side, with only a 50Wh unit, it is enough for the less power-hungry Core i3-1115G4, along with the other SKUs of the Tiger Lake U-series. Our laptop lasted for 8 hours and 20 minutes of Web browsing and 6 hours and 15 minutes of video playback. Now, we conduct the battery tests with Windows Better performance setting turned on, screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits, and all other programs turned off except for the one we are testing the notebook with.

2 reasons NOT to buy the Acer TravelMate P2 (TMP215-53)

1. Display quality

The laptop has a single display option, with a 15.6-inch diagonal, Full HD resolution, and an IPS panel. The display has generally good qualities, like comfortable viewing angles, decent max brightness of 213 nits, and a high contrast ratio of 1310:1. However, one thing that bugged us was the heavy use of PWM, at 1000 Hz, which is low enough to be damaging to your eyes in the long run. Thankfully, our Health-Guard fixes that issue completely, but you still shouldn’t have to go out of your way to fix a problem that shouldn’t even exist in the first place.

Color reproduction is far from being ready for professional use with the panel covering only 50% of the sRGB gamut.

The accuracy didn’t get much better even after we applied our Design and Gaming profile. Here are the results with our factory settings (left) and with our profile applied (right).

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Office Work

Office Work should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing. This profile aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.

Design and Gaming

This profile is aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well. Design and Gaming takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.

Health-Guard

Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate. Health-Guard simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.

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2. Input devices

The backlight on this laptop comes as an option, as well as the fingerprint reader. The unit itself isn’t great, offering good key travel, but mushy feedback. The arrow keys also are smaller than you would want. However, we think that for general use, you won’t find an issue with the board, unless you’re typing 24/7 and using it heavily. The touchpad is the star of the show, with a large surface area and good accuracy.

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