Acer TravelMate 8481 – The Road Warriors Laptop

I’ve been asked to search for a lightweight laptop for a traveling business user. The Acer TravelMate 8481 will certainly be added to my shortlist.

The TravelMate 8481 is not only slim and light – the spec sheet is pretty darned impressive too!

The TM 8481 is boasting 2nd generation Intel Core processors, Nvidia Optimus discrete graphics and up to nine hours of battery life – how’s that for a taster?

The standard Acer TravelMate 8481 is loaded with Intel HD Graphics 3000 or you can swap it for the Nvidia Optimus discrete graphics. Storage is an ample 320GB hard drive and an optional SSD (up to 64GB) is available as a boot/OS partition for added speediness. An integrated multi-in-1 card reader and support for up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM is the dessert of this tasty menu :)

The screen is a frameless 14-inch Acer ComfyView LCD LED backlit number. The HD (1366×768) display actually takes up the same space as a 13-inch screen which helps the TravelMate 8481 achieve an overall thickness of just 2.2cm. All of that is slipped into a rather snazzy Magnesium-Aluminum case. The laptop, including the standard 4-cell battery pack, weighs a very portable 1.5 kg (3.306 lbs).

It’s that battery which helps nudge the TravelMate 8481 above the rest of the pack thanks to its nine hour battery life. You see, the TM 8481 is equipped with an Acer PowerSmart long cycle battery which hands you up to three times longer battery life cycles (1000 vs. 300 cycles) and maintains 80% capacity after 1000 cycle count. Basically the battery will last longer and stay alive for longer.

The TravelMate 8481 also comes with a lot of security features. As well as physical protection like DASP (Disk Anti-Shock Protection), which provides all around suspension of the hard disk, there is fingerprint technology to let you and you alone gain access to your laptop.

There is also a webcam, 1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n and a multi-in-1 card reader.

The Acer TravelMate 8481 will arrive in August and starts at around £700

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