Feeds
86%

Acer TravelMate ProFile 6292 business laptop

Acer's... um... ace up its sleeve?

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

When it comes to performance, Windows Vista pegs the 6292's Windows Experience Index (WEI) at 3.4 out of 5.9. The overall WEI is determined by the lowest scoring category - in this case graphics. Gaming graphics was also low - just 3.5 - while hard disk and memory scored 4.4 and 4.8, respectively. The processor racked up the highest component score, managing 5.1.

Acer TravelMate 6292

Running the laptop through the PCMark05 benchmark suite resulted in a decent score of 4,069 but when it comes to 3D performance, the numbers aren't as great. It only managed to attain a paltry 551 in 3DMark06 which isn't really going to give you sufficient oomph for decent gaming. However, the 6292 is aimed more at the business market than the consumers, so it's less of a problem. And that's integrated graphics for you.

The keyboard feels a little bouncy to type on at first, but it's pleasant enough once you get used to it. Like the screen, though, it does feel like it could have been made a little bit bigger, with wasted space down the sides that could have been put to use for slightly bigger keys or a less cramped layout - or even a smaller laptop, if Acer really wanted to push the ultra-portable line. For example, the five quick-launch buttons down the right-hand side of the keyboard would no doubt be better housed along the strip at the top where the power and Empowering Technology buttons are.

The Empowering Technology key activates a sort of Apple Mac OS X Dashboard view, which dims the main screen and shows you foating widgets that let you perform tasks such as change your power settings or Wi-Fi options.

The touchpad sits below the keyboards and in between the left and right click buttons you'll find a fingerprint reader, which you can use for various security features which would normally require a password.

Acer TravelMate 6292

On the panel on the front edge of the machine there are headphone, line-in and microphone ports, along with a four-pin Firewire connector. The front panel also houses an infrared port, a technology long forgotten on most new models. Bluetooth 2.0 is also included for those after more modern wireless technology.

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Next page: Verdict

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad
Really, er, stands out among cheapie 7-inchers
Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro
Cheapest models given new processors, more RAM
4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles
Have your say with Ofcom now, before Freeview becomes Feeview
Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes
New screen sizes, dual SIMs, voice over LTE, and more
YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS
Old hardware doesn't get any faster with new software
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.