Page 2:Impressions - Pre-Installed Goodies with Limited Additional Value
Page 3:Build Quality - Good Overall, With a Creaking Drive Bay
Page 4:Display - No Good for Film Noir
Page 5:Technical Data and Equipment
Page 6:Battery Runtime and Running Noise
Page 7:Conclusion – An affordable, well-rounded Business Notebook with some Limitations
15” notebooks offer a good compromise between portability and an ergonomic workspace. Their pricing also adds to their overall attractiveness. In this bracket, Acer offers its very affordable TravelMate 5520 as an entry-level business notebook for the small and home office at around €650 / £670. That’s not a bad price at all, but in the end, is an offering such as this really inexpensive – or just cheap?
Acer divides its product lines strictly into business and home user products, with the TravelMate line, to which the 5520 belongs, belonging to the business camp. Unlike some of the older TravelMate models, the 5520 already sports the new ProFile design, which relies on darker, serious tones. Black and anthracite dominate the design both inside and out. On the whole, the styling is certainly not what we would call bold. Nonetheless, the dark styling gives the unit a certain appeal that qualifies as its own chic. Another benefit of the new ProFile design is its magnesium-alloy chassis. According to Acer, the alloy is twenty times more robust than plastic while at the same time being much lighter.
- Impressions - Pre-Installed Goodies with Limited Additional Value
- Build Quality - Good Overall, With a Creaking Drive Bay
- Display - No Good for Film Noir
- Technical Data and Equipment
- Battery Runtime and Running Noise
- Conclusion – An affordable, well-rounded Business Notebook with some Limitations