Acer has introduced its new thin-and-light commercial notebook aimed at small and medium businesses. Outfitted with a 14-inch display and based on Intel’s Core i5/i7 processors, the TravelMate X514-51 weighs only 2.16 pounds (980 grams). The laptop also supports a host of security features required by businesses.

Acer’s TravelMate X514-51 is equipped with a 14-inch Full-HD IPS touchscreen that features 9.1 mm bezels. The system is based on Intel’s 8th Gen Core i5/i7 processors accompanied by up to 16 GB of DDR4 RAM, up to 512 GB of SSD storage, a modern 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 5.0 controller, and so on. Unlike corporate laptops, the TravelMate X514-51 does not have an ethernet port, but it is still outfitted with two USB 3.0 Type-A, one USB Type-C, and an HDMI connector. The PC is rated to work for up to 10 hours on one charge.

To make business communications more comfortable, Acer equipped the TravelMate X514-51 with a 720p webcam, stereo speakers as well as two far-field Acer PurifiedVoice microphones that can suppress keyboard sounds.

The Acer TravelMate X514-51 comes in a chassis featuring parts made of magnesium-lithium and magnesium-aluminum alloys, which are stronger than typical aluminum alloys at the same thickness, yet weigh about 20% – 35% less, the manufacturer says. Keeping in mind that Acer positions the laptop for frequent travelers, it has to ensure that the machine is durable, does not bend, and can handle bumps of life. Therefore, usage of quality materials is crucially important. Meanwhile, the claims about the alloys are indeed correct. The notebook is 14.99 mm thick, which is in line with other aluminum 13.3 and 14-inch laptops that weight considerably more.

Being business-oriented, the TravelMate X514-51 supports a host of security features, including a Microsoft Hello-compatible fingerprint reader, a TPM 2.0 chip, and Acer’s ProShield security and management tools.

The Acer TravelMate X514-51 at Glance
Display Resolution 1920×1080
Panel 14" IPS
178° viewing angles
SoC Intel 8th Gen Core i5/i7
Storage 256 GB - 512 GB SSD
Wireless 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 5.0
I/O ports 2 × USB Type-A
1 × USB Type-C
1 × HDMI
Camera 720p webcam
Audio 2 × Speakers
1 × TRRS 3.5-mm jack for headset
Dimensions ? × ? × 14.99 mm (0.6 inches)
Weight 980 grams grams (2.16 pounds)
Battery Up to 10 hours
OS Windows 10
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Finish Black
Availability June 2019
From $1,099

Acer will start selling its TravelMate X514-51 notebook in June starting at $1,099. The entry-level configuration of the laptop will include a Core i5 processor paired with 8 GB of DDR4 memory and a 256 GB SSD. The machine will be covered with a one-year traveler’s warranty that is valid in more than 30 countries.

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Source: Acer



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  • abufrejoval - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    Less than 1kg means you can keep it on during take-off and landing (if you can convince the cabin crew): Perhaps they should laser engrave a big "Garanteed to weigh below 1kg" on the top...

    Lithium in the chassis makes me think it can be charged... but shouldn't you be able to make it lighter (if thicker) with plastics or even bamboo?

    Still bothers me that the chassis may be good for 50 years or even 500, while the content will age like the battery.
  • Sttm - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    Why is the webcam in laptops worse than the cameras in $200 smartphones? Here we are several years since I got a C920 webcam, and laptops cannot beat it, while smartphones surpassed it years ago. Reply
  • GreenReaper - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    People buy smartphones based on the camera, but it's generally just a tick-box on laptops. Reply
  • eastcoast_pete - Friday, March 15, 2019 - link

    +1 on that! The selfie cam in a $200 smartphone beats the pants off most, if not all, laptop webcams. Really annoying shortcoming in a business laptop, which is highly likely to be used for at least occasional video conferencing. The sensor for a good selfie cam costs under $5 (Sony or Samsung make several variants), add maybe another $5 for the lens assembly, minus the cost or existing (bad) webcam, and for a few $ more in build costs, you (manufacturer) have something to crow about. Reply
  • Dug - Friday, March 15, 2019 - link

    Because it's not needed. You don't want high resolution webcam in most situations because of bandwidth limitations in most places. So all you are going to do with a high resolution camera is cause problems for video conference, which if you worked in a business, then you don't want to be explaining to your boss why the video is choppy. Or the person on the other end trying to get your high resolution feed. Reply
  • Foeketijn - Sunday, March 17, 2019 - link

    My lenovo yoga pro (not a thinkpad but still pro) has a next to perfect webcam. Don't know about the specs, only know I get a compliment ones and a while on the sharpness of my videofeed (doing a lot of videoconferences, but then again, who thinks of complementing on video quality?)
    So it can be done.
  • Prestissimo - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    Are Travelmates still a thing? Seems like LG's Gram 14 is still the leader in the sub 1kg category. Reply
  • sharath.naik - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - link

    LG gram is better Reply

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