When looking at notebooks intended for corporate users, one always has to change one’s perspectives. In consumer notebooks the buzz words are style, multimedia and entertainment, whereas with corporate lines they are invariably reliability, build quality and flexibility – with security often thrown in as well. When looking at an ultra-portable, as the Acer TravelMate 6292 claims to be, there's a whole raft of other important considerations such as portability, durability and battery life. Satisfying all these different demands isn’t necessarily easy, though these days manufacturers seem more adept than ever at pulling everything together. Has Acer managed this with this new offering?
On the inside at least, Acer hasn’t missed too many tricks. As a company it has a reputation for putting out powerful hardware at competitive prices, and the TravelMate 6292 continues this trend. Our review sample (model number 6292-302G16N) is available for around £1,050 and sports an Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 clocked at 2.0GHz, with 4MB L2 Cache and an 800MHz Front Side Bus. This is ably supported by 2GB 667MHz DDR2 RAM, a 160GB SATA hard drive, integrated Intel X3100 graphics and a Super-Multi DVD burner drive.
Network connectivity is well supported too, with 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N wireless and Gigabit Ethernet as well as Bluetooth 2.0 EDR, a Fast Infrared port and the obligatory 56k software modem for legacy support. Regrettably, there’s no HSDPA as yet, though it shouldn’t be ruled out as a future possibility. That accepted though, the 6292 is well catered for and a PC Card slot means HSDPA functionality could be added via a third party 3G card.
The chassis, as is common in the ultra-portable bracket, is based around a 12.1in display with a 1,280 x 800 native resolution. With dimensions of 306mm wide and 227mm deep, the 6292 is nicely proportioned for carrying easily, fitting as it does nicely under the arm. The outer casing of the battery casing is even textured, providing a better grip for carrying.
However, this is by no means the lightest or thinnest ultra-portable that's hovered by the TR labs. Indeed, at 34.5mm thick it's on the chunkier side and with the standard 6-cell battery it weighs just shade over 2kg at 2.05kg. This is on the heavy side for notebook on this size, and ideally a weight of in the region of 1.8kg or less would be preferable. It doesn't completely scupper its portable credentials, but the 6292 is noticeably heavier than its peers.