Acer Embraces Tradition Over Pizzazz for Latest TravelMates

Acer's new TravelMates are meant to do what a portable PC was originally conceived to do.

Frank J. Ohlhorst, IT Consultant, Editor-at-Large

January 15, 2019

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Acer Embraces Tradition Over Pizzazz for Latest TravelMates

As the dust from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) settles, we can see the latest gadgets, gizmos and devices to empower the mobile PC user that have emerged from countless hardware vendors.

New mobile PCs came in a variety of styles: There were touchscreens, convertibles and high-powered portable PCs galore from the likes of Dell, HP, and Lenovo.


Acer TravelMate X3410

While those major players in the business and consumer PC world were going for pizzazz, Acer Computer was looking to leverage the original paradigm of the notebook and ultrabook PC. The company quietly introduced it’s latest iteration of the TravelMate X series, or more specifically, the TravelMate X3410. Available under three different configurations, the X3410 offers a limited set of options to keep prices down, yet all the critical features a business user needs are in place.

You won’t find touchscreens, OLEDs or convertible tops on the latest business-class ultrabooks from Acer. But you will find a 14-inch FHD (1920×1080) IPS display and plenty of ports, including a full-sized SD card reader, gigabit Ethernet, an HDMI port, three USB 3.0 ports, a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port, a headset jack and a legacy VGA port. All of that is packed into a thin and attractive case.

The X3410 measures 12.9” x 9.4” x 0.8″ (H x W x D) and weighs just 3.53 pounds, powered by a 3-cell 5170 mAh Li-Ion battery. The unit also sports a fingerprint reader embedded into the power button. The X3410 comes in three different configurations, which save for CPU, RAM and storage, are exactly the same ultrabook. Available configurations include:

  • Core i3-8130U, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD (US $900MSRP)

  • Core i5-8250U, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD (US $1,000 MSRP)

  • Core i7-8550U, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD (US $1,300 MSRP)

Acer saves significant coin for those looking for high performance in a compact and inexpensive ultrabook by eschewing some of the frills found in most competitors. The company claims the TravelMate X3410 is ideal for the traveling business professional and can provide as much as 15 hours of battery life on a single charge. From a durability standpoint, the company says the Acer TravelMate X3410 series meets eight U.S. military testing standards (MIL-STD 810G). The X3410 also includes a one-year international warranty.

Acer supports partners through the company’s Synergy Partner Portal, which offers the expected spiffs and channel support to which traditional resellers have become accustomed. The X3410’s primary strengths can be found in performance and affordability; however, fickle buyers looking for the latest features, such as a touchscreen, pen support or a tablet mode best look elsewhere. The TravelMate X3410 might never fall into the category of executive jewelry, but it should make those that rely on portability, a good keyboard and ample battery life happy enough to tackle most any task.

Successfully selling the TravelMate X3410 will require a modicum of common sense and the ability to convince buyers that they might not need to the expense of pizzazz to accomplish their job.

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About the Author(s)

Frank J. Ohlhorst

IT Consultant, Editor-at-Large

Frank J. Ohlhorst is an award-winning technology journalist and technology analyst, with extensive experience as an IT business consultant, editor, author, presenter and blogger. He frequently advises and mentors technology startups and established technology ventures, helping them to create channel programs, launch products, validate product quality, design support systems, build marketing materials, as well as create case studies and white papers.

Mr. Ohlhorst also has extensive experience assisting businesses looking to launch analytics projects, such as big data, business intelligence and resource management. He also has taken on contract roles as a temporary CIO, CTO and data scientist for startups and new ventures. Mr. Ohlhorst also provides forensic services for data security and assist with compliance audits, as well as researching the implications of compliance on a given business model.

Mr. Ohlhorst also has held the roles of CRN Test Center director, eWeek’s executive editor, technology editor for Channel Insider, and is also a frequent contributor to leading B2B publications.

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