ACER TRAVELMATE P453-M Review – Classic WorkHourse

The TravelMate notebooks from Taiwanese manufacturer Acer is known to many users, it includes a device designed primarily for office tasks and solutions. One such model is the workhorse Acer TravelMate P453-M. There is nothing superfluous, only everything you need for work – comfortable keyboard, large display and a good set of ports. In addition, the laptop offers long battery life and efficient cooling system. As for the look, then, for the corporate segment is not important, so the laptop is turned a little old-fashioned.

However, the quality of materials and assembly is quite high, and to the strength of the housing there are no claims, what is important in everyday use. Its main competitors may be the line of LifeBook Fujitsu, ProBook HP and ThinkPad Edge models from Lenovo.

Technical characteristics

Processor: Intel Core i5-3210M 2500 MHz
Memory: 6 GB DDR3
Storage: 500 GB HDD 5400 rpm SATA II
Display: 15.6 “1366×768 WXGA LED, TN
Video: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Drive: DVD SuperMulti
Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.0
Audio: 2 speakers
Interfaces: 2hUSB 2.0, USB 3.0, VGA, HDMI, LAN (RJ-45), ExpressCard, headphone out, microphone, Card Reader
In addition: 1.3 megapixel webcam
Battery: 6-cell Li-Ion 4400 mAh
Dimensions and Weight: 381.6h253h33.8 mm, 2.6 kg
Operating system: Windows 7
Options: Acer TravelMate P453-M-53216G50Ma

Scope of delivery

The package, except for the laptop also includes: 6-cell battery capacity of 4400 mAh, 65-watt power supply, quick start guide, and safety regulations.


As for the design, the notebook looks a bit old fashioned, but from another point of view, it can be called a classic. Then you will not see any motive at least visually reduce the size and weight of the laptop, so it looks the same as it is weight.

With regard to the materials from which assembled the laptop and the actual quality of the assembly, all the parts fit, and the case is comfortable to hold. It is worth noting that for body used matte black plastic, but the laptop lid is made of aluminum.

The bottom of the notebook just full of all kinds of vents, which contribute to a more efficient cooling of the notebook. Also here you can see the large compartment for easy access to the internals, and four rubber feet at the corners of the laptop. According to its size laptop is almost indistinguishable from the many devices designed for. As already stated above, neither the designers nor the designers did not chase the thin shell, so we have a “workhorse”, the dimensions of which are 381.6h253h33.8 mm. With regard to weight, then it is at the multimedia models – 2.6 kg.

Display, audio and webcam

The Acer TravelMate P453-M has the usual array, which does not differ very good performance and is most suitable for office applications. The display has a diagonal of 15.6 inches and is the optimal size for desktop laptop. In addition, the display has a resolution of 1366×768 pixels.

As for image quality, the color and contrast are average, but the viewing angles are much disappointed, because the matrix is TN-technology. Two built-in speakers located above the keyboard and hidden grille. As for the quality and volume of sound, they are acceptable for office model. Of course, here, as in all laptops, noticeable lack of bass, but you can connect external speakers or headphones. The Acer TravelMate P453-M has a built-in webcam on top of the screen. It is at the usual place in the display frame and perfectly fulfills its function. As for a solution, and it is 1.3 megapixels.

Keyboard and Touchpad

The Acer TravelMate P453-M keyboard is normal, not an island type. The main keys are clear rectangular and flat upper surface.

The keys have a middle course, and excessive sensitivity when pressed. If you compare it with the keyboard from Lenovo, then the convenience of typing it slightly inferior to it. As for the features of this keyboard, it is deprived of light, but is protected against the ingress of moisture in the form of special grooves. touchpad is installed in the Acer TravelMate P453-M, is slightly offset to the left and has not very large in size – see 8.6h4.5 touch surface has a slightly rough texture, which however does not hinder the movement of the fingers on the touchpad. Under the general key-rocker hidden physical keys. The touchpad supports multi-touch gestures minimal set.


The processor of the Acer TravelMate P453-M-53216G50Ma belongs to the middle class, and provides a comfortable fit for most applications. The Core i5-3210M from Intel is a dual-core processor, which belongs to the family of Ivy Bridge and is built on 22-nanometer process technology. It supports Hyper-Threading, which allows information to process four threads simultaneously, as well as technology, Turbo Boost, which increases the base clock frequency from 2.5 GHz to 3.1 GHz max. Cache in the third level is 3 MB.

Proper orientation of the notebook “for work” speaks for itself, so the TravelMate P453-M stripped discrete graphics card. Responsible for processing graphics integrated graphics Intel HD Graphics 4000, which, however, copes with its task and even passes on performance, some entry-level discrete graphics card. With this accelerator can even play modern games at minimum and medium settings. Also, the fact that the laptop is keen to work with the average for the severity of the tasks supported by the amount of RAM standard DDR3. The laptop has 6 GB, but you can set 8 GB, which will be the highest possible for this notebook. As for the drive, then it uses a rather simple 500 GB hard drive with a spindle speed of 5400 rev / min. Such amount will be enough to keep even a small collection of media files

Ports and Communications

A set of ports can be called a succinct, as here there are the most necessary and common ones, but all in good time. So on the right side of the laptop you can see two ports USB 2.0, microphone input and headphone output, and power supply connector . In addition, on this side of the optical drive is also located.

The left end was busier, I would even say overloaded, compared with the right. Then there are the video outputs VGA and HDMI, RJ-45 (LAN), a standard USB 3.0 port and card reader. Toward the back side, behind bars cooling, located Kensington lock. It is worth noting the presence of slots for ExpressCard, which is quite rare to find in laptops.

The front and back face does not have any communication. Wireless communication is possible thanks to the Wi-Fi-module AR5BWB222, in support for b / g / n, and Bluetooth 4.0.


The notebook is equipped with a 6-cell lithium-ion battery capacity of 4400 mAh. A is charged with 65-watt power supply. As for battery life, the Acer TravelMate P453-M can work out a little more than 8 hours in idle mode and 5 hours of reading with the included Wi-Fi. As for the more energy-intensive modes, such as watching videos or stress load mode, the laptop will last for about 4 hours in the first case and about one and a half hours in the second.


The Acer TravelMate P453-M is a typical representative of the corporate segment, which optimally “locked up” for these needs. Therefore, the laptop has got a bit dull, but still good quality housing and an ergonomic keyboard. As for performance, it will be enough for you to work in an office with low-power applications, and then to play for a laptop in the game, though the latter is possible only at low to medium settings.

The special features of the notebook include a good cooling system laptop as well as its long battery life, which is superior to its main competitors. So on a trip you will be able to work without charge for quite a long time. The only weak point of a laptop is its display, however, a problem inherent to these models. Overall, the Acer TravelMate P453-M is a great choice for simple solutions business and corporate objectives.

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