The price drop in ultraportable notebooks has begun already, with Acer transferring some of its newly learned lessons to its business range with the TravelMate 8481G.
Inside the 8481G includes the lower voltage but capable Intel Core i5 2467M processor, paired with an NVIDIA GeForce 520GT graphics card for video and 3D tasks. The notebook's screen is a matt finished 14in WXGA panel, with a unique edgeless design. It's a sleek touch, but it does make the desktop look like it's not maximised. The low resolution offers noticeable flyscreen effect due to the size of the pixels, and overall it's not Acer's best effort.
Also included is a 120GB SSD, which lifts the performance of the system while maximising battery life when you're on the road. There's three USB ports, including one USB 3.0, HDMI and VGA for those living in the dark ages. The design is a clean matt metal exterior finish, with a separated left and right mouse button below the touchpad we quite like, plus a pleasant to use chiclet style keyboard.
The 8481G comes standard with a 4-cell battery, which our testing showed capable of just under 5 hours with general use, while PCMark Vantage scored the notebook in the middle of the road, but more than capable for most business users.Available from Acer, retailing for $1,599
.APC rating: 7/10