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TravelMate X349 for business on the road

Dale Davies |
Acer launched its new TravelMate X3 commercial notebook series designed for small and medium businesses, and professionals who want small but powerful notebook.

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First in the series, the 14-inch TravelMate X349 has an ugly name but its brushed metal design blends style with technology. The device is weighing just 1.53 kg (3.3 pounds), and it's under 18 mm (0.7 inches) thin. It features 6th Generation Intel Core processors, up to 8GB DDR4 memory, and up to 512GB SSDs. The company says it has a battery life of up to 10 hours to support productivity on the go, away from the office. Even if we cut that to real life situation, this is an impressive number. The TravelMate X349 ships with Windows 10 Pro.

The TravelMate X349’s 14-inch display supports Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080) with IPS technology with wide viewing angles. The display reclines 180 degrees to lie fully flat for flexible use-cases such as sharing content in group discussions. It has an LED backlit keyboard to keep users productive in low-light situations on airplanes and commuter trains for all of you that must work in any situation possbiel. The keyboard is a chiclet-style keyboard and the notebook has wide Precision Touchpad.

For the work on the go connectivity is a must so this new Acer has speakers and microphones together with a 720p HDR webcam for videoconferencing. For quick plug-and-play docking, the TravelMate X349 also includes a USB Type-C port for pairing with an Acer USB Type-C Dock to connect up to two 4K displays, providing power and a variety of peripheral connections through a single cable. Since this is a business-oriented notebook, it has an touch fingerprint sensor supporting Windows Hello for sign-in, unlocking the device at a touch.

The TravelMate X349 ships a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 chip that increases platform integrity and provides hardware-based protection for passwords and encryption keys. It is is preloaded with Acer ProShield Manager, a suite of security and management tools to safeguard sensitive data, and Acer Office Manager. At prices starting at $649.99, this is a small but powerful business notebook with plenty of options and enough power for everyday work.