Acer TravelMate Spin P4 also has tons of ports, some useful security features, and a flexible 2-in-1 chassis with a stylus garage on the side.
Specifications>Acer TravelMate Spin p4
Price: $999 (starting)
CPU: Intel Core i7-1165G7
GPU: Intel Iris Xe
Display: 14-inch, 1080p touchscreen
Battery: 14 hours (estimated)
Size: 12.7 x 9.2 x 0.7 inches
Weight: 3.3 pounds
TravelMate Spin P4 design
The rectangular Acer logo on the lid gives the laptop an antiquated look but I don’t mind the retro label as much as others might.
What I can’t get over are the massive bezels surrounding the display of this $999 business hybrid. It’s one thing for the chin, or bottom bezel, to be several inches thick, but the top bezel on the Spin P4 needs to go to the barber for a trim.
Making up for the chunky frames is a stylish blue finish on the lid and deck. Opening the laptop, the first thing I noticed was the large vent above the keyboard. This is the top-firing speaker, which produces crisp and loud sound.
As a 2-in-1, the TravelMate Spin 4 can convert from a laptop to a tablet when you flip the screen backward. As a tablet, though, the Spin P4 is downright unwieldy. What it does have going for it, however, is the garaged pen slot on the right side. Almost identical to the one on the ThinkPad X1 Yoga, this slot houses an AES stylus for charging and safekeeping when you’re finished drawing or hand-writing.
TravelMate Spin P4 durability and security
Tested to MIL-STD-810G standards, the TravelMate Spin P4 can withstand extreme conditions, including high altitudes and repeated drops.
On the security front, the TravelMate Spin P4 has a webcam cover you can slide closed for peace of mind that nobody is snooping on you. You have plenty of login options that are more secure than typing a password. I prefer using the IR camera for facial recognition sign-in via Windows Hello. There’s also a fingerprint scanner on the right side but it’s not very convenient to use because of the location.
TravelMate Spin P4 ports
This thing is loaded with ports. On the left side of the TravelMate Spin P4 are a Thunderbolt 4 port, two USB 3.0 Type-A inputs, an HDMI, and an Ethernet jack. On the right side of the laptop is a MicroSD card slot, a headphone/mic jack, a SIM slot (for 4G LTE) and a Kensington lock.
TravelMate Spin P4 display
The 14-inch, 1080p touchscreen on the TravelMate Spin P4 looks decent. The panel isn’t the brightest or the most colorful but I’ve definitely seen worse on other business laptops.
TravelMate Spin P4 keyboard and touchpad
My fingers immediately felt comfortable the moment I placed them on the Spin P4’s backlit keyboard. There are no surprises with the spacing or format and the keys have a decent clickiness to them. The keyboard is nothing special — and can’t compete with those on Lenovo’s ThinkPads — but it’s pretty solid nonetheless.
TravelMate Spin P4 audio
The top-firing dual speakers sound crisp and clear but lack a low end. When I listened to The Killers’ “Runaways,” I was impressed to hear the subtle twang in Brandon Flower’s voice, and each of the electric instruments was balanced and well-separated. The speakers were even loud enough to fill my entire apartment with distortion-free sound.
TravelMate Spin P4 performance
Powered by up to a new 11th Gen Intel Core i7-1165G7 and 32GB of RAM, the Spin P4 should compare well against the latest premium notebooks. .played a few Twitch streams and flipped through my favorite websites without any noticeable lag.
Along with the CPU and RAM; TravelMate Spin P4 can be upgraded with up to a 1TB PCIe Gen 3 SSD.
It might not have a discrete GPU but the TravelMate Spin P4 uses the new Intel Iris Xe graphics that promise to play AAA games at high frame rates. If you do need a bit more oomph, Acer sells a variant with an Nvidia GeForce MX350 GPU.
TravelMate P4 Spin battery life
Acer rates the Spin P4’s battery life at 14 hours, which would be a great result if get similar runtimes on our own battery test.