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Acer Travelmate 8172T

alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 reviews of Acer Travelmate 8172T. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the usability and keyboard. The portability and screen are also mentioned favorably. Many are less positive about the touchpad.

performance, screen, portability, keyboard, usability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Acer Travelmate 8172T is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Tobias Winkler (

Review Acer Travelmate 8172T Notebook


Subnotebook olé. Small, light and economical, with the whole ense

long battery life; quiet operating noise; very good case quality; low-maintenance surfaces; good office perforance; docking port; UMTS available; display usable outdoors; good price/performance ratio; very light power supply with exchangeable plug heads

no digital image output; below average USB performance; screen with low contrast ratio and dull colours; small touchpad; no ExpressCard, eSata, USB 3.0; Inadequate configuration with wide-reaching consequences

With matte display in the 11.6" or 12" format in the same price class there's the Lenovo's Thinkpad X100e and Samsung's N510. In a different price- and performance-class there's the HP Elitebook 2540p and Lenovo Thinkpad X201.

Dec, 2010

Consumer review (

Best Dockable/Portable Business Notebook PC for the Money


Our organization has had perfect reliability from 8 Acer Travelmate notebook PCs dating back 6 years and used between the office and the cab of a truck. We originally purchased Acers due to their non-reflective screens that allow bettter visibility...

Works flawlessly with Acer EasyPort IV Port Replicator and dual monitors at 1920x1200 resolution per monitor ; Fast processor and HDD with excellent performance in Win7 x64 Pro ; Very portable at 3lbs with long battery lfe, solid build quality and a...

No USB 3.0 or ESATA port ; No built-in CD/DVD drive but works perfectly with the external Buffalo DVD-burner MediaStation (power and data through a single USB port)

Sep, 2011

Consumer review (

Acer travelmate Timeline 8172


I bought a GSkill 60gb SSD at the same time and installed it without a hitch. Also am currently running Ubuntu 10.10 netbook remix and so far just about everything works, still trying to get bluetooth to work. The SSD is extremely fast hough, but even...

Core i3 is snappy and more than sufficient for basic tasks. Haven't tried any seriously strenuous applications;however, you don't buy a 11.6" netbook to play game or the like. Aesthetics are fantastic! It looks very simple but refined. No glossy...

The Motherboard does heat up quite a bit on the CPU side, but is to be expected. Touchpad is very small and keys take a bit of time to get used to, backspace key esp. it's just a half cm too short

Dec, 2010

Consumer review (

Excellent, its perfect!.


After trying a comparable Toshiba and Asus i finally found right notebook. The Toshiba was to bulky and heavy, the Asus was good except that the touch pad mouse button was horrible. The Asus touch pad was so bad that i had to return it, yes it was that...

none whatsoever, i'm really impressed

Nov, 2010

Consumer review (

Great initial impression


I got this for business and travel use. Mostly for email and web apps where having the larger screen resolution than on my netbook really makes a difference. I happened across this model while looking at the more consumer-oriented models and am very...

Light, quiet, matte finish very professional looking, anti-glare screen not too reflective, cool while just reading and doing email ; Not too much bloatware ; Keyboard has very little flex and layout and full size is great. Good tactile feel to keys...

Nothing serious ; The palm rest and track pad are somewhat shortened because the battery is completely flat forcing the keyboard to be positioned further from the screen. However, the keypad is very responsive and feels very good to the touch so the...

Nov, 2010

Product Specifications


Audio system:HD / HD Audio / High Definition Audio
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2


Battery Capacity:4400 / 5600
Battery life (max):6 / 8
Battery performance:4400 / 5600
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:6


Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3


Certification:- Wi-Fi\n- ACPI 3.0\n- Mobile PC 2002\n- DMI 2.0 / Wi-Fi. ACPI 3.0. Mobile PC 2002. DMI 2.0.
Energy Star certified: Yes


Color of product:Black
Form Factor:Clamshell
Product color:Black
Product type:Netbook / Notebook


3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display brightness:200
Display Diagonal:11.6
Display number of colors:16.77 / 16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Display surface:Matt
HD type:Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No

Energy Management

AC adapter power:40
Battery performance:48 / 63


Discrete graphics adapter:N / Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.125
Discrete graphics adapter model:Intel HD / Intel HD Graphics / No
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.128
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:166 / 500
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):500 / 667
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics


Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY
Keyboard number of keys:88
Keyboard type:AZERTY / QWERTY
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad / Touchpad + Scroll zone
Windows keys: Yes


Internal memory:2 / 3 / 4
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4
Memory clock speed:1066
Memory layout:1 x 1 + 1 x 2 / 1 x 2 / 2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 1 + 1 x 2 / 1 x 2 / 2 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM
Memory slots (available):1


3G:No / Yes
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:3.0 / 3.0+HS
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Data network: Yes
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11n

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Other Features

Audio system:HD / HD Audio / High Definition Audio
Compatible operating systems:Windows 7 Professional
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab / IEEE 802.3/802.3u/802.3ab
Dimensions (WxDxH):11.2 x 8.11 x 1.14 / 11.2 x 8.12 x 0.795
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Hard disk drive, user password: Yes
HDD user password:Y
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: No
Power supply type:AC / AC - DC / AC/DC
TV in port: No
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes
Wireless Technology:IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Mouse included:N

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC


TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: No
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector:No / Yes
DVI port:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
I/O ports:1x DVI-D / EasyPort 4
Line-in: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot:No / Yes
TV out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2 / 3 / 4
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter power:40
Battery performance:48 / 63


Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel HM55 Express
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):10 / 19 / 9
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM55 Express
Number of Processing Die Transistors:382
PCI Express configurations:1x16
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processing die size:81
Processor:I3-330UM / I3-380M / i3-380UM / i5-470UM / U5400
Processor boost frequency:1.33 / 1.86
Processor cache:0.512, 3 / 3
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Arrandale
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel Core i3-xxx / Intel Core i5-4xxx / Intel® Pentium®
Processor frequency:1.2 / 1.33 / 2.53
Processor lithography:32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:I3-330UM / I3-380M / i3-380UM / i5-470UM / U5400
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor series:Intel Core i3-300 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-400 series / Intel Pentium U5000 series for Mobile
Processor socket:BGA1288 / PGA988
Processor threads:2 / 4
System bus data transfer rate:2.5
System bus rate:2.5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):18 / 35
Tjunction:105 / 90

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:N
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:45
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: No
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:No / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):No / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):N
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:No / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Physical Address Extension (PAE):36 / Yes
Processor ARK ID:49021 / 49156 / 50026 / 50028 / 50178
Processor code:SLBSL / SLBUG / SLBUH / SLBXP
Processor package size:34 / rPGA 37.5x 37.5, BGA 34x28
Supported instruction sets:SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.1/4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


Cable lock slot:Kensington / N
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint reader:No / Yes
Password protection:BIOS / BIOS, HDD, Supervisor, User / BIOS, HDD, User
Password protection type:BIOS / BIOS, HDD, Supervisor, User / BIOS, HDD, User


Bundled software:Acer Bio-Protection\nAcer Crystal Eye\nAcer ePower Management\nAcer eRecovery Management\nAcer Identity Card\nAcer Registration\nAcer Updater\nAcer Video Conference Manager\nAdobe Acrobat Reader\nAdobe Flash Player / Acer ePower Management, Acer eRecovery Management, Adobe Flash Player 10, Adobe Reader 9.1, eSobi, Google Toolbar, Microsoft Works 9, Microsoft Works 8.5, Norton Online Backup, Android InstantOn, Acer Crystal Eye, Acer Video Conference Manager, Microsoft Silverlight, Skype, Windows Live Essentials — Wave 3.2 (Mail, Photo Gallery, Live Messenger, Movie Maker, Writer), Acer Assist, Acer Identity Card, Acer Registration, Acer Updater, Customized Internet Explorer 8 / Microsoft Office Starter\nBing Bar\nWindows Live Essentials / Peter Paul Klapwijk, Gerard Keijsers / SATA II (7200-rpm)
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:32-bit / 64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 7 Professional
Optional operating system supplied:Windows XP Professional
Trial software:McAfee Internet Security Suite


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD, xD / MMC, MS PRO, SD, xD
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:250 / 320
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:160 / 250 / 320

Technical Details

Display Type:LCD

Weight & Dimensions

Depth (imperial):8.12
Height:1.1 / 1.14 / 1.15
Height (front):0.795
Height (imperial):1.15
Height (rear):0.909 / 1.15
Weight:2.95 / 2.98 / 3.09
Width (imperial):11.2