Acer Aspire ES 15 (ES1-572-31KW) Laptop Review

tyreAcer takes pride in delivering affordable devices that have value for the money while keeping in speed with the ever changing technology. The budget priced ES 15 series from Acer welcomes another new kid to the ever growing family: the Acer Aspire 15 ES1-572-31KW. The laptop comes with 6th Generation Intel Core i3-6100U Processor clocked at 2.3GHz to deliver a powerful performance. There is 4GB DDR3L RAM embedded on this laptop and a massive 1TB 5400 Hard disk drive for your storage. The 15.6 Inch screen laptop  comes with a vivid 720p widescreen display and the battery on this system promises up to 6.5 hours of usage. The system comes pre-installed with windows 10 Home that lets you enjoy new features such as Cortana.

This is a budget laptop that fits well into the lives of those interested in web browsing, handling student works, watching movies, basic business use and handling day to day tasks. The Acer Aspire does not come across as a beautiful looking or a portable device but it combines enough power for an average user at an affordable price.

Design

The Acer Aspire 15 ES1-572-31KW does not boast of any premium looks, it comes with a black colored body. The laptop measures 10.16 x 15.03 x 0.97 inches and weighs 5.2 pounds. The Acer Aspire E15 E5-575-33BM comes with a similar chassis and weighs the same. As such, the desktop-replacement laptop is ideal for using within the house but those always on the move might find it difficult to fit into their college backpacks. The system comes with an average battery life, which is good for the price. The 4-cell Li-Ion battery with a 3220mAh capacity promises to offer up to 6.5 hours on a full charge. It is therefore, ideal to carry your adapter with you if you are going to work all day with this laptop.

Performance

The Acer Aspire 15 ES1-572-31KW is powered by a 6th generation Intel Core i3-6100U processor. The processor comes with two cores, 3 MBs of cache with a clock speed of 2.3 GHz thus capable of offering a snappier performance while handling daily tasks and demanding programs like Photoshop.  The system comes equipped with a 4GB DDR3L RAM which is decent enough to get your job done. On the brighter side, you can upgrade this to 16 GB if you want to push it an extra mile to handle more demanding tasks. It is important to note that there is only two slots available. Therefore, you can either replace the 4GB with two 8GB sticks or a use a 12GB stick without having to remove the existing one.tyrte

The system comes with plenty of storage space. There is a 1 TB 5400 RPM hard drive embedded on this laptop which is enough to store all your movies, music, videos and other important files. The mechanical drive tends to slow things up but then you can speed up by replacing it with a Solid state Drive. The SSD will offer fast booting speeds and loading of programs but at an extra cost. You can as well go for the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-53VG that comes with a 256 GB solid state Drive with some more bucks if you don’t want the hustle of changing the HDD.

Connectivity

In terms of connectivity, the laptop features a single USB 3.0 for fast data transfer and two USB 2.0 ports for connecting your compatible devices. We could have expected to see the latest USB Type C port in this laptop, but then we have to keep our expectations to the minimum considering it’s a budget device. The laptop appears more conservative by keeping most of the traditional connectivity features. There is 8X DVD drive included, perhaps the reason for its bulkiness, for fast write and copying speeds of your CDs and DVDs. An SD media card reader slot is also available for transferring all your digital images from your camera.

The laptop comes with an HDMI port with HDCP support for extending your display to larger screens such as monitors and HDTVs to watch your movies in HD. Internet connectivity comes by way of the fastest 802.11ac Wi-Fi and the latest Bluetooth 4.0 for fast speeds. There is also a 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port) for those who prefer cable connection.

Display

The Acer Aspire 15 ES1-572-31KW has a 15.6 inch non-touchscreen display with a resolution of 1366×768 pixels. This is the standard screen in most budget priced laptops that also lacks IPS technology hence no modest viewing angles and the images are not that clear. However, the budget priced Asus F555LA-AB31 15.6 inch laptop comes with a full HD display at 1920 by 1080 pixels, a rare scenery for this category. The screen is backed up by an integrated Intel HD graphics 520 chips which is also average but offers decent graphics on screen. Serious gamers won’t find this laptop exciting at all but occasional players won’t have an issue with its graphics.. There is also a 480p webcam above the display that comes in handy for video conferencing and chatting with friends and family via Skype.

Other Features

Other features worth noting include the two built-in stereo audio system that is loud and clear enough to fill a standard room. Playing music from these laptop shouldn’t be a problem and you can as well connect it to external speakers or earphones using the Audio Combo jack port in the laptop.

Conclusion

The Acer Aspire 15 ES1-572-31KW is a decent desktop-replacement laptop for those on a budget. The laptop features an efficient 6th gen Intel core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM and a massive 1TB hard disk. There is also a 15.6-inch wide screen display with a resolution of 1366x 768 pixels that is enough to get the job done. You should be able to handle most of your daily tasks with this laptop including web browsing, emailing, document editing, watching movies, playing casual games and light photo and video editing. The Asus F555LA-AB31 15.6 inch laptop is also a cheap option which comes with a fifth generation Intel core i3 2.1GHZ processor. 4GB DDR3 SDRAM and a 500GB 5400 RPM Hard disk. All in all, the Acer Aspire 15 ES1-572-31KW is a good primary laptop for everyday use, especially for those not interested in much power and excessive configuration.

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