At the CES 2017, there was much in offer and the gaming world was not left behind. The Acer Aspire VX 15 VX5-591G-75RM is the new kid on the block with sleek lines and a hard edged design. The new Acer Aspire VX 15 tends to blend between last year’s Predator 15 and Aspire V 15 Nitro black edition but the design is not all that matters. Whereas the Aspire V 15 Nitro Black Edition is more inclined to strike a balance between hardware, build quality and portability, the VX 15 strictly focuses on performance. The system glorifies power as opposed to a fancy design such as having a slimmed down body and a nanoimprint lithography process featured in the V15.
The gaming rig sports 7th generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, 16GB DDR4 memory and a 256 GB solid state drive. It comes with 15.6 inch Full HD display with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels and an IPS display. There is a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU tacked in there with 4 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM that makes gaming a walk in the park. The machine runs on windows 10 home operating system.
The Acer flaunts a completely black chassis with some red accents on the fan exhausts at the rear, some red surrounding the touchpad and the keyboard illumination. It keeps the central hinge cover silver with a V-shaped bottom chin on the screen. There are two stylized fan vents at the back that give the machine a gaming look apart from keeping the system nice and cool. The VX 15 measures 15.3 x 10.4 x 1.1 inches and weighs 5.5 pounds which is noticeably thinner and lighter than the Acer Predator 15. Acer sacrifices on the portability of this system but then being a gaming laptop we expect little or no movement around with the machine. We did not expect an all-premium build for this system considering its price, but then Acer gives it the right touch of materials and build.
The interior is also made of plastic but in this case it is silky smooth to touch and gets to attract smudges and fingerprints but it feels very rigid. The interior finish is almost similar to what we saw in the Asus ROG GL552VW. It features a full sized chiclet keyboard that comes with a decent key travel but requires some force in the beginning. The keys feel clicky with good tactile feedback whose effectiveness is questionable especially during gameplay. You will get to crunch the numbers using the dedicated numeric keypad present in this system. The keyboard features a red illumination that shines bright in the dark but cannot distract you from the screen. The highlighted WASD keys and the big arrow buttons is a welcome feature for gamers who will find them useful.
On the other hand, the touchpad measures 10.5×7.8 centimeters which is responsive and offers some good gliding capabilities. It works well with multi-touch gestures such as two finger-scrolling while zooming. With such a touchpad, you can get some of your work done without necessarily going for an external mouse.
Under the hood, the Acer Aspire VX 15 VX5-591G-75RM features the 7th generation Intel core i7-7700HQ processor clocked at 2.8Gz that can run up to 3.8 GHz with Turbo boost technology. The quad-core CPU offers fast processing speeds with a good CPU Mark benchmark rating this monster at 9000 points. The system includes 16 GB of DDR4 RAM which is adequate to combine with the processor and get to handle all demanding tasks without stuttering. The memory can be expanded to 32 GB but then most users will find the installed memory enough to handle all their tasks. In terms of storage, the Acer comes with a 256 GB Solid State drive which offers around 220GB of storage space after Windows files. This is a welcome move that assures users of a speedy performance when loading programs and booting the system. If the storage space is not enough for you, there is a free 2.5” bay that you can install a hard drive to store all your music and documents.
It has NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM. This is a new NVIDIA pascal architecture that provides flexible and incredibly powerful performance. The GPU is capable of handling almost any game thrown at it while offering decent frame per second. The laptop offers a maximum resolution of 1080, so ideally we won’t expect to push it further than the given resolution. A number of titles get to run smoothly on the system with high and ultra-settings such as Doom runs at 60fps, The Grand Theft Auto 5, will get to run at 50fps, expect between 30 to 35 fps with the Witcher and Battlefield 4 will run at a cool 60 fps. As is the norm with any gaming rig, you will get between 1 and 2 hours of gaming time with this gaming rig that is packed with a 3-cell battery.
The Acer features a number of ports including one USB 2.0 port and two USB 3.0 ports for fast connectivity and transfer of data. The system comes with the latest USB 3.0 Type-C port that comes in handy when used with other technologies such as HDMI and DisplayPort for monitors. There is an HDMI video output port for extending the display to a larger screen to enjoy your gaming. The unit does not include a DVD burner, which some gamers could want to use with their games stored on DVDs, but then you can buy an external optical drive separately. Additionally, there is a memory card reader slot which is useful to transfer your data in SD cards. Internet connectivity is available through 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45), you can as well go wireless with the Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2×2 dual band) or use Bluetooth 4.0.
The laptop features 15.6-inch panel with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels that incorporates the IPS technology thus enabling it to reproduce accurate colors and offer wide viewing angles. The 1080p resolution is an acceptable feature in this gaming laptop since it lacks the energy to run 4K resolutions without hitting on the performance. There is an HD webcam capable of capturing 720p video well and could as well be used for chatting with family and friends via programs such as Skype.
The system has two built-in speakers whose sound is loud and clear thanks to Acer TrueHarmony and Dolby Audio Premium. So you can play your games with some rich sounds of the soundtrack in the game. Gamers who love using headphones to enjoy the real gaming experience can opt going for the LucidSound LS40 Wireless Gaming Headset (thegizmogiftshop) which is packed with premium features including tuned drivers, surround sound, a stylish design and different EQ modes.
The Acer Aspire VX 15 VX5-591G-75RM packs impressive specs and delivers a performance that is a notch higher compared to previous mid-range and entry-level gaming laptops. The system comes with a sturdy chassis and a well-built design which is not far from what the industry offers. It comes with a touchpad, keyboard and battery that are above the average for daily uses. The cooling performance of this system is not that much impressive as the keyboard gets warm with intensive gaming. The temperatures don’t get that high, but they are likely to cause some level of discomfort while gaming. The inclusion of Intel Core Core i7-7700HQ processor and GTX 1050 Ti GPU makes the Aspire VX 15 VX5-591G-75RM a gaming rig that many gaming enthusiasts will find worth their consideration.