Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM 15.6-Inch Full HD Notebook Review

The Aspire E series laptops come into the market to offer every-day users a comprehensive range of choices to choose from while keeping them affordable. The Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM falls into this category featuring the latest 7th generation Intel i3 processor, a full HD display, decent connectivity options and a good battery life. There is a 4GB DDR4 RAM and a massive 1 TB hard drive for provision of power and ample storage space for everyday computing use. The system features Intel HD graphics that makes it possible to enjoy multimedia in high-definition on the 1080p resolution display smoothly. The images in this display are sharp and crisp thus making it ideal for watching movies, editing documents, and playing of casual games. It is essentially fits into the life of office, home and school users who are after a capable system that gets the job done at an affordable price.

Design

The laptop flaunts an all-plastic exterior chassis with a minimalistic yet aesthetic design. The laptop comes in an all-black variant offering both a shiny and matte finish. The laptop measures 15.02 x 10.2 x 1.19 inches and weighs 5.3 pounds giving it a chunky feel but it can still be carried around. This is the common weight for laptops in this category but the 2017 NEWEST HP 15-F222WM 15.6 is slightly lighter weighing in at 4.7 pounds.

Performance

The Acer Aspire is powered by the latest 7th generation ‘Kaby Lake’ Intel core i3-7100U processor clocked at 2.4GHz with 3MB L3 cache. This is a better processor compared to its predecessor the Sixth generation ‘Sky Lake’in terms of performance. The i3 chip in this machine is quite suitable for everyday computing but for more demanding tasks core i5 and i7 are the most appropriate rigs to get the job done. It also comes with 4GB DDR4 that is good for multitasking and opening of multiple tasks. Most users might not find this RAM sufficient for everyday use, luckily you can expand the memory to 16GB. However it will be ideal to add another 4GB on the extra slot to make it 8GB which is quite enough for everyday use. Storage space is availed by a 1TB 5400RPM hard disk which offers enough space to hold all your collections. A faster SSD is preferable to speed up the loading of programs and booting times.

The laptop can handle casual gaming thanks to the integrated graphics card, the Intel HD Graphic 620. It however will be difficult to handle new titles with such graphics. For casual games such as TBS and RTS games you will get decent frame rates if the settings are kept moderate. On low setting, games like Sims series, Team Fortress and GTA 5 will run without any problem in this device but the Doom or the Witcher 3 won’t run here. As such, for hardcore gamers upgrading to a more powerful device with a dedicated GPU unit is necessary but remember it comes at a cost. The ASUS FX502VM is such a gaming laptop that comes with a dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB discrete graphics for excellent gaming. Those after a midrange priced gaming laptop can consider the ASUS ZX53VW which comes with NVidia GeForce GTX 960 4GB discrete graphics

Connectivity

The laptop comes with a plethora of connectivity options including the latest USB 3.1 Type-C lightning port that offers direct data transfers though a mobile. There is one USB 2.0 port for connecting your devices such as a mouse and two USB 3.0 ports which offers faster speeds for data transfer from devices such as external hard drives. There is a VGA and HDMI output port that allows you to extend the display to larger screens such as monitors and HDTVs to enjoy watching your movies or make a presentation.

It keeps the traditional DVD burner as it comes with 8X DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer Drive that will come in handy for those still using CDs/DVDs. Transferring of content using the drive is much easier thanks to the enabling of M-DISC on the drive. There is an SD card slot that makes it possible to read or copy your data directly from your memory card be it photos or videos from your camera.

Display

The Acer Aspire features a 15.6 Full HD display with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. The display however does not come with IPS technology, hence no wide viewing angles and it lacks the touch functionality. Considering the fact that it comes preinstalled with windows 10, a touchscreen is a luxury here since the OS is user friendly unlike its predecessor windows 8.0/8.1 that relied on touch capability. There is a 1280×720 webcam embedded on the top bezel of the display that can take some decent photos. The camera is also useful when it comes to video conferencing and chatting with friends and family via Skype.

Other Features

The laptop comes with a backlit keyboard but it is more of a disappointment on its overall performance. The key travel space on the keyboard is at a mere 1.6mm and an actuation of 58gram. As such, typing on the keyboard is not that much comfortable but I was able to manage 116 words per minute with almost 8 errors. The trackpad is not responsive either, you could be occasionally disappointed by its inability to take the gesture inputs properly. The sound quality of this laptop is not that great but Acer’s Proprietary TrueHarmony helps in delivering lifelike rich audio. Acer promises that the battery on the 6-cell lithium ion 2800 mAh battery is capable of offering up to 12 hours of usage, but in real life you can get around 7-8 hours of usage depending on your usage thus making it a good companion for all day use.

Conclusion

The Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM is an entry level laptop that offers more than the bargain. It packs decent components for the price including a 15.6 Full HD display, the latest 7th generation core 13-7100U processor, a massive 1TB hard drive for ample storage and an admirable battery life. The brighter side of this laptop is that it offers room for upgrading, such that you can replace the mechanical hard drive with a fast State solid drive. It also provides an extra memory slot for expanding the RAM up to 16GB. However, if you don’t like the whole process of upgrading then the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-53VG caters for you with an improved performance. The system features a more powerful 6th generation core i5, 8GB of RAM, 256 GB solid state drive and Nvidia 940MX. However, if you are on a tight budget and in need of an everyday laptop for basic computing, then the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM fits well into your shopping list.

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