Acer continues to position itself as a value-for-money brand with its series of high end products including Ultrabooks and gaming laptops. The Aspire E series is a budget-friendly multimedia notebook line with models designed for everyday computing and a bit of multimedia work.
A case in point is the Acer Aspire E E5-575G-57D4 which features the 7th generation core i5-7200U processor, NVIDIA GeForce 940MX with 2GB of GDDR5 Video Memory, a generous 8GB of system memory and a fast 256GB Solid State Drive. It also comes with a full HD display with a limited viewing angle display.
The system boasts of an impressive battery life for all-day multitasking. It is also a good match for light photo and video editing and serves right to users after casual gaming.
Design and Features
The Acer Aspire E 15 does not keep its eye on the aesthetics and neither do models in the E-series, but a quick glimpse on the Lenovo and Dell Laptops in the competition, we feel that it stepped a notch higher.
The unit is clad in all-plastic Black Obsidian chassis which comes along with a matte finish for a refined look and feel. We however do not expect to expect a similar feel like the one in a Dell XPS or MacBook which are all metallic built laptops. While the all-plastic construction is less than inspiring, the chassis is actually quite stiff with minimal flex.
The laptop measures 10.2 x 15 x 1.2 inches and weighs in at 5.3 pounds which is heavier than the competing models like the Asus F55UA and the HP Notebook 15-ac121nr which weigh 4.8 pounds. All said, it is still a nice companion for a college student to carry all day long or for a businessman who is always on the move thanks to its capabilities. This fact is compounded by its able 6 cell Lithium Ion battery that lasted 8 hours and 45 minutes eschewing the Lenovo Edge 15 that could only manage 5 hours and 11 minutes on our rundown test.
The Acer Aspire is powered by the latest Kabylake series of 7th generation Intel Core i5-72OOU processor clocked at 2.5GHz. The processor can step up to 3.1GHz with Turbo Boost Technology to deliver performance at its full capacity.
The processor combines with an 8GB of DDR4 SDRAM to deliver a reliable performance. As such, the system is capable of handling day to day tasks such as browsing. Video playback and editing of documents seamlessly. Its extra power allows the system to run some power demanding software including Adobe Photoshop and premier Pro for image editing and video editing respectively.
The storage in this system comes by way of a 256 GB Solid state drive. This is both good news and bad news for an everyday. Start with the good news, the SDD offers fast loading speeds when running programs and boots quickly.
On the other side, this is bad news for users who want plenty of space to store their music, videos, photos and other documents. But then all is not lost since the system offers an unused 2.5” SATA port that can be used to add an extra hard dive or SSD to increase the storage space. Things get a little better with the inclusion of an extra DDR4 SO-DIMM slot which allows you to upgrade the system to 32 GB of RAM. This is more than what one can ask for in a mid-range laptop in terms of upgradability.
In the gaming segment, the system features NVIDIA GeForce 940MX with 2GB of GDDR5 Video Memory which is not part of its highlight points. The included GPU is not the latest in Nvidia’s arsenal but then it stands a chance to offer an uninterrupted gaming experience when playing less demanding games at medium settings producing playable frame rates.
Setting the graphic level to normal will allow you to play graphic-intensive games including Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch and The Witcher III in 4K. If you want a 15-inch laptop with more gaming muscle then you’ll want to consider spending a bit more for something like the Alienware 15 or Acer’s own Aspire V 15 Nitro.
The Acer Aspire 15 features a number of connectivity options. It comes with two USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports for faster transfer of data. Most importantly the system includes the latest USB Type-C (USB 3.1) Port thereby making it future ready. There is an HDMI port and a VGA port that comes in handy if you want to extend the display to larger screens such as monitors, projectors and HDTVs. Additionally, there is an SD card reader and a headset jack
Surprisingly, Acer defies all odds to include a built-in DVD drive that offers fast read and write speeds for those who still want to use their CDs and DVDs.
Internet connectivity for this system is available by way 802.11ac wireless adapter which features MU-MIMO technology so you can expect wireless transfer speeds much greater than standard wired connections. There is also an RJ-45 port if you want to access the internet using cabled connection. Bluetooth 4.1 is also available for connecting with compactible devices for sharing of data.
The selling point for this 15.6-inch Model is its Full HD display with a 1920×1080 resolution. The Full HD resolution comes in handy while multitasking and for multimedia purposes as it comes with plenty of power for playing back Full HD videos. The screen comes with an anti-glare surface finish to prevent annoying reflections under bright lights. It also safeguards the screen from smudges and fingerprints. The screen produces bright and clear and sharp picture quality.
It features a ComfyView LED-Backlit Display with an aspect ratio of 16:9 that is quite convenient on this model. It however does not feature the In Plane Switching technology display for wide viewing. The lack of IPS is not a deal breaker since it is still capable of producing a sharp picture quality just like the other systems in the competition.
The display panel is can reproduce 95 percent of sRGB color gamut compared to the 92 percent found in mainstream models for gaming that could cost an arm and a leg. The unit was able to score 250 nits of brightness on our brightness test which is remarkable for a laptop at this category.
The Acer Aspire 15 features a backlit keyboard thereby making it possible to work in dimly lit environments. Tis is full sized chiclet keyboard that covers the entire width of the chassis thus typing on this keyboard is comfortable. The separate numeric keypad will come in handy for those dealing with data entry. The most unique thing on this laptop is that the power button is a keyboard key located in the upper right corner. Acer could have embraced this as a cost measure but it also looks stylish. The touchpad is also responsive thus making it easier to swirl, flinch and pinch the touchpad as you navigate through web pages or pictures.
The laptop includes an integrated 720p webcam with High dynamic Range support located at the top bezel of the display. Interestingly, the webcam captures color accurate videos and delivers videos that are lag free. As such, selfie lovers can sit pretty with this laptop while at work or in the classroom.
The Acer Aspire E 15 comes with dual Built-in Stereo speakers that does a god job in producing a good audio quality and bass that is audible around the room.
The Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 15.6-inch laptop is a decent mid-range laptop that strikes a balance between price and performance. The laptop has a good build quality with an all-day battery and offers a reliable performance for everyday computing and handling of light gaming. The Acer improves on its predecessors in terms of the processor, improved battery life and more connectivity options like the USB Type-C port.
The inclusion of the NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics card won’t satisfy gamers after power hungry games but it can handle some casual games. Additionally, the inclusion of a Full HD display makes it possible to stream high quality videos and offer crisp clear images. If all you need is a system capable of multitasking and can go a step further to run demanding software without slowing, then you cannot go wrong with the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 15.6-inch Laptop.
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