Acer Aspire E 15 E5-576G Laptop Review

4.5

Summary

The Acer Aspire E 15 E5-576G comes with features and performance that is hard to beat in the desktop replacement category. It features a full-HD screen and generous SSD, along with an 8th Gen Core i5 CPU and discrete Nvidia MX150 graphics.
PROS: Long battery life. Comfortable Keyboard. Optical Drive
CONS: Flimsy Touchpad. No fingerprint reader. Bloatware

The Acer Aspire E 15 E5-576G is an excellent desktop-replacement laptop that comes into the market to offer much needed performance for those on a budget. The Acer Aspire boasts of a 15-inc Full-HD display, a discrete graphics processor, a capacious SSD drive and a good build quality.

The machine offers more than what a budget spender could ask for save for some bloatware. The good news is that you can uninstall the bloatware but for the flimsy touchpad, you will have to live with it.

 Design and Features

The Acer Aspire E 15 E5-576G is a budget laptop that strives to give its users a premium experience. It sports a textured, metal-like lid while the chassis is matte plastic and the keyboard deck fronts a polished metal finish.

The laptop measures 1.19 by 15.02 by 10.2 inches (HWD) and weighs in at 5.27 pounds. Now, this being a desktop replacement laptop we can bear with some of its weight. It is not that kind of a machine that you could want to walk around with unless you want to do some weight lifting! This almost similar to the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-574D4 which measures 10.2x 15 x 1.2 inches and weighs 5.3 pounds.

The system attributes much of its weight to the inclusion of features such as the DVD drive. However, its competitors like the Dell Inspiron 15 3000 weighs less at 4.96 pounds and measures 0.9 by 14.7 by 10.2 inches yet it comes with a DVD drive.

Performance

Under the hood, the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-576G houses an 8th Generation quad-core Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM. The processor and memory packs enough power to run all your day to day activities without staggering.

It also includes Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics card which comes with 2GB dedicated memory. The Graphics can allow you do some light gaming.

You are good to go with Dirty 3 Racing Game with the system set at medium graphics at 1080p at smooth of 112 fps, which is above the average of 96fps for a mainstream notebook.

For storage, there’s a 256GB M.2 SATA solid-state drive (SSD), which offers better write speeds, faster booting as compared to traditional spinning hard drives. The storage capacity is a mixed bag of fortunes, whereas it offers fast speeds there is limited storage space.

However, the space is enough to keep some of your favorite music, photos, documents and movies. Alternatively, purchasing an external hard disk will go a long way to supplement your storage.

Connectivity

In terms of connectivity, the Acer is stocks enough for everyday connectivity. It comes with two USB 3.0 Type A ports, a USB 2.0 port and a USB Type C connector. There is a HDMI output port to extend your display to bigger screens and HDTVs, a VGA display output to help connect to older monitors and a headphone jack. There is an Ethernet Jack to allow you connect to cable internet if you find Wi-Fi connectivity unstable.

Wireless connectivity supports 802.11ac and Bluetooth. Either way, you will be able to access the internet seamlessly with any of the connectivity options available. Its Wi-Fi uses the MU-MIMO technology, which is becoming the standard for all wireless devices recently.

The inclusion of a DVD drive is a big win to those who want to give life to their old movie collections. It offers you a chance to go old school to read and write DVDs but if you want to go in tune with the current trend, then USB drives and cloud storage comes to your rescue.

Display

The Aspire E 15 packs a 15-inch display with a 1920by 1080p resolution and an aspect ratio of 16;9.  It packs an IPS which offers a better picture quality and wide viewing angles as opposed to the Twisted-Nematic TN panels. The display offers reals estate screen which is great for watching and playing games. There are better displays in the market with Quad HD or 4K display, but then considering the fact that the Acer is a budget laptop, it is better than the 1366by 768 resolution displays that were in the market some few years ago.

The Acer Aspire E 15 produces 74 percent of the sRGB spectrum, which is below the 89-percent category average and similar to the 78-percent rating from the Acer Swift 3. If you need a more colorful display, then the Lenovo Flex 5 1570 offers more at 133 percent. At 200 nits of brightness, the Aspire emits less than the average of 229-nits for mainstream notebooks but above the 177-nits for the Swift 3.

Keyboard and Touchpad

The 15-inch display translates to a bigger chassis that Acer utilizes to offer a real estate keyboard that includes a number pad. The keys offer a 1.5 millimeters of travel and 71 grams of required actuation force which is between the expected range of 1.5 to 2.0 millimeters and at least 60 grams.

It also features a 4.1 by 3.0-inch touchpad which offers a solid feel to each click and accurate input tracking.

Audio

Sound is another matter entirely. The dual stereo speakers in the Acer are pretty loud but they distort at high volumes. Adjusting the volume above 75 percent with leave you with distorted vocals, so it is safe to keep it at slightly below 75 percent. Playing God’s Plan by Drake sounds sweet on the notebook, with booming vocals, sturdy bass and clear drums.

Battery Life

The Acer Aspire comes with a 62 Whr battery that is capable of delivering up to 8 hours of and 44 minutes. It is rare for large notebooks to pack such a powerful battery as it competitors such as the Swift 3 can run up to 7hrs and 15 minutes whereas the Vivobook S510 offers up to 5 hours of battery life. The older Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-57D4 still remains king in this category with its battery capable of running for 10 hours and 59 minutes.

Conclusion

The Acer Aspire E 15 E5-576G comes with features and performance that is hard to beat in the desktop replacement category. The inclusion of a long battery life, a solid keyboard, an 8th generation Core i5 processor and a speedy SSD gives the Acer an edge to stand out from the crowd. The only drawbacks with this laptop comes with the bloatware and dim display.

If you’d rather make fewer compromises and open your wallet much wider, the Dell XPS 15 Touch and the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 are our top picks in the high-end desktop replacement category.

But if you are in search of an affordable laptop for everyday activities, the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-576G gives you a ton of value for the money.