The Acer Aspire VX 15 is a solid budget gaming laptop with an excellent 7th generation processor and a fast SSD for stellar performance but suffers from too little storage and a poor screen.
PROS: Decent Full HD gaming. Good quad-core processor. Great keyboard
CONS: Below average battery life. Poor display color gamut. Unimpressive sound quality.
Acer was once only known for affordable consumer PC, but it decided to push the envelope further into the world of gaming with its predator desktops and laptops. The Acer Aspire VX 15 VX5-591G-5652 is yet another entry-level gaming laptop from acer that strikes a balance between performance and the price. The laptop features an efficient 1050 GTX GPU from Nvidia which is capable of handle most of the recent titles at reduced graphics settings. The VX combines the GPU with a quad-core 7th generation core i5-7300HQ processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. The overall appeal of this system is pulled down by its below average battery, overweight chassis and a lackluster screen in the competitive market of gaming laptops but then it feature in the list of a casual gamer.
Design and Features
Acer uses a completely matte black chassis with red accents, a signature color for gaming laptops. The red accents are two decorative stripes that grace the lid and an acer logo at the center. The fan exhausts at the rear are also clad in red as well the touchpad surrounding and the keyboard is illuminated in red. The central hinge that holds the laptop together glows in silver. The combination of the colors does not bring in anything exciting or premium considering the price but then it still comes with a decent chassis.
The Laptop measures 10.45 x 15.31 x 1.14 inches which is sizable enough compounded with the carved corners and big bezels around the screen. Acer had to sacrifice on weight as the system weighs in at 5.5 pounds. We didn’t expect the sacrifice to be this big, but then the damage is already done! At this weight, it is considerably higher than the Acer Aspire’s V 15 Nitro Black Edition. But the VX 15 is lighter than the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 which weighs in at 5.8 pounds.
The VX 15 features a spacious keyboard which includes a small number pad for those who want to crunch the numbers. The keys have a good amount of travel while requiring a little bit more force in the beginning of the travel. The Keyboard is backlit making it possible to work even in dim lit areas and the WASD keys receive more illumination around the edges to make your gaming experience enjoyable. On the other hand, the touch pad serves right but does not feature the right and left mouse buttons, a feature that Acer could have just added by chose to ignore. It however supports all of the multi-touch windows 10 gestures comfortably, it is smooth and accurate.
Under the hood, the Acer Aspire VX 15 houses the 7th generation Intel core i5-7300HQ with a base clock of 2.5 GHZ. The quad-core processor without hyper threading can run up to 3.5 GHZ with Turbo Boost technology to deliver a snappy performance. The system includes 8GB of DDR4 RAM that makes it possible for the system to handle everyday tasks without stuttering. The 8 GB gig is enough for most users, however, for folks who are into photo or video editing they might find it beneficial to add more RAM. The system is expandable to 32 GB of RAM.
The notebook comes with 256GB M.2 SATA SSD which is not expansive enough but provides quick loading and booting speeds. The SSD can hit a read speed of 495MB/S and write speed of 378MB/s which is better than what we saw in the Acer Predator’s 15 SSD. The Asus ROG has nothing to offer with its slow mechanical drive hence the Aspire eschews it more than three times in terms of read and write speeds. With the Acer Aspire VX 15 SSD, you won’t be worried of speed but then it will limit you on storage space, especially for installing too many games at once.
The Acer Aspire delivers middle-of-the-road gaming performance with the inclusion of a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 with 4 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM. The system is capable of delivering 42.9 fps when tasked to run Rise of the Tomb Raider at high settings and Full HD. If you try playing In Ghost Recon: Wildlands, you can expect around 45fps at low settings and Full HD. It is a tall order for the GPU to offer decent frame rates when it comes to playing recent titles. If you are a gaming addict you may want to go for the Acer Aspire VX5-591G-54VG which comes with 1050-Ti GPU that is capable of handling most of the titles. The 1050-Ti GPU around 20% ahead of its sibling GTX 1050
Running games on the Acer Aspire VX 15 makes it a little bit noisy but then it is fair off compared to the Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming laptop. However, you cannot be distracted by the noise that much especially if you wear your headphones.
Connectivity ports are of great importance especially in this transition period and the Acer Aspire VX 15 comes with all the ports that you could need for your daily activities. It features one USB 2.0 port and two USB 3.0 ports for faster transfer of data and they are easily identifiable with their blue color. The system keeps up with the spirit for a better future with the inclusion of the USB Type C port that will come in handy even when the manufacturers abandon the traditional USB Type-A port.
There is an HDMI output port for extending the display to larger screens such as monitors, projectors and HDTVs for an ultimate gaming experience. An SD card reader slot is included alongside with a headphone/microphone jack. The DVD burner is missing on this laptop, and this does not come as a surprise considering the fact that manufacturers are fast moving away from this traditional technology.
Access to the internet is available through the Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) port if you prefer using cabled connection. For wireless connectivity, there’s a dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi card that is very robust provided your internet connection is good. There is also Bluetooth 4.0 for connecting with compatible devices to share and transfer data.
The 15.6-inch laptop features a full HD screen with a resolution of 1920x1080p that supports IPS technology for wide viewing angles. This is an improvement from the traditional TN panels but then it is still mediocre when considering the brightness, contrast and colors.
The panel is capable of reproducing 65 percent of the sRGB color gamut, which is far below the average sRGB of 96 percent. The aspire performs almost similar to the Dell Inspiron’s 67 percent, but then the Asus ROG Strix is king here with its 122 percent sRGB color gamut.
The colors on the Ace’s screen aren’t that much accurate. Additionally, the screen is relatively dim. It produces 247 nits of brightness which is far below the average of 271.
There is a 720p webcam located at the top bezel of the display that is not good enough for recording high quality videos and taking pictures. It comes with a face recognition feature which ensures that your face is prioritized over backlighting and objects in the background. There is a clear microphone thus making it suitable for the videos calls to conferences or friends and family via Skype.
Good battery life is a rare find on a budget laptop, let alone one made for gaming. The Acer Aspire is no different, it comes equipped with a 52 WH battery. The gaming notebook did last around 6 hours in our Wi-Fi test. This is sufficient for extensive web browsing or video playback on the go. The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 flexes a better muscle as it comes with a battery capable of running up to 9 hours making it among the best 1050- GPU based system around in terms of battery capacity.
The laptop comes with a set of built-in speakers that are not loud enough to fill a room with rich sound. The voices are clear, especially for gaming with the sound effects not sounding distorted or muddy. Gunshots and explosions sound full with a fair amount of bass and dialogue is clear. They are however inadequate for movies or music hence you may need to use your headphones to get the best sounds for your music. The Dell Inspiron 15 gaming comes with better speakers capable of delivering a nice amount of bass and clarity.
The Acer Aspire VX 15 VX5-591G-5652 is a decent gaming laptop with an entry-level performance. The unit comes with the seventh generation Intel core i5-7300HQ processor and a GeForce GTX 1050. The Graphics card included in this laptop is a budget engine that lacks the oomph needed to handle latest gaming titles. It is however robust enough to handle day to day tasks thanks to its fast 8GB DDR4 memory and 256GB SSD. There is nothing exciting on its display, as it features a Full HD display and the system in not Virtual Reality (VR) ready. We are pretty impressed by the rigidness and usability of this device with only minor setbacks that most users probably won’t have any problems settling with them.
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