Hey guys, if you are looking for a notebook which will accelerate your photo editing and enhance video remastering, then this thing is made for you. It also covers great experience while playing latest popular games. These all tasks is not a big deal for it as it comes with Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU along with Intel’s 8th gen CPU. Let’s jump to it. Acer Aspire 5 review.
Design and build:
The Aspire 5 is designed keeping a mid-range budget in mind, so most of the body is made of plastic. The Aspire 5 is also quite slim for a 15.6-inch laptop, measuring around 20.95mm thick. On the other hand, it’s still heavy at 2.2kg.
Acer has fitted a full-HD display on this particular variant (but not on all), so text, menus and everything in general looks sharp and clear. The lid can also tilt all the way back, to 180 degrees. Colour reproduction is decent, but the worst part is the viewing angles, which are quite weak.
The Aspire 5 has a good selection of ports. You get a total of three full-sized USB ports (two 2.0 ports, one 3.0 port), a Type-C port (USB 3.1, Gen1), Ethernet, HDMI, an SD card slot, and a headphone and microphone combo socket. The laptop has a metal plate for the palm rest area, which gives it slight premium feeling. This also means there isn’t any flex around the keys, which is usually the case with plastic. You get a backlit, full-sized keyboard along with a number pad. The keys are well spaced out and are comfortable for typing. We also found the trackpad to be generously proportioned.
On the bottom of the laptop, it has a lot of vents to maintain good air circulation. There are also two hatches for accessing the hard drive and RAM. This is very useful as it lets owners easily access these components without needing to go to a service centre. The laptop ships with a 60W power adapter and user manuals.
Specifications and software:
The Design is probably not the strongest suit of the Aspire 5 but its specifications are what’s really interesting here. It sports Intel’s new Core i5-8250U CPU, based on the Kaby Lake Refresh architecture. It still uses the same 14nm fabrication process but the number of cores has doubled from two to four, so you now get eight processing threads. This helps to enhance performance. There’s also 8GB of DDR4 RAM and a 1TB hard drive. You can add more RAM thanks to the empty accessible slot.
Graphics are handled either by the CPU’s integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU or the discrete Nvidia GeForce MX150. The latter component was recently announced by Nvidia, and replaces the ageing GeForce 940MX. It supports DirectX 12 and has 2GB of GDDR5 memory to itself.
Other specifications include Bluetooth 4, dual-band Wi-Fi ac, and an HD webcam. The laptop ships with Windows 10 Home and you also get the full version of Microsoft’s Home and Student 2016 edition with this particular variant.
Performance and battery life:
The Aspire 5 performs well in benchmarks, and in some multi-threaded tests, it manages to outperform Intel’s higher-end 7th gen CPUs. The hard drive also performed well in SiSoft Sandra’s physical disk tests, where we got a drive score of 200MB/s. The Aspire 5 does a decent job when gaming at the native resolution if you drop graphics settings down to either Low or Medium for playable framerates, depending on the game.
The Aspire 5 easily handles 4K video without any trouble. Acer also has a dynamic contrast adjustment system called Colour Intelligence, which is useful for animated movies but otherwise is best left switched off. The keyboard has good travel for typing and the keys aren’t too noisy. We like how the trackpad is generously proportioned, and button presses don’t require too much effort.
The stereo speakers are placed on either side, on the bottom. They get fairly loud at full volume and sound best when the laptop is placed on a solid surface so that sound can reflect off it. The webcam also supports 720p video and picture quality is quite clear even indoors. Acer promises up to seven hours of battery life from the 4-cell battery but we managed to get about five-and-a-half to six hours, which is about average.
Price : Rs. 50,466 on flipkart
- Good multimedia performance
- Best specifications in price range
- User accessible RAM and storage
- Comfortable keyboard
- Plastic body
- Display has weak viewing angles
- Lid flexes
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