Acer is famous for its well-priced yet rather durable notebooks, often catering to the needs of casual users who want a decent laptop for their daily activities. This particular model, Acer Aspire E 15 E5-551-T5SN, offers AMD 10 processor, 8GB memory and terabyte hard drive, allowing you to run many heavier programs and store huge amounts of data on the computer. Acers often are excellent value for the money, but it doesn’t hurt to examine this item further to see if that’s also true here…
Is it powerful enough for program X?
Acer Aspire E 15 E5-551-T5SN runs on the AMD A10-7300 processor. It’s a quad-core CPU offering a clockspeed of 1.9GHz and turbo of 3.2GHz. In CPU Mark it gets around 3000 points, about the same than some older 4th generation i3s from the Intel side (such as the Core i3-4000M). As such, there’s enough performance in the A10-7300 for everyday computing, be it Google Chrome, MS Office or high definition video streaming services you’re planning to use.
The laptop has 8GB RAM, distribution being two 4GB sticks. This eats up both memory slots on the mainboard, but going to maximum 16GB is still possible if you replace the two sticks with bigger ones.
I can see some complaints coming because of the 1TB 5400RPM hard drive, but that’s what you get in a cheaper notebook like this. There’s nothing wrong with its storage space itself, but the speed might bother some. This problem can be fixed by taking the drive out and putting a solid-state drive in place.
And can it also run games?
Acer Aspire E 15 E5-551-T5SN can run some games for sure. It has an integrated graphics engine called Radeon R6 (Kaveri), reaching similar performance levels than Intel HD 5500 if G3D Mark tests are to be believed. Some heavier titles, such as Crysis 3 (25-30 FPS) and Battlefield 4 (~25FPS) would work on lowest settings and 1366×768 resolution. Games not putting a strain on the system, for example Sims 4 or Minecraft, are also very playable here. However, top of the line titles like GTA 5 or The Witcher 3 would be frustratingly slow.
Any comments about the screen quality?
Acer Aspire E 15 E5-551-T5SN features a 15.6″ display supporting the basic 1366×768 resolution. It’s not something power users are looking for, but people who like bigger text and icons should be happy with such a resolution. It doesn’t offer touch screen functionality, so be prepared to use Windows 8.1 with trackpad and keyboard.
What peripherals does it accept?
Acer Aspire E 15 E5-551-T5SN has three USB ports, just like the majority of 15.6-inch notebooks. But to keep the price low, only one of them is USB 3.0. In addition, VGA and HDMI outputs are provided, so you can connect many kinds of external monitors – including HDTV – to this notebook.
To get Internet access you can use either Gigabit LAN port or 802.11 b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0 card.
DVD burner is installed inside, allowing you to write and read discs. There’s also SD card slot for file transfers from several portable devices.
The laptop features a 1280×720 webcam, good for having video chats with your contacts.
Are there other things to keep in mind?
Acer Aspire E 15 E5-551-T5SN is as traveler friendly as any 15.6-inch laptop. At ~5 pounds (this one being 5.51 to be exact) they are not ultrabooks but I’ve seen people on airports countless times with these laptops. The 6-cell battery should give good 4 hours for lightweight use, such as web surfing.
Unfortunately, this model does not come with a backlit keyboard. Numpad is available on the right hand side.
I don’t think Acer Aspire E 15 E5-551-T5SN is any different than an average model of that manufacturer: a notebook of acceptable quality and low(ish) price, meant for everyday computing. For non-demanding use, components like the AMD processor, eight gigabytes RAM and integrated graphics are not a problem, but some hardcore gaming is best left for other laptops – unless you don’t mind reducing settings close to minimum on many titles. Storage drive is spacious here, so think it as an advantage if you plan to use the laptop as your data backup. Otherwise it might be too slow, swap for an SSD wouldn’t be a bad idea. All in all, the notebook doesn’t seem to have too many drawbacks, and for this reason I could recommend it for hunters of a reliable, basic laptop.