The Taiwanese laptop giant has yet managed to announce a new laptop model bearing the name Acer Aspire E 15 E5-571-33BV. It resembles the company’s other latest releases, with differences mostly in processor family and memory amount. Acer notebooks usually have an excellent price-performance ratio. But it’s not certain if this model would be worth your money. Let’s see if we can find an answer here…
Acer Aspire E 15 E5-571-33BV features a processor called Intel Core i3-4005U. People well versed in computer technology might know it’s quite an old CPU – it was made available over a year go. The core amount is two and clock speed indeed a bit low 1.7GHz. It must however be noted that professional benchmarks still rank it quite well at least for everyday computing (for example, CPU Mark gives solid 2500 points while the brand new version i3-5005U gets 3000). If a power user was to get this older model he might be slightly disappointed, although for basic web browsing and other non-demanding tasks it still suits excellently.
The laptop has, as I would call it, the minimum acceptable amount of memory installed. That is 4GB, and it seems to be configured on one DDR3L SDRAM chip. The mainboard has a free slot for another chip so doubling the RAM to 8GB is possible and easy. In fact, you can add RAM all the way to 16GB on this Acer, but I don’t think many people would benefit from going beyond eight gigabytes.
For the hard drive, you’ll get a basic one boasting 500GB space and 5400RPM rate. Again, this kind of specifications are the minimum a modern user should be looking for. Half a terabyte works wonders for casual users, as it can store ~100,000 vacation photos (if one image is a 5MB JPEG). If you’re prone to downloading huge data off Internet on a daily basis, 500GB won’t however last too long. Another issue to consider is the read & write speed which translates to good or bad user experience. If you’re used to fast solid-state drives, you might want to swap the installed HDD for one.
Screen and graphics
The non-touch screen of Acer Aspire E 15 E5-571-33BV doesn’t stand out from the crowd in any way. The size is 15.6″ inches, the most common diagonal amongst notebooks. Also the resolution is standard 1366×768, not awful, but many power users prefer a Full HD display. For this price 1920×1080 is very unlikely to happen. Also, you might’ve heard Windows 8.1 (64-bit) requires touch display but I’m using it everyday without one. So I dare to say most people are happy with this screen.
For gamers, the laptop offers an integrated Intel HD 4400 graphics unit. The whole Intel HD family isn’t really the best companion for a gamer, but many titles can be played with satisfactory frame rates on low details and resolution. For example, the famous Battlefield 4 should run decent 25-30FPS. The demanding Far Cry 3 will likely give ~5 frames less. Lighter games like CS:Go should reach 40 FPS and more.
Acer Aspire E 15 E5-571-33BV has connectivity similar to its competitors. USB ports are three, one of those being USB 3.0. A HDMI output is offered for video connection, good for plugging in a HD television in your household. Networking consists of a Gigabit Ethernet port and a dual-band WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0 card.
DVD drive is not built in this model. To access discs an external drive must be used. One idea could be to utilize the laptop’s SD card reader although that only works if your data is indeed on memory cards, not discs.
The notebook also works for video chatting, thanks to its 1280×720 webcam and microphone.
What other things to keep in mind?
If you’re looking for a portable laptop Acer Aspire E 15 E5-571-33BV is about as good as any 15 incher. It weighs 5.5 pounds (most are in 5 – 5.5lbs range) and there is a 6-cell battery which should work for solid 5 hours on wireless web surfing.
This cheap model has no backlit keyboard, although the regular numeric keypad is installed on the right side.
Summing it up
Acer Aspire E 15 E5-571-33BV is an useful laptop with 15.6″ screen and Core i3 level performance. It can be used no problem for daily computing activities, and there are also some gaming possibilities if you don’t mind playing older titles with reduced eye candy. Of course, this all can be done with any similar laptop. So is there anything particularly good about this Acer? The price, I’d say, like with all products from that company. The notebook has quite an affordable price tag for what it offers. If that’s something you like, consider getting this Acer.