Celeron and Pentium laptops are the bread and butter of TechForPennies.com. But sometimes, notebooks with powerful processors and attractive price enter the scene. That’s the case with Acer Aspire E 15 E5-571-7776. It is powered by Intel Core i7 CPU so you could expect excellent performance from it. But not everything is just about the processor, there are also other things you should know about. In this review, we’ll tell you what those things are.
Anyway, let’s start with the most obvious: the processor. Intel Core i7-4510U is a 2014 release, featuring two cores and clock frequency up to 3.1GHz thanks to turbo boost. Intel Core i7s are real beasts of the processor world, suitable for the heaviest uses, including CAD design, image editing and more. Of course, this also means elevated prices – but price-wise I’d still consider this laptop a mid-range one. All in all, a user with demanding needs would get most out of such a powerful CPU.
The laptop has full 8GB RAM, again indicating that it’s geared towards power users. In my opinion eight gigabytes is adequate for everybody – but as it is, the system supports up to 16GB memory if you want to splurge.
Hard drive is a terabyte one, allowing to host all your files effortlessly. If you prefer a faster one (the default drive runs 5400RPM only) you can probably swap it for a quick SSD.
The operating system in this model is Windows 8.1 (64-bit). As the screen is a non-touch 15.6″ display, you can’t utilize the touch features Windows 8 is known for. However, after using that OS on a regular display for months I haven’t had any problems. A bigger issue for some might be the 1366×768 resolution. But when you take a look at the price and overall performance of this laptop, complaining will probably stop.
Briefly on gaming
Acer Aspire E 15 E5-571-7776 has a chip called Intel HD Graphics 4400, a typical graphics engine found in Core i5 and Core i7 processors. It can handle many games without a problem, granted you don’t play on high settings and resolution. Minecraft would have smooth FPS, and even some heavier titles like Battlefield 4 and Assassin’s Creed IV should reach around 30 frames per second on low settings which I consider playable.
Three USB ports are available on this Acer, but only one of them is USB 3.0. Using external monitors is possible through the VGA and HDMI outputs.
Gigabit Ethernet and basic 802.11 b/g/n WiFi take care of your Internet needs. Bluetooth 4.0 is also supported.
Sadly, there’s no optical drive in this laptop. The only way around this is to use an external DVD drive that connects to USB. An alternative would be to use media cards, for which this Acer supports at least the SD ones.
Video calls are possible thanks to the built-in HD webcam with 1280×720 resolution.
Other things worthy of mentioning
Acer Aspire E 15 E5-571-7776 weighs 5.51 pounds, bit more than most 15 inch notebooks I’ve seen. However, the 6-cell battery should have solid 5-6 hours running time which contributes to better portability.
A 10-key numpad is included on the right hand side of the keyboard.
As far as I know, a trial for anti-virus program is installed on this system.
I’ve seen many laptops in this price range and have to say that Acer Aspire E 15 E5-571-7776 is a solid one. You’ll get very powerful Core i7 processor with 8GB RAM (with possibility to upgrade to 16GB), so running basically any application on this rig is a piece of cake. Some lightweight gaming will also work, just keep most eye candy turned off. Bluetooth support is a bonus, although the lack of optical drive will understandably annoy some. If you can accept the missing DVD drive, there are only reasons to like the Acer for this price.