Acers are often seen as low-cost notebooks with better price/performance ratio than their competitors have. This gives a real edge to the company, and many times their notebooks are featured on best selling lists. But being a new model, Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573-57DV is nowhere near such lists, yet the laptop might have potential to make its way there one day. The computer has proper i5 processor, 4GB RAM and a backlit keyboard with a temptingly low price tag. So, let’s try to find out if this notebook is top list material or just a lemon in disguise…
Despite being a rather inexpensive model, Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573-57DV comes with a decent performance. The system is powered by Intel Core i5-5200U, a modern low voltage processor featuring two cores and a 2.2GHz clock speed that increases up to 2.7GHz with turbo boost. It is quite a powerful workhorse, reaching ~3500 CPU Mark points, about 15% increase from newer mobile i3s. In real life, the processor can handle about 99% of tasks a computer user might have: web surfing, office programs, video streaming and even casual photo editing are all things this unit is familiar with.
The notebook sports 4GB DDR3L memory. Many experts say this is fine for the vast majority of computer users. I tend to agree with them, although must also say that 8GB makes sense for a handful of power users. But starting with the 4GB is a good idea, you can always add more – there are two memory slots with 16GB being the most RAM this computer supports.
Storage drive is nothing to write good things about. It’s a basic 500GB 5400RPM hard drive, alright for storing home user’s files, but the biggest issue would be slowness – especially if you’ve already tasted the speed of SSD in some other computer. The cure is simple: take out the hard drive and put a solid-state drive in. You can certainly do it here (like in any laptop) with some skills.
Notes about gaming
You can’t expect fantastic gaming experience from a budget laptop, can you? Indeed, Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573-57DV relies on Intel HD 5500 which is an integrated (= worse performance) graphics engine. In reality, it is able to load and run many games, but frame rates and eye candy won’t be great. For example, the famous GTA 5 would reach playable 20-25 frames per second on 1366×768 and low to medium settings. Minecraft, on the other hand, gets easily over 35FPS with some eye candy on. Same goes for other popular (yet lightweight) titles like League of Legends and CS: GO.
Comments about display
There’s a 15.6″ display in Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573-57DV. It is not a touch screen and there’s no Full HD support, just 1366×768. For this price, however, you can’t expect much more. And considering the weak graphics card, you couldn’t even enjoy 1080p with many games, although 1080p movies would work fine if the screen indeed supported 1920×1080.
This laptop has HDMI output for new PC monitors or HD televisions, and there’s also VGA port if you want to hook up an older display. USB ports are three, two are USB 3.0 which you might want to prefer to benefit from faster transfer rates.
Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573-57DV features no DVD drive. So, what can you do if you need to access discs? It’s simple, you can get an external DVD drive that connects to USB and you’re good to go. They cost ca. 30 bucks and can be found in any online store selling laptops.
There are nice Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) and 802.11 AC WiFi adapters allowing you to access Internet. Bluetooth 4.0 is also supported.
Other features you might find useful are 1280×720 webcam for Skype and SD card slot for digital cameras and other gadgets that store data on memory cards.
Miscellaneous yet important things
Specifications state the weight of Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573-57DV is 5.29 pounds. That’s about the same these laptops with 15″ display often are, around 5 pounds. There’s a 4-cell battery included and ad copy says it’s good for up to 5 hours with a single charge. That might be so, you can probably enjoy it for ~4 hours before recharging is needed.
Quite rare for so cheap laptop, the Acer sports a backlit keyboard. A 10-key pad is available, too.
Summing it up
It looks like Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573-57DV offers good value for its price. The i5 processor is sweet, 4GB RAM isn’t fantastic but should suffice for most uses. The integrated Intel HD graphics engine can play some lighter games with appropriate frame rates. Hard drive is probably the weakest point, but I can’t complain a lot considering it’s a budget laptop. However, even though the Acer is affordable, it features things often found in expensive models, such as AC WiFi and backlit keyboard. These are the reasons why I think the notebook is worth its price. If you agree with me, you’ll probably find this Acer an excellent companion for home, student or small office use.