There are a lot of new Acers being released this August – perhaps they are making sure nobody is left empty-handed in the depressing autumn (or November) rain. Either way, one of the new models, the Acer Aspire E 15 (E5-573G-52G3) comes with a bunch of interesting things: 5th Generation i5 processor, 8GB memory and a humongous terabyte hard drive. Oh, and also a Full HD display and dedicated graphics. All for rather affordable price. But this begs the question, is there some catch you should be aware of? Too early to say yet, for that we must take a closer look at this notebook first…
It should be convenient to have your daily dose of laptop with Acer Aspire E 15 (E5-573G-52G3), including web browsing, playing a couple of lightweight games and watching a good movie from Netflix. The computer features Intel Core i5-5200U, a processor that’s capable of dealing with aforementioned applications without issues. There are two cores in this CPU and clock speed is 2.2GHz, although you’ll get a little increase to 2.7GHz when turbo mode is activated. The i5-5200U is one of the most common processors found in modern mid-range laptops, it can honorably survive most things you throw at it. Passmark score is 3500, for your reference i3s (the slower CPUs of Intel’s) get around 3000 in the same test.
The notebook features 8GB memory. Such an amount should be all a home user needs. To be honest, many people are still good to go with 4GB, but it doesn’t hurt to have 8GB especially if you’re planning to use some more exotic programs. For your information, the distribution seems to be two 4GB sticks and maximum RAM 16 gigabytes.
Acer Aspire E 15 (E5-573G-52G3) has a mechanical hard drive with 1024GB storage and 5400RPM spindle speed. The former is wonderful for people who’d like to use this notebook to dump their files on. The latter would be bad news if you want a fast laptop. If excellent performance sounds like your cup of tea, replacing the HDD with a solid-state should be a good idea.
Notes about the display
The notebook features a 15-inches Full HD, non-touch display. Now, 1920×1080 resolution for this price is quite rare so consider yourself lucky. You’ll be able to watch any 1080p movie no worries, Full HD gaming is possible with some titles (more about that in the next chapter).
Acer Aspire E 15 (E5-573G-52G3) has a graphics unit called NVIDIA GeForce 940M. You might already know it uses dedicated memory so performance is alright. You’ll be able to fire up and enjoy many games, even with some eye candy turned on. For example, GTA 5 works fluently, getting ~40FPS on medium-high settings and 1366×768. MMO-type titles, like popular LoL and Minecraft, are ones that will have smooth frame rates with higher settings on.
Acer Aspire E 15 (E5-573G-52G3) has three USB ports waiting to connect your USB peripherals. Two of those are USB 3.0, one is USB 2.0. To connect a monitor you’ll be able to use HDMI and VGA outputs on the laptop.
Network interfaces should be all you need: there’s a Gigabit RJ-45 port for friends of cable and 802.11AC WiFi for wireless connection. Bluetooth 4.0 works as well.
The notebook comes without an optical drive, but there’s always the possibility to purchase an external one and access discs that way. In addition, the SD card reader can be useful in case you have memory cards and want that data moved to the computer.
Webcam supporting 1280×720 resolution is available on top of the screen for video Skyping.
Acer Aspire E 15 (E5-573G-52G3) comes with a 4-cell Li-ion battery for which the manufacturer promises up to 5 hours life. You can probably reach close to that if you don’t mind keeping the screen brightness at bay.
The unit weight is 5.29 pounds so it doesn’t differ from other 15.6″ models.
The keyboard has normal (non-backlit) keys and a numeric keypad.
Windows 10 Home is the operating system here.
So, is there a good reason to get the Acer Aspire E 15 (E5-573G-52G3) laptop? Sure, if you want performance for a reasonable price. The components include i5 processor and eight gigabytes of system memory, and quite honestly there are not many people for whom such a couple wouldn’t be enough. Continuing the thought, most programs are not an issue for this system: web browser, YouTube, Netflix, media stuff like image editing all work here. The computer is no stranger to gaming either, it has a GeForce graphics card that’s a lot better compared to integrated Intel HD models. I can’t point any obvious disadvantage that a casual home (or even a power) user would meet – this Acer would most likely be an excellent buy for you.