Not everybody likes Acer, but I must admit their laptops often offer excellent value. Without paying too much you’ll get a lot, and in the case of Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-57HR you’ll receive a notebook with speedy i5 processor, a terabyte hard drive and also a low-end dedicated graphics card. But even if the value is good, are there some hidden disadvantages you should know about? I’ll tell you more about that here.
The performance of Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-57HR is not too shabby. It features the Broadwell-based Core i5-5200U processor that has two cores, a 2.2GHz base speed and 2.7GHz max turbo frequency. The popular CPU Mark grades it at ~3500 points, while step down Core i3s get around 2700. The i5-5200U is good for people with heavy-duty programs (Photoshop to name one), it’s not the fastest processor around but will get the job done for sure.
The laptop features 8GB DDR3L memory. I’m pretty sure it’s installed on one stick, and since there are two memory slots on the mainboard you can double the RAM to 16GB with just one extra stick. Somebody however commented that getting access to RAM takes some effort, but a knowledgeable person can surely do that by himself.
The storage drive in Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-57HR is a traditional 1TB 5400RPM SATA HDD. The good side is plenty of space, worse side is the performance. You can of course take the drive out and put a solid-state drive in to increase the speed big time.
Screen and graphics
Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-57HR features a 15.6″ display with Full HD support, aspect ratio being 16:9. This kind of 1920×1080 screen is often a welcome sight for power – and also many home – users, although the icons and text will look rather small on it. To fight the issue, you can always change the resolution to 1366×768. Remember that the display does not support touch, it can’t be used as a tablet.
The notebook relies on a dedicated graphics card, that’s a nice thing. But the GeForce 940M (2GB) unit is not the quickest one, no, it can only be called an entry level card. It should be able to play any current game, but many will require low to medium settings to retain playable frame rates. GTA V, for example, would need medium details and 1366×768 to reach smooth +50FPS. On the other hand, easier titles such as Sims 4 and Minecraft can be played with full eye candy on.
Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-57HR comes with three USB ports, and luckily two of them are USB 3.0. In addition to HDMI out, Acer also decided to include a VGA port so many different kinds of monitors can be plugged in.
You’ll find no built-in optical drive in this laptop. So you must get an external DVD drive in order to access or burn discs. Luckily, external DVD drives are cheap, around 30 dollars. Also, if you have files on memory cards, feel free to use the notebook’s SD card slot.
The laptop offers excellent interfaces for networking: a Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) port and 802.11ac WiFi. Bluetooth 4.0 is supported as well.
To video chat with your buddies you can use the integrated HD (1280×720) webcam.
What comes to portability, Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-57HR doesn’t seem to differ from its competitors. It weighs 5.29 pounds and offers a 4-cell Li-ion battery lasting for up to 5 hours. There are no real life tests yet to confirm that, but you should expect at least good 4 hours battery life.
The keyboard is not backlit on this model. To give you a quick access to number keys, a numeric keypad is available on the right.
Summing it up
There are legitimate reasons to get Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-57HR. The most obvious one is that if you’re a power user, the components this notebook has offer enough performance for your demanding applications. It’s not only the web browser and other basic stuff this Acer can take care of, also programming, editing images and watching HD content are all possible here. Playing games works too, although you can’t keep more than low to medium settings on many recent, graphics-intense titles. As it is, I don’t see any alarming drawbacks in this laptop. If you want performance that comes in a well-priced package, this Acer should be a good choice for you.