If you’ve looking for a powerful laptop that doesn’t cost a fortune, here’s a decent candidate for you: Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-79JP. It’s equipped with fast i7 processor and 8GB RAM, and there’s also a dedicated GeForce 940M card that might keep many gamers happy. But surely so cheap laptop has some drawbacks or inconveniences? Perhaps, read more what we found out after examining this laptop further…
What programs can this notebook run?
There isn’t a whole lot of software Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-79JP wouldn’t be able to handle. It features the Intel Core i7-5500U processor, an energy efficient model sporting two cores and a clock speed up to 3.0GHz with turbo, the base speed being 2.4GHz. i7s are indeed Intel’s most powerful processors, although it’s good to keep in mind this model is a low voltage one – with less performance than its power hungry relatives like the i7-4720HQ have (which receives ~8000 CPU Mark points vs. i7-5500U getting ~4000). Nonetheless, you can easily do any browser-based activity, email/paper writing and light gaming on this processor.
The notebook comes with 8GB memory – sadly whether it’s distributed on one 8GB stick or two 4GB sticks is unknown. Anyway, maximum RAM this system takes is 16GB, but 99.9% of computer users are good with 4-8GB.
There’s a 1024GB SATA 5400RPM hard drive providing storage for the laptop. At the current size, a full terabyte, it can hold around two hundred thousand photos. But feel free to swap it to a solid-state drive if you want a faster computer without so much raw storage space.
Do also games work here?
Many games play fine on Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-79JP. The reason is dedicated GeForce 940M card with 4GB DDR3 memory. It’s somewhat faster than integrated cards, for example Intel HD 5500 gets a score of ~560 in G3D Mark tests while this 940M gets ~880. Talking about real life situations, you’ll reach a nice ~50FPS with GTA 5 played on 720p and medium settings. Even The Witcher 3 would work here, but would require low details and 720p to get ~30 frames per second. The lightweight crowd favorites like Minecraft, League of Legends and Counter-Strike: Go work with any settings you like.
Any pros/cons about the screen?
I don’t see many special things about the display. It has no support for touch, but the most exciting thing is Full HD support (which is the only right choice for laptops of this price and above). Any video can be streamed on 1080p, and because the graphics card is stronger than a basic integrated one, many older games will also run on 1920×1080 resolution.
What peripherals does it accept?
There seems to be three USB ports in Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-79JP, just like in any other 15.6″ laptop. Distribution is two USB 3.0s and one USB 2.0. Also HDMI connection is available, using the notebook through HDTV or PC display with HDMI input is possible.
Networking interfaces are all one could ask for: a Gigabit LAN (RJ-45 connector) port and 802.11ac WiFi with Bluetooth 4.0.
The Acer has no optical drive so it might be in your best interest to get an external DVD burner if you need access to discs. In addition, the SD card slot can be used for effortless data transfers, good for owners of digital cameras.
HD webcam with 1280×720 resolution is available, so Skype video chats are something this laptop can do.
Other miscellaneous things
For traveling, Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-79JP should work like any 15″ unit: it weighs 5.3 pounds and has a maximum thickness of 1.15 inches. Operating time for the 4-cell battery is not benchmarked, I’d expect around 4 hours before it needs a recharge.
Acer had to cut costs somewhere, hence they left out backlit keyboard. Numpad is still available on the right side.
Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-79JP looks like a pretty well-rounded laptop geared towards heavier use. The Core i7 processor and 8GB RAM can deal with most (if not all) applications without issues, while the dedicated GeForce 940M will bring some relief to the gamers – although still far from what real gaming cards would offer. The biggest drawback is the storage drive, if there was an SSD this thing would be a killer. If you don’t mind installing one yourself, I can strongly recommend this laptop for everybody with some serious power user tendencies.