Acer Aspire E 15 E5-574G-52QU Laptop Review

February 4, 2016
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Acer Aspire E 15 E5-574G-52QU, that’s an interesting piece of hardware. The laptop is not that pricey but it includes high-end components like 6th generation Intel Core i5 processor. There’s also some sort of a dedicated graphics engine installed for the gaming folk. But let’s not judge the computer yet, we must first take a closer look at it…


Definitely, it’s the processor that is the strongest point in this Acer. The laptop features Intel Core i5-6200U, which is ultra low voltage model with two cores, 2.3GHz clock speed and 2.8GHz turbo boost. The generation is sixth, Skylake-based architecture. The chip does very well in CPU Mark tests, getting around 3900 points in the benchmark.

The notebook contains 8GB (DDR3L) memory, however I can’t say if it’s distributed on two 4GB modules or one 8GB. The maximum supported RAM is 16GB since there are two memory slots in total.

Some people will be disappointed because there’s a hard drive, not SSD. The drive’s indeed big, a full terabyte (SATA 3 5400RPM), but performance-wise it can’t compete with SSD. You can of course remove the drive altogether and put SSD in place, or then move the HDD to the empty optical drive slot (possibly with caddy) and install the solid-state drive in the ex-HDD slot.

Does it work for gaming?

Somebody might call Acer Aspire E 15 E5-574G-52QU a gaming computer. Indeed, there’s a dedicated GeForce 940M with 4GB DDR3 memory installed in this unit. Comparing it to others, the GeForce 940M is somewhat faster than the new integrated Intel HD 520. You can surely run games, for example GTA 5 can be played on medium details and 1366×768 while keeping closer to 60 frames per second. League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Go and all those less demanding titles can be played with maxed out settings, easily.

Ports and connections

It’s the usual array of connections in Acer Aspire E 15 E5-574G-52QU. There are three USB ports at your disposal, one is USB 2.0 and two are USB 3.0. You may also connect external monitors here, the desktop features VGA and HDMI outputs for that.

There’s nothing to complain about networking interfaces, Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 port and 802.11ac WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0 adapter are available.

The laptop does not include DVD drive, there’s an empty slot so you can install one yourself (or use that for extra storage drive) or get external DVD drive. The internal slot supports SATA 2.

In addition, the notebook contains SD card slot and webcam for Skype video chatting.

Other important things

Reviewers have said the screen of Acer Aspire E 15 E5-574G-52QU is nice. It’s a 15.6″ display with Full HD resolution support. The panel type is TN. Touch is not supported.

The notebook includes a 4-cell battery. It will last 4-5 hours web surfing. You need to remove screws and the bottom to replace the battery, it’s well sealed in this model.

Keyboard is unfortunately not backlit.

Windows 10 Home (64-bit) comes pre-loaded on the hard drive.


Acer Aspire E 15 E5-574G-52QU surely is a noteworthy notebook. Despite Acer’s reputation as a budget laptop maker, this model is a step-up from many previous models, offering power user oriented performance with its Core i5 processor and 8GB system memory. You shouldn’t need to worry about any programs lagging here, and many games can also be played if you are conservative with settings. The unit doesn’t have some premium features like a backlit keyboard, but for the money, I can’t complain. Get this Acer if a fast laptop with affordable price is what you’re after!

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