Acer certainly divides people’s opinions. To some, it’s just a low quality brand that one wouldn’t even consider. But to many they represent a laptop manufacturer with excellent price-performance ratio. So in this review, we’ll take a look at the Acer Aspire E 17 E5-771-58YD, a fresh notebook model of theirs containing some exciting components like 5th generation Intel processor. Let’s see if these fancy new things are of any use to you…
Intel Core i5-5200U is name of the processor in this laptop. Having been launched just a month or two ago (as of February 2015) it belongs to the 5th generation of Intel processors. Important specs are a dual-core setup and 2.2 – 2.7GHz clock frequency (the latter with turbo boost). Tech enthusiasts have already ran benchmark tests on this model, finding out it belongs to the high-end segment in the Core i5 CPU series. As such, strong performance can be expected, and even specialized programs with heavy requirements should run smoothly on this new processor.
6GB of DDR3L memory is installed by default. It’s a happy compromise between basic 4GB and splurge 8GB. I would be fine with six gigabytes and that is probably true for most people as well. While it’s not explicitly mentioned in the product page I can see that some other Aspire E17 laptops allow up to 16GB memory expansion, so chances are high also this model supports that, too.
Acer Aspire E 17 E5-771-58YD allows you to store a lot of data. There’s a 1024GB hard drive in it, which could theoretically hold two hundred thousands images (5MB per photo) to give you an example. That’s indeed more than enough for most, especially considering this is a laptop, not a desktop. The speed is nothing special though, and at 5400RPM rate you’ll get much slower system & program startup times as you would with solid state drives. However, installing one on this model is possible.
Display and graphics
Acer Aspire E 17 E5-771-58YD has a big screen. It’s measured at 17.3 inches, so I’d imagine somebody with entertainment use on mind would enjoy it. But if you read the specifications carefully you’ll notice a 1600×900 resolution, which is fine for this kind of monitor, but of course Full HD would be better. The display doesn’t have touch support, so you’ll be left out of Windows 8.1 (64-bit) touch features – which however is not a big thing at all.
As the processor is new, so is the graphics engine: there’s an integrated Intel HD 5500 model installed on this notebook. According to benchmark tests, it’s somewhere between HD 4400 and 4600 in terms of performance. As a result, most games will run with somewhat satisfactory frame rates if you keep settings low. It’s expected that Thief runs on ~20FPS, Battlefield 4 on ~30FPS and older games like Minecraft with double or triple that.
Acer Aspire E 17 E5-771-58YD features 4 USB ports, which is one more than many smaller 15.6″ laptops do. Two of them are the faster USB 3.0 type so you should favor those. There’s also a HDMI output port, so in case you’re not happy with the laptop’s own screen you can plug a HDTV or PC display to it.
Networking options of this notebook are excellent. To start with, there’s a fast Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 port for wired connection. And for wireless, a nice dual-band WiFi card is offered. Bluetooth 4.0 is likewise supported.
A DVD burner is installed, which can come handy despite of us living in the era of Internet downloads. An SD media card reader is there, too.
The laptop features a HD (1280×720) webcam, so at least decent quality video chats are possible on it.
Some other things to keep in mind?
Well, obviously, the strengths of a big laptop are somewhere else than in portability. Acer Aspire E 17 E5-771-58YD weighs good 6.6 pounds so it’s not the most convenient to carry around. Also the 4-cell battery won’t probably give you more than 3-4 hours operating time on a single charge.
The non-backlit keyboard contains a numeric pad on its right hand side. Regard that as a small advantage if you need frequent access to number keys.
Summing it up
Thanks to its large size, Acer Aspire E 17 E5-771-58YD can be recommended for a home/multimedia laptop. The 17.3″ display works for movies and the 5th generation processor together with upgraded graphics will allow lag-free gaming experience (especially with older titles). Connections are sufficient for most users, although portability suffers from the bulky size. If you’re not a road warrior, a laptop like this Acer would be something to think about.