It’s often said that if you want good bang for your buck, go for Acer. At the company, they tend to place a bunch of powerful components inside but not put a ridiculously high price on the computer. This seems to be true for Acer Aspire E 17 E5-772G-52Q7 – it is a well priced model but sports things like Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM and dedicated graphics card in the engine room. And Windows 10 being the operating system you don’t need to be in agony like you might be with Windows 8. Sounds excellent, but let’s examine the unit further before judging it…
If you take a look at the price, you might think Acer Aspire E 17 E5-772G-52Q7 is quite a slow notebook. But reading more what the system includes, it actually seems to have pretty decent performance. The processor is the popular Broadwell-based Intel Core i5-5200U, offering you two cores and clock speed up to 2.7GHz with turbo (regular speed is 2.2GHz). Comparing it to other well-known models, the i5-5200U is some 30 percent faster than popular Core i3s, like the i3-4030U. That might not tell you much, and to be honest in real life the difference is not clearly noticeable, but if you have any doubts and you’re planning to run some heavier programs, my advice is to go for i5-5200U.
The notebook comes with plenty of RAM, 8GB to be exact, installed on two 4GB modules. The maximum is indeed 16GB, but in my opinion hardly anybody needs that much. Memory type is the usual DDR3L SDRAM.
The laptop is equipped with a 1024GB hard drive. It’s a big (as in capacity) drive, but of course speed is just 5400RPM. You might not notice the “sluggish” performance, but if you’ve used SSDs you’ll certainly see it. In that case, you might want to think about replacing the drive with an SSD.
Display and graphics
Acer Aspire E 17 E5-772G-52Q7 has a great display for multimedia/graphics editing purposes. The diagonal is 17.3 inches and resolution 1920×1080. Touch screen it is not, but that wouldn’t matter, operating system here is Windows 10.
One of the selling points is without doubt the graphics card. There’s a proper (= dedicated) graphics engine called GeForce 940M (4GB DDR3) inside. To tell the truth, it’s not the fastest card there is, but still in different league than slow integrated chips, like the popular Intel HD 4000. Real-life tests show the 940M can take pretty much beating before it gives up, for example GTA 5 would run at ~50FPS with 720p medium settings. It might be bit too much to play those heavyweight games with Full HD, but 1080p is still possible with easier types like Sims 4, Minecraft and LoL.
On a side note, if you don’t need the GeForce 940M – for example you’re traveling and just web surfing – you can turn it off from nVIDIA Control Panel to increase battery life.
It’s easy to spice up the Acer Aspire E 17 E5-772G-52Q7 with a selection of peripherals. The notebook includes four USB ports (one more than 15.6″ models!) and two of those are USB 3.0. There’s also space for both HDMI and VGA ports, so plugging in any kind of monitor – like HDTV – is possible.
It doesn’t make much sense but there’s no optical drive here, despite the laptop being a large 17 inch model. So you’d have to resort to external DVD burner if you need disc access.
There’s nothing to complain about networking, the notebook sports 802.11 A/C type WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0 combo card as well as a Gigabit RJ-45 port.
Other features that might interest you are 720p front-facing webcam and media card reader for SD cards.
What else to keep in mind?
So Acer Aspire E 17 E5-772G-52Q7 is a big laptop, a road warrior might find it a bit inconvenient to work with (the Acer weighs 6.6 pounds, ultrabooks are around 3). Also an unfortunate thing, the battery is non-removable type – replacing is possible but takes extra effort. Under light workloads, the battery will last ca. 4 hours before recharge is required.
The keyboard doesn’t have backlight but a 10-key pad is available.
Summing it up
Acer Aspire E 17 E5-772G-52Q7 is not a thin and light traveling companion, it’s a full-blown 17.3″ laptop. It contains components great for general use, such as i5 processor and 8GB RAM. Good news for gamers, there’s also a dedicated GeForce graphics card – something that gives much better performance than a mere integrated unit would. For what it offers, the price isn’t bad at all. As such, I can recommend this Acer for people who have tendency to run heavier programs and play games now and then.