Brand new product is, in my opinion, the norm if you’re doing shopping. But there are also alternatives for those who want to explore. One option is a refurbished item, which essentially means there has been somebody before you using the product. Acer Aspire E5-571-55WK is such a refurb laptop, and of course this is also reflected on price. I’ll tell you more about the computer in the review below.
Acer Aspire E5-571-55WK’s processor is very powerful one. It is the Intel i5-4210U, a 4th generation CPU with 1.7 – 2.7GHz clock frequency and two cores. You can use these processors for pretty much any kind of use you like – be it simple everyday stuff or professional use consisting of image editing, programming or other intensive tasks. The price is not an issue this time either due to the refurbished nature of this laptop.
The Acer has 6GB memory installed. The configuration is 2GB and 4GB chips, and the maximum memory supported by this rig is 16GB. By swapping the old chip(s) for bigger ones you can easily upgrade the memory if you want to.
Terabyte hard drive is plenty for housing all of your files. The speed can’t really be praised (just a 5400RPM one), but indeed for the raw storage it’s a killer. For example, 1024GB drive can house hundreds of games if you’re a player. Or it can host 10,000s of multimedia files if you’re keen on photographing.
Acer Aspire E5-571-55WK’s non-touch display is a cookie-cutter 15.6″ diagonal. The resolution being 1366×768 some elite users might dislike it. Understandably so, but for the price such a low resolution is justified in my opinion.
The operating system in this laptop is Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) which makes it a favorable choice for folks who shun Windows 8.
Briefly on gaming
Acer Aspire E5-571-55WK works quite well for gaming, but only if you sacrifice settings and resolution. The Intel HD 4400 graphics chip can easily run Minecraft with close to 100 FPS, while heaviest titles such as new Assassin’s Creeds or Battlefield 4 will still have 30 frames per second. I would consider those playable FPS.
The Acer comes with three USB ports. On some sites, it’s said all of those are USB 3.0 which I doubt. Most likely two are USB 2.0 and one is USB 3.0, a typical setting in low to mid range level laptops.
There are also HDMI and VGA outputs for extended display support. As such, legacy monitors and HDTVs can all be used with this laptop.
The Ethernet port supports up to Gigabit speeds. A WiFi adapter is also present with Bluetooth 4.0 support.
8x DVD burner and SD media card reader are installed on the laptop. So is a HD webcam for video recording and calls.
Any other things to keep in mind?
The weight is listed as 8 pounds on Amazon.com but that is bad information. Real one is 5.3lbs, a typical weight for a laptop with 15.6″ screen. The battery should be a good one, although reaching the advertised period of 7 hours seem to be a bit unrealistic. Around 5 hours should be a better estimate.
As far as I know, this model doesn’t sport a backlit keyboard. However, like virtually all 15.6 inchers there’s still a 10-key numeric pad on the right.
I have to say the value of Acer Aspire E5-571-55WK is great. It’s a Core i5 laptop with 6-cell battery for ~400 dollars. Of course, this all is explained by the fact it’s a refurb. If you don’t mind that, going for this notebook should be a good choice. All daily computing works well with it – also gamers could find the Acer sufficient, given eye candy is kept at minimum.