Acer Aspire E5-571P-59QA is one of those laptops that has garnered a lot of attention lately. Probably because, at least at the time of writing this review, it was selling for a large discount. Well, low price or huge discount don’t always mean a good product. So let’s examine this laptop further below!
Acer Aspire E5-571P-59QA is a touchscreen model which works perfectly for Windows 8.1’s new features. That said, the glossy 15.6″ display with just 1366×768 resolution would disappoint some, as Full HD screen has become the standard for many power users these days. However, in these low end laptops 1920×1080 resolution is rather non-existent, and one must embrace the 1366×768.
The 4th Gen Intel Core i5-4210U is the heart of this Acer. It’s a dual core 1.7GHz CPU with turbo frequency of 2.7GHz. I’m glad to see such a powerful processor in a budget machine. You’ll have hard times finding applications that slow this CPU down. It handles everyday computing, multitasking and complex programs without a problem.
The default RAM amount 4GB probably suffices for most, but professionals will be happy to know the system supports up to 16GB memory. There’s one free slot on the mainboard for memory upgrade, so doubling the RAM is possible (however tough due to bottom panel being hard to remove).
Storage consists of a 500GB 5400RPM hard drive. Half a terabyte is a common size for laptops of this price. If you want a boost in speed, you could add SSD inside. However, as mentioned above, accessing the internals can be a tough task.
Gaming in nutshell
The Core i5 processor integrates a graphics chip called Intel HD 4400. It runs many games with acceptable frame rates as long as you keep settings and resolution at bay. For example, Battlefield 4 should have around 20 FPS and Minecraft 40 frames per second, CS: GO even more. Upping the settings will make the Intel HD quickly reach its limits, but on many low-end games going at least to medium settings should be possible.
In total, there are three USB ports in Acer Aspire E5-571P-59QA. One of those is USB 3.0.
Unlike many Acers, this model sports a VGA output in addition to HDMI. As such, you’ll have support for both HDTVs and legacy monitors.
Networking-wise, all the three important features are there: Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi adapter and Bluetooth support.
This laptop has an optical drive for reading and writing DVDs. Also media card reader for Secure Digital format is available.
Connecting with friends or co-workers through video is possible with the built-in webcam and microphone.
Other things worthy of mentioning
One of the positive things about this laptop is the battery. It’s a 6-cell one and listed as having 7 hours life. Probably you won’t reach that, but getting 5-6 hours operating time should be realistic.
Acer Aspire E5-571P-59QA weighs 5.5 pounds, making it not so portable model compared to lightweight subnotebooks.
A dedicated 10-key numpad is located on the keyboard’s right hand side.
Summing it up
Acer Aspire E5-571P-59QA is a great deal for the money. Its strong sides are fast Core i5 CPU and (up to) 7 hours battery life. Also the Intel HD 4400 isn’t that bad for games – as long as you can play without eye candy turned on. If I had to complain about something, it would be the lack of Full HD resolution. But to keep the price low, the manufacturer has to make sacrifices. As it is, I can still warmly recommend this Acer for anybody. Usually for this price you get a much weaker Celeron rig. This time, you’re looking for a very solid laptop good for home and power users alike.