Acer is famous for delivering great value in their laptops. Often their products don’t cost a fortune but provide a solid set of components. Such also seems to be the case with Acer Aspire E5-572G-72M5, a laptop with fast i7 processor and dedicated graphics card. In addition, people like this computer: the Acer has recently received favorable reviews around the Internet. Here, you will find if we agree with these satisfied people or do we find something to complain about…
In a nutshell, Acer Aspire E5-572G-72M5 is packed with power. The processor is Intel Core i7-4712MQ, and if you’re familiar with Intel’s naming scheme, you can see that performance is big. These i7s are indeed the most powerful processors of Intel, this particular quad-core model (2.3GHz clock speed with 3.3Ghz turbo) reaching ~7300 CPU Mark grade. It’s much more than processors often receive, for example new i3s tend to get 2500-3000 and i5s around 3500-4000. All programs and heavier applications will work here, in exchange the processor might heat up a bit so watch out the bottom.
There’s 8GB DDR3 memory installed by default. A very good thing for upgraders, it comes on one DIMM module – leaving the other memory slot free. You can put another 8GB stick there to double the RAM to 16GB. I can’t however recommend this to many, everybody I know (and can think of) would be well off with 8GB.
The Acer’s storage isn’t a modern solid-state drive, for that I must give a minus point or two. The storage consists of a sluggish 1TB 5400RPM hard drive, but a good thing would be the huge space it offers. Nonetheless, if you’re looking for better performance, you might want to replace it with a 2.5″ 7mm SSD. With some technical skills it’s an easy maneuver to do.
How’s the display?
It’s the processor and memory that are great in Acer Aspire E5-572G-72M5, but the screen is just average. The 15.6″ anti-glare display does not offer touch support and what is more, the resolution is 1366×768. This might not matter to a home user, but surely a professional working with photo editing would appreciate a Full HD display. But again, for general use 1366×768 goes.
Gaming on this laptop
Acer Aspire E5-572G-72M5 is not a hardcore gaming machine, but it can certainly take many games you throw at it (although some will require low to medium settings). The graphics engine here is a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 940M, much faster than some low-level integrated Intel HD 4000 chip would be. As an example, the 940M can play GTA 5 at ~50FPS if you keep medium settings and 720p resolution. With The Witcher 3, played on similar settings, you should get ~25 frames per second. Minecraft would give more than 70FPS played on maximum settings.
Acer Aspire E5-572G-72M5 has a variety of connections letting you to hook up peripherals. There are three USB ports all in all. Two are USB 2.0 and sadly, only one USB 3.0. For plugging in a monitor or HDTV, the notebook features VGA and HDMI outputs.
You’ll be able to write (and burn to) discs with this machine, there’s a 8X DVD writer for that. SD memory cards are also supported, that might come handy with digital cameras and other portable devices.
You can connect to your router or modem with the 802.11b/g/n WiFi card or Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) port. Bluetooth 4.0 can be used as well.
There’s a 720p webcam available, good if you want to chat with your friends now and then on Skype.
I wouldn’t call Acer Aspire E5-572G-72M5 heavy, but it’s 5.51 pounds which is tad more than 5 pounds these 15.6″ laptops usually are. The unit includes a removable 6-cell battery, reportedly it lasts ~4 hours under lighter workloads.
The computer’s operating system is Windows 8.1 64-bit, but for some time a free upgrade to Windows 10 is available.
There’s no backlit keyboard in this model. Numeric keypad is however installed.
The laptop case material is plastic.
Simply put, Acer Aspire E5-572G-72M5 is a laptop geared towards power users. Its Core i7-4712MQ processor is miles ahead of other CPUs like AMD A6 or A8 and Core i3s you often see in cheaper notebooks. Another good feature is the graphics card, while it’s not an extremely powerful gaming engine it’s still much better than integrated unit, you’ll be able to enjoy most games with decent frame rates and some eye candy turned on. One thing to keep in mind is the storage: if you can do with a large but slow hard drive, you’re good to go. If you can’t, replace the HDD with an SSD. On top of that, I don’t see many blunders here. Spending your money on this Acer will most likely be worth it.