Acer is the go-to brand for many if they’re about to get a budget notebook. To be honest, my current rig is Acer’s professional (NOT budget) laptop and I’ve been very happy with it. But the model we’re concentrating on today, the Acer Aspire E5-573G-56RG, is quite an inexpensive laptop and equipped with things like 5th Generation i5 processor, 8GB memory and even a dedicated graphics card. Can such an unit make a good tool for professional, or is it just a computer for basic web surfing and YouTube? That’s what we will find out below!
Acer Aspire E5-573G-56RG should be a relatively lag-free laptop. It features Intel Core i5-5200U processor, an upper mid-range chip offering dual cores, 2.2GHz clock speed and 2.7GHz turbo. Perhaps a more important observation is the CPU Mark score, around 3500, that clearly beats Pentiums and Celerons (in the 1000 points range) in case you’re wondering what you’re paying for. With over 3000 CPU Mark score, the general feel of a computer will be smooth, and firing up any program will be a pain-free experience.
It’s eight gigabytes system memory in this Acer. A good thing for people wanting to upgrade, you’re free to add another 8GB stick in – there’s an unoccupied slot for that. Such a maneuver takes some time, I’ve read you’d need to remove motherboard to get proper access to memory slots.
Storage drive is a common 1TB 5400RPM one. That also can be upgraded, you again need to disassemble the unit in case you want to put in, say, SSD. As far as I know, there are no mSATA slots inside, but one place for an extra drive would be the optical drive slot.
How good is it for gaming?
Acer Aspire E5-573G-56RG is able to run many games if you can skimp on eye candy. The graphics engine is called GeForce 940M (4GB GDDR3) and it’s indeed a dedicated card. Feel free to play games like Minecraft and League of Legends on medium settings, you’ll easily get +60 frames per second. You can also play types like GTA 5, using medium details and 720p FPS count is likely to stay in the 50 range.
It’s a nice 15.6″ Full HD display in Acer Aspire E5-573G-56RG. You’ll fit a lot of stuff on the screen for sure, on the other hand viewing angles won’t be excellent because the panel type is TN (Twisted Nematics). It’s also not a touch sensitive display, but operating system being Windows 10 Home (64-bit) you’ll have no problems with that.
What devices can I connect? Ports?
There are three USB ports welcoming your peripherals, although keep in mind two of those are the “proper” USB 3.0 while one is slow USB 2.0. Acer also didn’t seem to drop the legacy monitor support yet, the notebook sports HDMI-out and VGA ports to connect an external display.
Optical drive is not included, but the easy way to access discs would be a separate DVD burner that connects to the notebook’s USB 3.0 port. And you can utilize the optical drive slot (which there indeed is, even the drive itself is missing) and install a secondary hard drive to that.
Internet connectivity is excellent, you’ll get a Gigabit RJ-45 port and a 802.11ac Wireless adapter. Also Bluetooth 4.0 will work.
A 720p webcam is available, record a video or chat with your pals on Skype if you want.
What other things to keep in mind?
The keyboard on Acer Aspire E5-573G-56RG is not backlit, but a standard 10-key pad is of course available.
The laptop weighs 5.3 pounds (not more than other 15-inch models). The 4-cell battery will last over 4 hours under light workloads.
Summing it up
In my opinion, Acer Aspire E5-573G-56RG is a true general use laptop. Be it web browsing, watching videos, playing many first person shooters or doing homework with MS Office, this mid-range Acer should be able to deliver. Especially gaming performance is better than in many other budget notebooks, and that’s because there’s some sort of (yet a low-end) dedicated graphics card inside. What is more, resolution is the sweet 1920×1080. To be honest, taking the price into account, I can’t find anything major to complain about. If you want and can afford a faster laptop than an entry-level Celeron one, this kind of Acer is something you should definitely think about.