Acer is known to make laptops with extraordinary price-performance ratio; their notebooks have good components considering the price, that is. One of their newest models, Acer Aspire E5-573T-59RC, looks like that: it’s a rather inexpensive model boasting Core i5 processor and 8GB RAM. But let’s not crown it a winner yet, a closer examination is required first…
Suppose it’s good for a casual user?
Sure, there is nothing Acer Aspire E5-573T-59RC couldn’t do for a casual user. It’s far from a powerhouse, but will run a web browser of funny YouTube video like any other notebook. The most essential component here is the processor, Intel Core i5-5200U, a dual-core chip featuring 2.2GHz clock speed coupled with 2.7GHz turbo. Average CPU Mark score is around 3500 (as a comparison, Celerons and Pentiums are in sub-1500 range). So the i5-5200U is a sufficient mainstream processor, even occasional heavy work can be done with it.
I’m also sure memory won’t become an issue; after all this notebook has 8GB RAM installed (one stick). It’s more than enough for a casual user, and is good even for heavier use or running many programs at the same time (also known as multitasking). Total number of memory slots is two, so maximum RAM is 16 gigabytes.
The notebook relies on a hard drive in the storage section. You’re getting one-terabyte HDD (SATA 3) which is, quite honestly, a norm in these cheaper laptops. If you want to make the system faster (and somewhat more silent), you can always replace that with a solid-state drive.
Would games run on it?
Acer Aspire E5-573T-59RC is so-so for gaming. For example, very graphics-heavy games aren’t going to run with satisfying frame rates (GTA V at ~25FPS if on low settings and 1366×768 resolution). That’s because of the integrated graphics card Intel HD 5500 which is slow compared to dedicated graphics engines. Luckily, if you only play older games – like Minecraft or League of Legends – you will get decent enough frame rates.
What devices can be hooked up?
It’s quite a basic connectivity Acer Aspire E5-573T-59RC offers, but it should get a casual user going. As for video outputs, there are HDMI and VGA, so any kind of external monitor can be connected if you don’t like the laptop’s own screen. There are also three USBs (one USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0) for devices such as printers or external drives.
The wireless adapter supports the faster and better-coverage AC standard. Furthermore, a Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 port is available in case you want networking with cable.
The laptop has no optical drive, but as said above an external one can be hooked up. Memory card reader is however included, it working with SD cards at least.
Other benefits of this laptop
The display of Acer Aspire E5-573T-59RC isn’t spectacular but will do its job. It’s a 15.6-inch screen with a maximum resolution of 1366×768. Not ideal, but you will not get better for this price. Touch is supported.
You should get 4-5 hours out of the 4-cell battery on a single charge. Bear in mind it’s a non-removable unit, which in reality means that you can remove it, but only after disassembling the notebook.
A regular webcam is included, you can use it for Skype video chats for example.
Keyboard doesn’t have backlight feature.
The OS in this computer is Windows 10 Home (64-bit).
Summing it up
Despite the low price, Acer Aspire E5-573T-59RC is a tad faster than your average budget laptop. The Core i5 processor and 8GB RAM do wonders, meaning everyday programs are a piece of cake for this system, and in addition many heavier stuff such as Adobe Photoshop can also be used. But there is not much gaming performance due to integrated graphics (if there was a real gaming card this thing would be much more pricier). So, if you’re not looking for a player’s notebook, this Acer should offer excellent value to you!