Acer Aspire V 15 (VN7-593G-73KV) Power Laptop Review

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April 19, 2017
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Many people might have their prejudices about Acer laptops. Mostly because they are often rather cheap, prospective buyers may seem them as poorer quality. Well, I’m not going to argue people’s opinion about this company, but my own experience in the past with Acer laptops has only been positive. I bet it would be positive with their newest notebook, the Acer Aspire V 15 (VN7-593G-73KV), as well – but before we know that for sure, let’s examine this computer a bit further.

Gaming performance

As somebody said, Acer Aspire V 15 (VN7-593G-73KV) looks like an office laptop, but is actually a gaming one. Indeed, on the surface, you might not realize it holds a real dedicated GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card with 6GB GDDR5 video RAM. This gives some reason to get excited as the GTX 1060 will run any game without issues on 1080p and high settings. For example, with that setup, you would be looking at the following frame rates:

– Battlefield 4, +90FPS
– GTA 5, +80FPS
– Doom, +80FPS
– The Witcher 3, +50FPS

These are some of more demanding games and they still run that well. So yes, if you’re into older games you will get even better frame rates. It’s safe to say that as long as you’re fine with not more than Full HD gaming, this Acer can do everything you want. In addition, a good thing for now and especially for future, this laptop is VR (Virtual Reality) ready.

Under the hood

I don’t think there’s any bottleneck in Acer Aspire V 15 (VN7-593G-73KV), but if there is one, it certainly won’t be the processor. A lot of performance is packed inside Intel Core i7-7700HQ, a quad-core Kaby Lake chip with 2.8GHz clock speed and turbo of 3.8GHz. Thanks to its four cores and high clock frequency, some real multitasking – many tabs open on browser and Photoshop, for example – won’t put the system on its knees. In CPU Mark, this i7 gets a high score of ~9000 points.

The standard memory for this notebook is 16 gigabytes DDR4 RAM. Staying at that is smart move to do, as most games and programs can not even utilize all sixteen gigabytes. But then again, if serious multitasking is your thing, more might be needed. The maximum memory would be 32 gigabytes with the two memory slots on this unit.

There is an interesting yet very useful storage drive configuration in this rig. First, you will find an old-school 1TB 5400RPM (140Mbps) SATA hard drive inside. It might seem slow to you, but don’t worry since there is another drive. Acer has also installed M.2 SATA SSD here, with nominal space of 256GB and actual space of 240GB after Windows installation files (yes, Windows is cleverly installed on the SSD). The M.2 slot seems to support SATA3 and even PCIe x4 but unfortunately no NVMe.

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Does it have enough ports and connections?

Acer Aspire V 15 (VN7-593G-73KV) contains five USB ports which is a lot for a 15-inch notebook. Out of those five, two are USB 2.0 which are only useful for devices without big bandwidth needs – such as mouse. Then there are two faster USB 3.0 connectors, good for data transferring peripherals like an external drive. Lastly, one USB Type-C connector is available – which, by the way, supports Thunderbolt 3 standard with a maximum 40Gbps transfer rate.

The notebook also contains one video output, HDMI 1.4a. It’s the familiar port you can use to hook up an external monitor to, and use this notebook through that extra display.

There is no optical drive in this notebook, and that might come between you and your disc using desires. But no worries, you can buy a 20 dollar external DVD burner, plug it to this laptop’s USB and use (and burn) discs that way. In the same vein, the laptop does not have a memory card reader – which is very strange – but external card readers exist, too.

Internet access should be problem-free, the laptop supports IEEE 802.11ac standard which is the long-range standard for wireless. Granted, there is also Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 port if you want to use Internet via cable for extra reliability.

How about other benefits the rig offers?

There has been a lot of questions about the display on Acer Aspire V 15 (VN7-593G-73KV). Let me tell you, it’s a 15.6″ 1080p non-touch display with In-Plane Switching (IPS) technology. This kind of IPS screen should have very realistic looking colors and viewing angles. In fact, the panel is either BOE’s NV156FHM-N43 or LG’s LP156WF6-SPP1 which have 170 and 160 degree viewing angles respectively. They both support 300 nits brightness and color gamut of 72%. The surface has anti-glare coating.

Acer included a 4-cell 70Wh battery on this model. According to user reports, it lasts about 5 hours under web surfing. That is quite a good battery life for this kind of notebook, I must say! Naturally, if you’re playing games, the duration will drastically drop, to around 2 hours.

This model contains a backlit keyboard just as expected.

Verdict

Acer Aspire V 15 (VN7-593G-73KV) is full of benefits for a budget gamer or power user. First, it has blazing fast solid-state drive and i7 processor which keep any program and software running smooth and lag-free. Second, there is a GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card ready to propel your games to decent frame rates even if you’re playing with plenty of eye candy turned on. What is more, also the modern USB Type-C port is featured in this rig. Battery life is decent at least. All in all, if you are on the look for gaming laptop with very tolerable price, this Acer should fit your bill very nicely!


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