So you want to entertain yourself with some laptop gaming? Sure, no problem, that’s entirely possible – manufacturers have made notebooks suitable for games for long time. The only “bad” thing about these rigs is the price: it’s always high. Also Acer Aspire V15 (VN7-591G-73Y5) belongs to this category of expensive yet powerful laptops. Its Core i7 processor and GeForce GTX 860M graphics engine should make sure every game runs lag free. But is it really so? We’ll try to answer that in the below review.
There’s one processor that’s extremely common sight in gaming laptop these days. It’s the Core i7-4720HQ, Intel’s flagship CPU offering a quad-core design with 2.6GHz clock speed and 3.6GHz turbo frequency. The unit is far more powerful than most laptop processors, reaching over 8000 points in CPU Mark tells a lot about its performance. To put things in perspective, general laptops meant for lighter activities come with processors that get around 3000 points in the same test. So if there’s a bottleneck affecting this system, it’s not the i7-4270HQ for sure.
Acer Aspire V15 (VN7-591G-73Y5) has 8GB DDR3L 1600MHz RAM installed. The system accepts up to 16GB memory which you can reach by adding another 8GB stick. The current memory is indeed installed on one module so if you’re planning to upgrade you only need one extra stick. Anyway, you’ll have to open the laptop and take the motherboard out to access the RAM. It’s not a straightforward way to add memory, but if you know something about laptops it is doable by yourself.
There’s a one terabyte 5400RPM hard drive responsible for keeping your files. Storage itself is great, performance not so much. Luckily, there’s one free M.2 connector for a small solid-state drive. That might be a good idea to install if you want to up your transfer rates a big time. In essence, the laptop can have one SSD and one HDD at the same time, offering you best of the both worlds: storage and performance.
The display of Acer Aspire V15 (VN7-591G-73Y5) measures at 15.6 inches and supports 1920×1080 resolution. Refresh rate is 60hz. It is not a touchscreen, but panel type being IPS you’ll get sharp image and accurate colors. Some people complained about receiving unit with bad pixels, although after replacement everything worked.
It’s the graphics engine that makes or breaks a gaming laptop. In this Acer the choice is GeForce GTX 860M (4GB GDDR5). You’ll find out soon enough it can run most games with high to ultra details. For example, GTA V gets ~40 frames per second on high and Full HD. Far Cry 4 would reach around 30FPS on similar settings. Older games than that and you can run anything with ultra high details.
Plugging in various peripherals isn’t a problem, Acer Aspire V15 (VN7-591G-73Y5) has three USB 3.0 ports for that. You can also hook up an external monitor, the laptop features HDMI output.
Getting Internet access is effortless, you’re offered 1000Mbps RJ-45 port and 802.11AC WiFi. Bluetooth 4.0 is enabled, too.
There’s no DVD drive available in the Acer. This means an external drive must be used for discs. Some gaming laptops have solved this problem by bundling an external DVD player. That’s not the case here, you must buy one separately if it’s discs you want.
Other features you might find useful are SD card slot in the front and built-in 1280×720 webcam for video chatting.
Acer Aspire V15 (VN7-591G-73Y5) weighs 5.29 pounds which is similar to its competitors. It includes a poor 3-cell battery lasting around three hours surfing the web. If you’re gaming, expect battery life of only one hour. In my opinion, it’s essential to be near power outlets at all times when operating a gaming notebook.
The keyboard lights up and it comes with a numeric keypad on the right hand side.
The shell of this laptop is plastic.
Acer Aspire V15 (VN7-591G-73Y5) is another decent gaming laptop with adequate performance for most players. Its high end specs are needed for new games, for example GTA 5 is very heavy, yet that and other demanding titles will run flawlessly on this computer. Battery life is never great on these gaming monsters, and Windows 8.1 might annoy you, but if you can live with these facts (or switch the battery and downgrade Windows) this Acer should prove itself a good tool for an avid gamer.