You might be mentally prepared to shell out a large amount of cash for a gaming notebook. Well, very often that is the case, the components that make games run fast are not cheap to manufacture. But exceptions exist: Acer Aspire VX 15 VX5-591G-5652 is a gaming laptop in the lower price range. Such a combination might raise eyebrows – hence I have written this review so you can easily figure out if the computer is worth your money or not!
Is this really good for gaming?
It’s always risky to go for a budget laptop, because things are cheap for a reason. However, with Acer Aspire VX 15 VX5-591G-5652, the situation is quite good. The graphics card is GeForce GTX 1050 (4GB GDDR5), not a heavy-duty engine, but it has enough oomph for 1080p gaming easily. You can max out (or almost max out) settings depending on the game, a few examples including:
– GTA 5, high, +60FPS
– The Witcher, high, ~30FPS
– Doom, high, ~60FPS
There’s nothing coming between you and enjoyable gaming, as you can see. Just be wary of the missing VR support, also more graphics cards can not be added on this unit.
A few words about the design
Looking at the pictures, Acer Aspire VX 15 VX5-591G-5652 has a classic, streamlined gaming laptop design with thick case and black-red color theme. Unlike some of the newer ultrabooks that combine gaming capabilities, the Acer does not compete in portability – its weigh is the usual 5.5 pounds with thickness around 1.1 inches.
Acer Aspire VX 15 VX5-591G-5652 is powered by the new Kaby Lake architecture Intel Core i5-7300HQ. It’s truly not i7, but because of the 7th generation technology the i5-7300HQ is still very robust gaming / power user processor, with CPU Mark scoring it well above 6500 points. Contributing to the snappy performance are its quad-core design and 3.5GHz turbo boost (with base clock speed being 2.5GHz).
The notebook contains one 8GB DDR4 2400MHz memory stick which, in my experience, should suffice for almost anybody. To be honest, there are not many games available that can even utilize all of the eight gigabytes. It is mostly the folks doing, say, heavy photo editing who would truly benefit from more RAM. And installing more is possible, one memory slot is free and maximum memory is 32 gigabytes!
The storage engine is 256GB M.2 SATA SSD. If you want a beefier one, you can upgrade it – the M.2 slot also supports NVMe. Moreover, the notebook has a free 2.5″ slot as well. You can utilize that and install an extra drive too, however you might need to order an installation kit from Acer first (it’s free anyway).
How about ports and connections?
The usual configuration of USB ports is available on Acer Aspire VX 15 VX5-591G-5652. As a legacy connector, one USB 2.0 is there, but in addition two newer USB 3.0 ports are featured as well. You can identify the USB 3.0s by the blue marker, they are located next to each other. Using USB 3.0 in most cases is a good idea because they transfer data (move your files etc.) much faster than the USB 2.0. You will also find the newer USB 3.1 Type-C port on this unit.
It is easy to use an external monitor with this Acer as the laptop has HDMI output. Plug your display to it and enjoy the bigger screen!
Access to Internet is provided via the Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) port for those who like cable. Yet, if you prefer the freedom of wireless, feel free to use the notebook’s dual-band 802.11ac WiFi card. Provided you have a good Internet connection the wireless card will be very robust and there won’t be a weak link there. Also Bluetooth 4.0 works on this machine.
The notebook does not have a DVD burner of any sort, it’s actually a very common thing to leave it out from laptops in this day. Still, a memory card reader for SD format is available, it can provide you a quick way for moving data to and from certain devices.
Other important benefits and features
The 15.6″ screen is what you will be looking at. The resolution does not go any higher than 1920×1080, it’s obvious for such a cheaper model. The display supports IPS which, in the hands of professionals, is desirable due to very accurate color reproduction. The screen does not have touch support, a 720p webcam is installed in the top bezel.
The built-in (integrated) 3-cell battery gives out 52.5Whr wattage. It translates to the usual 1-2 hours when gaming heavy and ca. 3 hours when just browsing the web. I can imagine many people listing the battery life as a disadvantage, but that is how it is for any gaming laptop, believe me!
For some strange reason there are some pricier notebooks without backlit keyboard, but this Acer is not one of them. It supports iron-red backlight function which you can turn off and on as you please.
Currently, there aren’t too many cheaper gaming laptops than Acer Aspire VX 15 VX5-591G-5652. It gives you nice entry-level performance with the Core i5 processor and GeForce GTX 1050. But keep in mind the graphics card here is a budget engine, meaning you have to proceed with low settings if you have a graphics-heavy game at hand. In other regards the notebook is decent, having fast DDR4 memory and a solid-state drive in it. If you are on a tight budget, you would probably find the Acer Aspire VX 15 an adequate gaming laptop.