What precisely can be an all-round laptop? So far as we are concerned, this consists…
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HDD upgrade kit included. Acer depends on the brand-new Comet Lake hardware, an entry-level GPU from Nvidia and a matte, Full HD panel. Is this an ideal office all-round notebook for everyone who would like to game on occasion?
What precisely can be an all-round laptop? So far as we are concerned, this consists of cheap devices with a good system performance, good display, large storage solution and an entry-level graphics card for everyday gaming. For a long time, the Acer Aspire 5 series has been proof the manufacturer’s capability to produce budget laptops with solid components.
Lately, we reviewed the 8th generation Whiskey Lake i7-8565U-based Aspire 5 A515-52G with the entry-level GeForce MX250 twelve months ago.
Since then, the maker hasn’t only upgraded to Intel’s 10th generation Comet Lake architecture but also redesigned the chassis. Today, we will look into Acer’s new Aspire 5 A515-54G model, which includes been popular & most likely will be again because of its customizability both regarding the purchase price and the hardware. The purchase price ranges from 690 to at least one 1,000 Euros (~$746 to ~$1,081).
Your competition includes 14- and 15-inch devices that are also built with a matte, Full HD display and a MX250 or MX230.
Rigidity isn’t a strength of the lightweight plastic chassis. The bottom unit could be twisted by a good amount and the same is true for the lid. The hinges contain the latter firmly set up preventing any teetering. Opening the notebook computer one-handed is merely barely possible. The palm rests and underneath plate yield under great pressure in a few areas.
Regardless, the 15-inch notebook is well-built with even clearances no protruding excess materials.
Acer hasn’t only equipped its device with a wired networking interface (Gigabit LAN) but also brand-new AX Wi-Fi 6. Inside our test, the Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 achieves good transfer rates as high as 929 MB/s and 837 MB/s for acquiring and sending data, respectively.
With these transfer rates, the Acer outperforms almost all of its competition that still count on the older Wi-Fi AC.
Regrettably, there are not simply upgrades, Acer in addition has downgraded a couple of things. For example, there is absolutely no more integrated card reader or TPM. Meanwhile, the USB Type-C port supports neither charging nor DisplayPort via USB Type-C.
Since there is no maintenance hatch on the Acer laptop, the complete bottom plate could be removed. The RAM slot, Wi-Fi module, fan and the M.2 SSD slot are then exposed.
The included HDD mounting frame is a good extra, because it allows users to set up yet another, internal 2.5-inch drive (SATA SSD or HDD).