Best Acer Aspire E 15 Black Friday Deals 2021

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Our Verdict
Acer’s Aspire E 15 is a budget notebook computer that provides a lot more than its price tag suggests. This chunky device includes a huge selection of ports, a high notch processor and a brilliant comfortable keyboard. It even games just a little, although enterprise user or student is absolutely this laptop’s marketplace.

Lighter than it looks
Work (and finger) friendly keyboard
Plenty of new and old ports and inputs
Huge touchpad
Flimsy construction
Bland display
Describing Acer’s 15.6-inch Aspire E 15 notebook computer couldn’t be easier. It has everything you want, everything you don’t want, and everything you thought were buried with the ET Atari 2600 carts for the reason that New Mexico landfill.

That could be a little vague, so below are a few clearer details: the E 15 includes a numpad keyboard, VGA port and optical drive. In comparison to today’s high-end computers, we wouldn’t blame you for looking for the VHS slot (betamax versions are releasing soon – we kid).

In every seriousness, the E15 is an excellent laptop. Much better than fine, actually. This notebook computer plays games, it multitasks, it connects with everything and, yes, it certainly does feature an optical drive. It’s a budget notebook computer which will get you through all your daily duties – just don’t be prepared to play the Witcher 3 on its highest settings.

It’s quite a huge laptop, though – which it requires to be to match all those features in. For a few, a five pound device doesn’t warrant another look, but if you’re on a budget, you want to consider the Acer Aspire E15.

Plus, with Amazon Prime Day coming on 15th July 2019, we might see further price cuts to the Acer Aspire E 15. This can make it a far more compelling buy if the purchase price drops further.

Spec Sheet

This is actually the Acer Aspire E 15’s configuration delivered to TechRadar for review:

CPU: 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-8250U (6MB cache, up to 3.4GHz)
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce MX150 (2GB GDDR5 VRAM); Intel UHD Graphics 620
Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) LED-backlit display
Storage: 256GB SSD
Ports: USB Type-C, 2 x USB 3.0, USB 2.0, VGA, HDMI, Ethernet RJ-45, headphone/mic combo jack, Sdcard reader, Kensington Lock
Optical Drive: 8X DVD-Writer DL Drive
Connectivity: Dual Band 802.11ac Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.1
Camera: 1,280 x 720 webcam
Weight: 5.27 pounds (2.39kg)
Size: 15.02 x 10.20 x 1.19 inches (38.15 x 25.9 x 3.02cm; W x D x H)

Price and availability
The Aspire E 15 is no looker, but at least its price isn’t an eyesore. At $599 (£424, about AU$779), Acer’s jack-of-all-trades device leaves your money box intact.

Key competitors, just like the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 ($999, £1,399, AU$1,499) and the HP Pavilion 15t ($849, £458, AU$1,545) are no wallet-busters either, but they’re still much less cheap as the E 15.

Of the bunch, Dell’s Inspiron may be the only device marketed as a genuine gaming laptop, and its own optional GTX 1060 graphics chip backs up that claim. For the Aspire E 15 and the Pavilion 15t however, gaming is only a side-quest: they’re sporting an MX150 and 940MX, respectively.

The Aspire E 15 can be highly customizable: models with processors from AMD to the Core i7 could be had, according to your budget. To no one’s surprise though, Acer is pushing the E 15 configuration that showcases Intel’s 8th generation Core i5.

This processor may be the stand-out little bit of hardware on an otherwise pedestrian spec sheet, and it helped our review Aspire E 15 a lot more than hold its on our benchmark tests. (The Inspiron 15 7000 and Pavilion benchmark well too, but they’re top-tier configurations have Intel‘s older, 7th gen processors.)

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Design and display
When you imagine ‘15-inch laptop,’ ‘fit’ isn’t the normal descriptor that involves mind. All too often, 15-inchers are bulky, chunky and wonky – not the E 15. Because it’s weight is evenly distributed over the device, the E 15 avoids the paperweight believe that plagues a whole lot of big laptops. For a big-bodied device, it’s light on its feet.

Unfortunately, a rsulting consequence this ‘light-foot’ design philosophy is flimsiness. The E 15’s panels have a hollow quality – none way more than it’s display. It’s unnervingly flexible. Lift the E 15 by its screen at your peril.

Wide-screen, full HD, decent viewing angles: the E 15 has practically all of the trappings of an excellent screen. Its one major flaw – and the the one which may in the end keep it out of movie and game night – is its poor color contrast.

Grainy, gray-tinged and rather dark, the E15’s display turns any movie into something from the French New Wave. Pretty good if you’re a cinema buff, but most users will see the experience underwhelming. Up to anything, the E 15’s display helps it be a work-first laptop.

Inputs and connectivity
The shine isn’t on the E 15’s screen, but instead on its backlit keyboard. Its keys are robust and well-spaced despite needing to tell a numpad; and their deep, springy travel is simply perfect for the professional typer. There’s a whole lot of real estate on the E 15, and its own keyboard uses it well.

We are able to gladly say the same for the E 15’s extra-large touchpad. It’s big, however, not gratuitous, and leaves a good amount of room for resting palms. It supports multi-touch gestures and has great palm rejection along with smooth scrolling. Its click can be solid if just a little uneven – nearby the the surface of the touchpad, the action gets stiff.

Further cementing the E 15’s work-first reputation is its excellent collection of both new and legacy ports. USB ports from 2.0 to Type-C, needlessly to say, adorn the left and right sides of its base, along with an HDMI and Ethernet port.

What’s perhaps unexpected – and sets the E 15 in addition to the Inspiron and Pavilion – is its inclusion of a VGA port and optical drive. While their occurrence may hurt the E 15’s profile, they certainly increase its appeal, specifically for enterprise users and students. Acer’s notebook is probably the few that may accommodate

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