During IFA 2017, Intel divulged details about its new CPUs (the 8th Gen Core) which will be available for desktops and laptops. Why we are mentioning something about Intel’s new CPU is a review of Acer laptop is due to the fact that Acer is among the first few companies in India that has started selling laptops which are fitted with these new Intel CPUs. Our aim here will be to look at Acer’s Aspire 5 series, or to be more specific, we will do an Aspire 5 A515-515G-571Z review since apart from the new CPU, it can also boast about its multimedia capabilities due to presence of Nvidia’s MX150 GPU. So, let us explore few more details about this laptop.
Acer Aspire 5 A515-515G-571Z Review
Acer Laptop Ratings Reviews – The Highlights
- High performance Core i5-8250U Intel CPU
- Gaming made easy with Nvidia MX150 GPU
- Sluggish Windows 10 due to less RAM (4GB)
- Good mid-ranged pricing
- A bit heavier laptop for its configuration
What we will be looking at in our review?
Our aim here to perform a thorough review of Acer Aspire 5 A515-515G-571Z’s build and design, hardware as well as software specifications, performance and battery life.
Review Criterion #1: Build and Design
The Body: Since it is a middle range budget laptop, it has a plastic body but still quite sturdy in its lower half that houses most of the components.
Slimness and Weight: If you hold this 15.6 inch laptop in your hand then it does look quite slim at about 20.95mm thickness but on the negative side, it is rather heavy for its category at around 2.2 kg. It would be a drawback for many who are looking for something lighter to carry on a daily basis while commuting from one place to another.
The Lid: Due to its striped design, the lid does not retain fingerprints and looks nice as well. However, on the negative side, the lid flexes rather easily and in addition to it, does not provide a lot of protection to the display. Due to this reason, when someone is pressing the lid, it can result in warping. Moreover, warping is quite noticeable on left side whenever the lid is closed or opened. So, this is one drawback you need to keep note of.
Few of the positive things about the lid are that it can tilt almost 180 degrees and hinges have good torsion which makes it easy to use it at varied angles without any worries.
Display Features: The primary reason we took up Aspire 5 A515-515G-571Z review is because of the fact that it is the only variant which comes fitted with a full HD display which means menus, text and everything else appears clear and sharp.
One negative factor about this model is that its viewing angles are relatively weak. In addition to it, vertical angles have a rather narrow sweet spot.
Ports/Slots/Sockets: If we look at available ports, we find that there are 3 USB ports (one USB 3.0 port and two USB 2.0 ports), there is a SD card slot, slots for HDMI and Ethernet, USB 3.1 Type-C port and a combo socket for microphone as well as headphone.
Ease of Use: Palm rest area consists of metal plate, helping to give it a premium look and feel. But this has resulted in removal of flex that we commonly see present around the keyboard keys in other laptops.
Keyboard and Trackpad: The laptop has a full size keyboard in addition to the number pad with well spaced out keys and has a trackpad that is also well proportioned.
Bottom of Laptop: The laptop is able to maintain good amount of air circulation due to presence of multiple vents and there are two hatches also which help in accessing the RAM and hard drive. Now, that means you can access or remove these components with the need to visit any service center.
Review Criterion #2: Software and Hardware Specifications
As part of Aspire 5 A515-515G-571Z review, let us now look at its specification and software details. Let us go through the specifications first.
- Comes fitted with brand new Core i5-8250U CPU which makes use of 8 processing threads, giving this laptop good performance boost. The CPU makes use of architecture known as Kaby Lake Refresh architecture to enhance its performance with higher number of cores (4 instead of the usual 2) so that the CPU can utilize more processing threads.
- There is also a hard drive of 1TB as well as DDR4 RAM (of 4GB) to enhance performance of your system.
- It also comes with one empty accessible slot, which means you can add more RAM if required.
Graphics: In terms of graphics, the laptop lets the CPU (it has built-in UHD Graphics 620 GPU) handle the graphics or the available Nvidia GeForce MX150 (that replaced the GeForce 940MX which was an ageing graphics card) take up this responsibility. MX150 also supports DirectX 12 as well as consists of GDDR5 (2GB) memory.