Performance in Games
Features & Use Comfort
Build Quality & Design
- Total 66%
Let me start off by saying that I don’t like acer computers in general. However, when going for value Acer has some great options. The Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG has solid gaming specs with the option of upgrading the processor to a Core i7. It is a little light on the RAM, but still enough for some serious gaming. Overall a good value!
Performance in Games
This model has two options for CPU. Both come with the reliability we expect form Intel. Of course popping for the i7 over the cheaper i5 will hit the pocketbook. Going for the i7 will cost you an additional $170. Luckily, in this case, you are deciding between great and better. However, given the rest of the specs on this machine I say that the $170 doesn’t really get you that far.
NVIDIA is simply the standard in gaming. The 940MX is the perfect option for this gaming setup. It offers the user access to the DirectX 12 rendering capabilities which fits with the Windows 10 OS. And, the computing power is right in line with the i5 processor. Overall, this GPU is the most harmonious choice for this machine. It’s going to allow the user to play the newest games with almost no penalty for looking for a cheaper machine.
This is where acer sought to cut the cost of this machine. Typically we like to see 16GB in a gaming monster, but 8GB DDR 4 is honestly going to get you exactly what you expect out of this machine. I don’t think you should expect to do a lot of streaming with this machine, but running any single game should not be an issue.
The overall power of this machine appeals to the artist in me. That is to say that Acer has done a good job of combining individual components to provide the user with exactly what they are paying for. The machine boasts a 256GB SSD which rounds out the harmonious design. An SSD is essential to current gaming in my opinion. Although, the 256GB is on the lower end for gaming machines. Many believe that with the growing size in PC games, a 500GB SSD is essentially the bare minimum.
- Performance in Games 68%
The 12 hour battery life is a lot for a laptop. Again, these estimates tend to be a bit off when we consider you’ll be hardcore gaming on this PC. But, you should still expect to get a lot of play time out of this machine. The quality of gaming and the amount of battery life are absolutely connected. So you could say that a pro of the lower quality hardware in this machine is that you do get a boost in play time.
Really nothing too fancy or any downside to this keyboard. It likely will not be as responsive as a mechanical keyboard on your desktop, but that seems to be just a natural con of laptop gaming.
One of the more appealing features of this laptop is the 15.6” Display (1920 x 1080 resolution). Full HD capacity combined with a NVIDIA GeForce 940MX is going to make for some of the most beautiful gaming at this price!
Connection and Ports
The ‘power-off charging’ capability is a real nice feature of this machine. Allowing the user to charge other devices even when they are not using the laptop.
1 – USB 3.1 (Type C) port
2 – USB 3.0 Ports (One with Power-off Charging)
1 – USB 2.0 port
1 – HDMI port with HDCP support
256GB SSD is a bit smaller than we want to see in a gaming beast, but to get and SSD at all in machine in this price range is a win. If you plan on downloading every game on Steam, you may need to bump up your price range a bit. But, for a casual gamer this will be fine.
The TrueHarmony sound system does provide a high quality sound, however, this machine lacks the lower end capabilities of some of its counter parts. No subwoofer on this laptop isn’t the end of the world, but could be a deal breaker for some of the pickier gamers out there. If you like high quality sound, maybe stay away from this one.
- Features & Use Comfort 70%
QUALITY & DESIGN
This machine is made to look like a more expensive laptop. Don’t be fooled by the dark brushed plastic made to look like a metal. Another consequence of saving money is losing a bit of durability. However, it does look nice. The black finish makes the backlit keyboard all that more visible.
No complaints of noise issues The SSD seems to be the key to keeping noise issues down. Although you don’t have a lot of storage, it is a pro that the machine will run more quietly.
The cooling system isn’t as fancy has some of the more pricy units, but, again, we are not running as much hardware in this value unit. So, we don’t really need a fancy cooling system. This one seems to get the job done. Although, if you are planning on long gaming session, I would say that you should keep this laptop on a hard surface to promote cooling.
5.3 lbs. This weight is a bit heavy considering the plastic design. It seems to be that a larger battery is the cause for this weight. So enjoy your long gaming sessions because you’ll pay for it on the walk home.
- Build Quality & Design 59%
Overall, I like this machine because acer is providing the user with a harmonious gaming system. I am not a fan of dropping the biggest processor into a machine with little to no memory and calling it a value. Acer has a great understanding of matching the individual components to each other in an equal fashion to give the user a predictable outcome.