A laptop dedicated to multimedia : Aspire 3 – Ryzen 3 3200U from Acer

As an introduction to this analysis

Even if there are not really bad choices in laptops anymore, it is important to know that some models are more intended for multimedia, and others more for games.The overall quality of a model depends on the use you make of it.We’ve put this Aspire 3 through some tests based on how you’re going to use it.
After reading this article you will know if this model suits your needs.

Aspire 3 the right choice for surfing the internet?

Just because your use of a laptop is limited to e-mail and web browsing sessions, doesn’t mean you should buy any model.This laptop will ensure that the tasks you perform will be reliable and trouble-free for years to come.In fact, it’s all about finding a product with the right price/quality ratio. You only have to take it in your hand to see that the material is of quality.
By putting on the market the Aspire 3, Acer offers a well thought-out product of very good quality.
With a 15.6 inches size, you’re going to have some trouble carrying it around. The manufacturer has chosen to equip this model with a processor Ryzen 3 3200U. Considering that the components evolve very quickly, Acer offers a laptop of good quality that will remain a good choice over several years. A logical decision in relation to the intended use of this computer: surfing the Internet and sufficient computing power. A standard equipment with 8 Gb of RAM. It’s the certainty that the computer will work better and longer.
The size of the hard drive makes this laptop one of the biggest. You’ll actually have plenty of space to store files and video locally on the 512 Gb provided. This Aspire 3 allows you to save locally, and guarantees that you can watch all the movies you want without internet access.
Last point about the autonomy. the Aspire 3 can work 5 hours in wifi mode only activated by the batteries. This is lower than what you can find in its competitors for the same price range. A lower autonomy is harmful, because the Aspire 3 is easy to access, and you have a lot of fun using it for a long time.

Aspire 3 for videos?

High quality, the engineers of Acer have chosen to make this Aspire 3 the top of the range for leisure uses: movies, music, photos. A blend of your TV, stereo and media players in one machine. We discovered through the tests we put it to, that it is one of the best on the market. The sound reproduction level and the display quality of this top-of-the-range model won’t be lacking.
The laptop from .Acer is imposing by its size. It is one of the largest, with a screen size of only a few 15.6 inches, and it has a good resolution of 1920×1080. This model has a wide screen that will be essential for viewing your movies and streaming video. The rendering is bright and vivid, and if you take a moment to look at the screen from several angles you will see that there is no distortion of the image or inverted colors.
One of the disadvantages of this size, however, is the overall weight: 1.9 kg that will have to be transported.
Unfortunately, the screen of this model is not provided with a glossy finish. The effect is of lower quality in environments with intermediate or even low light levels – often corresponding to the conditions in which a film is viewed. The display legibility will therefore be a little off.
In fact, in order not to suffer from reflections on the screen, you will need to have full light conditions.
For the sound part, the Aspire 3 is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. By pushing the volume with music, we tested the rendering. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. In other words, if you are demanding on the sound part, you will have to add external speakers.
The Aspire 3 has a processor Ryzen 3 3200U, a little more powerful than average, compared to those dedicated to office automation. Although it is in the middle of the range, this processor will be able to evolve according to your future needs, and in the immediate future will allow a good compatibility with all your peripherals. So your multimedia sessions will be fluid.
With Radeon Vega 3, ahigh-performance graphics card, a dedicated memory of 8 Gb of RAM, you can watch movies, with smooth images, possibly retouch photos or edit video. Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Speaking of connectivity, this laptop provides 3 ports.It’s better than the competition. Plenty of room to connect your mouse, speakers and other USB keys.
In short, for those who wish to replace their TV set with this laptop, it Aspire 3 seems inappropriate. Indeed, with 5 hours of autonomy, it is one of the worst specifications. Before the end of some movies in long version, you will have to put the power cable back on, otherwise this laptop will turn itself off. In other words, do not rely too much on performance and prefer to use this device always connected to electricity.

Aspire 3 compatible with on the move use ?

It’s a laptop, it folds like a laptop, but because of its size and weight, nothing makes Aspire 3 to be easily carried around. This seems to be the issue that the Acer didn’t really take into account in the design of this Aspire 3. Difficult to store in a suitcase, not very suitable for transport, tests have shown that this laptop will be more in its element for very exceptional trips.
Forget about vacations and commuting.
An acceptable gap regarding the displacement of this Aspire 3 of 1.9 Kg. You can transport it easily, without too much effort. On the other hand, it is also pleasant to use it to surf the internet or write e-mails.  Its weight is a disadvantage, but the15.6 inches screen will make it an advantage when writing e-mails or doing word processing.
No backlit keyboard on this Aspire 3. Not really necessary.
Despite the absence of a shiny slab, you have good image definition. The viewing is up to the mark.
This laptop is very comfortable to use. The image is beautiful, and with its anti-reflective matt tile, no more problems even outdoors.
The energy consumed by the processor Ryzen 3 3200U is in the average currently.
The manufacturer estimates a possible range that you can reduce. Rather count on 70% of this value in standard use; the more you use the processor, the lower the figure will be.
Battery life is worse than the competitors, with only 5 hours before the laptop has to be plugged back into the mains.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 512 Gb. The induced advantage here is the absence of latencies, especially in the recovery phase after a standby or due to prolonged inactivity.With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .For those who do not have enough space on the disk, it will be necessary to go through the option of a subscription on the cloud; the price decreases regularly.
When it comes to taking your laptop with you, it will seem safer to do so only occasionally. And the only times you’ll have to carry it will be between the bus or train and your hotel room. The main reason is its 15.6 inches, which makes it one of the largest in its class; every move, with its weight, may be difficult.
At the connector level, this model provides 3 inputs. It is thus at the top of the ranking, compared with other laptops on the market.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
Following our tests, it appeared to us that it is not Aspire 3 really made for travelling.

The Aspire 3 to make audio or video editing. 

For non-professional use for audio or video editing, this Aspire 3 may be fine. Thanks to its processor and its RAM, it accepts multitasking without flinching. Of course, there are models with much better performance, but this is already a good model.
Possibly for occasional use, the processor Ryzen 3 3200U will allow you to perform certain tasks, if they are initiated individually. Having 8 Gb de ram, it is good and powerful enough. As standard, you will have the applications to make your video editing or your photo or music modifications. If on the other hand you start on pro applications, it will be necessary to add more memory.
This model contains an SSD for the operating system and backup part. As a reminder, an audio and video editing use, involves a large capacity hard disk drive for storage, and speed of execution with an SSD. The Aspire 3 allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 512 Gb. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
With 5 hours in battery-only calculation mode, you’ll have little latitude. This is less than average, so we advise you to keep the power cable close by, otherwise you may lose your work unexpectedly. With most competitors on the market, this figure is better.
On the connection side, the Aspire 3i s equipped with USB 3 technology. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. In addition, this technology offers a better rate of high-speed file transfer between your laptop and external drives.
If necessary, it can be used for word processing and e-mails. A sensible choice for a product in this price range.

Aspire 3 the right choice to play online?

With this model, you will be able to move quickly in any game, without parasitic elements, screen freezing or image tearing. Gone are the days of having to play where the computer is fixed; now you can play anywhere. On this Aspire 3, Acer has implemented a cooling system perfectly dimensioned for advanced uses of online games.
The higher the resolution of the image, the more detailed the visual rendering will be. With a resolution in 1920×1080 this laptop fis one of the best of its class.
With its graphics Radeon Vega 3 card and processor Ryzen 3 3200U, Acer has indeed chosen an interesting option. Thanks to the technical elements installed on this laptop, the card Radeon Vega 3 and the processor Ryzen 3 3200U are raised to a very good level.
For the vast majority of users, this brings a result perfectly adapted to most of the games of the moment.
For most games, this model will be suitable for gaming mode. With a display system, this machine provides a speed in the average of what is currently done.
Although you won’t need it because of online games, it’s probably one of the biggest hard drives today. With 512 Gb of available space, you will be able to store your backups, music and movies.
A better access to wifi on this Aspire 3 that is standard equipped with the 5GHz band. Interesting when you can play outside with full broadband.
With a weight 1.9 Kg and a screen size of 15.6 inches, it is a tool in the average of other laptops.
One of the lowest battery life 5 hours, which will force you to often leave this laptop plugged in.
In conclusion, we have been seduced by the balance between performance and components. Be aware that in addition, you will benefit from an autonomy of 5 hours. Perfect for a sustained gaming session!

Aspire 3 for office automation ?

Although this does not affect the majority of users, it is important to know the OS of this hardware. For those of you who are users of specific operating systems, your choice will probably not head towards this model. ThisAspire 3 is in any case perfectly suited for office use.
If you’re already a Linux or Apple user, your choice will probably head for this laptop. In this case, it is Windows 10.
Neither too heavy nor too light. Its weight of 1.9 Kg is not too high for a mobile computer.
Due to the size of the keyboard, all the office oriented elements are present. If you work frequently on a spreadsheet, you will appreciate the presence of the numeric keypad.
Thanks to the matt treated screen surface, there is almost no reflection of direct sunlight or lamps in the offices. In use, a matte screen gets dirty less quickly than a glossy one.
If you work on your computer in the evening, you might regret that the backlight option is not provided on this laptop.
Regarding the size of the hard disk, it has 512 Gb.Today it is one of the largest storage capacities available.
Clearly, this is an excellent one in this price range. It combines ergonomics with power, with an interesting price/quality ratio.

In short, is the Aspire 3, the right choice ?

Almost impossible for a laptop to be good everywhere, but on the other hand it is possible to obtain a average result. With the Aspire 3 you can be sure to have an efficient laptop, compared to competitors.
This model does not seem relevant to us for :
– travel use
This laptop is average for the following uses:
– making audio and video editing
And we highly recommend this laptop for :
– surfing on the internet
– listening to music and watching videos
– playing video games
– office tasks