A laptop dedicated to office automation : Acer – Aspire A317-51-56PH Noir – Core i5-8265U

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Latest release in the range Acer, we’ve been running tests on Aspire A317-51-56PH Noir…The overall quality of a model depends on the use you make of it.We have oriented our test according to criteria such as use for travel, office automation, internet browsing, games or multimedia.
This article will help you make the right choice according to your needs.

Aspire A317-51-56PH Noir compatible with internet use?

Because a computer is above all a tool for leisure and educational use (browsing e-commerce or information sites, writing e-mails, etc.), you need to make sure that it will stand the test of time and that it is of high quality.The objective is to ensure the proper execution of the tasks you request.
That’s the direction taken by Acer with this Aspire A317-51-56PH Noir.The computer is positioned at the same level as competing models in this price range. When you get used to it, you can see that the equipment is of good quality.
With a 17 inches size, you’re going to have some trouble carrying it around. With a processor Core i5-8265U, Acer offers an already outdated technology. A technical choice to reduce the final price of the laptop. A latest-generation processor would have implied a higher price. So certainly, with this laptop you have enough resources for internet surfing and word processing, but you may have to change it in less than 5 years. The 8 Gb of RAM available on this Aspire A317-51-56PH Noir is correct, equivalent to other products in the same price range. Everyone is free to hand in a little more memory, for work that requires it.
By offering a hard drive of this size, the company is making this model one of the laptops with the largest disk space on the market. Even if you think 1100 Gb is more than enough, it’s surprising to discover that it’s easy to fill a disc completely with photos, movies or games in a very short time. Here, Acer provides with this Aspire A317-51-56PH Noir a laptop that will allow you to watch all your films locally for a long time.
Additional point concerning autonomy: 5 hours of tranquility. This is standard for this range of laptops, and for the type of battery it is equipped with. It would be more interesting for the same price, to buy a desktop or a tablet, more powerful on the part autonomy and web surfing.

The Aspire A317-51-56PH Noir- the right model for streaming and videos ?

You are considering laptops for standard multimedia use (watching movies, storing photos, listening to music)! Acer offers the Aspire A317-51-56PH Noir perfect for that. Not the best, however it is one of the models existing in a tight price range.
Through all the available laptops, you will know if, despite an average score, it corresponds to your needs.
For this model, Acer thought big. Large by size, with 17 inches and a high resolution of 1600×900. Multimedia oriented, you will enjoy watching your films. Very good quality rendering, both in brightness and image detail.
One of the disadvantages of this size, however, is the overall weight: 2.7 kg that will have to be transported.
Unfortunately, the screen of this model is not provided with a glossy finish. On the other hand, it will be annoying for regular use in a dark room. It will be more delicate to perfectly distinguish the images without getting tired.
In fact, in order not to suffer from reflections on the screen, you will need to have full light conditions.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this Aspire A317-51-56PH Noir. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
Obsolescence has already striken this laptop, equipped with a processor Core i5-8265U that is several years old now. As a result, in the important calculation phase, it may be a little brighter, and will consume more energy. It’s still acceptable in audio/video mode, you only need to launch one application at a time.
You will do what you want for the applications, as it is not Acer installed by default. There’s only the operating system. This is a Windows 10 on which you can install the software you need. Clearly, to watch movies, nothing more.
Equipped with the Intel HD Graphics 620 graphic card, and with 8 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
For connectivity, you will have 3 ports. About the average compared to the competition.Between, the speakers, the mouse, and the external hard drive you will have little possibility to add many more peripherals.
About the batteries, be aware that you will have some time before you have to reconnect the power. 5 hours of battery life is enough for the vast majority of the videos you’ll see. 

The Aspire A317-51-56PH Noir to use while travelling.

It Aspire A317-51-56PH Noir is certainly a laptop, but not really portable and certainly not intended for those who travel. It doesn’t seem to have been a priority when they designed this model Acer. 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.
Reserve its use at home, between your living room and your bedroom.
With its 2.7 Kg, it Aspire A317-51-56PH Noir is one of the heaviest in its class. It’s unpleasant to carry. Its size will make you regret the format of ultrabooks. The reason for that ? The size of the screen. With its 17 inches, the screen will however render a large image.
The designers of this did not consider it useful to integrate the backlit keyboard. But, unless you work in the dark, you won’t see the point.
Finally, the absence of a glossy slab does not compromise image quality. This laptop displays deep and vivid colors.
It is a product that is easy and pleasant to use. The anti-glare matt tile allows this laptop to be used outdoors even in bright sunshine.
With the installation of the processor Core i5-8265U, the power consumption is rather important.
Note that like all manufacturers, Acer is optimistic about the autonomy of this Aspire A317-51-56PH Noir. Furthermore, these figures reflect an estimate of Acer; the reality is closer to 70% of this value.
Concerning the battery part, the autonomy is correct with 5 hours before the breakdown.
Thought for faster booting and calculations, and storage, this laptop has 2 hard disks; one type SSD, accompanied by another standard, of 1100 Gb in total. The SSD for speed and lightness, and the standard disk for storing personal data (photos, music and your movie collection). The time it takes the laptop to start and leave the sleep mode is ultra-fast. If you still run out of space, all you need to do is buy an external drive.
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 17 inches, which makes it one of the largest in its class; every move, with its weight, may be difficult.
This Aspire A317-51-56PH Noir allows external elements to be associated via 3 connectors. It’s one of the average laptops.
The techno bluetooth of this model will allow you to connect locally to any type of device that accepts this communication protocol: phone, connected speakers, car…
Following our tests, it appeared to us that it is not Aspire A317-51-56PH Noir really made for travelling.

The Aspire A317-51-56PH Noir to make audio or video editing. 

The use of a laptop for audio or video editing requires a high-performance product. Clearly, this Aspire A317-51-56PH Noircorresponds perfectly to the need related to this use. With these components, Acer puts at your disposal a laptop whose computing speed has been improved since the last generation. This laptop will facilitate multitasking, and you will be able to simultaneously run applications such as Photoshop, Magix Video or Vegas pro with an operating Windows 10 system.
The components and applications of this laptop are for basic use. It is possible to edit, but it is not the task that the processor Core i5-8265U does best. You’ll soon discover that the processor lacks power and memory.
Valuable flash memory via the SSD for fast program execution, and a standard disk for storing personal data. Here, the laptop advantageously has a good space of storage. This model offers the best possibilities with a storage space of 1100 Gb. It is one of the top of the range for this parameter. You won’t have to worry about storage space for your audio and video creations. And if necessary, via its USB port, you can transfer files at high speed to external drives.
For the autonomy part, Acer proposes last generation batteries. Indicated for an autonomy of 5 hours by the manufacturer, it is preferable to keep your charger close by if you need to make changes while on the move or if you use a lot of resources for your audio or video editing. A result in the average of the competitors.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it Aspire A317-51-56PH Noir receives the USB3 connection. This model will allow you to connect to an external storage drive for even more space when your local disk is full. With a throughput about 10 times faster than the previous standard (USB 2.0), you will be able to easily transfer all your video and audio files.
By choosing this Aspire A317-51-56PH Noir, know that you will be well beyond what most laptops offer. Perfectly designed for audio video use. And for the right price/quality ratio.
A quality product, designed by Acer with facilities on the use in audiovisual editing mode. 

The Aspire A317-51-56PH Noir for online or local games.

Some laptops with sufficient performance, the right processors and the latest graphics cards can afford to gamble. With this Aspire A317-51-56PH Noir, it will certainly be possible to play simple games, but as soon as the need for calculations requires more power, the image rendering will degrade. The Acer technical choices were rather made to meet classic needs such as internet browsing or word processing.
With only 1600×900, this model is below standard ones. This results in lower image quality when you are in game mode.
The technological evolution being wha it is, this model does much less than many other laptops. Ideal for old design games, it has difficulty restoring the images and colors of the latest online games. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
Not really designed for gaming, which leads to a display system that is a little behind the times An exception to this is if you play on games that are more than 5 years old.
Although you won’t need it because of online games, it’s probably one of the biggest hard drives today. With 1100 Gb of available space, you will be able to store your backups, music and movies.
The Wi-Fi technology of this model has wifi with 5GHz band, which facilitates online gaming. A guarantee of quality that will allow, if your living area is equipped with it, to have a faster and generally more reliable web access.
One of the heaviest laptops of the moment, partly due to its 17 inches size.
Please note that with an autonomy of 5 hours, you will have enough time to play video games requiring few resources.
In short, an average rendering that makes this Aspire A317-51-56PH Noir a poor choice for video games, whether local or online. But it can be a good choice for office functions.

Aspire A317-51-56PH Noir the right choice for office automation ?

Which operating system to choose? In fact, there are no bad choices any more today. For those of you who are users of specific operating systems, your choice will probably not head towards this model. This Aspire A317-51-56PH Noir is clearly intended for those who will use it for office use.
Acer has designed this new laptop for the majority of users. In this case, it is Windows 10.
Not all basic office applications may be available on this model. It’s up to you to download and/or purchase the software suite that suits you. It Aspire A317-51-56PH Noir is not designed to be transported, but it will do the job in the case of an exclusively fixed use, and little displacement. This model weighs 2.7 Kg, making it one of the heavyweight.
This computer was really designed for office use. If you work frequently on a spreadsheet, you will appreciate the presence of the numeric keypad.
This Aspire A317-51-56PH Noir eliminates the problems of light reflection on the screen, as it has a matt finish. The colour palette is of good quality; blacks and whites do not look like yellow and grey.
During daytime use, the absence of a backlit keyboard will not be a problem.
Regarding the size of the hard disk, it has 1100 Gb.That gives you a little time before you have to find another data storage area.
Clearly, this is an excellent one in this price range. It combines ergonomics with power, with an interesting price/quality ratio.

The Aspire A317-51-56PH Noir – in summary

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 A317-51-56PH Noir you can be sure to have an efficient laptop, compared to competitors.
This model does not seem relevant to us for :
– travel use
– playing video games
Nevertheless, this laptop can be considered acceptable for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
Also, we suggest this laptop on :
– making audio and video editing
– office tasks