A laptop made for audio video editing: Acer Extensa 15 EX215-22-R3GV Noir – Ryzen 5 3500U

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 for multimedia, and others more for games.
So we did some tests Acer Extensa 15 EX215-22-R3GV Noir to find out what it was worth. The result depends on the use you will make of it.Your computer will not be limited to technical specifications, so we have built a test plan according to the use you will make of it.We’ve put this Extensa 15 EX215-22-R3GV Noir through some tests based on how you’re going to use it.
The detail of our analysis in this article.

Extensa 15 EX215-22-R3GV Noir compatible with internet use?

If your need for a laptop comes down to surfing the web, whether on e-commerce or information sites, and to making a few tables in excel, you could be satisfied with this Extensa 15 EX215-22-R3GV Noir. With this Extensa 15 EX215-22-R3GV Noir, the company wanted to design a very basic model. Acer is a manufacturer that has been offering laptops for several years now, but for this laptop they have used lower quality components. In the end, it is a product that will make you think about changing it in less than 4 years.
With a 15 inches size, you’re going to have some trouble carrying it around. The manufacturer has chosen to equip this model with a processor Ryzen 5 3500U. Acer basic idea that you’re not going to put too much strain on that laptop. A logical decision in relation to the intended use of this computer: surfing the Internet and sufficient computing power. The 8 Gb of RAM available on this Extensa 15 EX215-22-R3GV 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.
This is one of the smallest available disk space among the laptops of the moment. If you want to have your holiday photos locally, you’ll soon reach the limit of 256 Gb. This shouldn’t be a major problem, but if you need to, remember to have a USB key with you.
Additional point concerning autonomy: 6 hours of tranquility. You will have a limited time of freedom, needing to have the power kit nearby. It’s annoying, because the interest of a laptop is still to be able to use it everywhere, without it being plugged in.

The Extensa 15 EX215-22-R3GV Noir- the right model for streaming and videos ?

With this laptop, Acer offers a product oriented toward general use. If you are very mindful of the quality for multimedia use, we advise you to turn to models other than the Extensa 15 EX215-22-R3GV Noir; more high-end products, which on the other hand will be a little more expensive. In other words, a computer dedicated to “classic” uses for most users, but not specifically audio and video oriented.
For this model, Acer thought big. A 15 inches screen, and a resolution of 1920×1080 make it one of the great products available on the market at the moment. Because of its wide screen, it is perfectly designed for watching movies. The color contrast is sharp, and the image is bright, no matter from what angle you look at it.
The only disadvantage of this size, however, is the weight: here you have a laptop of 1.9 kg.
The glossy screen option is not possible on this model; it would have made the display easier to read. 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 readability of the display is therefore a little lower.
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 Extensa 15 EX215-22-R3GV Noir. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. In other words, if you are demanding on the sound part, you will have to add external speakers.
This Extensa 15 EX215-22-R3GV Noir, equipped with a processor Ryzen 5 3500U, corresponds to a price/power ratio in the average, sufficient for a dedicated multimedia use. 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. This will result in fluid video and audio sessions.
On the application side, Acer chose to let you do it. There’s only the operating system. This is a Windows 10 Pro that allows you to add the free or paid software you want. Can only be VLC to manage the audio and video part.
With AMD Radeon Vega 8, 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. This will obviously be a bit light if you want to do 3D imaging, but will suit your needs.
In the connectivity part, you have 3 ports available. In the norm compared to most other computers in the competition.Just what you need to connect your mouse, speakers and other USB keys.
About the batteries, be aware that you will have some time before you have to reconnect the power. 6 hours of battery life is enough for the vast majority of the videos you’ll see. 

Extensa 15 EX215-22-R3GV Noir compatible with on the move use ?

It’s a laptop, it folds like a laptop, but because of its size and weight, nothing makes Extensa 15 EX215-22-R3GV Noir to be easily carried around. At least that’s what we find out a priori. 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.
It Extensa 15 EX215-22-R3GV Noir is in the average, neither too light nor too heavy: 1.9 Kg. You can transport it easily, without too much effort. On your lap, this laptop holds well, and the size of the screen and the base remain acceptable. For 15 inches, on the other hand, it allows you to have a clear display when you want to browse the internet or write e-mails.
No backlit keyboard on this Extensa 15 EX215-22-R3GV Noir. Not necessarily useful, except for those in dimly lit places.
Finally, the absence of a glossy slab does not compromise image quality. The viewing is up to the mark.
This model offers a pleasant user comfort. Good image definition and a matt anti-reflective tile that you’ll appreciate when you’re outdoors, with no sun glare.
By equipping this model with a processorRyzen 5 3500U, the manufacturer is on a par with most of its competitors; it is in the average range and it allows a contained power consumption.
However,you’ll have to decrease the manufacturer’s data concerning the autonomy figures given for this Extensa 15 EX215-22-R3GV Noir. It is unlikely that you will reach manufacturer’s figures; rather, consider 70-80% at best.
An autonomy of 6 hours allows this model to average what the competitors do.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 256 Gb. This disk technology (solid-state drive), tried and tested for more than 20 years, allows to store data, on the same principle as the usb key. With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .And if you absolutely need more storage, you can buy an external drive, or take out a cloud account.
When away on business, your laptop will mostly stay at the hotel. And the only times you’ll have to carry it will be between the bus or train and your hotel room. Indeed, because of its size, 15 inches, you have there, one of the largest laptops of the moment.
This Extensa 15 EX215-22-R3GV 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…
Finally with the Extensa 15 EX215-22-R3GV Noir, Acer deliver us a laptop at a tight price but not intended for travelliing, or as an exception.

The Extensa 15 EX215-22-R3GV Noir for audio or video editing ?

For this type of use, it seems necessary to turn to a high-performance product. It appears that this Extensa 15 EX215-22-R3GV Noirmeets this need perfectly. With these components, Acer puts at your disposal a laptop whose computing speed has been improved since the last generation. The parallel processing of tasks with Windows 10 Pro are perfectly suited for audio or video editing.
Possibly for occasional use, the processor Ryzen 5 3500U will allow you to perform certain tasks, if they are initiated individually. Having 8 Gb of RAM, the rendering speed is sufficient for image processing. All the applications you’ll need to get started are available. If you decide to install pro applications, you may need to add more memory or you may experience performance degradation.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, Acer made the choice to put only one SSD. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. The Extensa 15 EX215-22-R3GV Noir allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 256 Gb. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
As far as autonomy is concerned, it’s not extraordinary. For 6 hours of autonomy, you have a little time to work on your edits. However, it’s still a decent average range.
On the connection side, the Extensa 15 EX215-22-R3GV Noiri s equipped with USB 3 technology. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. This standard allows transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit per second, about ten times faster than USB 2.0.
It Extensa 15 EX215-22-R3GV Noir is consequently well designed for this type of use. And much more if you finally decide to use it only for word processing or web browsing, instead of audio video editing. And for the right price/quality ratio.

The Extensa 15 EX215-22-R3GV Noir for online or local games.

Most manufacturers are aware that the use of laptops is not limited to word processing and spreadsheets. And this Extensa 15 EX215-22-R3GV Noir is one of the average laptops you can play with. During our tests, we found that the computer was raised correctly, as soon as the scenes in some games required fast movements and colour changes.
Simply put, the higher the screen resolution, the more accurate the details in a game. With a resolution in 1920×1080 this laptop fis one of the best of its class.
Acer has also chosen a processor Ryzen 5 3500U which has the merit of doing many calculations in parallel, and for the graphic part, the AMD Radeon Vega 8, for a good result. Of course, there are much better ones, but with the processor Ryzen 5 3500U’s computing power, the image recreated in terms of colorimetry and fluidity are of good quality.
The most demanding will prefer a processor and graphics chip of the latest generation, but for the majority, Acer has chosen the features resulting in good playability on most games currently available.
Acer like most manufacturers, knows that intensive and extensive use of the computer in game mode requires performance. A good compromise that justifies the choice of this model.
When it comes to disk space, this computer ranks low.256 Gb are the minimum for computers today, making it one of the laptops with the least amount of space.
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.
As far as space requirements are concerned, this computer weighs 1.9 Kg and is 15 inches sized; it is in the average range of other laptops.
By offering 6 hours of autonomy, this computer is in the middle of the market.
It Extensa 15 EX215-22-R3GV Noir is finally an interesting compromise for those who want performance without spending too much on the purchase. Good for games, but also for many other uses.

Extensa 15 EX215-22-R3GV Noir for office automation ?

This product could wrongly make you think that this is what you need. Here are the main reasons.
Customary of this OS, Acer has chosen as usual. It’s Windows 10 Pro, last generation.
It’s not Extensa 15 EX215-22-R3GV Noir equipped with all the applications you’ll need. It’s up to you to download and/or purchase the software suite that suits you. In contrast to other larger models, this model is in the middle of the pack in terms of space requirements. In short, an average laptop with 1.9 Kg that can be carried on holiday or to the office.
Key spacing will be important for office use. If you work frequently on a spreadsheet, you will appreciate the presence of the numeric keypad.
This Extensa 15 EX215-22-R3GV 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.
Under normal conditions of use, i.e. during the day, you will have no difficulty with the absence of a backlit keyboard.
The storage of this model, 256 Gb, is one of the smallest. If you’re working on shared documents in the cloud, such as Office365 or Google drive, no problem.
Simply put, it’s not Extensa 15 EX215-22-R3GV Noir the best choice for office use. It would be more suitable for other, simpler uses, such as web browsing.

The Extensa 15 EX215-22-R3GV Noir – in summary

This Extensa 15 EX215-22-R3GV Noir will be a one-time choice, and for moderate use. With an interesting price, it will be able to do the job if you know you’re going to change in 3/4 years.
Simply put, we were not convinced for uses such as :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– office tasks
You can still, at the very least, use it to:
– playing video games
Also, we suggest this laptop on :
– making audio and video editing