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Experienced users do not have the same needs as beginners. You are looking for a laptop and you hesitate between several models.Our analysis was made according to 6 user typologies.So we ran tests on Acer NX.GKBEF.021 to find out what it was worth.
So you’ll know what it’s worth at the end of this article.
NX.GKBEF.021 the right choice for surfing the internet?
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 NX.GKBEF.021. An inexpensive computer such as NX.GKBEF.021 may seem to be the solution. The material used by Acer are of average quality and the components have characteristics that are already dating. In other words, don’t expect to keep it for more than 3 years.
With a 14 inches size, you’ll be able to carry it easily. The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the Core i5 2.5 GHz. By investing in this laptop, you take the risk of immediate obsolescence. For a few euros more, it is possible to switch to more powerful processors. The power required for a fluid internet navigation, will sometimes be low on this model and may require a new purchase in 3 years. Very clearly, with only 4096 Gb ofRAM, this laptop is not the best equipped model. It will be a very good idea to spend a few extra euros to upgrade your computer with an extra 2Gb or 4Gb. In terms of memory, you will be assured of having a machine that is more fluid.
This is one of the smallest available disk space among the laptops of the moment. For those who regularly work on a public or private cloud, the available 128 gigabytes will be enough. Not prohibitive in your daily use, but annoying; If you are used to consuming space, think about having a large USB key or external hard drive near you.
Finally, the autonomy of 12 hours is one of the worst on the market. The batteries that equip this model are less efficient than those of other models in the same category. A lower autonomy is harmful, because the NX.GKBEF.021 is easy to access, and you have a lot of fun using it for a long time.
NX.GKBEF.021 the right choice for watching movies ?
Acer presents this laptop as a standard product dedicated to a low-resource usage. If you are very mindful of the quality for multimedia use, we advise you to turn to models other than the NX.GKBEF.021; 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.
As for the screen, it is a model of reduced size, 14 inches, with a 1366×768. Nevertheless, the colours remain beautiful, with detailed contrasts in the images. The only criticism that could be drawn is its size, which makes it a small device compared to other competing models at the same price; over a whole day, it can tire the eyes. The big advantage of this size, however, is the weight: here you have a laptop that weighs only a 1.5 kilogram.
For the sound part, the NX.GKBEF.021 is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
Unfortunately, this laptop has only got the processor Core i5 2.5 GHz, which today is rather light for this kind of use. The consequence will be that it will be less quiet and therefore will consume more electricity. It’s still acceptable in audio/video mode, you only need to launch one application at a time.
On the application side, Acer chose to let you do it. The operating system and that’s it. This is a Windows 10 Famille that allows you to add the free or paid software you want. Clearly, to watch movies, nothing more.
Equipped with the Intel HD Graphics 620 graphic card, and with 4096 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.
Connectivity is unlikely to be a priority for Acer. For the NX.GKBEF.021 has only 3 ports. It’s a little tight for you to plug everything in at once.
Nothing is more unpleasant than a computer that shuts down before the end of the film because of batteries of poor autonomy. Indeed, with 12 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.
NX.GKBEF.021 the right choice for travelling connected ?
It’s a laptop, it folds like a laptop, but because of its size and weight, nothing makes NX.GKBEF.021 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 NX.GKBEF.021. It only fits in a computer bag dedicated to its size, and if you decide to take it in your suitcase, it will be at the expense of clothes, it is so big.
Forget about vacations and commuting.
Its light weight allows you to take it wherever you want. It is one of the lightest in its class. It’s difficult to get a large screen and a light weight for a laptop. The 14 inches screen is barely enough to surf the internet or write e-mails.
At the same time, the laptop processor Core i5 2.5 GHz is struggling; in terms of power it does less well than its competitors, and consumes a lot of energy.
Note that like all manufacturers, Acer is optimistic about the autonomy of this NX.GKBEF.021. Furthermore, these figures reflect an estimate of Acer; the reality is closer to 70% of this value.
Unfortunately for the specifications of the batteries will only allow 12 hours of availability, one of the lowest at the moment.
In order to speed up booting up and calculations, this laptop is equipped with a hard drive type SSD of 128 Gb. The induced advantage here is the absence of latencies, especially in the recovery phase after a standby or due to prolonged inactivity.Thanks to this, Acer was able to almost completely eliminate the noise caused by the rotation of the platters and the movements of the read/write heads existing on conventional disks.And if you absolutely need more storage, you can buy an external drive, or take out a cloud account.
Even though your laptop will stay in the hotel more often than in a briefcase when you take it to the airport, you will appreciate its volume. Its 14 inches screen is so compact that it’s almost the size of a large tablet.
The manufacturer offers only a few connection options, with only 3 connectors. Currently on all available models, it is the laptop that has the poorest equipment.
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 NX.GKBEF.021 really made for travelling.
NX.GKBEF.021 the right choice for audio or video editing ?
Not really designed for video editing or music. The weak point of this model is its processor, and its amount of memory. Of course you could still use it for this, but you will find that the result is too tight. You should also be aware that this model is becoming outdated. In short, prefer a model that will be a little more expensive, but much more efficient.
The software suite installed by default on this model provides the bare minimum to start working. It is possible to edit, but it is not the task that the processor Core i5 2.5 GHz does best. The general design is now too old to consider this type of use in a pro version.
The designers of Acer have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. However, for audiovisual use, we would have preferred a dual-disk system: a large-capacity hard disk for backup, and an SSD for speed of execution. Here with 128 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. It’s a product that provides enough space to save all your audio and video creations.
With 12 hours in battery-only calculation mode, you’ll have little latitude. Unfortunately, it remains low for an audio-video use which needs a lot of computing power. Maybe the next model will be better off.
For the connector part, the NX.GKBEF.021has the USB3 format. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. 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.
Clearly, it’s not NX.GKBEF.021 designed for audio-visual editing. However, it will be perfect for web browsing and word processing.
NX.GKBEF.021 for video games?
It is now possible to use laptops for online or local gaming. Clearly, if your only need is to play games with this NX.GKBEF.021, it may be better to go to other models. The Acer technical choices were rather made to meet classic needs such as internet browsing or word processing.
With only 1366×768, this model is below standard ones. The visual comfort during the game phase, and the image quality will be less good.
The technological evolution being wha it is, this model does much less than many other laptops. After our analysis, it appears that use in game mode generates processor overheating and degradations in terms of images and colors. Finally, if you want to play often, we recommend a model with more power.
Since Acer has not designed this model for gaming, the display system is not dimensioned for an exemplary reactivity during your gaming sessions. An exception to this is if you play on games that are more than 5 years old.
On the question of hard drive size, this model is not very good.He’s one of the worst of the moment, with only 128 Gb.
On the practical transport side, this model is one of the lightest on the market, with 1.5 Kg.
For autonomy, 12 hours, this model is worse than most other laptops.
In the end, we do not recommend this NX.GKBEF.021 for games; low performance will degrade the rendering and playability. And save this one for more classic uses, like surfing the net.
NX.GKBEF.021 for office automation ?
In case your unique and main everyday use is a tool for office automation, Acer may have put a rather low computer on the market. Review of the details for this new laptop.
Customary of this OS, Acer has chosen as usual. In this case, it is Windows 10 Famille.
This laptop is mainly for office use and will require some work on your side of things. You will have to download the applications you need, which implyies for some software a slight increase in the overall cost.
Assuming that you will have to take this laptop to the office, on a trip, or any other travel, you will appreciate its weight. An almost featherweight of 1.5 Kg.
The numeric keypad is not present on this model. As soon as you’ll have to do calculations on a spreadsheet, it will be less simple.
The storage of this model, 128 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 NX.GKBEF.021 the best choice for office use. Or for occasional use, knowing that due to its technical characteristics it will be obsolete in less than 3 years.
What about the NX.GKBEF.021 ?
The conclusion of the test NX.GKBEF.021 is that almost all its specifications are below the others. It’s not expensive, but it’s almost too much considering its low power.
To be clear enough, we do not recommend this laptop for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks