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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.Price and type of technology alone do not justify the choice of a model.We’ve put this Aspire 5 through some tests based on how you’re going to use it.
This article is therefore composed according to functions; What is the purpose of this model?
Aspire 5 adapted to surf the internet?
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.
It is to respond to this type of need that Acer has developed this Aspire 5.A product positioned as mid-range but of good quality. Easy to handle, and cleverly thought out during its development.
It’s a big screen that you have: 15.6 inches that will be less easily transported compared to an ultra book. This laptop is equipped with a touch screen; always interesting for when you get tired of the slippery mouse pad or when no flat surface is available when you have this Aspire 5 on your lap. The materials here are of such a high standard that they will last for many years. Solid visible parts (the hull, the keyboard,…) and almost last generation internal components have been chosen by Acer with a lot of care.
The processor at the heart of this laptop, a AMD Ryzen 3 3200U, is a rational choice. Indeed, the power it delivers is interesting, even if it is not the latest generation of component. Contrary to a video editing style use that requires computing power, this model is correct for surfing the internet; a use that does not require too much computing power. Very clearly, with only 4 Gb ofRAM, this laptop is not the best equipped model. Chances are you’ll have to add some memory over time. Your computer will work better and longer.
This is one of the smallest available disk space among the laptops of the moment. With only 128 Gb, Acer considers that you won’t need to store too many files locally, and that you’ll rather do it on a public cloud. This shouldn’t be a major problem, but if you need to, remember to have a USB key with you.
Finally, the autonomy of 5 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. In other words, you will have to keep this Aspire 5 most of the time connected to the power cable.
Is Aspire 5 okay to watch videos ?
High quality, the engineers of Acer have chosen to make this Aspire 5 the top of the range for leisure uses: movies, music, photos. In the age of multimedia, this laptop has evolved and is a cross between a TV, radio and a desktop computer. And to put it simply, this model is clearly one of the best in its category for watching videos or listening to music. The sound reproduction level and the display quality of this top-of-the-range model won’t be lacking.
For this model, Acer thought big. 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. Because of its wide screen, it is perfectly designed for watching movies. 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.
The only disadvantage of this size, however, is the weight: here you have a laptop of 1.9 kg.
Unfortunately, the screen of this model is not provided with a glossy finish. This results in poorer quality in environments with intermediate to low light levels. 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.
For the sound part, the Aspire 5 is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. 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. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
This Aspire 5, equipped with a processor AMD Ryzen 3 3200U, corresponds to a price/power ratio in the average, sufficient for a dedicated multimedia use. With this, you are sure to have a scalable product (if needed), and that will fit perfectly with your peripherals (speakers, video projectors, etc…). So your multimedia sessions will be fluid.
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one AMD Radeon Vega 3, which with 4 Gb de Ram, will allow you to make multimedia (movie viewing, and some simple photo retouching). Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Concerning the connections, this model has available 3 ports. Much better than most of the competition. You will be able to connect all your peripherals to it.
In short, for those who wish to replace their TV set with this laptop, it Aspire 5 seems inappropriate. Indeed, with 5 hours of autonomy, it is one of the worst specifications. You will have to anticipate the duration of the films, otherwise you will not know the end. In other words, do not rely too much on performance and prefer to use this device always connected to electricity.
Aspire 5 the right choice for travelling connected ?
It’s a laptop, it folds like a laptop, but because of its size and weight, nothing makes Aspire 5 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 5. 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.
In other words, leave it at home and only take it for occasional short trips.
An acceptable gap regarding the displacement of this Aspire 5 of 1.9 Kg. It is easy to carry even if you prefer the ultra slim models of the competition. On your lap, this laptop holds well, and the size of the screen and the base remain acceptable. Its weight is a disadvantage, but the15.6 inches screen will make it an advantage when writing e-mails or doing word processing.
This Aspire 5 is convenient with its touch screen that frees you from the mouse. Here you will be in a familiar environment; an ease of use that is identical to your smartphone. The accuracy of touch in navigation is without problem.
Unless perhaps you are used to working in dimly lit areas, you will not be bothered by the absence of a backlit keyboard. Not really necessary.
We enjoy viewing on this screen which displays deep and vivid colours. 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.
With its processor AMD Ryzen 3 3200U, this laptop has a power consumption in the average of the others.
However,you’ll have to decrease the manufacturer’s data concerning the autonomy figures given for this Aspire 5. Rather count on 70% of this value in standard use; the more you use the processor, the lower the figure will be.
Unfortunately for the specifications of the batteries will only allow 5 hours of availability, one of the lowest at the moment.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 128 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. You will limit transport as much as possible because of its bulk. Indeed, because of its size, 15.6 inches, you have there, one of the largest laptops of the moment.
On the connector side, it Aspire 5 has 3 ports. It is thus at the top of the ranking, compared with other laptops on the market.
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…
According to our analysis, we think it is better not to bring this Aspire 5 on holiday.
The Aspire 5 to make audio or video editing.
Considering that the assembly that you intend to carry out is of the range of leisure, this Aspire 5 can suit you. It is correctly equipped on the processor level for speed and RAM for task management; Of course, there are models with much better performance, but this is already a good model.
Possibly for occasional use, the processor AMD Ryzen 3 3200U will allow you to perform certain tasks, if they are initiated individually. With its 4 Gb of RAM, it has enough memory for image processing. All the applications you’ll need to get started are available. And in case you want to go further, you will be able to do so provided you add a bit of 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. 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.
As with most laptops, don’t expect incredible battery life (5 hours). It’s not much, and it’s best to let it plugged in while you’re editing audio or video. With most competitors on the market, this figure is better.
For the connector part, the Aspire 5has the USB3 format. This model will allow you to connect to an external storage drive for even more space when your local disk is full. In addition, this technology offers a better rate of high-speed file transfer between your laptop and external drives.
You will also be able to use it every day to browse the internet. A sensible choice for a product in this price range.
Aspire 5 for video games?
There are very few laptops today that do not allow you to play video games. The tests we ran showed that the choices of Acer in terms of components – the chip, the processor generation, or the quality of cooling – make this an average laptop for gaming. 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. On this computer, it’s a resolution of 1920×1080, nothing better at the moment
Acer has also chosen a processor AMD Ryzen 3 3200U which has the merit of doing many calculations in parallel, and for the graphic part, the AMD Radeon Vega 3, for a good result. Even if the components are not to the level of the best, the processor AMD Ryzen 3 3200U and the board AMD Radeon Vega 3 allow to achieve a very good result in terms of image and colors.
During the tests we ran on this laptop, the components used by the brand’s engineers proved that they could hold the load.
With an average score on the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) ranking, this laptop allows you to try some games. With a display system, this machine provides a speed in the average of what is currently done.
When it comes to disk space, this computer ranks low.With 128 Gb it Aspire 5is below the average of the other laptops of the moment.
A better access to wifi on this Aspire 5 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.
Note the disadvantage in terms of autonomy: it is one of the lowest with 5 hours available.
In conclusion, it Aspire 5 is good when used for local games or online games, although other competing models may be preferred in the same price range. And if necessary, you can use it for internet browsing and e-mail.
Aspire 5 for office automation ?
Access on efficiency, this Aspire 5 is part of the laptops provided for office automation. With this product, the manufacturer brings a quality computer to the market.
Acer has designed this new laptop for the majority of users. It is equipped with Windows 10.
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.
This computer was really designed for office use. If you work frequently on a spreadsheet, you will appreciate the presence of the numeric keypad.
Our tests have verified that the matt treated screen limits the effects of light. You will benefit from a more diffuse natural image, which has the advantage of causing less eye strain.
Under normal conditions of use, i.e. during the day, you will have no difficulty with the absence of a backlit keyboard.
With only 128 Gb this model is one of the smaller models. Not really a problem for office use, but perhaps penalizing for some users.
In conclusion, this laptop is interesting. Well placed in terms of price, it will meet your needs for office use.
The Aspire 5 in conclusion
Hard to do very well for all purposes; in any case this computer is doing well. The Aspire 5 corresponds to a product that is certainly average, but still effective.
This model does not seem relevant to us for :
– travel use
Nevertheless, this laptop can be considered acceptable for :
– web browsing
– making audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks
Also, we suggest this laptop on :
– listening to music and watching videos