The EX215 – AMD A4-9120E from Acer : a good compromise for office automation

As a preamble to this test

Is the EX215 for you?What power? Which operating system? Linux, Windows or Mac OS X? So many points that won’t tell you if you’re making the right choice.
So we ran tests on Acer EX215 to find out what it was worth.
This article will help you make the right choice according to your needs.

EX215 adapted to surf the internet?

Considering that your use of a computer is simple (surfing the internet, writing e-mails and/or letters, doing calculations on an Excel spreadsheet), it is important to focus on a laptop that is both of high quality and strong enough to last over time.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 EX215.The computer is positioned at the same level as competing models in this price range. 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. The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the AMD A4-9120E. By investing in this laptop, you take the risk of immediate obsolescence. The compromise could be on a model with a smaller screen size but with a better processor. In the end, you shouldn’t ask too much of this computer, otherwise you’ll get annoyed by its slowness when you launch several applications in parallel. With less than a 4 Gb of RAM, it EX215 is a fair one. It is highly likely that if you decide to use the EX215, you will have to add at least 2 Gb to one of the avaiilable.In terms of memory, you will be assured of having a machine that is more fluid.
For hard drive sizing, Acer decided to put 256 Gb. This is the standard model. In any case, it should be enough for a use like surfing the web. Acer comes with this EX215 a laptop that you’ll keep for a few years before it becomes obsolete.
Last point about the autonomy. the EX215 can work 5 hours in wifi mode only activated by the batteries. 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 EX215 most of the time connected to the power cable.

EX215 the right choice for watching movies ?

This EX215 is a sensible option for anyone who will use it for watching movies and listening to music. It’s easy to find much better ones, although you won’t find any in this price range.
In order to see if it will meet your needs, we have tested it for audio and video use.
Acer presents this model in a large size version. A 15.6 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. Very good quality rendering, both in brightness and image detail.
Note that one eliminatory criteria for some nomadic users is its weight; here this model weighs 1.9 kg, partly because of the screen size.
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 display legibility will therefore be a little off.
In short, you’ll prefer this finish for daytime movie viewing.
For the sound part, the EX215 is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. 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.
Obsolescence has already striken this laptop, equipped with a processor AMD A4-9120E that is several years old now. The consequence will be that it will be less quiet and therefore will consume more electricity. Still, it may be enough for multimedia use, as long as you only run one application at the same time.
With AMD Radeon R3, ahigh-performance graphics card, a dedicated memory of 4 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.
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.
For multimedia use in travel or on-the-go mode, this EX215 may not be suitable. That’s only 5 hours of battery life you have at your disposal. 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. Therefore, it is best to use this computer constantly plugged into an outlet, without worrying about battery life.

EX215 the right choice for travelling connected ?

Easier to transport than a desktop computer, it is not intended for travelling. 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.
In other words, leave it at home and only take it for occasional short trips.
It EX215 weights 1.9 Kg which makes it a computer in the average of its category. It’s still an easy-to-handle computer, even if it’s not an ultrabook. On your lap, this laptop holds well, and the size of the screen and the base remain acceptable. For 15.6 inches, on the other hand, it allows you to have a clear display when you want to browse the internet or write e-mails.
Unless perhaps you are used to working in dimly lit areas, you will not be bothered by the absence of a backlit keyboard. But, unless you work in the dark, you won’t see the point.
We enjoy viewing on this screen which displays deep and vivid colours. The screen shows an interesting result.
This laptop is very comfortable to use. The anti-glare matt tile allows this laptop to be used outdoors even in bright sunshine.
Here this laptop is not very powerful because of its processor AMD A4-9120E; it’s inferior to the competition, and it’s not very good in terms of energy consumption.
Also, the batteries hold the charge for a shorter time; probably the worst results in this range. You will need to expect 2/3 of this estimate for standard use; if you push the processor, the number will drop a little more.
Unfortunately for the specifications of the batteries will only allow 5 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 256 Gb. SSDs are much faster and lighter, and have no moving parts. With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .For those who will need more space, this EX215 will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
When it comes to traveling, you’ll probably think twice before you take that computer with you. Its size does not invite you to carry it everywhere you go. Indeed, because of its size, 15.6 inches, you have there, one of the largest laptops of the moment.
On the connector side, it EX215 has 3 ports. Convenient for travelling when you will need it, it ranks among those with the most.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
Following our tests, it appeared to us that it is not EX215 really made for travelling.

The EX215 for audio or video editing ?

Considering that the assembly that you intend to carry out is of the range of leisure, this EX215 can suit you. Thanks to its processor and its RAM, it accepts multitasking without flinching. Of course, it is not at the level of what is done for professionals, but it responds well anyway.
The software suite installed by default on this model provides the bare minimum to start working. You can always try to do video editing with the processor AMD A4-9120E. However, there’s no question of switching to professional applications; the processor performance and the 256 Gb disk size will calm your nerves due to their lack of power and space.
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 EX215 allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 256 Gb. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
With 5 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. On this point Acer could have done much better.
For the connector part, the EX215has the USB3 format. The latest convenient protocol for interfacing computers and electronic devices such as external hard drives. In addition, this technology offers a better rate of high-speed file transfer between your laptop and external drives.
With this EX215 product, Aceroffer us a good start for an advanced use of audio and video editing. You will also be able to use it every day to browse the internet. In short, an interesting choice in this price range.

The EX215 for online or local games.

Most manufacturers are aware that the use of laptops is not limited to word processing and spreadsheets. 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. But if you’re used to playing the latest games of the moment, you’ll soon reach the limits.
The higher the resolution of the image, the more detailed the visual rendering will be. This model is proposed in resolution 1920×1080, that is to say one of the best on the market.
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. In other words it is a good design model, but due to the lower power of the graphics card, it is less efficient for gaming.
Since Acer has not designed this model for gaming, the display system is not dimensioned for an exemplary reactivity during your gaming sessions. Possibly, the display will be less degraded if you are playing old games, requiring fewer resources.
An average capacity/price ratio that makes this EX215 an interesting choice when you’re looking for a 256 Gb drive. A feature that interested those, and there are still many, who want to install and play locally.
For online gaming, it EX215 has high quality Wi-Fi. Interesting when you can play outside with full broadband.
As far as space requirements are concerned, this computer weighs 1.9 Kg and is 15.6 inches sized; it is in the average range of other laptops.
For autonomy, 5 hours, this model is worse than most other laptops.
In conclusion, it EX215 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.

The EX215 for office automation.

Which operating system to choose? In fact, there are no bad choices any more today. For those who prefer Apple, there are MacBooks, free distributions for Linux, and Windows computers for the vast majority. ThisEX215 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. It’s Windows 10, last generation.
It is one of the laptops available in the range. Its weight of 1.9 Kg is not too high for a mobile computer.
Key spacing will be important for office use. Hence the good idea to offer a default number pad as a complement.
Our tests have verified that the matt treated screen limits the effects of light. 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.
About storage, this model has average space . About 256 Gb, more than enough for office use.
Clearly, this is an excellent one in this price range. Well thought out in terms of ergonomics.

What about the EX215 ?

Hard to do very well for all purposes; in any case this computer is doing well. With the EX215 you can be sure to have an efficient laptop, compared to competitors.
To be clear enough, we do not recommend this laptop for :
– travel use
Nevertheless, this laptop can be considered acceptable for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– making audio and video editing
– playing video games
In summary, we advise this model for :
– office tasks