It gained’t win any velocity data, however the Acer Aspire 5 A515-54-30BQ makes for a compelling bargain-priced laptop computer all the identical. This $400 mannequin of the Aspire 5 packs a roomy full-HD show and a strong dual-core Intel CPU right into a slim chassis that weighs lower than 4 kilos. Its easy day-to-day efficiency and lengthy battery life ought to hold productivity-minded customers blissful. You’ll need to accept some compromises, nevertheless, together with a cramped 128GB solid-state drive and simply 4MB of RAM.

Price and specs

Acer gives a minimum of 22 configurations in its price range Aspire 5 line, starting from $350 for a dual-core AMD Ryzen 3 3200U-powered mannequin with a bare-bones 4GB of RAM and a 128GB solid-state drive, all the best way to $850 for a far beefier quad-core Core i7-8565 mannequin with a wholesome 12GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and devoted Nvidia GeForce MX250 graphics. Most Aspire 5 variations boast a 15.6-inch show (though I noticed a minimum of one 14-inch mannequin), with a mixture of 1080p and 720p resolutions.

This $400 mannequin that we’re reviewing comes with a dual-core Intel Core i3-8145U CPU, a Whiskey Lake processor that provides a barely larger increase velocity whereas trimming the bottom clock velocity of its predecessor, the Core i3-8130U (Kaby Lake Refresh) CPU from 2017. Minor variations apart, each of those low-power, dual-core processors ship strong efficiency for mainstream computing duties like net shopping and dealing with Office paperwork, though they’ll have a tricky time conserving tempo with CPU-intensive duties like video modifying. If you’re in search of a laptop computer that may provide help to lower collectively your 4K video masterpiece, take into account a system with a minimum of a quad-core processor.

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This smooth, Core i3-powered Aspire 5 boasts a slim profile and an aluminum lid.

Also inside this price range Aspire 5 is 4GB of DDR4 RAM, which is…not nice, however not terribly uncommon for such an affordable laptop computer. Just bear in mind that the Acer might begin to chug should you’ve bought too many applications or browser tabs operating directly.

Similarly constrained is the mere 128GB of storage within the laptop computer’s solid-state drive, which leaves you a scant 90GB of free area as soon as Windows and different numerous pre-installed apps are accounted for. You would possibly be capable of make that work should you depend on Dropbox, Google Drive, or different cloud-based storage providers, however know that the Aspire’s 128GB SSD will refill shortly should you set up too many applications or attempt to switch your playlists and picture albums.

Back on the plus aspect is the Aspire’s roomy 15.6-inch show with Full HD (1920×1080) decision. Its built-in Intel UHD Graphics 620 can deal with some informal gaming, though not a lot past Microsoft Mahjong.

If you’re in search of a laptop computer with somewhat extra storage and energy, take into account the quad-core, Core i5-enabled model of the Aspire 5 with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, which we’ve reviewed here.

Design

Generally talking, the laptops in Acer’s Aspire 5 line really feel thinner and lighter than they are surely, and this Core i3 mannequin of the Aspire 5 follows in the identical footsteps. At simply 0.7-inch thick and a shade below 4 kilos, the Aspire 5 manages to really feel moderately mild, significantly given its substantial 14.3-by-9.9-inch footprint.

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