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The Acer Aspire series has given us a lot of impressive laptops in the past. The Acer Aspire 5 A515-55G-57H8 is the latest laptop to join that list. This new laptop is targeted at light users like students and home users who need an affordable laptop that doesn’t compromise on power.
The laptop comes with an impressive lineup of hardware. You get an i5 processor from the 10th gen of Intel, and other goodies as well. If you’re a student or even a mid-range user, then this laptop would be a good fit for you. But is this laptop worth the price tag? Let’s dive into the full review to find out.
The design of the Acer Aspire 5 A515-55G-57H8 is quire simple and follows its predecessor. The material involved is mostly plastic, but it doesn’t feel like cheap plastic. One advantage of using plastic is that it keeps the weight of the laptop low.
Talking about weight, this laptop weighs around 5lbs. While this is not the lightest laptop in the 15.6-inch category, it is also not the heaviest laptop out there. You can easily carry this laptop with you as this won’t add a lot of weight.
The bezels around the display are also reduced giving the laptop a modern look. This is probably the best differentiator between this Acer Aspire 5 A515-55G-57H8 and its predecessors.
Keyboard and Trackpad
The keyboard we have here is a pretty good one and also has a dedicated number pad. Since this is an affordable laptop, the main target users of this laptop are students, light users, and local business owners who will need to use numbers a lot. A dedicated number pad is definitely an advantage for people crunching numbers.
The keyboard itself isn’t too bad. It has enough travel to make a typing experience pleasant and also helps you keep up the pace. The keyboard comes with backlighting that gives you the flexibility to work even in the dark without any problem.
The trackpad we have here is a pretty good one and comes with excellent support from all the gestures in the Windows operating system. Having a good track but will help you go through your workflow a lot better, and that is exactly the case here. You can also see that the size of the trackpad has also gone up when compared with its previous models.
The Acer Aspire 5 A515-55G-57H8 comes with a 15.6-inch LED-backlit widescreen full HD IPS display. This is an excellent display considering the fact that this is a budget device. The widescreen display is a good choice as it gives you enough screen real estate to accomplish more in your day to day activities.
You can easily snap two windows side-by-side and get more things done as the screen size is good enough for that feature. The picture quality of the display is also pretty decent making it a good candidate for media consumption on your favourite online platforms.
Thanks to the IPS panel, you have an excellent contrast ratio on the device giving you more colours for a better visual experience. The viewing angles of this display are also quite good. Unfortunately, the laptop does not come with a touchscreen which is understandable in this price point.
The processor that powers the Acer Aspire 5 A515-55G-57H8 laptop is an Intel Core i5 processor from its 10th generation. This is a low voltage processor that comes with a base clock speed of 1.0 GHz. This has to be one of the lowest clock speeds at the base level we’ve seen in recent Intel processors.
The processor has four physical cores and eight threads which make it a good choice for running heavy applications. It can clock to a maximum of 3.60 GHz with the help of turbo boost functionality. as far as performance is concerned, this processor can handle a fair deal of load without any issues.
You will have a fine time running every day applications like Web browsers, office applications, social media apps, and other similar items. You can also run heavy applications like photo editors, virtual machines, and designers with a bit of constraint. If you’re going to work on simple projects, this laptop will be fine but we cannot say the same for complex projects.
The memory situation on this laptop is made of eight gigs of DDR4 type RAM. This is a decent amount of memory and should be more than enough for most students and light usage. Even if you are a mid-range user, this RAM will serve you well unless you need a lot of memory for your regular computing experience.
For storage, we have a 512 GB NVMe solid-state drive. This is a fast solid-state drive, and we are surprised that Acer has included this in a laptop that cost less than $650. This SSD is quite fast and gives you excellent reading and writing speeds.
It launches applications very quickly and if you’re coming from a mechanical hard drive, then you will have your mind blown. It also loads the operating system quite fast even from a cold start up. The solid state drive plays an important role in enhancing the performance of the laptop wherever possible.
The Acer Aspire 5 A515-55G-57H8 comes with a dedicated graphics card in the form of an Nvidia GeForce MX 350. This is an entry-level graphics card from Nvidia and it comes with a dedicated video RAM of 2 GB. While we can call this an entry-level graphics card, it is still better than the integrated graphics card present.
With this GPU, you will be able to play some entry-level games and some mid-range ones without any compromises. If you want to play graphically intensive games, then you will have to tone down the settings to get a decent frame-rate. This graphics card can also come in handy when you’re editing photos and simple videos.
The battery life is one of the major selling points of this Acer Aspire 5 A515-55G-57H8 laptop. With light use, the laptop can easily last for about eight hours which is fantastic considering the price of this device. You will be mostly using this laptop for light activities which means you don’t have to charge his laptop during the day.
If you are a student, then the battery life of this laptop will give you all the freedom you need during the day. You don’t have to wait in lines to charge your laptop which happens more often than you think in mainstream campuses.
There are quite a few connectivity options in this Acer Aspire 5 A515-55G-57H8. You get a USB 3.1 Type-C port that is great for data transfer and external connectivity. It is much faster than the other standards so we can say that this sport alone makes this laptop future proof.
You have a couple of USB 3.0 type airports of which one allows power of charging. This means you can charge an external device through the sport even when your laptop is off. This is a handy little feature and could help when you need to charge your Bluetooth devices.
There is also an ethernet port and an HDMI port for obvious reasons. The laptop also comes with Bluetooth 4.1 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi which are considered essential these days on laptops.
Acer Aspire 5 A515-55G-57H8 Review – Summary
The Acer Aspire 5 A515-55G-57H8 laptop is a solid budget laptop that comes with all the essential features a light user like a student or a local business owner could use. It has a latest generation processor from Intel, enough memory, and an incredible battery life which alone make this laptop worth the price.