Acer is a leader in notebooks, laptops, and computers, with their Acer Aspire range being one of their most popular. We’re here to look into this range of notebooks and what each of them offer, to find one that is the best pick of all.
Acer has used their technological savvy and position as an innovative market leader to produce an unparalleled range of well-priced, specific user focused machines that range from the basic through to very advanced models, depending on your need and budget. The Acer Aspire is this range, and within it, there are so many amazing models worth mentioning.
The philosophy with this range was that no one computer would target every user and so they may something that could be customized. Until Acer launched its Aspire range it was very much a case of purchasing a laptop that was close to the desired specification and then tweaking it in areas like processor speed, RAM, hard drive, graphics and sound cards, none of which come cheaply.
With literally dozens and dozens of models of Aspire, each has its own purpose. Some are general purpose and others more technically and user specific. Even at the entry level, the Aspire offers creditable computing power wrapped up in a package that is as aesthetically pleasing as it is functionally excellent.
Choosing The Right Gaming Laptop
Working through the Acer Aspire range of laptops in order to find the ‘one’ might be easier if you follow a few basic rules of thumb.
Some Of The ACER Aspire Range
When thinking about all of these needs that gamers have for their notebooks, we’ve found a few in the ACER Aspire range that might be suitable. Check out the specs of these popular models to see what they offer, and their price upon release.
- GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB GDDR5
- Intel Core i7 8th Gen 8750H (2.20 GHz)
- 16 GB Memory 256 GB SSD
- 17.3" IPS 1920 x 1080 Full HD Display
- 1 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C (up to 5 Gbps)
- 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750H 6-Core Processor (Up to 4.1GHz)
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
- 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) Widescreen LED-backlit IPS Display
- 8GB DDR4 2400MHz Memory, 128GB SSD & 1TB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
- 802.11ac Wi-Fi |Backlit Keyboard | USB 3.1 Type C Gen 1 port | Fingerprint Reader
- Intel Core i7-8750H 2.2 GHz Hexa-core (6 Core)
- 8GB of 2400 MHz DDR4 ; 1TB 5400 rpm HDD
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 GPU (4GB GDDR5)
- 15.6-Inch FHD 1920 x 1080 IPS Display
- Windows 10
- 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor (Up to 3.8GHz)
- 17.3" Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen IPS display
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
- 16GB DDR4 Memory, 256GB SSD, 1 TB HDD
- Windows 10 Home
- 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8250U Processor (Up to 3.4GHz)
- 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED-lit IPS Display
- 8GB Dual Channel Memory & 256GB SSD
- Up to 15-hours of battery life.Adapter: 65 W
- Windows 10 Home
With so many models and configurations available, we’ve found one that can do things quite well in more areas than one. The Acer Aspire E15 is great for home and office, with gamers even being pleased with what it offers, so let’s check out what it can do.
Within an Intel Core i5-8250U processor and 8GB of memory, there is plenty of speed for multitasking including when running videos in a separate window. During a test run, the Aspire E15 (with its 256GB M.2 SATA SSD of power) was able to create 4.97GB of files in just 34 seconds. With an average speed of 318.1 megabytes per second, it’s far beyond the competitors of this time. =
When it comes to converting video, this is done through HandBrake the Aspire E 15 took only 25 minutes and 15 seconds to convert a 4K video to 1080p, which is good, but about 10 percent longer than some competitors.
The Acer Aspire uses an installed Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics card and 2GB of dedicated memory. This certainly helped in terms of quality and again when compared to others in higher price points, it did a lot better.
Although the Acer Aspire is capable of playing some games when purchased straight off the shelf, it’s better to spend the time and money tweaking it to get more. Thankfully, they’ve allowed for the room to do this which is what makes it so promising for gamers.
Battery Life And Heat
The Aspire E 15 will run all day on a fully charged battery and it’s got enough power for long plane rides as well. Browsing the internet and doing standard tasks meant it was able to run for around nine hours, which again beats the competition.
When testing out how hot it gets during use, you’ll note that underneath the notebook gets warm. However, it’s not warm enough to have any effect on the performance. Tests show that after 15 minutes of full-HD video on the notebook, it reached 98 degrees Fahrenheit on its underside. This means for users who prefer to rest their device on their lap, it has the potential to heat up somewhat.
The Acer Aspire E 15's 0.9-megapixel webcam is a fairly standard medium to low quality affair. For basic applications like Skype and others, it’s suitable but won’t be able to deliver an high definition photography. If you need more from your webcam, it’s advisable to buy a plug-in web camera that can deliver results, because this isn’t an area where the E15 shines.
Acer has equipped Aspire E 15 with a lot of software – or ‘bloatware’ as some like to call it. Some are useful but for the most part not so useful that you’ll want to keep all of it on board. When it’s a matter of slowing down speed and taking up memory, you’ll likely want to get rid of some.
Care Center is an App that Acer created for their devices and it’s intended to keep track of the utilities and system information. In addition, you’ll also get the installed Quick Access window, which gives access to two different settings that can greatly impact your experience.
The first is Bluelight Shield, which filters out blue light that has been shown to prevent a restful sleep, and the other is an innovative app which gives the option to stop USB ports from powering other devices when the Aspire is turned off. This means you won’t get any unanticipated draining of the laptop battery by such things as mobile phones and other such USB powered equipment that are in the area.
Acer also provides a Power Button app so that you can turn off the display or send your laptop into hibernation, sleep mode or fully shut it down. Cyber Link PowerDVD 14 is also installed to enable viewing of DVDs and has a host of features that make video viewing easier and therefore more enjoyable.
The entry-level Acer Aspire E 15 features an Intel Core i5-8250U processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and a Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics card. The upper-level model gets you the full force of a Core i7-8550U CPU plus all the other standard technology and software of the entry level model. Depending on what you need and what your games require, the choice will be up to you.
This model has a 15.6-inch screen and offers reasonable quality color unless you upgrade to the higher model which will improve it significantly. When tested against others, the Aspire E 15 produces 74 percent of the RGB spectrum, which is below the 89 percent average that others in the category have, and emits up to 200 nits of brightness.
Keyboard And Touchpad
With a backlit keyboard including a number pad, the Aspire E 15 provides a comfortable workstation with plenty of options. Typing is assisted by the fact that the keys have 1.5 millimeters of travel and 71 grams of required actuation force. These all work together to improve the ergonomic factor of the keyboard and make it especially useful for gaming.
Sound is a pivotal aspect of not only movies but also most games, adding a sense of realism and emotion that goes towards making a truly immersive experience. The Aspire E 15's speakers produce great, rumbling bass and very clear treble with a nicely configured sense of separation and ‘space’ coming from the stereo soundcard that is driving them.
The audio is clear and without distortion but beware of running above 75 percent output. In this case, some of the low-level frequencies that are present within games can cause a bit of a rumble that could possibly cause physical damage to the speakers over time.
Pros And Cons
Overall, there are both strong and weak points to be found with the Acer Aspire. Here are some of the most notable points to consider before investing in this for your gaming needs:
The Bottom Line
For performance and features, it is hard to look past the Aspire E 15 if you’re working on a budget. long battery life, solid construction, ergonomic keyboard, and Core i5 processor make this a great package.
If you’re looking for an affordable entry-level laptop that has more than most on offer, the Aspire E15 is a great option. Given the option to upgrade if you need to, you have more choice when choosing a notebook to suit your gaming needs. Whether it’s for work or business, this is one in the Acer Aspire range that will tick more boxes than the rest.