An efficient laptop for office use : Acer – EX215 – AMD A4-9120E

To start

Choosing a new laptop means that you will have to decide between several models.Price and type of technology alone do not justify the choice of a model.From basic use (the Web, and e-mail) to online gaming with powerful machines.
So you’ll know what it’s worth at the end of this article.

EX215 compatible with internet use?

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.To be able to perform regular tasks that will not deteriorate over time.
It is to respond to this type of need that Acer has developed this EX215.A product positioned as mid-range but of good quality. Material that seem to be well-designed.
With a 15.6 inches size, you’re going to have some trouble carrying it around. The manufacturer offers a processor AMD A4-9120E; A mid-range orientation. Indeed, this processor is starting to date compared to what is on the market today. 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. The lack of RAM will surely be felt with this laptop which has just 4 Gb of memory. Chances are you’ll have to add some memory over time. Thanks to this, the laptop will allow a more fluid navigation.
The 256 Gb make this laptop a mid-range laptop in terms of available space. If, on the other hand, you are storing photos, video or music, it will be filled up quickly. Considering the offers currently available in terms of public cloud, and your internet usage, it is highly likely that you will never completely fill the disk space of this laptop.
Last point concerning the autonomy of 5 hours: A time of freedom that you will have to take into account and keep the power kit not too far away. This is lower than what you can find in its competitors for the same price range. Not as good as what you can get on competing products, and that’s a pity, because in the end the laptop is pleasant to use.

The EX215- the right model for streaming and videos ?

This EX215 is a sensible option for anyone who will use it for watching movies and listening to music. Not the best, however it is one of the models existing in a tight price range.
It is sometimes complicated to choose among all the laptops, which ones are specifically designed for this type of use; this section is made to identify if this model is made for you.
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. Very good quality rendering, both in brightness and image detail.
One of the disadvantages of this size, however, is the overall weight: 1.9 kg that will have to be transported.
Unfortunately, no glossy screen is available on this model. On the other hand, it will be annoying for regular use in a dark room. The display legibility will therefore be a little off.
In fact, in order not to suffer from reflections on the screen, you will need to have full light conditions.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this EX215. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. In other words, if you are demanding on the sound part, you will have to add external speakers.
Even if the use of this laptop does not require the latest generation of processor, be aware that it AMD A4-9120E is now outdated. As a result, in the important calculation phase, it may be a little brighter, and will consume more energy. It’s still acceptable in audio/video mode, you only need to launch one application at a time.
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one AMD Radeon R3, 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.
Regarding the connectivity part, Acer has made efforts with 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. You will have to anticipate the duration of the films, otherwise you will not know the end. Therefore, it is best to use this computer constantly plugged into an outlet, without worrying about battery life.

The EX215- the right model to stay connected while travelling ?

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.
Forget about vacations and commuting.
An acceptable gap regarding the displacement of this EX215 of 1.9 Kg. It is easy to carry even if you prefer the ultra slim models of the competition. On the other hand, it is also pleasant to use it to surf the internet or write e-mails.  Its weight is a disadvantage, but the15.6 inches screen will make it an advantage when writing e-mails or doing word processing.
Unless perhaps you are used to working in dimly lit areas, you will not be bothered by the absence of a backlit keyboard. Not necessarily useful, except for those in dimly lit places.
Despite the absence of a shiny slab, you have good image definition. The viewing is up to the mark.
It is a product that is easy and pleasant to use. Good image definition and a matt anti-reflective tile that you’ll appreciate when you’re outdoors, with no sun glare.
At the same time, the laptop processor AMD A4-9120E is struggling; in terms of power it does less well than its competitors, and consumes a lot of energy.
Note that like all manufacturers, Acer is optimistic about the autonomy of this EX215. 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.
Battery life is worse than the competitors, with only 5 hours before the laptop has to be plugged back into the mains.
In order to reduce the risk of breakage while on the move, this model is equipped with a 256 Gb SSD hard drive. The main advantage of this type of hard drive is that it contains fewer moving parts and is faster than standard drives.Thanks to this, Acer was able to almost completely eliminate the noise caused by the rotation of the platters and the movements of the read/write heads existing on conventional disks.And if you absolutely need more storage, you can buy an external drive, or take out a cloud account.
When it comes to taking your laptop with you, it will seem safer to do so only occasionally. And the only times you’ll have to carry it will be between the bus or train and your hotel room. The main reason is its 15.6 inches, which makes it one of the largest in its class; every move, with its weight, may be difficult.
On the connector side, it EX215 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…
Finally with the EX215, Acer deliver us a laptop at a tight price but not intended for travelliing, or as an exception.

The EX215 for audio or video editing ?

If your main professional activity is not audio or video editing, but you are looking for a laptop that can meet this need for your hobbies, then this EX215 is the right choice. Even for an amateur level, editing and creating music requires processor speed and sufficient RAM. This is below what dedicated computers do for professional use, but a good level for those who need it.
The software suite installed by default on this model provides the bare minimum to start working. Nothing will stop you from modifying photos, videos and music, despite a processor AMD A4-9120E that is almost obsolete. 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.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, Acer made the choice to put only one SSD. 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 has only got one, with total 256 Gb storage for your movies and music. It’s a product that provides enough space to save all your audio and video creations.
The autonomy of this EX215 is of 5 hours in normal use; Unfortunately, it remains low for an audio-video use which needs a lot of computing power. Maybe the next model will be better off.
On the connection side, the EX215i s equipped with USB 3 technology. This model will allow you to connect to an external storage drive for even more space when your local disk is full. With a throughput about 10 times faster than the previous standard (USB 2.0), you will be able to easily transfer all your video and audio files.
A quality product, designed by Acer with facilities on the use in audiovisual editing mode. If necessary, it can be used for word processing and e-mails. In short, a relevant choice for a contained price.

The EX215 for online or local games.

There are very few laptops today that do not allow you to play video games. It appears that in terms of performance or on the issue of general cooling, this EX215 is one of the models in the average. 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. On this computer, it’s a resolution of 1920×1080, nothing better at the moment
Each year the power of the components increases, so this model is now far behind the others. Ideal for old design games, it has difficulty restoring the images and colors of the latest online games. Finally, if you want to play often, we recommend a model with more power.
Our tests have shown that for Acer this computer is not intended for playing video games. Possibly, the display will be less degraded if you are playing old games, requiring fewer resources.
With its 256 Gb of space, this EX215 is on a level playing field with its competitors. Useful for local games; as there are still many of them, even though online games are progressing.
The Wi-Fi technology of this model has wifi with 5GHz band, which facilitates online gaming. More speed for those living in full Wi-Fi areas.
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.
So it’s a middle ground for gaming; enough performance at the right price. Good for games, but also for many other uses.

Is the EX215 adapted to office automation ?

Whatever the type of operating system, it is possible today to have an office use on all laptops. For those of you who are users of specific operating systems, your choice will probably not head towards this model. ThisEX215 is in any case perfectly suited for office use.
Acer has designed this new laptop for the majority of users. It is equipped with Windows 10.
It is one of the laptops available in the range. 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. On the right-hand side you will find a number pad.
Thanks to the matt treated screen surface, there is almost no reflection of direct sunlight or lamps in the offices. With less or no glare, this screen will also stay cleaner for longer.an advantage when working on the screen several hours.
During daytime use, the absence of a backlit keyboard will not be a problem.
About storage, this model has average space . It’s 256 Gb available, perfect for office use, but maybe tight for recording movies.
In conclusion, the EX215 is an excellent choice for office use. Well thought out in terms of ergonomics.

The EX215 – in summary

Almost impossible for a laptop to be good everywhere, but on the other hand it is possible to obtain a average result. 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
Also, we suggest this laptop on :
– office tasks