As a preamble to this test
Experienced users do not have the same needs as beginners. You are looking for a laptop and you hesitate between several models.Our analysis was made according to 6 user typologies.To help you, we have tested this model according to several parameters.
This article will help you make the right choice according to your needs.
Aspire 5 the right choice for surfing 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.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 Aspire 5.A well-made laptop that positions itself as mid-range compared to its competitors and because of its price. When you get used to it, you can see that the equipment is of good quality.
With a 15 inches size, it is in the average, and you can carry it relatively easily. The manufacturer offers a processor Ryzen 3 3200U; A mid-range orientation. Indeed, this processor is starting to date compared to what is on the market today. For a few euros more, it is possible to switch to more powerful processors. The power required for a fluid internet navigation, will sometimes be low on this model and may require a new purchase in 3 years. A standard equipment with 8 Gb of RAM. It’s the certainty that the computer will work better and longer.
For hard drive sizing, Acer decided to put 256 Gb. This is the standard model. If, on the other hand, you are storing photos, video or music, it will be filled up quickly. Acer comes with this Aspire 5 a laptop that you’ll keep for a few years before it becomes obsolete.
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. Batteries store little energy, and the computer consumes a lot of energy when it is used. In other words, you will have to keep this Aspire 5 most of the time connected to the power cable.
Aspire 5 for videos?
This Aspire 5 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.
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.
Acer has chosen a medium size screen to meet everyone’s needs. A model with a standard template, 15 inches, and good resolution. 1920×1080. The image quality is bright and colorful, and provides an immersive experience. In conclusion, it is a well-balanced product that allows the films to be viewed correctly; and with a contained weight of 1.9 kg, it is easily transportable.
The glossy screen option is not possible on this model; it would have made the display easier to read. On the other hand, it will be annoying for regular use in a dark room. The display legibility will therefore be a little off.
Therefore, when used in daylight conditions, you will appreciate the lack of this feature, as the light induces reflections, making it difficult to view.
On the sound side, it Aspire 5 has good components: board and integrated speakers. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. 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 Ryzen 3 3200U is now outdated. The consequence will be that it will be less quiet and therefore will consume more electricity. It’s still acceptable in audio/video mode, you only need to launch one application at a time.
With AMD Radeon Vega 3, ahigh-performance graphics card, a dedicated memory of 8 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.
For connectivity, you will have 3 ports. About the average compared to the competition.You will need to prioritize the devices you want to connect, as they will not all fit at the same time.
Nothing is more unpleasant than a computer that shuts down before the end of the film because of batteries of poor autonomy. With only a little autonomy, you don’t have a lot of time. 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.
Aspire 5 the right choice for travelling connected ?
It’s a laptop, it folds like a laptop, but because of its size and weight, nothing makes Aspire 5 to be easily carried around. It doesn’t seem to have been a priority when they designed this model Acer. Having tested this laptop in situations as diverse as traveling, in a suitcase between shirts and jeans, while traveling between home and work, on a family weekend, here’s what you should remember.
Forget about vacations and commuting.
It Aspire 5 is in the average, neither too light nor too heavy: 1.9 Kg. It is easy to carry even if you prefer the ultra slim models of the competition. On your lap, this laptop holds well, and the size of the screen and the base remain acceptable. One of the causes of its weight is related to the size of his 15 inches screen.
The keypad Aspire 5 is equipped with backlighting. In addition, it is well designed with quality materials.
We enjoy viewing on this screen which displays deep and vivid colours. This laptop displays deep and vivid colors.
This laptop is very comfortable 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 Ryzen 3 3200U 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 Aspire 5. This figure is an estimate and consider instead that you will have 70% of this autonomy.
With 5 hours, this model is unfortunately one of the weakest currently offered on laptops.
In order to reduce the risk of breakage while on the move, this model is equipped with a 256 Gb SSD hard drive. The induced advantage here is the absence of latencies, especially in the recovery phase after a standby or due to prolonged inactivity.With SSD technology, however, you benefit from a considerable improvement in the time it takes your notebook to start up and get out of standby mode.And if you absolutely need more storage, you can buy an external drive, or take out a cloud account.
With this model, Acer definitely designed a computer easily transportable, but not too small. Because of its size, 15 inches this laptop represents a good compromise.
Acer provides 3connectors on this model. It’s one of the average laptops.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
Because of all these elements, we do not recommend this Aspire 5 for travel use.
The Aspire 5 to make audio or video editing.
For non-professional use for audio or video editing, this Aspire 5 may be fine. Even for an amateur level, editing and creating music requires processor speed and sufficient RAM. Of course, it is not at the level of what is done for professionals, but it responds well anyway.
It’s going to be a little harder on this model than on some of the other competitors. You can always try to do video editing with the processor Ryzen 3 3200U. The general design is now too old to consider this type of use in a pro version.
This model contains an SSD for the operating system and backup part. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. The Aspire 5 allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 256 Gb. It’s a product that provides enough space to save all your audio and video creations.
The autonomy of this Aspire 5 is of 5 hours in normal use; Unfortunately, it remains low for an audio-video use which needs a lot of computing power. With most competitors on the market, this figure is better.
For the connector part, the Aspire 5has the USB3 format. 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.
This is a good product to start doing audio-visual editing. If necessary, it can be used for word processing and e-mails. A sensible choice for a product in this price range.
The Aspire 5- the right model to play with?
With this model, you will be able to move quickly in any game, without parasitic elements, screen freezing or image tearing. Gone are the days of having to play where the computer is fixed; now you can play anywhere. On this Aspire 5, Acer has implemented a cooling system perfectly dimensioned for advanced uses of online games.
As far as image resolution is concerned, it is important that it is high in order to obtain a good rendering. This model is proposed in resolution 1920×1080, that is to say one of the best on the market.
Each year the power of the components increases, so this model is now far behind the others. After our analysis, it appears that use in game mode generates processor overheating and degradations in terms of images and colors. Finally, if you want to play often, we recommend a model with more power.
With an average score on the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) ranking, this laptop allows you to try some games. With a display system, this machine provides a speed in the average of what is currently done.
An average capacity/price ratio that makes this Aspire 5 an interesting choice when you’re looking for a 256 Gb drive. Not necessary for everyone who plays online, but convenient for those who prefer to play locally.
A better access to wifi on this Aspire 5 that is standard equipped with the 5GHz band. 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 inches sized; it is in the average range of other laptops.
Note the disadvantage in terms of autonomy: it is one of the lowest with 5 hours available.
Clearly, a good quality rendering on the graphics, a size of 15 inches, thin and rather light (1.9 Kg), make this Aspire 5 an excellent one for a video game use. In addition, it is good value for money compared to competitors. Perfect for a sustained gaming session!
Aspire 5 for office automation ?
Which operating system to choose? In fact, there are no bad choices any more today. The OSes available on the market are all different technical ecosystems with their own applications. Perfectly office oriented, this Aspire 5 is efficient.
Acer has designed this new laptop for the majority of users. In this case, it is Windows 10.
Neither too heavy nor too light. Average weight, with 1.9 Kg.
Due to the size of the keyboard, all the office oriented elements are present. 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. But at the same time, the light intensity is low enough so as not to tire the eyes in the dark.
If you plan to use your computer at the end of the day, in total darkness or semi-darkness, opt for a backlit keyboard such as the one offered on the Aspire 5.
Storage in this model is in the middle of what is available elsewhere. Equipped with a hard drive of 256 Gb, it will give you the possibility to store all your documents locally.
Clearly, this is an excellent one in this price range. The right choice for anyone who wants an efficient computer.
Finally, the Aspire 5….
Hard to do very well for all purposes; in any case this computer is doing well. With the Aspire 5 you can be sure to have an efficient laptop, compared to competitors.
In other words, this model is not really made for :
– travel use
You can still, at the very least, use it to:
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– making audio and video editing
And we highly recommend this laptop for :
– playing video games
– office tasks