Is the Aspire 5 for you?Price and type of technology alone do not justify the choice of a model.So we ran tests on Acer Aspire 5 to find out what it was worth.
The detail of our analysis in this article.
Aspire 5 the right choice for surfing the internet?
Because a computer is above all a tool for leisure and educational use (browsing e-commerce or information sites, writing e-mails, etc.), you need to make sure that it will stand the test of time and that it is of high quality.The objective is to ensure the proper execution of the tasks you request.
It is in this spirit 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. Easy to handle, and cleverly thought out during its development.
The screen is quite large, with 15.6 inches. Not necessarily easy to carry around. This laptop is equipped with a touch screen; always interesting for when you get tired of the slippery mouse pad or when no flat surface is available when you have this Aspire 5 on your lap. The materials here are of such a high standard that they will last for many years. The engineers fromAcer have designed an interesting model with solid internal and external components.
A reasonable choice equips this model; the AMD Ryzen 3 3200U. Considering that the components evolve very quickly, Acer offers a laptop of good quality that will remain a good choice over several years. Moreover, because of this processor, you can be sure that you have a tool that allows you to navigate the Internet correctly. With less than a 4 Gb of RAM, it Aspire 5 is a fair one. It will be a very good idea to spend a few extra euros to upgrade your computer with an extra 2Gb or 4Gb. Thanks to this, the laptop will allow a more fluid navigation.
Most other competing computers have more storage space. By offering only 128 Gb, this Aspire 5 is one of the smallest in its category. Not prohibitive in your daily use, but annoying; If you are used to consuming space, think about having a large USB key or external hard drive near you.
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. The batteries that equip this model are less efficient than those of other models in the same category. 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.
Aspire 5 the right choice for watching movies ?
The Aspire 5 will now allow you to go beyond the exclusive use for work and will also serve as a tool for digital entertainment. You will benefit from an unparalleled comfort of use. And to put it simply, this model is clearly one of the best in its category for watching videos or listening to music. The sound reproduction level and the display quality of this top-of-the-range model won’t be lacking.
The laptop from .Acer is imposing by its size. 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. Multimedia oriented, you will enjoy watching your films. Very good quality rendering, both in brightness and image detail.
The only disadvantage of this size, however, is the weight: here you have a laptop of 1.9 kg.
Unfortunately, the screen of this model is not provided with a glossy finish. 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.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this Aspire 5. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
The processor installed on this model is a AMD Ryzen 3 3200U sufficient one for audio and video. Although it is in the middle of the range, this processor will be able to evolve according to your future needs, and in the immediate future will allow a good compatibility with all your peripherals. This will result in fluid video and audio sessions.
Equipped with the AMD Radeon Vega 3 graphic card, and with 4 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. This will obviously be a bit light if you want to do 3D imaging, but will suit your needs.
Speaking of connectivity, this laptop provides 3 ports.That makes it one with the biggest number of ports compared to what’s on the market right now. Plenty of room to connect your mouse, speakers and other USB keys.
In short, for those who wish to replace their TV set with this laptop, it Aspire 5 seems inappropriate. That’s only 5 hours of battery life you have at your disposal. A management of the time available to take into account when you are on the move watching a movie. Therefore, it is best to use this computer constantly plugged into an outlet, without worrying about battery life.
The Aspire 5 to use while travelling.
Easier to transport than a desktop computer, it is not intended for travelling. At least that’s what we find out a priori. It only fits in a computer bag dedicated to its size, and if you decide to take it in your suitcase, it will be at the expense of clothes, it is so big.
In other words, leave it at home and only take it for occasional short trips.
An acceptable gap regarding the displacement of this Aspire 5 of 1.9 Kg. It’s still an easy-to-handle computer, even if it’s not an ultrabook. On the other hand, the large size will be an advantage to see photos during the holidays. With its 15.6 inches, the screen will however render a large image.
The touch screen is present on the Aspire 5, which gives you the possibility to avoid using the mouse. A few finger pinches to zoom in, side slides to test the comfort of use. It’s up to you to make accurate navigational selections.
Unless perhaps you are used to working in dimly lit areas, you will not be bothered by the absence of a backlit keyboard. But, unless you work in the dark, you won’t see the point.
Despite the absence of a shiny slab, you have good image definition. This laptop displays deep and vivid colors.
It is a product that is easy and pleasant to use. The image is beautiful, and with its anti-reflective matt tile, no more problems even outdoors.
A processor AMD Ryzen 3 3200Uthat allows this computer to be equivalent to other laptops in terms of power and power consumption.
However,you’ll have to decrease the manufacturer’s data concerning the autonomy figures given for this Aspire 5. It is unlikely that you will reach manufacturer’s figures; rather, consider 70-80% at best.
Unfortunately for the specifications of the batteries will only allow 5 hours of availability, one of the lowest at the moment.
In order to reduce the risk of breakage while on the move, this model is equipped with a 128 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.For those who will need more space, this Aspire 5 will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
When away on business, your laptop will mostly stay at the hotel. You will limit transport as much as possible because of its bulk. 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 Aspire 5 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…
According to our analysis, we think it is better not to bring this Aspire 5 on holiday.
The Aspire 5- the right model 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 Aspire 5 is the right choice. It is correctly equipped on the processor level for speed and RAM for task management; This is below what dedicated computers do for professional use, but a good level for those who need it.
Possibly for occasional use, the processor AMD Ryzen 3 3200U will allow you to perform certain tasks, if they are initiated individually. Having 4 Gb of RAM, the rendering speed is sufficient for image processing. This model comes with a pre-installed software suite by default. If on the other hand you start on pro applications, it will be necessary to add more memory.
The designers of Acer have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. 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 128 Gb. It’s a product that provides enough space to save all your audio and video creations.
With 5 hours in battery-only calculation mode, you’ll have little latitude. It’s not much, and it’s best to let it plugged in while you’re editing audio or video. Maybe the next model will be better off.
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. This standard allows transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit per second, about ten times faster than USB 2.0.
If necessary, it can be used for word processing and e-mails. In short, a relevant choice for a contained price.
The Aspire 5- the right model to play with?
Laptops, thanks to the rise in performance of processors and graphics cards, allow some people to gamble. The tests we ran showed that the choices of Acer in terms of components – the chip, the processor generation, or the quality of cooling – make this an average laptop for gaming. On the other hand, if you have to go through several hours, these same components will seem weak.
The higher the resolution of the image, the more detailed the visual rendering will be. This model is proposed in resolution 1920×1080, that is to say one of the best on the market.
Acer has also chosen a processor AMD Ryzen 3 3200U which has the merit of doing many calculations in parallel, and for the graphic part, the AMD Radeon Vega 3, for a good result. Even if the components are not to the level of the best, the processor AMD Ryzen 3 3200U and the board AMD Radeon Vega 3 allow to achieve a very good result in terms of image and colors.
The most demanding will prefer a processor and graphics chip of the latest generation, but for the majority, Acer has chosen the features resulting in good playability on most games currently available.
For most games, this model will be suitable for gaming mode. A good compromise that justifies the choice of this model.
On the question of hard drive size, this model is not very good.He’s one of the worst of the moment, with only 128 Gb.
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.
You’ll like this handy laptop, and rather light (1.9 Kg and 15.6 inches), comparable to most similar products.
Note the disadvantage in terms of autonomy: it is one of the lowest with 5 hours available.
In conclusion, it Aspire 5 is good when used for local games or online games, although other competing models may be preferred in the same price range. And if necessary, you can use it for internet browsing and e-mail.
Is the Aspire 5 adapted to office automation ?
Access on efficiency, this Aspire 5 is part of the laptops provided for office automation. It is a mature product.
Customary of this OS, Acer has chosen as usual. In this case, it is Windows 10.
Neither too heavy nor too light. In short, an average laptop with 1.9 Kg that can be carried on holiday or to the office.
Due to the size of the keyboard, all the office oriented elements are present. On the right-hand side you will find a number pad.
This Aspire 5 eliminates the problems of light reflection on the screen, as it has a matt finish. You will benefit from a more diffuse natural image, which has the advantage of causing less eye strain.
Under normal conditions of use, i.e. during the day, you will have no difficulty with the absence of a backlit keyboard.
With only 128 Gb this model is one of the smaller models. Not really a problem for office use, but perhaps penalizing for some users.
In conclusion, this laptop is interesting. It makes it possible to make office automation for a tight price.
Finally, the Aspire 5….
Almost impossible for a laptop to be good everywhere, but on the other hand it is possible to obtain a average result. With the Aspire 5 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
– making audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks
In summary, we advise this model for :
– listening to music and watching videos