The Notebook – Intel Core i5-8265U from Acer : perfect for multimedia use

As a preamble to this test

Even if there are not really bad choices in laptops anymore, it is important to know that some models are more for multimedia, and others more for games.
So we did some tests Acer Notebook to find out what it was worth. The result depends on the use you will make of it.What power? Which operating system? Linux, Windows or Mac OS X? So many points that won’t tell you if you’re making the right choice.
So we ran tests on Acer Notebook to find out what it was worth.
This article is therefore composed according to functions; What is the purpose of this model?

Notebook to surf the Internet?

Chances are that your daily use is not limited to surfing the Internet, and that you need the other functions as well.A minimum quality level is important to guarantee reliability over time. It is a balance between a 1st price and the latest multi-processor designed for professionals.The key is to achieve balance with a cheap but solid laptop.Here you have an almost perfect product.With this Notebook, Acer is well positioned in relation to other competing models.It’s a big screen that you have: 15.6 inches that will be less easily transported compared to an ultra book. The manufacturer offers a processor Intel Core i5-8265U; A mid-range orientation. By investing in this laptop, you take the risk of immediate obsolescence. A latest-generation processor would have implied a higher price. 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 12 Gb of RAM. A large quantity, more than you will need for strictly web browsing use.
Of all the computers available at the moment, this one is the laptop with the largest hard drive. Even with 512 Gb, you can be sure that many video and audio files are continuously stored. Here, Acer provides with this Notebook a laptop that will allow you to watch all your films locally for a long time.
Finally, an important point for a laptop: autonomy; here you will have 8 hours of freedom before you have to plug it back into the socket. This laptop is in the middle of the range for its autonomy. It’s annoying, because the interest of a laptop is still to be able to use it everywhere, without it being plugged in.

The Notebook- the right model for streaming and videos ?

Making this Notebook a multimedia tool, such seems to have been the objective of Acer. A blend of your TV, stereo and media players in one machine. We discovered through the tests we put it to, that it is one of the best on the market. A quality of image and sound that allows it to achieve an excellent score in this category.
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 1366×768. This model has a wide screen that will be essential for viewing your movies and streaming video. The rendering is bright and vivid, and if you take a moment to look at the screen from several angles you will see that there is no distortion of the image or inverted colors.
One of the disadvantages of this size, however, is the overall weight: 1.8 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. It will be more delicate to perfectly distinguish the images without getting tired.
Therefore, when used in daylight conditions, you will appreciate the lack of this feature, as the light induces reflections, making it difficult to view.
For the sound part, the Notebook is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. 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. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
Obsolescence has already striken this laptop, equipped with a processor Intel Core i5-8265U that is several years old now. The result will be higher electricity consumption and less quiet than in recent generations. 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 Intel HD Graphics 5500, which with 12 Gb de Ram, will allow you to make multimedia (movie viewing, and some simple photo retouching). Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Concerning the connections, this model has available 3 ports. That makes it one with the biggest number of ports compared to what’s on the market right now. You will be able to connect all your peripherals to it.
Finally concerning the battery life, you will have time before you have to think about reconnecting the power cable. You have 8 hours of autonomy in unplugged mode, which is in the average. 

Notebook compatible with on the move use ?

It Notebook is certainly a laptop, but not really portable and certainly not intended for those who travel. 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 Notebook of 1.8 Kg. It is easy to carry even if you prefer the ultra slim models of the competition. On the other hand, the large size will be an advantage to see photos during the holidays.  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. But, unless you work in the dark, you won’t see the point.
We enjoy viewing on this screen which displays deep and vivid colours. 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.
With the installation of the processor Intel Core i5-8265U, the power consumption is rather important.
The result is a poorer autonomy. This figure is an estimate and consider instead that you will have 70% of this autonomy.
As for the autonomy , the batteries will allow you to use it for about 8 hours.
In order to reduce the risk of breakage while on the move, this model is equipped with a 512 Gb SSD hard drive. This disk technology (solid-state drive), tried and tested for more than 20 years, allows to store data, on the same principle as the usb key. With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .For those who do not have enough space on the disk, it will be necessary to go through the option of a subscription on the cloud; the price decreases regularly.
When it comes to taking your laptop with you, it will seem safer to do so only occasionally. You will limit transport as much as possible because of its bulk. The reason for this is its size; with 15.6 inches, it is one of the largest laptops of the moment.
The connector part is very interesting, with 3 inputs available. That makes it one of the best equipped models 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…
Following our tests, it appeared to us that it is not Notebook really made for travelling.

Notebook the right choice for audio or video editing ?

For this type of use, it seems necessary to turn to a high-performance product. It appears that this Notebookmeets this need perfectly. Whether in terms of computing speed or memory capacity, Acer has designed an interesting product. The parallel processing of tasks with Windows 10 are perfectly suited for audio or video editing.
It’s going to be a little harder on this model than on some of the other competitors. Nothing will stop you from modifying photos, videos and music, despite a processor Intel Core i5-8265U that is almost obsolete. However, there’s no question of switching to professional applications; the processor performance and the 512 Gb disk size will calm your nerves due to their lack of power and space.
This model contains an SSD for the operating system and backup part. 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 Notebook allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 512 Gb. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
For the autonomy part, Acer proposes last generation batteries. The available battery life is of 8 hours in standard conditions of use, which means keeping the charger close at hand because the audio-visual assembly consumes a lot of power. However, it’s still a decent average range.
On the connection side, the Notebooki 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. In addition, this technology offers a better rate of high-speed file transfer between your laptop and external drives.
It Notebook is consequently well designed for this type of use. Audio and video editing will be easier than ever. In summary an excellent choice in this price range.

The Notebook- the right model to play with?

Laptops, thanks to the rise in performance of processors and graphics cards, allow some people to gamble. It appears that in terms of performance or on the issue of general cooling, this Notebook is one of the models in the average. On the other hand, if you have to go through several hours, these same components will seem weak.
This laptop has a resolution in 1366×768, which is one of the poorest existing today. In fact, the game phases will present lower quality images.
The technological evolution being wha it is, this model does much less than many other laptops. Tests have shown the limitations of this laptop, including some image degradation and processor temperature rises. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
For most games, this model will be suitable for gaming mode. With a display system, this machine provides a speed in the average of what is currently done.
Although you won’t need it because of online games, it’s probably one of the biggest hard drives today. The 512 Gb of Notebook can still be used by a large number of players in the case of locally installed games.
For those who want high speed wifi internet you will be quickly limited with this model which does not have the 5Ghz techno. Too bad, it could have been interesting.
You’ll like this handy laptop, and rather light (1.8 Kg and 15.6 inches), comparable to most similar products.
By offering 8 hours of autonomy, this computer is in the middle of the market.
So it’s a middle ground for gaming; enough performance at the right price. Good for games, but also for many other uses.

Notebook for office automation ?

Which operating system to choose? In fact, there are no bad choices any more today. For those of you who are users of specific operating systems, your choice will probably not head towards this model. This Notebook is clearly intended for those who will use it for office use.
Here, this model runs under a standard OS. It’s Windows 10, last generation.
It is one of the laptops available in the range. In short, an average laptop with 1.8 Kg that can be carried on holiday or to the office.
Key spacing will be important for office use. 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. In use, a matte screen gets dirty less quickly than a glossy one.
During daytime use, the absence of a backlit keyboard will not be a problem.
It has a storage space of 512 Gb.You may never fill it out, especially if you are just browsing the Internet, word processing and making spreadsheets.
In short, it Notebook is perfectly suited for word processing and spreadsheet use. It combines ergonomics with power, with an interesting price/quality ratio.

Notebook the right choice for the right use

There is no such thing as a perfect laptop for every purpose, unless you put a price tag on it, and keep in mind that it will be too powerful for most of your needs. The Notebook’ is average but will do the job very well.
To be clear enough, we do not recommend this laptop for :
– travel use
Nevertheless, this laptop can be considered acceptable for :
– playing video games
Also, we suggest this laptop on :
– surfing on the internet
– listening to music and watching videos
– making audio and video editing
– office tasks