As an introduction to this analysis
Latest release in the range Acer, we’ve been running tests onAspire 5…Our analysis was made according to 6 user typologies.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?
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.The objective is to ensure the proper execution of the tasks you request.
It is to respond to this type of need that Acer has developed this Aspire 5.The computer is positioned at the same level as competing models in this price range. When you get used to it, you can see that the equipment is of good quality.
This model is a mid-range model with a screen size of 15 inches. Easy to take along from time to time. The manufacturer offers a processor Ryzen 3 3200U; A mid-range orientation. A technical choice to reduce the final price of the laptop. For a few euros more, it is possible to switch to more powerful processors. 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 amount of RAM provided is 8 Gb. It’s the certainty that the computer will work better and longer.
The 256 Gb make this laptop a mid-range laptop in terms of available space. Almost the same as its competitors and what is currently done on the market, you will have room to store. Acer comes with this Aspire 5 a laptop that you’ll keep for a few years before it becomes obsolete.
Finally, the autonomy of 5 hours is one of the worst on the market. 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 the right choice for watching movies ?
You are considering laptops for standard multimedia use (watching movies, storing photos, listening to music)! Acer offers the Aspire 5 perfect for that. The model has sufficient basic equipment for this purpose.
In order to see if it will meet your needs, we have tested it for audio and video use.
The computer proposed by Aceris of average size. This diagonal of 15 inches and a resolution of 1920×1080, is a good compromise. The rendered image is well detailed, with a bright and vivid rendering. In the end, a homogeneous product that allows you to watch films and, with its 1.9 kg,it will be easy to take on the move.
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 readability of the display is therefore a little lower.
In short, you’ll prefer this finish for daytime movie viewing.
For the sound part, the Aspire 5 is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. 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.
Unfortunately, this laptop has only got the processor Ryzen 3 3200U, which today is rather light for this kind of use. The consequence will be that it will be less quiet and therefore will consume more electricity. Still, it may be enough for multimedia use, as long as you only run one application at the same 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. Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
For connectivity, you will have 3 ports. In the norm compared to most other computers in the competition.Just what you need to connect your mouse, speakers and other USB keys.
Nothing is more unpleasant than a computer that shuts down before the end of the film because of batteries of poor autonomy. 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. This situation may annoy many people, considering that the interest of a laptop is to be free of these details.
The Aspire 5- the right model to stay connected while travelling ?
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.
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, it is also pleasant to use it to surf the internet or write e-mails. The explanation mainly comes down to the size of the screen: 15inches.
The backlit keyboard decided by Acer for this model was not Aspire 5 really necessary, but it will be useful if you work in a dimly lit plane, taxi or subway. And our test – in the secretary-like way (thus intensive) – showed that it was of good quality.
Despite the absence of a shiny slab, you have good image definition. This laptop displays deep and vivid colors.
This model offers a pleasant user comfort. The anti-glare matt tile allows this laptop to be used outdoors even in bright sunshine.
Too bad for the processor Ryzen 3 3200U that equips this computer; it is one of the weakest of the moment and moreoverit consumes too much power.
The result is a poorer autonomy. Furthermore, these figures reflect an estimate of Acer; the reality is closer to 70% of this value.
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 speed up booting up and calculations, this laptop is equipped with a hard drive type SSD of 256 Gb. The main advantage of this type of hard drive is that it contains fewer moving parts and is faster than standard drives.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.
With this model, Acer definitely designed a computer easily transportable, but not too small. The Aspire 5 is right in the middle compared to the competition with 15 inches and an acceptable weight.
With 3 connectors, this Aspire 5 allows multiple connections. It is in the average of what is done on competing models.
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…
Because of all these elements, we do not recommend this Aspire 5 for travel use.
The Aspire 5- the right model for audio or video editing ?
Considering that the assembly that you intend to carry out is of the range of leisure, this Aspire 5 can suit you. Thanks to its processor and its RAM, it accepts multitasking without flinching. Of course, it is not at the level of what is done for professionals, but it responds well anyway.
The components and applications of this laptop are for basic use. 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.
The designers of Acer have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. 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 Aspire 5 allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 256 Gb. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
As with most laptops, don’t expect incredible battery life (5 hours). 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.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it Aspire 5 receives the USB3 connection. 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.
A quality product, designed by Acer with facilities on the use in audiovisual editing mode. It will also do very well for word processing or web browsing when you need it. In short, a relevant choice for a contained price.
The Aspire 5- the right model to play with?
If the question you are asking yourself is “Can I play games with this laptop?” then the answer is yes, even though most computers today can meet this need. Gone are the days of having to play where the computer is fixed; now you can play anywhere. Thanks to this Aspire 5, Acer has designed a laptop powerful enough to meet this need.
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
These generations of processor and graphics card are nowadays a little outdated, which makes this model below 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.
For most games, this model will be suitable for gaming mode. A good compromise that justifies the choice of this model.
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.
For online gaming, it Aspire 5 has high quality Wi-Fi. More speed for those living in full Wi-Fi areas.
With a weight 1.9 Kg and a screen size of 15 inches, it is a tool in the average of other laptops.
For autonomy, 5 hours, this model is worse than most other laptops.
In conclusion, we have been seduced by the balance between performance and components. Be aware that in addition, you will benefit from an autonomy of 5 hours. And if necessary, you can even use it for office functions between two games.
Is the Aspire 5 adapted to office automation ?
Although this does not affect the majority of users, it is important to know the OS of this hardware. For those of you who are users of specific operating systems, your choice will probably not head towards this model. ThisAspire 5 is in any case perfectly suited for office use.
Here, this model runs under a standard OS. It is equipped with Windows 10.
In contrast to other larger models, this model is in the middle of the pack in terms of space requirements. Average weight, with 1.9 Kg.
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.
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.
About storage, this model has average space . Equipped with a hard drive of 256 Gb, it will give you the possibility to store all your documents locally.
In short, it Aspire 5 is perfectly suited for word processing and spreadsheet use. The right choice for anyone who wants an efficient computer.
In short, is the Aspire 5, the right choice ?
Almost impossible for a laptop to be good everywhere, but on the other hand it is possible to obtain a average result. The Aspire 5′ 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 :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– making audio and video editing
In summary, we advise this model for :
– playing video games
– office tasks