Acer Aspire E 15 Laptop, 15.6" Full HD, 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U, GeForce MX150, 8GB RAM Memory, 256GB SSD, E5-576G-5762
5 Star Value – Only If It Works Reliably Though – Probably Not For “Power Users”
by Sam Bravern (Amazon.com)
– Can’t beat the value for the power you get
– Exceptional keyboard and touchpad feel
– Below average screen brightness about 200 nits, average is 250-275. You’ll have the brightness turned up all the way all the time. (yes it’ IPS display but they had to cut corners somewhere to get this price) It should suffice for your average user. It’s not usable outdoors when it’s bright out though.
– I had issues with it occasionally not waking up from sleep and system crashing when doing intensive graphic applications (this may be a software issue though so may be just fine for non-power user) Also the mouse pointer sometimes disappeared. Most of the time I could resolve by closing the lid and then opening and rewaking, MOST of the time. I wasn’t willing to waste hours troubleshooting so it’s going back.
– Timeout on keyboard backlight not adjustable. It goes off in 30 seconds meaning (at least for me) 80% of the time I have to hit the shift key to wake the keyboard light up which sort of defeats the purpose of having a backlit keyboard so I can see the keys BEFORE I start typing (without having to press a key!) I thought this was very minor but over time it got very annoying.
If you’re a power user, I’d probably spend a little more on a different unit. If you’re on a tight budget and want the most bang for your buck, I’d go ahead and give it a try. As you can see from the reviews it worked out fine for most people. But like buying tires for a car that had bald tires, everyone loves their brand new tires. It takes a while to see if the until continues to be stable. But it may in some cases be Microsoft’s fault and not Acer when you run into problems.
Substance Over Style
by Frederick Nunes (Amazon.com)
Fantastic machine at an affordable price!
by Pablo Garza (Amazon.com)
I couldn’t have put my feelings about my new Acer Aspire E 15 E5-576G-5762 better. The 8th generation processor and SSD make for a very snappy computer, and the easy upgradablility is helpful now and will be useful in the future. Since the i5-8250U version comes with DDR3L RAM, I swapped out the 16GB from my old laptop for a free upgrade. It took all of 3 minutes. The hardest part was finding the 3 tiny screws that flew everywhere when I took the plastic compartment off. I foresee a time when I’ll need more storage, but when that time comes I’ll get another SSD and install it. Again, a 3 minute task.
Chassis: Plastic, with a painted aluminum surface for the keyboard and track pad. It seems put together well. The monitor is surrounded by a somewhat large bezel, which I’ve been told is a turn off for some people. I never would have noticed had it not been pointed out in my research.
Processor: This is the primary selling point for me. The i5-8250U is substantially faster than even the 7th generation mobile processors in a very energy efficient package. I haven’t put the processor through anything very rigorous yet, but reading the reviews and head-to-head comparisons on the internet was convincing enough for me to buy it.
GPU: A discrete GPU with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM in a computer that costs less than some graphics cards. I don’t play GPU intensive games, but I’ve read that many games are playable with this card, just not to consider this a gaming computer.
SSD: A Solid State Drive is a must have! What they lack in size, they make up for in raw speed, durability, and energy efficiency. I would have liked a 512GB drive, but the 256GB one that comes with the computer will last a while, and when I need more space, it’s an easy process to put another SSD, or HDD, in the empty bay.
I/O: Tons of ports, a DVD burner, solid keyboard with good feel to the key strokes, and a very precise and responsive trackpad. The trackpad, keys, and wrist-rests collect the oil from your fingers and hands very well, so I’ve taken to wiping them down after every use.
RAM: 8GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM. I’m sure it’s enough, though I would have preferred the faster, more energy efficient DDR4. Still, I had other 8GB sticks of the RAM available, so was able to get a nice upgrade for free.
Screen: This 15.6 inch screen is my first 1080 screen on a laptop, and I love it! The higher definition is very apparent from the 1200 X 800 screen I’m used to. Plus the screen is matte, so bright lights aren’t glaring. Not the brightest screen I’ve seen, but certainly acceptable for all indoor use.
Battery: Coming from a 17.3 inch laptop with a 3rd generation, power-hungry i5 in it, I was used to getting 2ish hours of battery life, even with battery saver on. Now, without sacrificing processor performance or screen brightness, I can get 5-6 hours of battery life out of my computer. I will be interested to see how long I can get the battery to last with power saver on. Acer claims you can get 12 hours, so we’ll see.
Overall Impression: This is a killer laptop for a killer deal! Acer has done a great job of creating this workhorse of a computer and selling it at the $600 price point. Kudos to them. If you’re on the fence I challenge you to find another computer with all these feature at a similar price. Buy this computer and you’ll be very happy with it.
Edit: Since writing this my computer needed warrantied repair, and the service was extremely quick. Amazon and Acer make the repair process very easy. I’ve also discovered that the battery is better than I first thought, and will last 8 hours for light-duty activities such as web-surfing and word processing; longer with power management on. The maximum resolution of it’s graphics card is 1920 x 1080, which is fine for my uses, but may not be acceptable if you wanted to use a higher resolution TV as a monitor. I’ve also added a small, $40 SSD to the computer for audio and visual files since the SSD it came with was getting cramped. A word of caution if you add another drive: don’t forget to go to Disk Management and format the drive or Windows will not recognize it. My overall impression has not changed in the past 8 months, and I am still very impressed by it.
I recently was forced to use my machine in direct sunlight, and the screen performed excellently. The matte finish made everything very easy to read without the glare you get on some monitors.