In this review we will be looking at the Acer Aspire E 15 (ad).
The new Aspire E Series (ad) laptops provide a comprehensive range of choices for every-day users, with many appealing features and an attractive design aesthetic that exceed expectations. With incredible performance, convenient connectivity and a textured surface, the Aspire E series is a good bit better at delivering a good bit more.
|Laptop||Acer Aspire E 15|
|Display||1920 x 1080|
|CPU||Intel Core i7-5500U|
|Card||NVIDIA GeForce 940M|
Delving into the specs, I am quite impressed with the display, the processor, memory, and the graphics card. However, this is a beast of a laptop at 5.3 lbs and just a 5 hour battery.
Using the Acer Aspire E 15
When you first get the Acer Aspire E 15 (ad), you’ll notice a lot of bloatware. There is Acer Care Center, Acer Launch Manager, Acer Quick Access, some games and apps that will sound familiar like Amazon, Dropbox, Evernote, Hulu, Netflix, Spotify, etc. After removing what you don’t want of that or just starting over with a clean install, you’ll find this is a pretty powerful laptop that is decent for gaming.
Although this is a bulky machine, it feels pretty solid and seems like it could take a decent beating. That isn’t always or even usually the case with laptops in this price range, so that is really a good thing. The case is maybe not that gorgeous, but it is smooth and the two tone gray (or charcoal) looks good. Some users have complained about the keyboard, saying it feels “mushy.” I think the keys are very solid, but don’t push down maybe as much as you’d like.
The performance of the machine is quite good. With a good display (you can get a 17 inch version of this laptop too), 8 GB RAM, an i7 processor with 2.2-2.4 GHz speed, and an NVIDID GeForce 940M graphics card, you can pretty much play any major game on high settings with this laptop. Of course, you’ll be doing so with a less than great keyboard. Another issue might be the speakers, which are in the bottom of the front and thus, if you have the laptop on your lap, sound will be muffled. It also gets hot on your lap. I would suggest using a surface for this laptop. You then could also use a mouse (not included).
I am fairly impressed by the Acer Aspire E 15 (ad) as it really has pretty good specs and performance for an affordable price. Having said that, I would only really recommend this to gamers that want a cheap gaming laptop capable of playing most games on high settings. This also might be a good device for someone running any other type of huge program that needs a lot of computing power on a budget, however, for your average user, this laptop just isn’t a good fit. Sure, it has Windows 10 and a nice display, but the average user likely wants something that is ready to go out of the box (this one has bloatware), works on their lap (this one has the speaker issue) and has a better battery (this lasts 5 hours).
If you are considering this laptop, it is worth mentioning that the Toshiba Satellite C55 is very similar and I reviewed it slightly higher.