The Acer company has one more year with an updated family of Aspire E notebooks . A series that is committed to affordable prices for most pockets, offering prices ranging from 350 euros , but finding a large number of different options according to the user's needs. Laptops among which the Aspire E5-573, Aspire ES1-711G, Aspire E5-522 and Aspire E5-511P models stand out that have screen sizes of 13, 14, 15 and 17 inches and that opt for an attractive design thanks to the covering their bodies, in the form of a fabric to offer a Premium experience. All this with a useful technical sheet for average users who want to navigate or work at any time and place. We discuss it in detail below.
Design and display
One of the aspects that stands out in the Acer Aspire E family at first is its design. And it is that it eludes the lines of affordable laptops thanks to its design , colorful , and with a textured finish on its top cover. Thus, it tries to imitate the texture of a cotton or cloth fabric , with which the result is better to the touch than that of smooth plastic, despite the fact that its finishing materials are not metallic. It also has the possibility of combining the colors of the external and internal materials to achieve the device that matches the tastes or style of the user. All of this is included in a body of29.2 x 381.6 x 256 millimeters in the case of 15-inch laptops and 27.9 x 423.3 x 289.9 mm if it has a 17-inch screen , and without exceeding in any of the models the 3 kilograms of weight (2.4 kg for 15 inches) . Something that makes it portable with a comfortable size despite its medium size screen.
And precisely its panel is another point to comment on. Thus, the new Aspire E family has screens with a diagonal of 13.3, 14 , 15.6 and 17.3 inches and a maximum resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels in the case of medium screens, and 1600 x 900 pixels in the 17.3-inch . That is, screens capable of displaying images at HD or even HD + quality (17 inches) , in which the technology that shapes them is the TFT color LCD . In addition, it has Acer's Zero Air Gap technology to improve visibility outdoors, avoiding reflections from the sun and strong lights on the screen by avoiding the gap between the glass and the panel.
Power and memory
Moving on to comment on the guts of this family, we must bear in mind that Acer works with different configurations, finding inside both Intel processors , which can carry an i3, i5 or even i7 dual-core chip of between 1.7 and 2.4 Ghz speed ; as AMD processors that can include the A8-7410 quad-core chip that runs at 2.20 Ghz. Along with this are the graphics cards or chips, which in the new Aspire E family can be Intel HD Graphics (like the shared 5500 model), Nvidia GeForce (like the 920M model with 2 GB of dedicated RAM) or evenAMD Radeon . Processors that can be accompanied by 4, 6 or 8 GB of DDR3L SDRAM type RAM to offer fluidity in tasks.
Regarding the storage capacity of these laptops, we also find different options. Of course, always choosing between 500 GB of memory, or 1 TB of capacity for your hard drives . More than enough space for regular work with documents, movies and music.
Operating system and applications
It is in this aspect that Acer bets on innovation. And it is that this family of entry-level laptops welcomes the new Microsoft operating system . Thus, it is possible to find configurations with Windows 10 in its Home version as standard, which offers useful questions such as inserting the Cortana assistant into the computer to request information or ask it to perform certain tasks with just a voice command. Having this version of Windows also offers a classic start menu like that of previous editions, but without ruling out its tiled screen to move through the programs, applications and tools installed on the device.
Also, Windows 10 has the advantage of universal applications. In this way, the Microsoft application store becomes more complete by integrating tools that work on laptops, desktops or even smartphones with this same operating system. Something that provides work tools such as Word, Power Point and Excel , as well as games such as Candy Crush Saga , among many other options.
It should not be forgotten that Acer also includes a collection of its own applications to ensure the well-being of the device and the documents created with it (storage and retrieval), in addition to meeting other user needs as soon as the laptop is turned on for the first time.
Connectivity and multimedia
The Acer Aspire E family have a good collection of ports and connections to meet the needs of users who want to connect to a WiFi or LAN network , or include different peripherals in their day to day such as printers, mice or even speakers. For this they have two USB 3.0 ports and one type 2.0 . They also have an HDMI video output to connect a monitor, TV or projector and another VGA .
Regarding connectivity, this family offers IEEE 802.11ac WiFi connection , and an Ethernet port , in case you want to take advantage of the maximum speed and bandwidth of a cable connection.
Along with this, the Aspire E offer a complete multimedia configuration thanks to its webcam , its microphone and the speakers included within the body of the notebooks.
There is also the TouchPad or touch mouse just below the keyboard, where you can use different gestures, in addition to the classic mouse buttons, to take advantage of the functions of Windows 10 in a comfortable and fast way.
Autonomy and availability
Speaking as the battery life, again we find a variety of models in the Acer Aspire E . This means finding portable moving between 5 and 7 hours of autonomous , battery from the 2520 mAh of type Lithium Ion of 4 to 6 cells .
Regarding availability, these laptops are already available for purchase in different bright colors (charcoal gray, coral pink, cotton white, denim blue, rosewood red or tropical yellow) that combine their interior part with their external coating, or that alternate colors to be more striking. Of course, always with the characteristic fabric texture finish.
Price and reviews
The 2015 Acer Aspire E family continues to bet on offering laptops a step beyond notebooks but with affordable prices. Thus, depending on the chosen configuration, it is possible to find these laptops between 400 and 700 euros , depending on whether components such as more powerful graphics cards or more RAM memory modules are preferred .
In short, a family that is renewed on the outside, choosing a new design for its finishes, in which not only the color but also the texture surprises . In addition, it is also renewed on the inside, collecting components that allow adapting the laptop to the user's needs, from those who only want it to surf the Internet, as well as those who prefer to pay a little more and have a multimedia laptop to work and enjoy leisure, although without technical fanfare. All this accompanied with a price to match.
Acer Aspire E Series
|Model||Acer Aspire E|
Display and keyboard
|Size||13.3 / 14 / 15.6 / 17.3 inch|
|Resolution||1,366 x 768 pixels (HD) / 1,600 x 900 pixels (17 inches) HD +|
|Density||100 dpi / 106 dpi (17 inches)|
Power and graphics
|CPU processor||Intel i3, i5 or i7 / AMD|
|Number of cores||2 0 4 (depending on configurations)|
|Power||Between 1.4 and 2.4 Ghz|
|Graphics processor (GPU)||Intel HD Graphics / AMD Raden / Nvidia GeForce|
|RAM||4, 6 or 8 GB (expandable up to 12 GB)|
|Capacity||500 GB or 1 TB|
|Extension||SD card reader, via USB memory or external hard drive|
|Dimensions||29.2 x 381.6 x 256 millimeters / 27.9 x 423.3 x 289.9 mm (17 inches)|
|Weight||2.4 kg / 3 kg (17 inch)|
|Colors||charcoal gray, coral pink, cotton white, denim blue, rosewood red or tropical yellow|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home|
|USB ports||2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0|
|Card reader||SD card reader|
|Capacity||From 2520 mAh (between 4 and 6 cells) Lithium-ion|
|Figures in more intensive use||-|