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15 Mar, 2017 ,
Acer in India is considered as a value-for-money brand that offers a variety of high-end products. Priced at Rs 59,990 the Aspire E5-575G is the top-end model from the series that also features an SSD and a dedicated GPU which endows it with gaming capabilities. Now does it offer good balance between performance and price? Let’s find out.
The Acer Aspire E5-575G is not much of a looker if you ask. But we do feel that the budget offerings from rivals like Dell and Lenovo offer good looking laptops and Acer should step up the game. This model from Acer is sold in offline stores and the all black laptop is made of plastic apart from the palm rest are which is made of metal. The lid and the base are textured but don’t add up to the overall appeal. The laptop just doesn’t feel up to the mark although being well put together.
The 15.6 inch of display occupies the front fascia which is quite glossy. The frame of the laptop flexes easily and the hinge too isn’t robust enough. Two USB 3.0 ports one USB Type-C port, HDMI, VGA, LAN, USB 2.0, a headphones and microphone combo socket, and a DVD burner cloak up the edges of the laptop. On the bottom there are the intake vents coupled with stereo speakers that emit downwards. The rubber feet don’t offer much elevation so you might end up masking the speakers if the laptop is kept on an undulated surface.
The laptop has a full-sized keyboard but the Num pad is a small compared to the rest of the keys. The keys are well placed out and makes no noise while typing. A big trackpad is integrated well Windows 10 gestures. The buttons on the trackpad don’t require much effort although it tends to get in the way while typing at times. Overall there is a lot of scope for improvements and we felt that the build quality could have been better.
The Stock Keeping Unit which we received from Acer (E5-757G-78VT) has 16GB of RAM along with a 1TB hard drive, a 128GB M.2 SSD and an Nvidia GTX 950M with 2GB of GDDR5 memory. The specifications are really hard to beat considering the price point.
Coming to the performance, the time taken for booting and loading applications is minimal because of the SSD and generous RAM. Considering everyday usage the laptop runs pretty cool due to its low-voltage CPU and also because the Nvidia GPU is not in use most of the time. Although, a little bit of warmth can be felt on the left palm rest area when gaming. Rest assured there aren’t any extreme heating issues present on this laptop.
Coming to the benchmarks the Aspire E5-575G gave us a satisfying show. In the gaming departmentthe laptop performed very well. In Battlefield 4, an average of 43fps is what we got with the Ultra preset. Even in FarCry 4 we got an average of 40fps with the Ultra preset. We did not face any lag or framerate drops due to the low native resolution. PCMark8 returned 3611, 4026, 3251 in the Home, Creative and Work test suites. These scores are proportionate to those of higher end Ultrabooks, but the E5 sweeps them out in the graphics department courtesy the muscular GPU. In the Cinebench R15 OpenGL test, the laptop gave out 78fps, while Intel’s integrated GPU churns out 45fps. Even in 3DMark Fire, we got 3211 points.
Audio quality through the speaker sounds loud but can be fine-tuned through Realtek’s control panel. The speaker sounds even better when the laptop is placed on a flat surface as the sound gets reflected and muffled.
The battery lasted for a good 6-7 hours during continuous usage with prolonged Web surfing, watching videos, and a bit of editing work on Google Docs. From the 6 cell battery you can expect a decent battery performance.
The 15.6 inch display on the Acer Aspire E5-575G has a low resolution of 1366x768. The screen is glossy and causes distortion in texts and icons. The viewing angles are also not up to the mark and leave you with a narrow sweet spot. The whites tend to blossom when you turn the brightness up as the colour spectrum isn’t very wide. It is very distracting though and things could have been much better.
The Acer Aspire E5-575G has an HD webcam which is quite good. Selfies taken came out surprisingly good. Details in broad day light came out satisfying while lowlight conditions proved otherwise. Like every other laptops in the price range the HD camera on this gadget struggled a bit in low light situations. Video calling via Skype was also great and we did not have any issues during our video calling sessions. The camera quality is good if not the best in this segment.
For connectivity, on the Acer Aspire E5-575G there are two USB 3.0 ports, one USB Type-C port, HDMI, VGA, LAN, USB 2.0, a headphones and microphone combo socket which pretty much sums up all the requirements you’ll need. The Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac and the Bluetooth provide good connectivity and browsing speeds. Downloading speed is pretty much snappy and makes this laptop a good multimedia tool by enabling fast streaming capabilities.
The Acer Aspire E5-575G comes with one year warranty support.
If you are som one who is concerned with just the specifications then the Acer Aspire E5-575G is what you are looking for. But if you are looking for a laptop with good build quality and high definition display then we recommend giving this laptop a pass as there are many more potent options available in the market in the form of Dell Inspiron 15 7000 series or Lenovo’s Ideapad 510 series both of which comes with Intel’s 7th Generation Kaby Lake processors and much better build quality. In fact the Lenovo’s offerings also give you full-HD IPS panels for a few thousand rupees more, which is definitely worth it.
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