Acer Aspire E 15 (E5-575-33BM) review: This low-cost laptop provides incredible value – PCWorld

Anyone who’s researched sub-$500 laptops in recent months will know the Acer Aspire E 15. For a while now, the E5-575-33BM model has maintained its status as a best-selling laptop on Amazon. In fact, it’s often been the top seller.

Looking at specs, it’s easy to see why this cheaper version of the Aspire E 15 is so popular. For just $350, you get a Core i3 processor, a 15.6-inch display with a resolution of 1920×1080, a 1TB storage drive, and Windows 10. Typically 15-inch laptops in the $300 range only offer 1366×768 screens.

Given just how much Acer’s crammed into this incredibly affordable laptop, we were curious to see how it would perform during use. So we decided to fire one up in our lab.

Specifications

Measuring 10.2 x 15.02 x 1.19 inches, the 5.06-pound Aspire E 15 won’t ever be mistaken for an ultraportable. Most people will notice the heft of this laptop in their bag—and when you add the power brick, the total weight rises to 5.6 pounds.

That said, big and hefty is the name of the sub-$500 laptop game, particularly when it involves an Intel Core processor. If you want something thinner and lighter with an Intel Core i3 CPU (or better), expect to double or even triple your budget.

Acer Aspire E 15 appearance Ben Patterson / IDG

The Acer Aspire E 15 cuts a dapper profile, thanks to its tapered shell and brushed finish.

Despite its bulk, the Aspire E 15 manages to cut a dapper profile, thanks to its tapered shell and handsome brushed finish. The shell itself feels solid and tough, while the display barely wobbles while picking the E 15 up or putting it down. The only flimsy component I noticed was the Aspire’s DVD tray (yes, it has one!), which you could probably snap off with a minimum of effort.

Inside is a 2.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i3-7100U processor, 4GB of DDR4/2133 RAM and a 1TB hard disk drive. Though the 7100U is the lowest-end chip in the Intel Core family, it’s a part of the most current Kaby Lake (7th-generation) processors—meaning it provides better battery life, among other performance improvements. Its integrated graphics core is the Intel HD Graphics 620, which is more than fine for typical basic activities like movie watching and web browsing.

If you want more power on both the CPU and GPU fronts, you’ll need to upgrade to the Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4, which features a Core i5-7200U processor and an Nvidia 940MX discrete GPU. That $580 machine will support some gaming and better handle CPU-intensive tasks.

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