The Acer Aspire 3 is finally upgraded with much better hardware configuration right now. I have reviewed the old version that coming with Intel Core I5 7200U a month back and getting a great impression overall its build quality. For this case, I am going to review its much more powerful version that equipped with Ryzen 7 processor that should likely let us not only supporting our productivity, but also let us running some games thanks to the Vega graphic card. The AMD APU is always known for their GPU that always great and that is why I am so interested to take look into it.
For 700 dollars price point, I think this is going to be the best hardware specification you could get right now alongside with 8GB RAM, and 256GB SSD. The only consideration that is worth mentioning here is the battery that only lasts for 6 to 7 hours in single charge. That is a very short time for finishing our work in single day. I guess its worth for us to take look inside and see how its performance worth for the price. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.
Case and Connectivity
The design for Aspire 3 is very simple here because Acer only puts of brushed plastic material that covered in Obsidian Black finishing. The plastic material is relatively cheap in comparable with magnesium or aluminium, but thankfully the finishing here is very impressive and does not make it looks cheap at all. The centre base area is sturdy and holding everything pretty well, but unfortunately the similar case is not happened on its lid area. The lid is only created from light plastic that easy to wrap. I just hope the build quality is slightly better here, but once again considering the price range itself is already so cheap, I am not going to give any complaint here.
Carrying this laptop for around is not so optimal here considering the weight itself that measured around 5 pounds, so better not to bring it around too much during the days. Well, this weight is very common nowadays, but my biggest complaint is located on its port connectivity that so limited. There is no USB type-C port and they swap it back with standard USB 3.0 and another USB 2.0 alongside HDMI, micro SD slot, audio jack, and power jack. Overall, everything works well beside than its limited connectivity itself.back to menu ↑
Display and Input
The 15.6 inch display on 1920 x 1080p resolution is featured here. Having a full HD screen is impressive at this price range, but the color accuracy and brightness should be better here. It covers of 60 percent of SRGB color and producing of 190 nits of brightness. I manage to tolerate its images details, but getting 190 nits brightness is worst here. Setting it into 60 to 70 percent brightness still making it quite dim during the day and becomes worst during the night. I never expect of high quality display here, but at least Acer should provide us brighter screen here.
Moving into its input method, thankfully I never find similar bad experience like on its display. The keyboard here is comfortable and very well-spaced. The pressure point is not so rough and feels soft. The keys layout is very familiar although some keys appeared to be smaller for some reasons. The arrow and delete keys are often accidentally pressed because of this case. The backlit support is missing here and means make sure to be on well lighted condition during the night for typing. There is always a good price for its cheap price point.
|Acer Aspire 3 Ryzen||Main Specs|
|CPU||AMD Quad Core Ryzen 7 2700U 2.2 GHz|
|Graphics||AMD Radeon Vega 10|
|OS||Windows 10 Home|
|Memory||8GB DDR4 Memory|
Performance and Gaming
Putting of Ryzen 7 2700U is a nice decision to make here because the performance is very powerful here. The processor features of quad core CPU and 8 threading that manage to easily beat the Core I7 8650U processor. Therefore, it suits for running all of application included of heavy task like photo editing on Photoshop and running video rendering. I am impressed on how Acer is capable of putting this high end CPU at this low budget laptop. I also have tested some games here included of the Witcher 3, Rocket League, and Fortnite and the result is better than I expect. The Witcher 3 itself is completely playable at lowest setting on 1080p setting. Rocket League is even showing better result on getting around 45 to 60 FPS at maximum setting with 720p setting.
Unfortunately, the powerful performance costs its battery life. I always get of only 6 to 7 hours usage on doing light activities like browsing and checking email. Streaming 1080p video will show similar result at this case. The battery suits for home and work usages as you probably always plug in the charger, but the case is different for users who love to move around. Keep in mind, this battery level is worth for performance that it brings.back to menu ↑
In conclusion, the Acer Aspire 3 is an affordable option for users who expect to have a gaming laptop in affordable way. The Ryzen APU proves its high performance especially on GPU that allowing you to play many of games. On the other hand, the battery is slightly lower, so better put your priority on deciding which is important. The choice is always yours, so feel free to take any consideration you want. I just hope the information is good enough for you. Feel free on checking our latest article and mind leaves some comment for further assistance regarding the article.