Acer Aspire 5 A515 515J Review – An Impressive Mid-Range Business Laptop

Acer just does not stop surprising with their cheap devices. We probably know that this company manages to put of top tier hardware on such a cheap price. The good example here is shown on the Aspire E 15 that has of Intel 8th gen processor and NVIDIA 150MX for 600 dollars. Here, they once again want to surprise us by upgrading their new Acer Aspire 5 A515 515J with new capable hardware that follows of 2018 trend. In term of design, there is nothing great to say from it, but just take a look into its hardware. The system is powered by new generation Intel I5 8250U processor alongside with 8GB RAM, and 256GB SSD.

Getting and impressive hardware and design are not possible for low budget product and for this case the company prefers to go over hardware over its look. I think this is a great choice as users on this range will prefer to the same thing. I guess this is a good time for us to take look inside and find out how amazing it is. That is what we are going to talk about here. To make it easier for you to understand, let’s we jump into the article.

Overall Design

The Aspire 5 has a plain and bulky design like you will expect from a mid-end laptop. There is flashy thing like we get on Dell XPS 13 or HP Spectre X360. However, it does not mean its look is completely bad and broken. With dimension at 16.7 x 11.4 x 1.1 inches, it’s just weight for around 4.85 pounds. 4.85 pounds or 2.20 Kg is not that light, but should enough as your companion during your business travel. Carrying it over a small bag is still easy to do without putting much stress to your bag. Just do not worry that its outer shell will never make you shame at all because the case is never happened to me.

Lifting its lid, you soon find a big and wide 17 inch screen that surrounded by thick bezel. The build quality is impressive here especially on its hinge system that holds the base pretty well. The hinge itself allows me to swap it into some degree for adjusting my viewing angle. It’s not going to be like convertible system, but it gives variety of viewing angle that looks promising. Move into its left and right sides, there are plenty ports to find here included of dual USB standard ports and single USB type-C. A type-C port is very welcome here as more and more devices would have this modern port.

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Keyboard And Touchpad

Acer Aspire 5 2 Both of keyboard and touchpad are placed on plastic surface that finished with brushed aluminum. The keyboard is not as comfortable as I find on Thinkpad X1, but it actually feels decent for long period of typing. The travels between keys are short and not that responsive and tactile, but luckily it could handle my productivity for long term usage. It’s just better if they can add of backlighting support which is completely missing and making typing on darker environment hard to do. Still, I have no complaint to say especially considering its price range.

The biggest advantages of having bigger chassis is the company will manage to put of bigger touchpad as return. The touchpad is placed slightly off to the left and allowing me to navigate through the system much easier. I am a left handed person and by putting it off the left making me easier to reach it. Thanks to its large size touchpad, using multi gestures like zoom out and pinching work incredibly well. Some people might accidentally move its cursor when they put of their palm, but that is rarely happened and never feel that annoying. Its shame that the touchpad surface is created from plastic feels cheaply made.

Last price update: 2021-01-04 15:55:44

Acer Aspire 5Main Specs
CPU Intel Core I5-8250U 1.6 GHZ
Graphics NVIDIA 150MX
Display Size15.6-inch
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory8GB DDR4 Memory
Storage256GB SSD

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Performance And Battery Life

The laptop has few different configurations you are able to choose. The higher model should have Intel Core I7 processor and NVIDIA 150MX, but it costs you with higher price. The lower variant itself is coming with Intel Core I7 CPU and Intel HD graphic card. For this case, I got the higher model as I do gaming that much. If you love gaming, then it’s worth to get the higher model as it has discrete GPU. As business users, the lower model is more than enough for taking care your work moreover the core I5 8250U processor is no longer dual core, but quad core right now. Doing multitasking is smoother in comparable with previous gen processor.

As for the battery life, Acer promises up to 7 hours of battery life and it’s probably true. I tested the battery by streaming 1080p movies at Chrome and provide me of 7 hours and 20 minutes of usage. Reducing the brightness level into 40 percent would give longer life to its battery life. It should last for entire day if you just use it for rarely purposes. For completely charging it, it takes around 3 hours to take back its full capacity.

Last price update: 2021-01-04 15:55:44
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Final Thought

I think this is going to be the best laptop to afford on this price level. The design is not that appealing, but the performance will never fail to impress you with its power. Acer once again proves their capability on making of great affordable product with this laptop. If you are looking for mid-end system that won’t cost you much, then just make your way into this one. The choice is always yours, so take your time and decide of your selection. I just hope the information is good enough for you take consideration. At last, thank you for reading the article and please leave any comment for further assistance.

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