- Good performance for a budget machine
- Sturdy build quality
- Reasonable price
- Middling display
If you’re shopping for a laptop and your budget is around $500, you’re going to do with a compromise or two. There’s no other way around that fact, at least for now.
The build quality and efficient performance are the two most important aspects that separate the Acer Aspire 5 A515-54-51DJ from the other budget range laptops.
The display makes it a bit backward because of its dimness and a lack of contrast which makes the outdoors experience less pleasant than it would be otherwise.
Battery life will surely impress you. The few pauses can be ignored, especially when getting a laptop with this type of configuration in such a low price range.
Acer is offering the Aspire 5 (A515-54-51DJ), one of the company’s latest budget offerings. It comes with a 15.6-inch non-touch 1080p display, an 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8265U processor, 8GB of DDR4 RAM and a 256GB solid-state drive.
That right there is an impressive spec sheet, but did Acer cut too many corners to create such a reasonably priced machine? Let’s find out how good the device is!
|Screen Size||15.6 inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Processor||3.9 GHz Intel Core i5|
|RAM||8 GB DDR4|
|Hard Drive||256 GB Flash Memory Solid State|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Intel UHD Graphics 620|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||1|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||3|
The Aspire 5’s design looks common, in fact, it’s almost similar in aesthetic on last year’s Acer Swift 5 models. A nice, eye-catchy silver lid containing a chrome interior with the keyboard deck, and an ‘ACER’ logo on its cover.
It is not going to win any beauty contests, but one couldn’t expect a $500 notebook stocked with midrange components to be glossy and aluminum made.
Carrying the ACER Aspire A515-54-51DJ to the offices spills class, thanks to a strong build that doesn’t creak like most budget laptops. The Aspire 5 weighed 5.27 pounds and 5 inches thin is surely a portable device for daily usage to college or work.
This laptop will give you every reason to expect solid connectivity because of its thick design compared to thin and light laptops. Luckily, Acer provides a sturdy complement of ports that support both the past and the future.
On its left side, the laptop has-
- RJ-45 Ethernet port,
- USB-C 3.1 port,
- A full-size HDMI port, and
- 2 USB-A 3.1 ports with power-off charging.
On the right side, there’s
- USB 2.0 port, and
- 3.5mm headphone jack.
That’s a good amount of ports, more than enough compared to the larger notebooks.
Keyboard & Touchpad
The Acer Aspire 5’s keyboard is the user-friendly and standard island type with the full-size layout and a 10-key numeric keypad. The keys are laid out in the common places and average in size> But the arrow keys are smaller in size. One can easily get used to the keyboard.
The new Aspire has a backlit keyboard, which makes it easily visible even in dark environments. Again, key travel is enough to ignore bottoming out or quiet. It is also consistent and the switches aren’t emotive.
The touchpad is also very responsive and it easily ranks up with almost every Windows touchpads, For example, the Dell XPS 15 which is more expensive than Acer Aspire 5. Even at a budget range, the Acer Aspire 5 comes with a touchpad which is large and also supports Microsoft’s Precision Touchpad protocol.
Not long ago, a 1080p 15.6-inch display was considered to be a high-end specification and getting one of this in a budget laptop was next to impossible.
In the present day scenario has changed. Many budget Chromebooks and notebooks are shifting towards 1080p, but many are stuck with 720p displays as well.
The 1080p panel used in Acer Aspire is definitely special, it’s the least specification that we expected, only that it delivers a crisp image at a budget price.
The IPS panel technology also used here that allows for vibrant colors and a wide-angle view, without being expensive. It is more than enough for media and entertainment.
Acer updated the Aspire 5. Now it has Intel’s 8th-generation Core i5-8265U processor with quad-core CPU.
The 8GB DDR4 RAM is really impressive at this price range. You should be aware that many budget notebooks come with only 4GB RAM.
But the thing is Windows 10 feels comfortable with 8GB. Also, thermal management is a high-class thing for a laptop that costs so low.
Acer Aspire 5 will provide outstanding performance for most of the people who are medium users.
Unless you’re buying for it for complex tasks, the Acer Aspire 5 A515-54-51DJ is a practical choice in terms of performing daily tasks like browsing the internet, medium editing of photos and video and also streaming media. It will surely work like a charm.
Please be informed that you won’t be playing lates games here in the new Acer Aspire 5. It uses an integrated video card. Latest AAA releases will not work properly, and everything will likely laggy even at the lowest graphics settings.
It uses a built-in Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU, and it can only play older version games.
The new Acer Aspire 5 promises up to 8 hours 35 minutes on a single charge, and it is absolutely perfect for a full day at college or at work.
It beats the category of the average of 7.5 hours which makes it one of the few considerable options if you are an outdoor kind of person.
Total score 7.8 which is GOOD
The Acer Aspire 5 is a low budget laptop with a 15.6-inch display with decent performance, with few drawbacks (can be ignored in this price point). However, you’re better off going with Acer’s larger and better devices if you need more efficient and productive performance.