Price and specifications
We tested the $600 version of the Acer Aspire E15 (E5-576G-5762), which packs in an 8th-generation, quad-core Intel Core i5-8250U processor, a 15.6-inch 1920×1080 display, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive, a discrete Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics card, and yes, an 8X dual-layer DVD-RW optical drive. That all adds up to a reasonably powerful productivity-minded laptop that can do a little gaming on the side.
If you want to save even more cash, you can snag a $379 model of the Aspire E15 that downshifts to a dual-core i3-8130U CPU (fine for Office, less so for video processing and other CPU-intensive tasks), a 1TB hard drive, and integrated Intel UHD 620 graphics (meaning kiss the games goodbye). On the other end of the spectrum, you can pony up $799 for an Aspire E15 with the same basic specs as the $599 version, save for a more robust i5-8550U processor.
Measuring 15 x 10.2 x 1.2 inches and weighing in at a little under five pounds, the Acer Aspire E15 is too thick and heavy to qualify as an ultraportable, but it neither is it a behemoth. Indeed, the E15 fit comfortably into my 15-inch laptop backpack, and the weight was entirely manageable, although you’ll start to feel it once you toss in the 14-ounce AC adapter. If you’re dead-set on an ultraportable system (as in three pounds or less) with an 8th-gen Core i5 CPU, you’ll have to up your budget by a few hundred bucks.
As with last year’s model, the Aspire’s tapered shell manages to make the laptop look thinner than it really is, while the matted lid looks relatively sleek and professional. The E15’s plastic exterior is a bit bendy in places but overall feels reassuringly sturdy—well, except for the flimsy slide-out DVD tray, anyway.
A particularly nice design touch is the removable panel on the bottom of the Aspire, which gives you access to both the RAM slots and the drive bay. You can remove the panel by loosening three screws and pulling on a thumb tab, perfect for swapping in a bigger SSD or upgrading the RAM to a maximum of 32GB.
We test laptop battery life by looping a 4K video with screen brightness at about 250 nits. In the case of the Acer Aspire E15, which (according to our measurements) has a maximum display brightness of only about 227 nits, we simply cranked the screen brightness setting all the way up. Finally, we dial the volume up to 50 percent, with headphones plugged in.The Aspire E15 and its 62 watt-hour battery wound up with a little over 10.5 hours of battery life. Not bad at all, and a clear sign that you can safely leave the AC charger at home for the day.
The Intel Core i5-8250U Processor of 8th generation can offer speed up to 3.4 GHz
The screen size of 15.6 inches and Max resolution of 1920 x 1080 makes it extremely portable and perfect in design
The 8 GB of Dual Memory and 256 GB SSD makes it ultra-smooth while working on presentations, movies or games
Once completely charged the battery life can last for almost 15 hours straight without any issue
The 2 GB of NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics card makes the system ultra-smooth while extra loads of applications
The price is extremely budget-friendly and performs great for an office or student laptop category.
|Sales Package||Laptop, Power Adaptor, User Guide, Warranty Documents|
|Suitable For||Processing & Multitasking|
|Battery Backup||Upto 10 hours|
|Power Supply||65 W AC Adapter|
|Battery Cell||4 cell|
|MS Office Provided||No|
Processor And Memory Features
|Processor Name||Core i5|
|Processor Generation||8th Gen|
|HDD Capacity||1 TB|
|Clock Speed||1.6 GHz with Turbo Boost Upto 3.4 GHz|
|Memory Slots||2 Slots|
|Expandable Memory||Upto 16 GB|
|Graphic Processor||Intel Integrated UHD 620|
|Number of Cores||4|
Port And Slot Features
|USB Port||1 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB Type C|
|HDMI Port||1 x HDMI Port|
|Multi Card Slot||SD Card Reader|
Display And Audio Features
|Screen Size||39.62 cm (15.6 inch)|
|Screen Resolution||1920 x 1080 Pixel|
|Screen Type||Full HD LED Backlit TFT Display|
|Speakers||Built-in Dual Speakers|
|Internal Mic||Built-in Microphones|
|Sound Properties||Stereo Speakers, Acer TrueHarmony Technology|
|Wireless LAN||IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac|
|Ethernet||Gigabit Ethernet, Wake-on-LAN Ready|
|Dimensions||381.6 x 259 x 23.9 mm|
|Disk Drive||CD/DVD writer|
|Web Camera||HD 720P Webcam|
|Lock Port||Kensington Lock Slot|
|Keyboard||FineTip Keyboard with Independent Standard Numeric Keypad|
|Pointer Device||Multi Gesture Touchpad|
|Included Software||Acer Care Center, Acer Quick Access|
|Additional Features||2800 mAh Li-ion Battery|
|Warranty Summary||1 Year Onsite Warranty|
|Warranty Service Type||Onsite|
|Covered in Warranty||Manufacturing Defects|
|Not Covered in Warranty||Physical Damage|
|Domestic Warranty||1 Year|
|International Warranty||1 Year|