Acer Aspire E5-571-5552

Low Cost 15-inch Laptop Featuring a Faster Core i5 Processor

Acer Aspire E5-571 15-inch Budget Laptop
Acer Aspire E5-571. ©Acer

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The Bottom Line

Apr 1 2015 - Acer's updated Aspire E5-571-5552 is a mixed improvement over past models. The system offers stronger performance and updated peripheral ports but drops a DVD drive found in so many other full size budget laptops. The touchpad also has some serious issues that might require the use of an external mouse. But if you are looking strictly for performance, it may be hard to find better at this price point.

Pros

  • Faster Core i5 Processor
  • Better Than Average Battery Life

Cons

  • Lacks DVD Drive Even Though Space Inside For One
  • Touchpad Has Tracking Issues
  • Difficult to Upgrade RAM or Hard Drive

Description

  • Intel Core i5-4210U Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 4GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
  • 500GB 5400rpm SATA
  • 15.6" WXGA (1366x768) Display with 720p Webcam
  • Intel HD Graphics 4400 Integrated Graphics
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
  • One USB 3.0, Two USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, 5-in-1 Card Reader
  • 15.02" x 10.08" x 1.19" @ 5.51 lbs
  • Windows 8.1

Review - Acer Aspire E5-571-5552

Apr 1 2015 - The Acer Aspire E5-571 is an update to the previously introduced Aspire E1 budget laptop lineup. Physically, little has changed in the design other than this model comes in a lighter silver color compared to the black color of the former. It is a full sized laptop that measures an inch and a third thick and weighing around five and a half pounds.

This makes it one of the heaviest of the budget laptops on the market currently but there is a reason for this I will bring up later.

Powering the Aspire E5-571-5552 is the Core i5-4210U dual core mobile processor. This is a surprising entry to see at this price point as most laptops under $500 are using the Intel Celeron or Pentium processors with a few in the Core i3 models.

This is a lower voltage processor intended for ultrabooks but it still provides a solid level of performance for those that want to do a bit more than just browsing the web, streaming media or doing productivity applications. Of course the performance is a bit limited because of the 4GB of DDR3 memory matched up to the processor which reduces the ability to multitask or use highly demanding applications. The memory can be upgraded but it takes a bit of work to access them due to the lack of an access panel and the use of DDR3L low profile modules.

Like all of the budget class laptops, the system relies on a traditional hard drive rather than a newer solid state drive. This means that performance is reduced particularly for booting up the system or loading applications. It does provide 500GB of storage space which is a decent size and allows you to carry around a fair amount of data Thankfully, the Aspire E5 design has been improved over the previous E1 by including a single USB 3.0 port for use with high speed external drives. It is disappointing that Acer does not include an optical drive with the system as it is think enough for a DVD burner to be included.

The display is pretty much what you would expect from a low cost system these days.

The 15.6-inch panel uses the same low cost TN technology that allows for quick refresh rates but reduces the color range and viewing angles on the system It features a 1366x768 resolution which is common but now much lower than many tablet devices in the same price range. The graphics are handled by the Intel HD Graphics 4400 built into the Core i5 processor. These provide sufficient performance for most tasks except for 3D gaming. It can play some titles at low resolutions and detail levels but with limited frame rates still. It does provide acceleration for encoding media though with Quick Sync compatible applications.

The keyboard for the Aspire E5 uses a isolated design that is typical to most laptops these days. With the larger 15-inch size, there is space for a full numeric keypad on the system. Overall, the layout is pretty good with large shift, enter and backspace keys. The feel is decent for a good level of comfort and accuracy. The same cannot be said for the touchpad. It is a decent size and has integrated buttons. The problem is the tracking for it is very poor with the cursor getting stuck and requiring multiple tries to get it to move properly.

Acer continues to use a six cell battery pack with a 48Whr capacity for the Aspire E5 laptop. This is larger than many other 15-inch budget laptops and one of the reasons that it does weight more. They claim that this can provide up to seven hours of running time. In digital video playback testing, the system lasted just over four and three quarter hours before going into standby mode. This is pretty good for a budget class laptop but if your are looking for longer running times, a low cost Chromebook such as the ASUS C200 that provides over ten hours but does limit performance and features compared to a full class laptop.

The list price for the Aspire E5-571-5552 is roughly $500 which puts it at the top of the price scale. It can sometimes be found for less but you certainly a paying a bit more for the performance and battery. The closest alternative to the Acer Aspire E5 is the Lenovo G50-70. The Lenovo system does not offer as much performance since it features a Core i3 processor or as long of running times. What it does provide though is a DVD burner. It also can generally be found for a lower overall price.

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