Acer Aspire E5-573G-75B3

Acer's Updated Budget Laptop With 1080p Display and Dedicated Graphics

Acer Aspire E5-573G 15-inch Laptop
Acer Aspire E5-573G. ©Acer
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The Bottom Line

Jul 6 2015 - Acer has taken their budget class Aspire E5 laptop design and upgraded a number of parts to provide an affordable and capable 15-inch laptop system. It does make a few compromises though to keep the costs down but most systems in the $700 to $800 price range have to. For instance, it offers a high-resolution display but the quality of the panel is not the best. For those on a budget , though, the balance of features and price may be worth looking into.

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Pros

  • Affordable
  • 1080p Display
  • Decent Performance

Cons

  • Budget Feel and Features
  • Below Average Battery Life
  • Display Has Limited Viewing Angles and Brightness

Description

  • Intel Core i7-5500U Dual-Core Mobile Processor
  • 8GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
  • 1TB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 15.6" WUXGA (1920x1080) Display with 720p Webcam
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 940M 2GB DDR3 Graphics
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac Wireless, Bluetooth
  • Two USB 3.0, One USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, SD Card Slot
  • 15.02" x 10.08" x .93" @ 5.29 lbs
  • Windows 8.1

Review - Acer Aspire E5-573G-75B3

Jul 6 2015 - The Acer Aspire E5-573G is essentially the same basic design as the budget class Aspire E5-571 I took a look at earlier this year. What does that mean? Well, the system has a much more budget feel to it so the build quality and features are a bit less than some others in this price range. For instance, it does not feature a backlit keyboard which is fairly standard now.

It is slightly thinner than the previous version measuring just under one inch and weighs roughly five and a third pounds which makes it typical for a full featured laptop.

Performance is stronger here than the budget version I looked at thanks to the Core i7-5500U dual core processor. This is still a lower power processor typical of ultrabooks so the performance is less than a higher voltage standard laptop processor but more and more companies are adopting it so they can either economize on their batteries or provide longer running times.

It should provide enough performance for most consumers tasks even demanding things such as desktop video but it will be slower than some. The processor is matched up with 8GB if DDR3 memory that provides a smooth overall experience in Windows.

Storage is pretty typical of a 15-inch laptop for its price. It uses a large one terabyte hard drive that provides it with a fair amount of space for applications, data and media files. The drive does spin at a slower 5400rpm rate meaning performance is slower when booting up Windows or loading applications. It would be nice to see something like a solid state hybrid drive which does not cost much more to help boost the performance while retaining the storage space. If you need additional space for files, there are two USB 3.0 ports for use with high speed external hard drives. This is one more than the budget version and typical for many laptops of this price. One somewhat disappointing aspect is that the system has the space for a DVD burner but it is filled with a blank spacer instead of giving he system the ability to playback and record CDs and DVDs for just a slightly high price.

One area that is improved over the budget version of the Aspire E5 budget version is the display.

The 15.6-inch panel features a higher 1920x1080 resolution for full 1080p high definition video support. The only downside is that it does use TN technology. This means the color and particularly the viewing angles are not nearly as good as many more expensive systems that use IPS based panels. Still, it is nice as it is an affordable option for those that do want a 1080p display instead of a 720p of a lesser priced budget laptop. The graphics are handled by the NVIDIA GeForce GT 940M. This is a lower end dedicated graphics processor so it is not going to be something for playing games frequently.

It can run them just not at high detail levels or the panel resolution with smooth frame rates. It does offer some additional performance for non-3D applications for those that might need it. This is especially useful for some since it uses 4GB of graphics memory instead of the typical 2GB.

The keyboard layout for the Aspire E5 is a decent design with a good amount of feedback. It offers some nice large size keys where needed that results in a good level of accuracy and comfort. It is not a class-leading keyboard but not bad either. As mentioned before, it is not backlit. The trackpad has been improved since I looked at the budget version but it still has issues from time to time especially iin multitouch gestures.

To keep the costs of the system down, Acer elected to use a smaller 4-cell rather than 6-cell battery pack. They claim that this will provide up to five hours of running time which is less than the budget model I looked at with the larger battery pack. Thankfully it does not seem to have as much of a disconnected between the advertised and actual running times as the E5-571. In digital video playback tests, it was able to run for four and a quarter hours before going into standby. This is still below average for this category and certainly nothing compared to the Apple MacBook Pro 15 that lasts upwards of eight hours but it does cost significantly more.

Speaking of price, the Acer Aspire E5-573G is very affordable with a list price of around $850 and street pricing of around $700.

This is not that much more for the budget version but you get much higher performance, dedicated graphics, and a higher resolution display. In terms of price, the ASUS K501LX and the Toshiba Satellite S55 offer the most competition. The ASUS is thinner and lighter and offers an SSD for faster storage performance which makes it feel faster even though it uses a slower i5-5200U processor. The Toshiba offers a lower resolution display which is disappointing but uses a brushed aluminum body for a more premium feel to it. Like the ASUS it is lighter but not really smaller than the Acer.

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