Price (MRP): $444.80

Pros

  • Light and portable
  • Good specifications
  • Good battery life
  • Lots of potential for upgrades

Cons

  • Poor keyboard layout and quality
  • Average display quality
  • Lots of bloatware

Ratings (out of 5)

  • Design: 3
  • Display: 3
  • Performance: 4
  • Software: 4
  • Battery life: 4
  • Value for money: 3
  • Overall: 3

Where to buy: Amazon

Acer is a mainstream major part in the PC market with items at all levels, yet it will in general be known more for its spending contributions. This organization has really accepted the super meager pattern and we’ve seen a few models in its Swift, Spin, Switch, and Aspire lines in the course of recent years that are incredibly compact and appealing. The most recent Acer gadget that we’re assessing is the new Aspire 5 Slim A515-52G, which as you can see gloats of its center property directly in its name. Not exclusively is it shockingly dainty for a 15-inch PC, however the Acer Aspire 5 Slim is also light, which implies on the off chance that you need an enormous screen to complete work on while in a hurry, you’re presumably fascinated at this moment.
From the outset, it appears as though Acer has done very well with this PC. It’s the development to last year’s Aspire 5 A515-51G, with a couple of refreshed parts and a totally updated body. It appears to be like Acer has tended to a large number of the objections we had with that model. We will discover how well this revived PC is fit to life out and about, and whether the thinning cycle has had any disastrous results.

Acer Aspire 5 Slim A515-52G design

Acer has gone with a metal top for this PC, which has a decent looking brushed surface. The remainder of it is all plastic, including the console deck that has a comparative brushed impact, which really looks very great. The 15.6-inch board has generally thin side lines and this aides the Aspire 5 Slim look present day. Notwithstanding, we aren’t devotees of the five stickers on the board’s edge and on the wrist rest territory, the greater part of which were a little warped and not adjusted to anything on our survey unit.
The top feels shockingly strong yet there is a ton of distorting on the board in the event that you attempt to twist or flex it even a bit. The pivot is excessively solid and it wasn’t workable for us to open the top of this PC with one hand. On the in addition to side, the cover creases right back to 180 degrees.
Tipping the scales at 1.9kg and just shy of 18mm thick, the Aspire 5 Slim isn’t excessively substantial or cumbersome to haul around or drive with consistently. Most 15.6-inch PCs are better left on a work area, yet this one can be moved around without any problem.
We were frustrated to see just a solitary USB 3.0 Type-A port, however there’s likewise a Type-C port that works at a similar speed. There are two more USB 2.0 ports yet really that is not adequate at a PC at this cost level. You likewise get Gigabit Ethernet, a HDMI video yield, a SD card opening, a 3.5mm combo sound attachment, and a Kensington lock space.
Likewise with most PCs now, the battery isn’t removable. To get to the RAM or capacity spaces, you’ll need to take the whole base off, annihilating a “guarantee void” sticker all the while. There are immense admission vents on the base through which you can see the motherboard, copper tubing for the CPU and GPU, and a solitary fan. Hot air is ousted through an exceptionally uncovered heatsink at the back. We’re really astonished by how uncovered the internal parts of this PC are — it looks like residue development could turn into an issue.
The console is one of the most exceedingly awful we’ve utilized in seemingly forever. Regarding actual quality, it feels less expensive than the consoles on even sub-Rs. 15,000 workstations like the iBall Compbook arrangement. The whole thing plunged as we composed, and squeezing keys in the middle caused the console plate as well as adjoining keys to sink. The activity isn’t all that acceptable either – the keys feel too fresh and there’s no padding at all before they incite. They likewise make an unforgiving metallic sound when squeezed, which is sufficiently boisterous to divert. We were very disappointed by the entirety of this.
Console design is likewise not ideal. Practically all producers currently pack the bolt enters into a solitary line, yet Acer has gone above and beyond and pushed a number cushion into just three sections. Nothing is truly where you’d anticipate that it should be, and the paging keys (Page Up, Page Down, Home, and End) are just accessible as auxiliary elements of the number cushion keys. Most 15-inch PCs with number cushions actually have committed paging keys.
The base column is excessively near the edge of the console plate, making it hard to hit the space bar in a characteristic composing position. The force button is in the upper right corner, yet in any event it isn’t probably going to be hit coincidentally. One astute touch is that you need to hold it down for two seconds before it will take care of the PC or shut it down.
The trackpad is huge and has a decent surface, yet palm dismissal was incidentally an issue for us, making the cursor hop around arbitrarily. Movement is smooth and multi-contact motions are upheld.

Acer Aspire 5 Slim A515-52G specifications and software

There are several variants of the Acer Aspire 5 Slim A515-52G, so make sure you know exactly what you’re getting. Our review unit has the designator NX.H57SI.002 and has the best specifications of the lineup. At its heart is an Intel Core i5-8265U processor, from Intel’s recently refreshed Whiskey Lake family. It has four cores with Hyper-Threading and runs at 1.6GHz with a maximum turbo speed of 3.9GHz. Along with this is the entry-level Nvidia GeForce MX150 discrete GPU with 2GB of VRAM of its own.

There’s 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive as well as a 16GB Intel Optane Memory module that acts as a small but very fast cache to accelerate reads and writes to the hard drive. This isn’t visible to users, it just works in the background. Acer has chosen to market this laptop as having 24GB of memory (though that is qualified as “16GB Intel Optane Memory + 8GB DDR4 Memory”) right on the huge sticker on the wrist rest.

Such potentially confusing wording is thankfully missing from the description on Acer’s website, but we can imagine that a lot of shoppers who see this laptop in a store alongside many others could be misled. For a full rundown of how Optane Memory works, you can read our full review of it. In short, it’s better than nothing but not as good as having an SSD.

The 15.6-inch screen thankfully has a resolution of 1920×1080, which is good enough at this size, though not especially crisp. Windows was set to scale to 125 percent by default but we preferred the spaciousness of the standard 100 percent. Acer claims that the 4-cell battery can last for eight hours of Web surfing, which doesn’t sound too impressive.

Moving on, we have Bluetooth 5 and Gigabit-class 2×2 Wi-Fi 802.11ac which is one of the key features of Intel’s Whiskey Lake platform. Of course you’ll have to have a compatible router to take advantage of this. The USB Type-C port works at USB 3.1 Gen 1 speed (5Gbps) and does not support video output but can be used to supply 4.5W of power to charge external devices.

According to Acer, you can upgrade this laptop with up to 32GB of RAM across two SODIMM slots. There’s obviously an M.2 slot for the Optane Memory module and a 2.5mm bay, so there is significant upgrade potential here if you’re willing to pop off the entire bottom panel.

Our review unit came to us running Windows 10 Home and a lot of third-party software was preloaded. Some users might appreciate Norton Security but we found its constant popups and subscription prompts intrusive. Firefox and Amazon were pinned to the taskbar, and several of the apps and Web shortcuts pinned to the Start Menu, including Lazada, Ebay and Agoda aren’t even relevant in India. Polarr Photo Editor, Cyberlink Power Director and Cyber Link Photo Director are at least potentially useful. There’s a Wild Tangent Games launcher and over 25 shortcuts to specific games in its store. That’s all in addition to Acer’s own Acer Collection S app store, Product Registration, and Care apps.

Acer Aspire 5 Slim A515-52G performance

We had a by and large wonderful time utilizing the Acer Aspire 5 Slim, with just a little slack every so often when stacking applications or opening documents, probably on account of the sluggish turning hard drive. The Optane Memory speeds up little document duplicate activities yet 16GB isn’t a great deal, and it rapidly becomes clear that you’re not getting SSD-class speeds when moving loads of information around. In any case, considering the cost of this PC and all the other things you get, it isn’t really awful.
The 15.6-inch screen is quite extensive and we enjoyed having the option to work with different windows next to each other. All things considered, the screen quality isn’t too extraordinary. It’s fine for perusing, composing, and riding the Web, however the review points aren’t extraordinary and colors seemed somewhat extinguished when we were watching recordings. The base terminating speakers are very acceptable, and keeping in mind that the sound was somewhat piercing, there was next to no contortion at high volumes and vocals were fresh in recordings and music.
Benchmark tests showed that the Intel Core i5 CPU performs fairly. Cinebench R15 gave us single-center and multi-center scores of 161 and 501 individually, and POVRay completed its benchmark run quickly, 56 seconds. PCMark 10 Extended dealt with an aftereffect of 3,432 focuses. Our 7zip record pressure test utilizing a 3.24GB envelope of grouped documents required 5 minutes, 42 seconds. We utilized Handbrake to encode a 1.3GB AVI record to H.265 720p, and that required 2 minutes, 4 seconds.
The GeForce MX150 GPU is unquestionably better compared to Intel’s incorporated contributions, yet isn’t sufficient for genuine gaming. You’ll have the option to run more established titles at fair quality settings, simply don’t expect excessively. We got scores of 1,162 and 1,630 in 3DMark’s Time Spy and Fire Strike Extreme tests which are generally twice however much what we would expect with coordinated designs. The Unigine Valley test didn’t run on this PC.
Ascent of the Tomb Raider ran at 1920×1080 at its Low preset and we got a score of 35.47fps utilizing its inner benchmark, yet surfaces were scarcely ready to stack and the fly basically was exceptionally articulated and diverting. Long ways 5 just ran at 1280×720 utilizing the low preset, and we saw a similar issue despite the fact that the casing rate was moderately smooth at a normal of 42fps. The primary issue is the unimportant 2GB of VRAM accessible to the GPU.
While messing around and running other weighty errands, the Aspire 5 Slim’s fan was perceptible yet not diverting. The wrist rest and console never became excessively hot for solace however oddly we could feel the fan getting air in through the upper center of the console, which was strange. Our left hand was warm and our correct hand had cool air drawn across it. The fan likewise sporadically kicked in when we were simply running easygoing applications, and we found that we could feel the draft on our correct hand in any event, when it was turning gradually. This was particularly irritating when composing. We’ve never experienced this sort of configuration issue previously.
Concerning battery life, the Aspire 5 Slim did sensibly well. It ran for an extremely amazing 2 hours, 59 minutes in the Battery Eater Pro benchmark, and we were just about ready to traverse 6 hours of easygoing utilization including some video web based and music, with the screen at 40% splendor all through.

Verdict

The Acer Aspire 5 Slim A515-52G is a confounding PC. It does a few things well indeed yet has a ton of issues that go past eccentricities. The equipment is skilled and the bundle is versatile, yet this PC simply isn’t generally agreeable to utilize. For individuals like us whose principle work includes composing, the console format and quality, also the wind stream issue, are outright dealbreakers.
Battery life is a solid point and the showcase is adequately good. Indeed, even the speakers are shockingly acceptable. There’s even a great deal of redesign potential, which we are glad to see. At the cost, however, we would have preferred more comforts, for example, console backdrop illumination and more USB 3.0 ports. Compactness is additionally pleasant, yet for this situation it has come at the expense of durability.
As usual, we urge possible purchasers to evaluate a PC at a retail store prior to purchasing, so you know precisely the thing you’re getting. Particulars are a certain something, however solace is comparably significant.

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