Here is an inexpensive 15 inch that lends itself well to everyday office use. Installed in a fairly banal black case, the Acer Aspire A315-42-R0WM is directly aimed at enthusiasts of reactivity with its small AMD Athlon processor supported by the necessary RAM (8 GB) and SSD storage ( 256 GB) to surf smoothly without running out of space. On the other hand, its screen is basic, its measurements are not very compact and the keyboard is not backlit.
Specifications for the Acer Aspire 3 A315-42-R0WM
|Screen (s)||15.6 “HD LED ComfyView (1366×768, anti-reflective)|
|Processor||AMD Athlon 300U Picasso (2.4 GHz, 2 cores)|
|RAM installed||8 GB (1 x 8 GB) DDR4 2400 MHz|
|Graphic card||AMD Radeon Vega 3|
|Storage||256 GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD|
|Connectivity||2 USB 2.0 1 USB 3.1, HDMI, SD / MMC|
|Network||Wi-Fi ac (1×1), Bluetooth 4.0 Gigabit Ethernet|
|Audio system||2 speakers|
|Operating system||Windows 10 64 bit|
|Autonomy announced / Battery||5 hours / Li-Ion 2 cells 36Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||1.9 Kg / 363.4 x 247.5 x 20|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the Acer Aspire A315-42-R0WM
The Acer Aspire A315-42-R0WM is aesthetically identical to its cousin at Intel the Aspire A315-55 if we put aside some subtleties of finish. Thanks to a neat design based on matt and spiked effects, the plastic chassis is far from returning a “low-end” image and the whole gains in elegance thanks to a refined silhouette (20 mm). Its black color is all that there is of more standard and will pass in all the environments. Note also the presence of a numeric keypad in a fairly compact keyboard. Unsurprisingly, the keyboard is not backlit and the touchpad is clickable, but the chassis logically has a maintenance hatch to upgrade storage and RAM.
Acer did not seek to refine the borders of the screen beyond measure, even if an effort was still made on the sides. It benefits from basic specifications at this level with an HD definition (1366 x 1768 px). On the other hand, the ComfyView mat treatment of the panel acts as a barrier to reflections linked to use in high ambient light, but the whole is placed on a TN panel with limited and dark approach angles.
The sides of the case are equipped with connectors that could be described as honest even if the card reader is no longer in the game and the USB Type-C is sidelined. We thus find an HDMI output as well as three USB ports including a USB 3.1. To encourage data transfers, Gigabit Ethernet and the recent Wifi AC module are also part of the game, as well as a Bluetooth 4.0 chip.
Performances, battery life of Acer Aspire 3 A315-42-R0WM
A key element inside the PC, privileged storage gives pride of place to responsiveness. Indeed, a dedicated 256 GB SSD is on hand, allowing to bring its share of fluidity to Windows 10 and to the overall execution of programs while not sacrificing too much capacity. If you count the space occupied by the system and by the programs, there is approximately 200 GB of free space, enough to accommodate a small part of your toy library. For the rest, you will have to opt for an external or online solution.
To power this Aspire A315-42-R0WN, a recent AMD Athlon 300U low consumption APU . It is positioned at the level of a Ryzen 3 3200U and thus does the job perfectly for surfing the web, playing videos or doing spreadsheets and even a little photo editing on occasion. Good point also, the 8 GB of RAM behind ensure their share of fluency in multitasking to meet no latency when you compile several tabs and applications open at the same time.
Let us finish with a word on autonomy which is definitely not the strong point here. Its small battery does not leave much more than 3 to 4 hours of span in Internet browsing with active Wifi.