The Acer Aspire 5 A515-51G is a mid-range 15-inch multimedia notebook in favor of performance and scalability.
Here are the technical Specs of the tested model (A515-51G-509A):
|Slab||15.6 ” Full HD LED ComfyView (1920×1080, matte / anti-glare)|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-8250U Kaby Lake Refresh (1.6GHz, 4 cores, TDP 15W)|
|RAM installed (max)||8 GB (4 soldered 4 GB) DDR4 2400 MHz (20 GB), 1 slot (busy)|
|Storage space||256GB SSD M.2 (SATA 3.0)|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA GeForce MX130 2GB GDDR5 dedicated, Intel UHD 620 integrated into the processor and Optimus|
|Audio system||2 Dolby Home Theater Speakers v4|
|webcam||Yes, HD 720p CrystelEye HD with microphone|
|Network||Wi-Fi ac (1×1) Gigabit Ethernet|
|Bluetooth||Yes, Bluetooth 4.1|
|Card reader||SD / MMC|
|Video output (s)||HDMI 1.4|
|Entries exits)||Headphone / Mic Combo|
|USB||2 USB 2.0 1 USB 3.0 1 USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen1)|
|Operating system||Windows 10 64-bit|
|Drums||4-cell 48Whr Li-ion|
|Autonomy announced||7 hours|
|Dimensions (mm)||381.6 x 263 x 21.6|
|Other||Backlit chiclet keyboard with numeric keypad, multi-touch touchpad|
Chassis / Aesthetics
Acer has chosen to avoid the overall plastic look and add some aluminum to the inner surface around the keyboard. This is to his credit, but the stability of the chassis does not benefit. The back of the screen is visibly bending under pressure. On the other hand, the hinge which solidifies the screen at the base is particularly solid and opposes a good resistance to hold the lid in place once opened. Another positive point, it allows to open the screen to an angle of 180 degrees, so as to install the PC completely flat. The measurements of the Acer Aspire 5 A515-51G are slightly larger than the average with 21.6 mm thickness and 2.2 kg on the scale. He is not the perfect candidate for mobile use.
The connection is rather basic. The left side houses an Ethernet port, an SD card reader, an HDMI output, a USB 3.0 port and a USB 3.1 Type-C and on the right is the headphone jack, two USB 2.0 ports and power supply.
Acer provides two maintenance hatches, opening respectively on a RAM slot and on the 2.5-inch bay (free on this model). As for the M.2 port where the SSD is installed, it is accessed only by removing the outer shell.
Keyboard / Touchpad
The tester does not have much to blame on the keyboard. The keys are of good size and have a slightly concave surface very comfortable. What’s more, the noise generated is limited. Only the pressure point a little “spongy” can annoy the most picky. A backlight system is present to highlight the keys, another good point. For its part, the touchpad is wide and reliable. It supports multi-touch gestures without failures and integrated mouse buttons are accurate.
The screen is known to be the black spot of the Aspire family, and this Aspire 5 is no exception. Here is the Chi Mei CMN15D5 slab that is also applied on the Lenovo IdeaPad 320. At first glance, we notice its brightness too low (246 cd / m2) and its limited contrast (486: 1 ). The definition is Full HD (1920 x 1080 px). The colorimetry also disappoints with a predominant bluish tint and a Delta E around 11, far from being optimal. In addition, despite the matt slab, the low light does not distinguish the screen outside, a factor that is reinforced by the absence of IPS slab.
Built around a last-generation Kaby Lake Refresh i5 Quad Core i5, 8GB of RAM (including 4GB soldered) and a dedicated 256GB SSD, the tested model behaves effectively and can tackle all kinds of problems. office and multimedia tasks. Note, however, that it suffers a small loss of power in multi-core but this is not really reflected in common use. The SSD gives Windows access to a pleasant level of responsiveness and RAM is a credit to multitasking.
The graphic part is entrusted here to a GeForce MX130 based on the old Maxwell architecture (opposite to the last Pascal generation). Compared to the GeForce MX150 which makes up most of the competition PCs, the MX130 is about 50% less efficient. In other words, the Acer Aspire A515-51G in test will not be able to launch all titles in the market in Full HD and most with lowered graphics settings. It will be necessary to return to a standard definition (1366 x 768 px) to obtain a correct playability on the recent opus. The GeForce MX130 is at the same level as a GeForce 940MX.
Temperatures / Noise
The breakdown was heard when the PC was heavily exploited but not only. Even during light tasks, the PC emits unpleasant ventilation and crackling noises. On the other hand, the temperatures are well dissipated and the surfaces are preserved.
It took 6 hours for the Acer Aspire 5 A515-51G to succumb to Internet browsing with active Wi-Fi. It’s satisfying but far from being a record.