A light 15-inch format, a state-of-the-art processor and a reasonable price, this is what characterizes the Acer Aspire A515-55-52K8. But this 15-inch ultrabook has other advantages in its pocket such as its great responsiveness thanks to its 512 GB SSD storage which makes it the ideal candidate for productivity enthusiasts. It hides a 10th generation quad-core Core i5 with enough RAM (8 GB) to surf safely. The Full HD IPS mat screen is welcome for moviegoers, as well as the backlit keyboard and the fingerprint reader but its weight can be a bit heavy for travel, and its case may risk some marks.
Specifications for the Acer Aspire A515-55-52K8
|Screen (s)||15.6 “Full HD IPS LED ComfyView (1920×1080, matte / anti-reflective)|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-1035G1 Ice Lake (1.0 GHz, 4 cores)|
|RAM installed||8 GB DDR4 2400 MHz, 1 slot|
|Graphic card||Intel UHD G1 Graphics|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD|
|Connectivity||1 USB 2.0 2 USB 3.1 1 USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen1), HDMI|
|Network||Wi-Fi ax (2×2), Bluetooth 5.0, Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45)|
|Audio system||2 Dolby Home Theater v4 speakers|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home 64 bit|
|Autonomy announced / Battery||9 hours / 3 cell Li-ion|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||1.9 Kg / 363 x 250 x 17.95|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the Acer Aspire A515-55-52K8
The silhouette of the Aspire 5 does not change compared to its predecessor. Acer always dresses it in a slightly rough matte silver color quite basic. The case is shaped with plastic and a little aluminum to strengthen the back of the cover and the base at the keys. Suddenly, it gains robustness during transport and over time.
Its format fits into the circle of ultrabooks but is not the best optimized in this sense with 18 mm thick and a format 363 x 250 mm. Its weight is fixed around 1.9 kg . It is not the lightest in the segment but it is still better than the 2.2 kg of the previous Aspire 5.
The keyboard is backlit to highlight the black keys. It is practical when working in a dark environment or on the train for example.
At the center of this Acer Aspire A515-55-52K8 also shines a beautiful Full HD mat screen with rather thin side edges. The Full HD definition (1920 x 1080 px) offers an extended display space allowing you to fully enjoy the High Definition content (video, game) while the Confyview matte panel will prevent ambient light from being reflected on the screen. Note also that the screen is now installed on an IPS panel, more comfortable than TN thanks to its wider viewing angles and a rendering a little more faithful to the color level, even if we are far from the level of the high panels. range obviously.
The sides are equipped with a fairly standard connection with four USB ports which still include a USB 2.0, two USB 3.1 and a USB Type-C . There is also an HDMI output and a Gigabit Ethernet port while the modules take advantage of the latest Wifi AX (Wifi 6) and Bluetooth 5.0. Note that the card reader has disappeared but that the fingerprint reader resurfaces on the touchpad. It\’s handy for connecting to your session in a second.
Performances, autonomy of the Acer Aspire A515-55-52K8
The 10th generation Ice Lake processor will propel the PC into productive spheres. It is a low consumption Quad Core i5-1035G1 which gains a few points in performance over its predecessors (i5-8565U Whiskey Lake / i5-10210U Comet Lake) thanks to a finer engraving (10 nm). For the most part, it fully supports everyday use (Web browsing, Office processing, video) and masters some more demanding applications taking advantage of the multicore architecture (video editing, Photoshop …). Opposite, the 8 GB RAM provides a fluid environment for multitasking.
The integrated Intel UHD G1 graphics part is comparable to an Intel UHD 620 integrated in processors of previous generations. This takes care of the graphic tasks related to current use and can even support some occasional games as long as they are not too greedy.
The storage is entrusted to an M.2 NVMe PCIe 512 GB SSD which will bring a welcome dose of responsiveness to the system. Compared to a standard mechanical hard drive, it is quieter, more robust and energy efficient and allows Windows to reach a remarkable level of fluidity with short loading times and execution without latencies. What is more, its capacity is not ridiculous and can accommodate a good part of your toy library even if some may not find it sufficient.
We will end with a notion of autonomy which should be around 6 hours in Internet browsing with active Wifi.