Its red case is the first thing that catches the eye on the Acer Aspire 5 A515-54-554S. But this 15-inch ultrabook has other advantages in its pocket such as its beautiful responsiveness thanks to its 512 GB Full SSD storage which makes it the ideal candidate for productivity enthusiasts. It hides a powerful 10th generation quad-core Core i5 (little gain compared to the 9th gen) with enough RAM (8 GB) to surf safely. The Full HD mat screen is welcome for moviegoers but the connectivity is not very varied and its format is not the best optimized for an ultrabook in 2020.
Specifications for the Acer Aspire A515-54-554S
|Screen (s)||15.6 “Full HD LED ComfyView (1920×1080, matte / anti-reflective)|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-10210U Comet Lake (1.6 GHz, 4 cores)|
|RAM installed||8 GB DDR4 2400 MHz, 1 slot|
|Graphic card||Intel UHD 620 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|
|Audio system||2 Dolby Home Theater v4 speakers|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home 64 bit|
|Autonomy announced / Battery||8 hours / Li-Polymer 4 cells 48Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||1.8 Kg / 363 x 250 x 17.95|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the Acer Aspire A515-54-554S
Acer dresses its Aspire A515-54-554S in a red color that comes out of ordinary black and other gray, embellished with a brushed effect on the back of the screen. The case is shaped with plastic and a little aluminum to reinforce the back of the cover and the base of 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 1.8 kg . It is not the lightest in the segment but it is still better than the 2.2 kg of the previous Aspire 5.
It does not appear that the keyboard is backlit on this model.
In the center of this Acer Aspire A515-54-554S also shines a beautiful Full HD mat screen with rather thin side edges (7 mm). 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. On the other hand, the screen is probably based on a TN panel whose approach angles are reduced and the colorimetry not very realistic.
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 and that the fingerprint reader does not appear on the menu either.
Performance, autonomy of the Acer Aspire A515-54-554S
Inside the Acer Aspire A515-54-554S, the heart is powered by a 10th generation (2019) Comet Lake processor , the Core i5-10210U Quad Core . Thus, the PC covers all of current use (Web browsing, Office processing, video) with a fairly advanced mastery in more demanding applications using multicore architecture (video editing, light Photoshop …). Attention, we are on low consumption and not powerful processors type -H. In fact, if you try CPU-intensive tasks, you will face more or less harmful latencies. With 8 GB of RAM behind, the system will not lose fluidity in multitasking for everyday use.
In the absence of a dedicated card, only the Intel UHD 620 chip is used for all tasks that require graphic support and if its services are perfect in current use, it will not be able to support more demanding than old games.
For its part, 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 finish with a notion of autonomy which benefits from this declination of a 48 Whr battery. Acer announces more than 9 hours but given the limited capacity of the battery, it is more realistic to expect a total of 6 hours in Internet browsing with active Wifi, at best.