Generous, fast storage and versatile capabilities for a reasonable price is what the Acer Aspire A515-45G-R80K offers. This 15-inch ultrabook enclosed in a compact black box stands out as a major tool thanks to its AMD Renoir Ryzen 5 Hexa Core processor supported by a Radeon RX 640 graphics card and by two elements of speed that are the SSD storage of 1 TB and 16 GB RAM. Enough to surf without incident but also play, create and lightly edit. The connection is complete and the look goes everywhere but the problem concerns its battery life which will not exceed 5/6 hours, as well as its case not very robust for mobility.
Specifications of the Acer Aspire 5 A515-45G-R80K
|Screen (s)||15.6 “Full HD LED IPS ComfyView (1920×1080, anti-glare)|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 5 5500U Lucienne (2.1 GHz, 6 cores)|
|Installed RAM (max)||16 GB DDR4 2666 MHz (16 GB), 2 slots|
|Graphic card||AMD Polaris Radeon RX 640 2 GB GDDR5 dedicated, Radeon RX Vega 7|
|Storage||1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD|
|Connectivity||2 USB 3.0 1 USB 2.0 1 USB 3.1 Type-C, HDMI|
|Network||Wi-Fi ax (2×2, Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200), Bluetooth 5.0 Gigabit Ethernet|
|Windows Hello||Yes, via fingerprint reader|
|Audio system||2 Acer TrueHarmony speakers|
|Operating system||Windows 10 64-bit|
|battery life announced / Battery||7 hours / Li-Ion 3 cells|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||1.8 Kg / 363.4 x 250.5 x 17.95|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the Acer Aspire A515-45G-R80K
The silhouette of the Aspire 5 does not change compared to its predecessor (A515-44). The case is shaped from plastic and a little aluminum to reinforce the back of the cover and the base at the level of the keys. Suddenly, it gains in robustness during transport and over time. On the Aspire A515-45G-R80K, Acer opts for a very sober black color. We do not otherwise perceive any approval or style effect on the case for a completely neutral result. Design-conscious users will have to go their way.
Its format falls within the circle of ultrabooks but is not the best optimized in this sense with 18 mm thickness and a 363 x 250 mm format. Its weight is fixed around 1.8 kg . It’s not the lightest in the segment but it’s still better than the 2.2 kg of the previous Aspire 5.
The keyboard is backlit in white to facilitate typing when the ambient light is limited, which is appreciable.
In the center of this Acer Aspire A515-45G-R80K also shines a beautiful matt Full HD screen with rather thin side edges. The Full HD (1920 x 1080 px) offers an extensive display space to enjoy the content in High Definition (video game) while Comfyview matte panel will prevent ambient light to reflect 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 slightly more faithful rendering in terms of colors, even if we are far from the level of high panels. range of course, especially in terms of color coverage or brightness.
The sides are equipped with a fairly standard connection with four USB ports which still have a USB 2.0, two USB 3.2 and a USB Type-C Gen2 . There is also an HDMI output and a Gigabit Ethernet port while the wireless modules benefit from Wifi 6 AX and Bluetooth 5.0. Note that the card reader has disappeared. In addition, a fingerprint reader provides fast authentication via Windows Hello.
Performance, battery life of the Acer Aspire A515-45G-R80K
The strength of this Acer Aspire A515-45G-R80K is first to look at the processor radius with the support of an AMD Ryzen Lucienne (2021) Ryzen 5 5500U Hexa Corelow consumption. This shows a nice increase in performance compared to the Ryzen 5 3500U (2019), thanks in particular to the number of cores which doubles but also to the finer engraving used. It is also significantly more efficient than its predecessor of 2020 (Ryzen 5 4500U) but more noticeably. For all common office-type uses, it is perfectly at ease as an Intel Core i7-1165G7 (2021) would be, but the difference emerges more visibly on tasks that consume CPU resources that can take advantage of all cores such as content creation (editing, rendering, modeling …). Namely that we remain on low consumption (TDP 15W), so do not expect from this processor the same resources as an Octo Core-H (Ryzen 5 5600H; Cezanne) which,
On the other hand, the 16 GB RAM is a force to enjoy comfortable multitasking whatever your use and to look forward to the years to come with peace of mind. It is a good thing that the total is quite high because the RAM is welded and therefore not scalable.
Storage is another important element on this Aspire since it is entrusted to a fast dedicated 1TB SSD (NVMe PCIe). The system gains there directly compared to a configuration with mechanical hard disk because of the speed of loading offered by the SSD. This type of storage ensures almost instantaneous switching on and off, transfers calculated in seconds or instantaneous software launches where the mechanical support involved significant latencies. Note also that the SSD is by nature more silent, robust and efficient than a hard drive. And if it is often tackled for its too low storage capacity, this is not the case here since it provides 1 TB, enough to allow the installation of heavy programs and the storage of your entire game library.
Note that a graphics card supports the solution integrated into the processor when the needs are a little more greedy. This is an AMD Radeon RX 640 , a mid-range card that won’t let you play (apart from light games) or create freely. In terms of performance, we put it at the same level if not a little below the NVIDIA GeForce MX150. It is therefore a so-called multimedia solution, which via assisting the Radeon Vega 7 if necessary, but nothing more.
Finally, a word on battery life. This should take around 6 hours of Internet browsing with active Wifi. It is average in these rates.