Multimedia ultrabook par excellence, the Acer Aspire 5 A515-56G-7045 has several advantages in its pocket such as its beautiful responsiveness provided by the 16 GB RAM and by the generous SSD storage which makes it an ideal candidate for productivity enthusiasts. Especially since this 15-inch lightweight contains an 11th generation Core i7 Quad Core supported by a dedicated GeForce MX350 graphics card to indulge in unlimited multimedia and a bit of gaming. The matte Full HD IPS screen is welcome for moviegoers, as well as the backlit keyboard and the fingerprint reader, but its battery life can quickly run out on the move, and its case risks a few marks.
Specifications of the Acer Aspire A515-56G-7045
|Screen (s)||15.6 “Full HD IPS LED ComfyView (1920×1080, matte / anti-glare)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-1165G7 Tiger Lake (2.8 GHz, 4 cores)|
|RAM installed||16 GB (8 GB soldered 8 GB) DDR4 2400 MHz, 1 slot (occupied)|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Pascal GeForce MX350 2 GB GDDR5, Iris Xe and Optimus|
|Storage||1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD|
|Connectivity||1 USB 2.0 2 USB 3.2 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen1), HDMI 2.0|
|Network||Wi-Fi ax (2×2), Bluetooth 5.1, Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45)|
|Windows Hello||Yes, fingerprint reader|
|Audio system||2 Dolby Home Theater v4 speakers|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home 64-bit|
|battery life announced / Battery||7 hours / Li-ion 3 cells 48Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||1.65 Kg / 363 x 238 x 17.9|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the Acer Aspire A515-56G-7045
The silhouette of the Aspire 5 opts for discretion with an entirely matt black color. That said, Acer does add a rounded silver hinge to this model which comes to brighten up the overall look. 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.
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 238 mm format. Its weight is set at around 1.6 kg , which is better optimized than its predecessor (A515-55). It’s not the lightest in the segment though.
The keyboard is backlit to highlight the black keys. This is useful when working in a dark environment or on the train for example.
In the center of this Acer Aspire A515-56G-7045 also shines a beautiful matte 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 Confyview 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, particularly 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 3.2 Type-C Gen1 . There is also an HDMI 2.0 output and a Gigabit Ethernet port while the modules benefit from the latest Wifi AX (Wifi 6) and Bluetooth 5.1. Note that the card reader has disappeared but the fingerprint reader has resurfaced on the touchpad. It is convenient to connect to its session in a second.
Performance, battery life of the Acer Aspire A515-56G-7045
The Aspire 5 relies its graphics processing on the GeForce MX350 , a dedicated mid-range card based on the Pascal architecture (2016). It is an update of the GeForce MX250 with a small frequency gain allowing it to flirt with the performance of a GTX 1050. This GPU is therefore a valuable support in current use and to launch some games. The occasional player can therefore practice in FHD Low on a good part of the titles of the market on condition of making concessions on the sharpness of the rendering.
Storage is another decisive element inside the ultrabook since it relies on a fast dedicated 1TB SSD (NVMe PCIe). The system gains there directly compared to a configuration with mechanical hard drive 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 mechanical support implied substantial 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.
To power this Acer Aspire A515-56G-7045, we find a Core i7-1165G7 processor11th generation. Known as Tiger Lake, this processor brings some interesting advancements, starting with a higher TDP. Thus, the Core i7-1165G7 of our MSI displays a TDP of 28W where its predecessors, the Core i7-1065G7 and the Core i7-10510U are satisfied with a TDP of 15W, and this despite the low consumption. This results from an increase in performance visible on advanced software (Lightroom, Capture One Pro, Davinci Resolve, 7Zip, etc.), a little less on basic daily tasks (Office, surfing the Web, streaming …) . We understand, these tasks in question are perfectly taken care of by the Zenbook, but since these are missions that only commit very few resources, the difference between the generations is not noticeable. In front,, an important total for multitasking which allows the coming years to come with confidence.
Let’s finish with a notion of battery life which is not necessarily the strong point of our Aspire A515-56G-7045. It should be around 6 hours of Internet browsing with active Wifi.