The Acer Aspire 5 A514-54-37P1 is a 14-inch ultrabook equipped to accompany office automation enthusiasts in their daily life, and for a reasonable price. Perfectly at ease with everyday use thanks to its 11th generation Intel Core i3 processor with integrated UHD Xe graphics chip, it benefits everyone, even for a few graphics tasks. To this we add a nice reactivity allowed by the fast SSD storage (128 GB) and the RAM in good quantity (8 GB). In addition, the matte Full HD IPS display is perfect for everyday use and for moviegoers and its sleek look will pass in any environment. On the other hand, we have already seen 14 inches lighter at this level and the storage capacity limited to 128 GB is a real black spot if you are not a fan of online storage or external storage.
Specifications Acer Aspire 5 A514-54-37P1
|Screen (s)||14 “Full HD LED IPS ComfyView 250nits thin edges (1920×1080, anti-glare)|
|Processor||Intel Core i3-1115G4 Tiger Lake (3.0 GHz, 2 cores)|
|RAM installed (max)||8 GB DDR4 2666 MHz (32 GB), 2 slots (occupied)|
|Graphic card||Intel UHD Graphics Xe (G4)|
|Storage||128 GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe)|
|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, Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201), Bluetooth 5.0, Gigabit Ethernet|
|Windows Hello||Yes, via fingerprint reader|
|Audio system||2 Acer TrueHarmony speakers|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home 64-bit S mode|
|Autonomy announced / Battery||8 hours / Li-Ion 3 cells 48Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||1.7 Kg / 328 x 223 x 17.95|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the Acer Aspire A514-54-37P1
The silhouette of the Aspire 5 A514-54-37P1 is noticeably more compact in depth compared to its predecessor (A514-53) but the difference in silhouette stops there, except perhaps the hinge which reveals a rounded shape. The look goes for a fairly classic silver design with the screen bezel and black keyboard keys. It is happening everywhere. The case is shaped from plastic and a little aluminum to reinforce the back of the cover and the base 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 328 x 223 mm format. Note that its weight takes 200 grams compared to its predecessor, fixing it around 1.7 kg . It’s not the lightest 14 inch, far from it. However, the Aspire 5 will not be against a few trips from time to time.
The keyboard is backlit with white light in 2 shades.
Highlight on this model, inside shines a beautiful matte Full HD IPS display with thin side bezels (screen-to-body ratio of 81.61%). It is not the most impressive borderless effect but the Aspire is well placed in its category. On the one hand, the Full HD definition (1920 x 1080 px) offers an extended display space allowing you to fully enjoy High Definition content (video, game) and on the other, the IPS panel opens up viewing angles. for a perfect rendering whatever the angle from which you view the screen. Let’s not forget the comfort of the Comfyview matte panel which will prevent ambient light from being reflected on the screen.
The sides are equipped with a basic connection but which summons the essential 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 (rarer on a 14 inch) with latest generation wireless modules (Wifi AX, Bluetooth 5.0). Note that the card reader has disappeared. Acer has also integrated the fingerprint reader in the upper left corner of the touchpad. This allows for fast authentication through Windows Hello.
Performance, autonomy of the Acer Aspire A514-54-37P1
The Acer Aspire A514-54-33FD is powered by an 11th generation Intel Core processor Core i3-1115G4 . This recent processor has the advantage of taking advantage of a Turbo mode (3 Ghz / 4.1 Ghz) allowing it to seek a little more power if necessary. Be careful, we stay on a Dual Core i3 which is mainly intended for everyday office automation with Web browsing, Office suite, video playback, light touch-ups, etc. It’s hard to imagine doing more demanding tasks on this PC, if not for a short time. The RAM 8GB opens the way to multitasking.
Small interesting novelty of this 11th gen Tiger Lake, the integrated Intel UHD Graphics Xe graphics chip . A little below the Iris Xe which integrates the Core i5 and Core i7 Gen11, it comes at the level of a GeForce MX230, enough to exploit some graphics tasks and play some games in Low definition.
Regarding autonomy, it benefits on this variation of a 48 Whr battery. Acer announces more than 9 hours but given the limited capacity of the battery, it is more realistic to count on a total of 6 hours of Internet browsing with active Wifi.
A word about Windows 10S, installed by default on this reference. It is a lightweight version of Windows designed for education that only supports apps from the Windows Store. It is therefore more secure but also more limited in actions. You can upgrade to a full version of Windows 10 at any time, but the reverse is not possible.
Finally, the last point that is very important, a dedicated 128 GB SSD takes care of the storage, which could upset some. Acer prefers to prioritize system responsiveness over capacity here and that’s to its credit, even though storage itself is going to be seriously hampered by the 90 or so GB left after installing OS / Recovery and programs. This solution also provides a particularly lively working environment with very short loading times in addition to being more robust, energy efficient and silent than a traditional hard drive.