Acer presents a new version of its Aspire 5 that will be destined for a multimedia audience , the Acer Aspire A515-51G-869C. It hides a solid heart consisting of a Kaby Lake Refresh i7 Quad Core, 8 GB of RAM and a large capacity hard drive. A full HD IPS matte screen and a GeForce MX130 entry / mid-range are also part of the lot as well as a few amenities: complete connectivity, 180-degree screen opening and generous autonomy. Without forgetting its elegant and robust hull with the rather fine silhouette (21 mm). It is displayed at less than 800 euros .
Specifications of the Acer Aspire A515-51G-869C
|Slab||15.6 ‘ Full HD IPS LED (1920×1080, brilliant)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-8550U Kaby Lake Refresh (1.8 GHz, 4 cores, TDP 15W)|
|RAM installed (max)||8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4 2400 MHz (32 GB), 2 slots (occupied)|
|Storage space||1 TB at 5400 rpm 1 free M.2 slot|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA GeForce MX130 2GB GDDR5 dedicated, Intel UHD 620 integrated into the processor and Optimus|
|Audio system||2 Dolby Home Theater Speakers v4|
|webcam||Yes, HD 720p CrystelEye HD with microphone|
|Network||Wi-Fi ac (1×1) Gigabit Ethernet|
|Bluetooth||Yes, Bluetooth 4.0|
|Card reader||SD / MMC|
|Video output (s)||HDMI 1.4|
|Entries exits)||Headphone / Mic Combo|
|USB||2 USB 2.0 1 USB 3.0 1 USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen1)|
|Operating system||Windows 10 64-bit|
|Drums||Li-Polymer 4 cells 3220mAh 48Whr|
|Autonomy announced||7 hours|
|Dimensions (mm)||381.6 x 263 x 21.6|
|Other||Chiclet keyboard with numeric keypad, multi-touch touchpad|
Acer heals the design and build quality of its Acer Aspire A515-51G-869C sound. If most of the shell is black plastic, the keyboard surround is covered with aluminum for more robustness. The aesthetic is both sober and worked with a grooved effect on the lid and brushed metal on the inside, highlighted by a touchpad with a chamfered contour and a polished hinge evoking the Aspire Nitro.
Small peculiarity of this hinge, it allows the opening of the screen up to an angle of 180 degrees . A plus for modularity. Without being classified as compact, the PC benefits from well optimized measurements with a small weight of 2.1 kg . Note also that it provides two maintenance trapsthat allow access to RAM and storage. Too bad the keyboard is not backlit.
Rather bluffing for a PC in its class with such a configuration, the Acer Aspire A515-51G-869C should be around 8:30 of autonomy in Internet browsing via Wifi. A result well above average.
As announced, the heart of the PC embeds a level of performance capable of matching a Quad i5-7300HQ. Indeed, the arrival of the Quad Core i7 Kaby Lake Refresh low consumption (8th generation) makes this possible since it will combine Turbo power, low energy consumption and propensity to heat limited. Thanks to him and the 8 GB of RAM that support him, he largely overflows the current use (Internet browsing, Office pack, video playback) and enjoys a large radius of action for more demanding missions (Photoshop pushed , video montage). To avoid spoiling, the RAM in satisfactory quantity ensures a fluid multitasking environment, enough to multiply active applications and / or tabs on the web.
The strength of this laptop is also in its screen. This one chooses a definition Full HD (1920×1080 px) with the high density of display. With it, you can make the most of your high definition content (YouTube videos in 1080p) but also modulate the positioning of windows without losing sharpness. The IPS panel opens the viewing angles and reproduces the colors more faithfully than simple TN while the matte treatment is a barrier to the inconvenience associated with use in bright environments.
The graphic part is provided by the GeForce MX130 , a recent input / mid-range graphics card. It is actually a simple update of the GeForce 940MX with comparable performance. In other words, it is meant for occasional players who do not care about details. The GeForce MX130 does not play properly in Full HD, except for titles that are not very demanding, but will be able to launch the majority of games on the market in standard definition (1366 x 768 pixels), with adaptations on the level details under the demanding opuses.
Shorter, storage is entrusted to a hard drive of 1 TB at 5400 rpm. No SSD dedicated to the program therefore, which deprives the PC of a very valuable part of reactivity now. In other words, if you have never worked on a PC with a dedicated SSD, you can accommodate it without problems but others will live with difficulty this back. Note that the capacity is generous and it allows to house a well supplied toy library. Good point, an M.2 slot is normally free to add a SSD thereafter (no maintenance hatch).
Finally, the connectivity joins the general trend and ensures a correct level with an SD card reader, an HDMI output and four USB ports including a USB 3.0 and a USB 3.1 Type-C versatile (audio, video, data, load ). For data exchange, it includes Gigabit Ethernet and wireless modules Wifi AC and Bluetooth 4.0.