A state-of-the-art processor and a reasonable price, this is what characterizes the Acer Aspire A515-56-57M3. But this 15-inch ultrabook has other advantages in its pocket such as its great responsiveness provided by the 16 GB RAM and hybrid storage (1.1 TB) which places it as an ideal candidate for productivity enthusiasts. Especially since it contains an 11th generation Core i5 Quad Core with integrated Iris Xe graphics chip to indulge in unlimited multimedia. The matte Full HD IPS screen is welcome for moviegoers, as is the backlit keyboard and 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 A515-56-57M3
|Screen (s)||15.6 “Full HD IPS LED ComfyView (1920×1080, matte / anti-glare)|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-1135G7 Tiger Lake (2.4 GHz, 4 cores)|
|RAM installed||16 GB (8 GB soldered 8 GB) DDR4 2400 MHz, 1 slot (occupied)|
|Graphic card||Intel Iris Xe Graphics|
|Storage||128GB 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD @ 5400RPM|
|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|
|Autonomy 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 A515-56-57M3
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 A515-56-57M3 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 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, 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 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 A515-56-57M3
To animate this Acer Aspire A515-56-57M3, we find a Core i5-1135G7 processor11th generation. Known as Tiger Lake, this processor brings some interesting advancements, starting with a higher TDP. Thus, the Core i5-1135G7 of our Aspire displays a TDP of 28W where its predecessors, the Core i5-1035G4 and the Core i5-10210U are satisfied with a TDP of 15W. This leads to a fairly visible increase in performance on advanced software (Lightroom, Capture One Pro, Davinci Resolve, 7Zip, etc.), a little less on basic everyday tasks (Office, surfing the Web, streaming …) . We understand, these tasks in question are perfectly taken care of by the ultrabook, but as these are missions that only commit very few resources, the difference between the generations is not noticeable. And then keep in mind that we still have a low consumption Core i5 in front of us, so there is nothing to provide intensive performance in creation as would non-low consumption processors (-H). In front,the 16 GB RAM memory provides the necessary fluidity in multitasking whatever your use and this total and bodes well for the next few years, knowing that the RAM is welded.
But the most interesting novelty of this Gen11 Tiger Lake lies above all in their new integrated graphics chip, the Iris Xe. Thanks to it, Intel is back in the race against AMD but also and especially against small NVIDIA graphics cards such as the GeForce MX250 or the GeForce MX350. The performances of the Iris Plus G7 of the Gen10 (Ice Lake) are exceeded by a good length. So, with the Iris Xe, you should be able to play many games at 1080p under good conditions and work on fairly graphics-intensive tasks (Lightroom) without delay. Another benefit of having a faster graphics chip integrated into the processor is that it simplifies the design of the ventilation system and therefore causes less noise and heat than in a configuration with a dedicated graphics card.
On the storage side, this configuration offers all the space you could need, while ensuring system responsiveness. On the one hand, the dedicated 128 GB SSD (NVMe PCIe) is responsible for accommodating the operating system and some programs and games and contributing to a more responsive execution, shortened loading times and an overall environment. more lively. On the other hand, the 1TB hard drive (5400 rpm) will provide a large capacity to archive a large amount of data in addition.
Let’s finish with a notion of autonomy which is not necessarily the strong point of our Aspire A515-56-57M3. It should be around 6 hours of Internet browsing with active Wifi.