Acer’s Aspire E 15, especially model E5-576G-5762, can be an uncommonly great deal. It’s even good by Acer’s already high standards: The maker has built a few of well known budget-friendly PCs during the past, like the Aspire VX 15 gaming laptop.

The E 15 starts at an attractive $350 for pieces that are sufficient for absolute basics such as for example email, web software and streaming video and music, if you might not escape with with them all at the same time. Intensify to the $600 configuration reviewed here (that will cost you £649 or roughly AU$775) and you will get yourself a new eighth-gen Intel Core i5 processor and discrete Nividia GeForce MX150 graphics, something rarely bought at this price.

Regardless of the key components, though, you get the same base features over the models. That includes an excellent full-HD display, a bevy of ports — new and old — and a good DVD burner for all those still employed in the world of physical media. Also, you can open it up and add more memory and storage. It’s hard to state how the notebook computer will hold up as time passes, but out of your box, it’s a fairly easy recommendation for a office at home or students who can live using its weight and size.

But it’s only $600…
This Aspire E may be the epitome of “value for your money.” As you may expect, Acer cut some corners to achieve the price down, but none that are necessarily deal breakers. Like the majority of things, it all boils down to your needs.

For example, it isn’t an ultraportable or perhaps a thin-and-light laptop computer and it’s really manufactured from textured plastic rather than metal. At around an inch thick (3cm) and a bit more than 5 pounds (2.4 kg), it isn’t unbearable to transport around, though it is also not something I’d want to haul all day long. The plastic helps it be appear and feel less strong than an aluminum chassis, but whether it’s never likely to leave your house, that likely doesn’t matter.

Rather than a 4K-resolution touchscreen, you’ll discover a properly suitable 15.6-inch full HD display. It’s an excellent screen overall with pleasing color and way better off-angle viewing than you’ll typically find as of this price. It really is, however, dim even though the matte finish means reflections are less a concern, you will probably find yourself reflexively trying to improve its brightness. Oh, and the bezels that surround the display are wide by today’s standards.

The keyboard and Windows Precision touchpad are much better than expected your money can buy, too. Acer squeezed on a complete number pad, which is nice, although I’d gladly sacrifice it for a centered keyboard with slightly larger keys. Still, it’s an excellent typing experience and the keys are evenly backlit. The touchpad is smooth and responsive without having to be jumpy. It did frequently register my two-finger scroll as the right click until I adjusted its settings, though.

Everyday performance with a side of gaming
With an eighth-gen quad-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, 256GB M.2 SSD and 2GB Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics, this E 15 makes quick work of general office at home tasks and assignment work. And if you need to include more storage or up to 32GB of RAM, there are just three small screws stopping you from getting back in the laptop.

Cranking through day-to-day pursuits like streaming videos and music while running Google Chrome with twelve or even more tabs open won’t slow it down. This is not a gaming laptop: The entry-level MX150 graphics chip isn’t likely to blow you away using its gaming performance. Frame rates aren’t likely to be fast enough for enjoyable play on high detail settings with newer graphically demanding games. It really is, however, a clear improvement over Intel’s UHD Graphic 620 integrated GPU.

The chip did hit playable frame rates on Bioshock Infinite at high-detail settings, and playing Overwatch or Fortnite at medium settings at the display’s native 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution was fast and smooth. You’ll hear it’s fans blowing as long as you’re gaming or doing any other slightly demanding tasks, but they’re not horribly distracting.

Mostly of the things it generally does not offer is a user-replaceable battery, that have basically disappeared from consumer systems. Luckily, this Acer doesn’t disappoint there, either, submiting a runtime of 11 hours, 58 minutes on our video streaming test. That earned it an area on our set of the very best 25 laptops and two-in-one PCs with the longest battery life.

A budget-friendly treat
Assuming its not necessary an ultraportable, there’s little never to like about the Acer Aspire E 15. If you have lamented the increased loss of DVD burners, HDMI outputs and Ethernet jacks together with having the capacity to easily add RAM and a difficult drive all on your own, this E 15 is simple to recommend. Its solid everyday performance and battery life make it a straight sweeter deal.