Starting at $800 and topping out at $1,100, the VX 15 is merely a really great deal for an entry-level gaming notebook computer with current-gen components. Straying from the normal Aspire streamlined designs, Acer gave the VX 15 body a “system” look including two large stylized fan vents at the trunk to keep this technique nice and cool (generally, anyway). If you appreciate just a little splashiness — but simply a little — this will do just fine. It’s nearly the same as the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 in this respect together with what’s inside, but I love the Aspire somewhat more.

The 15.6-inch notebook computer is available with the 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 or 1050 Ti paired with either an Intel Core i5-7300HQ or Core i7-7700HQ processor. The GPUs aren’t satisfactory for VR, but provide enough muscle to perform today’s game at 60 fps at full HD, which just so is actually the max resolution for the VX 15’s IPS display.

A little goes quite a distance

What “budget” and “cheap” mean various things to different people. The truth is, when you can game on something that’s $500, the knowledge isn’t likely to be great. But at $800 for the bottom model VX 15 I tested — the VX5-591G-5652 — you get a satisfying experience playing old and new games and the notebook computer generally is solid. You will discover similar though slightly better configurations in the united kingdom and Australia for £850 and AU$1,600, respectively (differences are noted in the chart above).

Like the insides, the exterior is nicer than you may expect your money can buy. It appears like a gaming system using its red lid accents and pronounced fan ducts, nonetheless it stops shy to be over the top. Your body is mainly plastic, but Acer did its better to make it appear to be metal, giving it a far more premium appearance.

Another positive for the look: You may easily open it up and install up to 32GB of memory and devote a 2.5-inch HDD with a free of charge mounting kit from Acer. That’s good as the smallish 256GB SSD could fill fast once you start installing games. (You could also consider removing the massive amount preinstalled software and programs from Acer and others to release some space for storage.)

Acer to gave the VX 15 a spacious keyboard along with a tiny number pad. The keys have adequate travel with a satisfying response. The complete keyboard is backlit in red with the WASD keys getting some extra illumination around the edges. The touchpad gets the work done, but there’s room for this to be larger or have discrete left and right mouse buttons. It can support all the multitouch Windows 10 gestures, though its palm rejection could possibly be better.