Ideally, the Acer Aspire 5 is a very functional laptop. Under this ACER ASPIRE 5 REVIEW, the model has a four-core Intel Core i5-1035G1, the same budget- and midrange-oriented processor that powers Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Go. Performance-wise, it gets the job done amazingly.
Another winner in a long line of budget-priced workhorses, the latest version of the Acer Aspire 5 graduates to Intel’s Ice Lake CPU. This new Aspire 5 model does come with a few compromises, including a cramped storage drive and so-so battery life. But its reliable multi-core performance and an impressive array of ports make up for those shortcomings.
Last year, we saw versions of the Aspire 5 in various dual- and quad-core configurations of Intel’s Core Whiskey Lake CPUs series chips. But in the second half of 2020, the Aspire 5 moves to 10th-generation Intel processors and AMD Ryzen Series 4000 CPUs. It has configurations ranging from quad-core. On the plus side, the Aspire’s mid-range Ice Lake CPU should cruise through everyday computing tasks. And even pack in some reliable horsepower for multi-core duties like video processing.
Some of the specs under ACER ASPIRE 5 REVIEW:
CPU: 1.60Hz Intel Core i5 8250U (quad-core; 6MB cache; up to 3.40GHz)
Display: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) LED
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
Memory: 8GB DDR4 RAM
Storage: 256GB SSD
Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.1
Camera: HD Camera
Ports: 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 3.1 (USB-C), HDMI, SD card reader, 3.5mm audio jack, Ethernet Dimensions: 15.02 x 10.35 x 0.85 inches (38.16 x 26.3 x 2.16 cm) Weight: 4.85 pounds (2.2kg)
Design:You can expect this design from a mid-range laptop as it’s nothing: nothing too flashy. And it is not as svelte as ultrabooks such as the Dell XPS 13 or the Asus ZenBook 3. However, that doesn’t mean this is a chunky, ugly laptop. With dimensions of 2.16 x 38.16 x 26.3cm and a weight of 2.20kg (4.85 pounds), the Acer Aspire 5 is quite a large laptop. But it’s not too heavy or unwieldy to carry around.
You may find it a bit of a struggle to whip out and work on a busy train, however. It’s quite a nice-looking, understated machine with a few design flourishes. The chassis is mainly made out of plastic, with a textured surface on the lid, along with a reflective Acer logo. Opening the laptop reveals a decent-sized screen surrounded by fairly thick bezels, which some may feel is wasted space.
It does, at least, allow for a large keyboard on the bottom half of the laptop. The bottom bezel holds another Acer logo, and below that is the nicely-designed laptop hinge has ‘Aspire’ on it, a nice touch. The hinge allows for a decent degree of adjustment of the screen at a range of angles. Although this isn’t a laptop on which you can flip the screen 360 degrees backward, into a tablet-like position. The Acer Aspire 5 comes with two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0, a USB-C, Ethernet, and an SD memory card port. It gives you plenty of options for connecting peripherals.
Keyboard and touchpad:
The bottom half of the laptop, where the large keyboard and touchpad sit, again has a plastic surface. No doubt, it is not as premium as aluminum, is still quite pleasant. It didn’t take it too long to pick up fingerprints, however. As per the ACER ASPIRE, 5 REVIEW experts feel that the keyboard itself is a nice size, which makes typing on it for long periods comfortable. Although the flat keys and short travel distance mean it’s not the most responsive or satisfying-feeling keyboard.
The large form factor of the Acer Aspire 5 means it can hold a rather large touchpad. The large size ensures that using multi-finger gestures, including pinching two fingers together to zoom out, is easy. Additionally, some people may find the larger size. It means they are more likely to accidentally rest their palm on it when typing, sending the cursor flying around the screen.
As expected, the Acer Aspire 5’s full-HD display looks sharp and vivid. The Aspire’s screen is a little dimmer as compared to those on pricier systems. That’s not to say you’ll be squinting when viewing the Aspire 5’s display indoors. Indirect sunlight, however, the Aspire’s anti-glare display can be tricky to see, even with the brightness crank all the way up.
Thanks to its IPS (in-plane switching) panel, the Aspire 5’s screen boasts excellent off-angle viewing. You also need to note that Aspire 5’s display is not touch-enabled. Which isn’t too surprising given the Aspire’s budget price.
Audio and Webcam:
With the help of Acer’s TrueHarmony Gen 2 audio technology, the Aspire 5’s down-firing stereo drivers sound pretty decent. The Aspire 5’s 720p webcam is adequate for video calls, but not much more.
The Acer Aspire 5 delivers a robust selection of ports for a budget laptop, with one notable exception. On you get that SuperSpeed 5Gbps USB Type-C port, along with a pair of SuperSpeed 5Gbps Type-A port. You can use a full HDMI port, a drop-jaw RJ45 gigabit ethernet port, and a barrel-shaped power port. On the right side sits a USB 2.0 port and a combo audio jack, along with a laptop security slot.
The laptop features a 1-GHz Intel Core i5-1035G1 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD, and an Intel UHD Graphics GPU. As per the ACER ASPIRE 5 REVIEW, it is a workhorse, capable of efficiently handling all your daily emails, YouTube breaks, documents, and school work.
For an incredibly affordable $549, the Aspire 5 serves up a reliable audio system and has enough power to get the job done.