Acer has been one of the best producers of mid-range multimedia cum gaming laptops. For those wanting a mid-range notebook that would not only play all of their movies but also run some of the latest games can opt for this 15 inch Aspire from Acer. At 800 pound Acer Aspire 7 A715-71G-57YT can be a good mid-tier laptop and is worth checking out.
- CPU – Intel Core i5 Quad-Core (7th Gen), 2.5 GHz
- GPU – 2 GB DDR5, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
- Memory – 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4, extendable upto 32 GB
- Screen – 15.6-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080)
- Storage -256 GB SSD
- OS – Windows 10 Home edition
- Performance – The machine features an Intel Core i5 processor as well as 8 gigs of dual channel RAM. Both are pretty common in this kind of mid-range laptop. Although one point what you’re surely gonna hate is the small storage. As there is only a 256 GB SSD for your storage needs (yep, no hard drive) you’re shortly gonna run out of space. While the M.2 SATA SSD is not anything outstanding with the average sequential transfer rate below 500 MBps it at least is much faster than an HDD.
- GPU – It comes with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 GPU which is a pretty common graphics unit for both a starter gaming notebook and a powerful multimedia laptop. It can run most of the light titles like BioShock Infinite and Rise of the Tomb Raider at a decent frame rate even in the High settings. But rest of the demanding games could only be run in the Medium or Low preset.
- Input – Opening the lid reveals the backlit chiclet keyboard. The keys felt good for typing while the needed pressure was a bit low making it a bit squishy. It also includes a separate number pad. The touchpad is pretty sensitive as well. At the top left corner of the pad, there is the fingerprint scanner. Both worked pretty reliably and almost flawlessly.
- Display – The 15.6 inch TN display is one of the biggest negatives of this laptop. The panel is relatively dimmer at only 230 nits than the rest of the laptops in this price range. The colour coverage and contrast ratio is no good either at 60% and 850:1 respectively. In short, it’s not really the best display you’d find around.
- No Thunderbolt 3 – Well, that’s one thing you hope to find on a laptop these days. While it comes with a USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 port it doesn’t support Thunderbolt 3.
It’s a good multimedia laptop capable of handling a bit of game. Although due to its lacklustre screen it can hardly be used for professional tasks like video editing or rendering stuff. So in short, Acer Aspire 7 A715-71G-57YT (NX.GP8EK.003) can be a good choice for a student who would generally use it for project work, slight photo editing or even light gaming.