Acer Aspire E5 Review – Affordable is its Middle Name

The line of Acer Aspire E laptops is very large, and with that, there is a new addition to the lineup in the form of the Acer Aspire E5. Since the E5 is part of Acer’s E series (if the name of the device wasn’t painfully obvious enough), then comes with a low to mid-range price tag. The E5 has a 2.2GHz Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 1TB of internal storage. It has a dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac connectivity with MIMO as well as Bluetooth 4.1. The display has a 1,920 x 1,080 HD resolution that’s matte and is not touch capacitive. The E5 is a modest laptop that has moderate performance.

Acer Aspire E5 Review - Affordable is its Middle Name

The Acer Aspire E5 is a Modest Laptop Placed in a Moderate Price Range

Such as the price range of the Acer Aspire E5, the laptop is clad in plastic. However, Acer uses an interesting pattern they call linen. The entire keyboard deck does sound hollow, especially when you type with the keys. Speaking of the keycaps, they rattle when you tap on it. You will notice this phenomenon as soon as you use the trackpad.

Because of this, the E5 promotes an unfortunate air of being “cheap,” and we’re not only talking about its price tag. This is a slight shame since it could otherwise made itself more of an impression from a low-cost compact computer.

The bottom panel of the Acer E5 laptop is removable. This means that owners are able to replace certain parts of the machine for upgrades. However, you will have to remove a rather unusual large number of Philips head screws, then slide out the plastic dummy which is situated in its appropriate slot, and remove, replace, and upgrade the optical drive. Said drive bay has a connector but this is strange since the 15-inch Aspire E models do not come with a built-in DVD drive.

Even though the display of the E5 is not touch capacitive, this may not come as a surprise considering its price. For navigation, the Elan trackpad is used (or you can connect a USB-powered mouse, but that’s optional). The trackpad performs fairly well. The matte display has an upside to it and that glare won’t be an issue as the screen is not terribly bright. However, since the brightness is not “that bright,” you might even have trouble looking at the screen within a very bright room.

For the Acer Aspire E5, it is able to justify its price very well. That being said, a lot of the materials used in the creation of this compact computer feels relatively “cheap,” and so is the experience.


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