Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 15.6-Inches Full HD Notebook (i5-7200U, 8GB DDR4 SDRAM, 256GB SSD, Windows 10 Home), Obsidian Black
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Acer Aspire E5-575G-57D4 comes with these high level specs: 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7200U Processor 2.5GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.1GHz (3MB L3 cache), Windows 10 Home, 15.6" Full HD Widescreen Comfy View LED-backlit Display supporting Acer Color Blast technology, NVIDIA GeForce 940MX with 2 GB of DDR5 VRAM, 8GB DDR4 Memory, 256GB SSD, 8X DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer Drive (M-DISC enabled), Secure Digital (SD) card reader, Acer True Harmony High-Performance Sound System, Two Built-in Stereo Speakers, 802.11ac Wi-Fi featuring MU-MIMO technology, Bluetooth 4.1, Gigabit Ethernet, Built-In HD Webcam (1280 x 720) supporting High Dynamic Range (HDR), 1 - USB Type-C port: USB 3.1 Gen 1 (up to 5 Gbps), 2 - USB 3.0 Ports (One with Power-off Charging), 1 - USB 2.0 Port, 1 - HDMI Port with HDCP support, 6-cell Li-ion Battery (2800 mAh), Up to 12-hours Battery Life, 5.27 lbs. | 2.39 kg (system unit only) (NX.GHGAA.004).
- Amazon Sales Rank: #42 in Personal Computers
- Size: Core i5-7200U/15.6"/8GB RAM/256 SSD/GeForce 940MX
- Color: Obsidian Black
- Brand: Acer
- Model: E5-575G-57D4
- Aspect ratio: 16:9
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: 1.19" h x 15.02" w x 10.20" l, 5.27 pounds
- CPU: Intel Core i5 2.5 GHz
- Memory: 8GB
- Graphics: Dedicated 2000MB
- Processors: 1
- Battery type: Lithium Ion
- Display size: 15.6
- 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7200U Processor (Up to 3.1GHz)
- 15.6" Full HD Widescreen Comfy View LED-backlit Display supporting Acer Color Blast technology
- NVIDIA GeForce 940MX with 2GB of GDDR5 Video Memory
- 8GB DDR4 Memory, 256GB SSD
- Up to 12-hours Battery Life
Most helpful customer reviews
2364 of 2408 people found the following review helpful.
The best windows laptop for a $600 budget, go for it!
After a lot of researching, I chose this laptop and am very happy with the purchase.
Received it yesterday, and I've put this laptop to a whole lot of scrutiny and have barely managed to find flaws.
This is most likely going to be a lengthy review, although it should hopefully cover all the important things.
So after some searching, I narrowed down my options to the following 3 new releases -
1. HP 15-ay013nr - HP 15-ay013nr 15.6" Full-HD Laptop (6th Generation Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD) with Windows 10
2. ASUS F556UA-AS54 ASUS F556UA-AS54 15.6-inch Full-HD Laptop (Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) with Windows 10, Icicle Gold
3. This guy
While the HP option is cheaper, 128GB could fill up pretty soon, especially considering I plan to dual-boot Ubuntu and have lot of software I need for work. So I ruled that one out.
The ASUS one comes really close in config to this one with the one major difference being that this fellow has a dedicated graphics card and the ASUS one doesn't. But how major is that? I knew GTX 940MX is not even close in performance to GTX 960 and above but believed it should still be faster than the integrated Intel HD 520 and since it is about 15-30 W TDP, it shouldn't be too heavy on the battery either. Couldn't find benchmarks online comparing Intel HD 520 and GTX 940MX head to head, so I'm sharing some GFXbench benchmarks that I ran to compare the two. Basically 1.5x to 2x improvement in graphics horsepower. Not a lot, but better than 1x, so games should be slightly better :)
Plus I was interested in learning some parallel computing with CUDA considering all the buzz around deep learning. And thus, Acer won!
Hopefully this was useful information if you were wondering how much extra this dedicated graphics card brings to the table.
Now, a quick rundown on different features below -
Build - This is not aluminium like the Mac, nor is this Dell XPS or Lenovo Thinkpad sturdy. It is black plastic but at the same time, it does not feel like a cheap build either. For the price, it is really good, I like the grip. Not too heavy and it's thinner than it appears in the photos. A customer review for the ASUS laptop mentioned that the plastic felt fragile, this reinforced my decision to go with the Acer model.
RAM - 1x8GB DDR4 is fit in this model while the other slot is empty, so you can fit in another 8GB card, make it 16 if you want. Although, for everyday computing 8GB is plentiful. Plus it has 2GB of GDDR5 memory for graphics
Storage - 256GB SSD is so worth it. SSD makes a whole lot of difference to speed, app load times and boot times. Your PC feels so fast, you'd never want to go back to the regular hard drive again. Also, I found out recently that the SSD in this is an M.2 SSD (Samsung MZNLN256HCHP) and the other hard disk slot is empty. So basically you could buy a 1TB hard drive for like less than $75 and bump up the storage while still having Windows and all your software run from the SSD << This feature makes me like the laptop all the more.
Processor - 6200U is a dual core, 4 thread CPU. This is less powerful than the 6300HQ i5s found in the more expensive gaming laptops but totally good enough for everyday computing and it consumes much lesser power (<15W) which makes it good for the battery. A single core Geekbench mark of about 2.7k and multi-core benchmark of 5.8k (attached image) is of-course not awesome or anything but more than enough for regular use. I'm also sharing the octane benchmark score - 28k.
GPU - As mentioned above, GTX 940MX offers between 1.5 and 2x improvement in graphics horsepower and is a low power card, so it wouldn't drain your battery. Definitely a nice to have (benchmarks comparing it with integrated graphics attached). Also, if you own an Nvidia Sheild device, please note that 940MX does NOT support Gamestream.
Screen - Pretty good I'd say, 15.6 inch is perfect for working on the couch. It's not IPS, so viewing angles might not be too high but pretty good nevertheless plus it's got the anti-glare finish. I like it, works for me.
Keyboard and touchpad - I was a little unsure how comfortable this will be, I never liked the extra number pad in laptops which shifts the center towards the left making it all weird to type. But surprisingly, it doesn't seem much of a problem in this laptop. Typing is quite comfortable, contrary to what I expected. Backlit keyboard is a bonus. The touchpad works fine, however sweaty hands make it a little un-smooth.
Battery - Excellent battery life. Acer claims 12 hours, but I wouldn't hold my breath on it. Expect about 8-10 hours of battery life, perhaps 6-8 if you constantly stream 1080p videos. But 6-8 hours of youtube is not bad at all, it's awesome in-fact. However, note that the battery cannot be plucked out and replaced (this is a con, though I wouldn't remove a star for just this)
Sound - Now, with everything so good about the laptop, you'd think there has to be a flaw in at-least the sound right. But Nope!, Acer's got this one as well. Don't expect Bose or Beats, but for a laptop, it is quite loud and clear.
I started looking at Macbooks for setting up a work desk at home, but after seeing the plethora of Windows options with much better configs for lesser prices, decided to go with Windows for work and a maybe a chromebook for carrying around (Acer Chromebook 14 - eyes on you).
Very well done by Acer, kudos.
Ports - has got them all - USB 3.0, USB 2.0, USB Type C, HDMI, VGA, Ethernet, SD card reader and DVD drive (always a bonus)
Heating - haven't had any heating issues so far, can barely hear the fan.
Adding a couple of photos to the review, one of them shows the thickness of the laptop.
319 of 330 people found the following review helpful.
Hot Smoking Machine for the Buck$
By Porkee Peeg
If you're reading this review it's because you're in the marketplace to buy a new puter running the latest i5 CPU or killing time. Well, read on. Here's my thoughts after tweaking this machine to my liking.
CPU - 5 *****
For the $$ it is fast.
2.5 GHZ turbos to 3.1 GHZ
PassMark has the i5-7200 rated at 4753. The i5-6200 is rated at 3923. The higher rating means better performance.
This i5 rocks over an i3.
Memory DDR4 - 4 *****
Kingston PC-2400R, one 8 GB stick.
SSD - None
SK Hynix M.2 SATA III 256 GB - 5 *****
Surprised to discover my rig is running with an M.2 SATA III stick instead of an SSD. The SSD hole is empty in case one wishes to add one. It's not PCI-e so you won't notice the difference in speed between this M.2 and an SSD. In a year or two I expect to see laptops with PCI-e capable M.2 sticks which will be capable of up to 32 GB speeds vs the 6GB SATA III speed.
GPU Nvidea GeForce 940MX
This GPU is sick! Please note an unknown Intel GPU also comes with the unit. The GPU is where you set brightness AND contrast. You do this by right clicking an empty spot on your desktop, the drop down menu will list Intel Graphics Setting and Nvidea Control Panel. Set every control to the Nvidea card; 3D and PhysX, brightness, contrast, hue and saturation. The system is set to auto select between the two but appears to always choose the crappy fuzzy Intel GPU. I imagine the Intel GPU is what drives i3 machines. I can't tell you enough how horrible the Intel GPU makes the display look. Once set for Nvidea the display comes to life, letters are crisp and sharp, and colors vibrant. Display speed and screen refresh is speedy too.
Display - 5 *****
Glossy screens are very reflective. Looks cool but who wants glare, who wants a screen that resembles a mirror? Not me. This matte screen is very anti-reflective yet at the same time very sharp/detailed, as long as you set GPU control to Nvidea (see GPU comments above). This display has zero glare, zero reflection even with a reading lamp above and behind my shoulder pointing directly at the screen or sitting in front of a bay window with mid-day sun. And, no, I haven't taken the laptop outside. I will update later when It stops raining.
Keyboard and Touchpad - 4.5 *****
Keyboard key strokes are very good, not the best. Still very good for the buck$. Love that it comes with a numeric keypad. And that it has a backlight!
Touchpad works great with no L/R buttons. Just press anywhere on the left or right side for it to function. It's quite obvious the 1 * reviewer is a NOOB or an agent of another mfg.
Hardware - 5 *****
Love that Acer didn't cheapen the machine by leaving out hardware. It's nice to have DVD R/W, Ethernet rj-45 port, HDMI and VGA outputs, an SD card slot, headphone jack, and 3 USB ports two of which are 3.0. There's an odd hole on the left side near the screen. Since the machine did not come with a owner/user manual who knows what this hole is for. Perhaps for a cable lock for business security?
Cosmetics - 5 *****
I love the brushed black look.
Very minimal bloatware. Used Revo Uninstaller to remove trial crap.
Surface smudges are minimal and wipes off easily.
Power cord has right angle swivel plug. And cord from adapter to laptop is 6' long.
Battery does last 11+ hours. And, laptop comes with battery life indicator icon located in the taskbar.
Weight is heavy attributed to the long battery life. I'll sacrifice weight when I get hot performance.
Is the battery user removable? Unknown for now as the back cover has to be removed. And my searches have not turned any replacement batteries for sale. In a few years I anticipate the market will be flooded with replacement batteries. I can uninstall/install any battery so no sweat of my brow when it comes time to do so.
I have noticed two buggy quirks; one irritating, the other nonsense
1. Touchpad scrolling direction cannot be changed. Settings>Devices> Mouse & touchpad> Reverse scrolling direction set On or Off doesn't work. To see the lower portion of a page you slide your fingers towards the keyboard, away from the keyboard to see upper portion of a page. This is set and cannot be changed.
2. Font size changes unexpectedly, usually smaller, lighter with squigly lettering. This makes them barely legible. Happens with Firefox, IE & Chrome. Close & reopen the browser and/or App resolves the problem. Arrrgh!
*** UPDATE *** 01.07.2017
Wierd mechanical break-in period
1. The font size changing on its own has stopped. Dunno why but it did and I'm happy.
2. The touchpad lef/right action will only work on the bottom corners.. There's a setting for this which I unticked. At first it allowed me to use the left/right edges of the touchpad, now only the bottom corners.
3. Battery is user replaceable. Remove the 15 case screws and a couple under the case and you'll find the battery near the screen.Be sure to pull out the DVD drive prior to case removing. Pull gently on the small plug and, wala, the battery comes out. Piece of cake.
958 of 1002 people found the following review helpful.
All you want at the right price - UPDATE 6/12/16
By Andrea Polk
[[VIDEOID:3c8eb676036bf9a2995f4e66cae70531]]Purchased as a high school graduation gift for my daughter who is headed off to college in the fall, this Acer Aspire E ticked off all of the specs on her wishlist and all the ‘gotta haves’ on mine.
Being a techy sort of person I care what’s under the hood. I have owned many laptops using operating systems from Windows XP to the current 10, on hardware from all the top brands. Acer impressed me with their Acer Chromebook 15 CB5-571-C1DZ (15.6-Inch Full HD IPS, 4GB RAM, 16GB SSD) so much I’ve purchased them as gifts for both my husband and step-father. Now with this Aspire E, I may just have found my own new ‘favorite’ brand for the sub-six hundred price range.
For this purchase I wanted the laptop to have an Intel processor versus an AMD because in my experience they run cooler. I wanted that processor to be at least an i5, the latest generation if possible. I also wanted at least 8GB of system memory that was expandable if needed. A large hard drive wasn’t as important to me as the speed of that drive, thus a SSD was preferable, and I wanted at least 5 hours of battery life. A backlit keyboard and HD screen were also important, but I was prepared to forgo them if the price went over my target price of seven-hundred.
My daughter’s wishes tended to be less techy, but just as important in our search for the best laptop to meet her needs for the next four years. She has previously used a lower-end (about three-hundred when new) HP laptop for the past four years; one motherboard replacement covered under Square Trade warranty, and a Chromebook with an 11” screen. In this purchase she wanted a laptop that included a 15.6” screen, a DVD drive (I tried to talk her out of that one because I never use them anymore, but she wanted one to burn CDs and DVDs), and an Ethernet jack; the dorms are older and have wired internet where she’ll be attending college.
So after much searching I happened to notice this newly released Acer Aspire E 15. The price on Amazon is the same as on the Acer website, and those are the only two places I saw it. When I noticed the incredible specs and how well they matched both our desires for this purchase, I was thrilled!
The price for this laptop is so low by comparison to others with similar specs (particularly with an SSD and such stellar battery life - estimated at 12 hours), that I had to bite on this one. I also purchased a 3 year Square Trade drops, spills, etc… warranty for another one-ten that I’ve found to be cheap insurance on these purchases, especially when the owner is a teen.
I will be adding the Microsoft Office Suite (eighty bucks for 4 years with an EDU email address) and using this laptop for only a short time before giving it to my daughter these are my impressions. Hope you find them helpful when deciding if this laptop is for you.
The bottom line from my point of view is that the low price for great specs with a quality build is incredible. I’ve found no other laptop available on the market that matches up to this Acer when you compare the price to the perks!
What I like about the Acer Aspire E15:
+ It's whisper quiet! I could barely tell this laptop was even on; no fan noise, and didn't get hot at all.
+ Beautiful HD (1920x1080, 16:9 ratio) 15.6” screen - movies and games look great. It's a matte finish so there's really no glare or reflection off the screen in bright light. Viewing straight on is best, offering a sharp, bright picture whether you're viewing media or text.
+ 256 SSD Flash Memory is the best! Really noticeable speed bump when booting the PC and going from one application to another.
+ NVIDIA GeForce 940MX with 2GB of dedicated DDR5 VRAM - a dedicated graphics card in a laptop at this low price point is unheard of!
+ 6-cell 2800 mAh battery - lots of battery life if you use BATTERY SAVER function. Brightness adjustments will affect the battery life you get with all laptops - including this one.
+ Precision Touchpad works better than expected. It might even be too responsive for some, but you can tweak that in Settings within Windows 10. Pinch, flick, and swirl for intuitive navigation - similar to using an iOS device.
+ Latest in technology (1) USB 3.1 port - (Type C) not found on all laptops. It’s a connector that is ' the size of current USB connectors and you can’t screw up plugging in the cable as it doesn’t matter which side is up. A great way to charge all kinds of things; smartphones, battery back-ups, Bluetooth headphones, etc… while the PC is asleep. Anker PowerLine USB-C to USB 3.0 Cable (3ft) with 56k Ohm Pull-up Resistor for USB Type-C Devices Including the new MacBook, ChromeBook Pixel, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nokia N1 Tablet, OnePlus 2 and More is an example of this cable.
+ USB 3.0 ports - two of them, with one having power-off charging, to allow for charging your smartphone on the go.
+ HDMI - perfect for hooking up your laptop to your HDTV (cable not included but here's an example: AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable - 6 Feet (Latest Standard) .
+ Media Card Reader - SD from camera pops right in to upload photos from the SD card.
+ Bluetooth 4.1 - latest standard in Bluetooth allows for wireless pairing with Bluetooth headphones, a Bluetooth mouse, or a Bluetooth speaker. I used a Creative Sound Blaster Roar: Portable NFC Bluetooth Wireless Speaker with aptX/AAC. 5 Drivers, Built-in Subwoofer with it and it sounded fantastic.
+ Backlit Keyboard - such a fabulous perk that if you’ve had one laptop with it, you never want to go without it again. Works great, and looks good underneath this full sized keyboard with number pad.
+ BluelightShield reduces bluelight from the screen, reducing eyestrain. I really, really appreciate this feature (something I use daily on a LG 34” monitor) for allowing me to work more effeciently and comfortably.
+ ColorBlast technology by Acer offers 94% more NTSC colors, which means what you see on your Acer’s screen is much more vibrant and the depths of color that much more beautiful to look at. Since my daughter uses a Wacom tablet for artwork, this feature will be a Godsend and certainly an unexpected bonus.
+Easy access to upgrading the SSD hard drive and memory via a compartment door on the bottom of the laptop.
+ Wireless & Wired Connectivity: 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port) and 802.11ac WiFi with MU-MIMO technology (up to 3x’s faster for streaming), allows for internet connectivity no matter what’s available.
+ HD Webcam - (1280 x 720) which supports HDR for super sharp video chats. Paired with Skype, this is ideal for business or home users.
Black, textured chassis of the laptop is simple and doesn’t give away what a powerhouse it is, making it less attractive to thieves (in my opinion) than a Macbook with similar specs purchased at almost three times the price..
+ Gaming on this laptop is fun and easy thanks to dedicated graphics and the SSD. If you want to add more memory to the laptop, that’s easy too.
+ Software: Windows Defender antivirus/anti-spam is included, thus no need for other antivirus. PowerDVD 12 included, with trial of Microsoft Office. (I removed the trial and used EDU address for full student version for 4-years; better deal!) Not a lot of bloatware, but be sure to uninstall unused apps to save on space. Find My Device is a great addition to Windows 10 as is Microsoft Edge - the new browser replacing Explorer.
+ Sound: Very good! To add depth you may want to pair with Bluetooth speaker or headphones, but the volume is excellent! At only 30% it almost seemed too loud to me while watching videos at 3' away.
+ FREE SSD space in the laptop to add a second SSD to the PC!
+ Upgradeable memory up to 32GB! (Two 4GB sticks are installed = 8GB, so to max it out you'd need to replace them with two 16GB sticks.) Kingston Technology HyperX Impact 16GB RAM DDR4 2133 HX421S13IBK2/16 will work to upgrade your system memory to 16GB using the two available slots.
Changes that could make it the perfect traditional laptop for all users:
+/- No touchscreen or 4K resolution found in the higher end laptops would be fabulous, but not ever an expectation at this price point. (Remember, this list is ‘to make it perfect’.) Certainly the HD of this screen is much better than the lower resolutions found on most laptops at the same price, and most notable when viewing video, although text seems sharper too. As for touchscreen - not a desired spec for either my daughter or myself, so really no big deal.
+/- 8X DVD Super Multi-Double Layer Drive (M-DISC enabled) is OK, but as with most disc drives in laptops it feels somewhat flimsy.It's not a Blu-ray drive, and it adds to the overall weight of the laptop (5.3 pounds). Works as expected though for loading software and playing movies.
Windows 10 is not my favorite, but once you get used to it, I guess it’s OK. The new standard in Windows operating systems, some older programs and hardware (printers for example) won’t work well with it. Would have loved to keep Windows 7 or 8, but I get it… not gonna happen unless you purchase a business class laptop from Dell for example.
+/- 256 SSD drive space (218 GB to store stuff with the OS and programs as shipped) may be too little for some users, but I find that by using Dropbox or Amazon Cloud storage and adding a low profile USB flash drive. I'm adding a SanDisk Ultra Fit 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SDCZ43-128G-GAM46) [Newest Version] which while solving the available storage issue does remove the ability to use the USB 3.0 port. You could also install a second SSD in the laptop to add storage.
+/1 The build quality is on par with its price point, but still not bad. I added the SquareTrade 3-Year Computer Accident Protection Plan ($500-600) to this purchase as I considered the college environment in which it’s going to live to be a bit harsher than how I’d be using it in my home. I didn’t find problems with this laptop, but it’s not going to feel the same as a higher end one.
+/- The AC power adapter's cable from the pin connection to the laptop to the power brick is VERY thin! I worry that without careful consideration each time the laptop is charged, this may break. I will consider purchasing a backup for this reason.
In Conclusion... "Buy it."
I really can’t stress enough how much useful tech you are getting for such a low price with this laptop. This Acer is a breeze to setup and enjoyable to use. Any student who is not looking to drop a couple pounds off the weight of their laptop by eliminating the optical drive or getting a smaller screen will love it.
As a daily user of related technology, It really blows me away! Right now, I know you can't do better on a traditional laptop with a DVD drive, HD screen, all the ports you need, SSD drive, backlit keyboard, and amazing battery life. You simply can't do it at this price. I like it so much I’m considering purchasing a second one.
This laptop is totally worth the asking price and a great choice for anyone who wants it all, but doesn’t want to pay top dollar for it.
An ENTHUSIASTIC 5-Star rating!
NOTE: Learning Windows 10 and How To Speed Up the Operating System
For those who buy ANY Windows 10 PC check out YouTube for helpful tutorials on how to use the operating system, but also how to make Windows 10 faster. I found two that were helpful to me.
"How to Optimize Windows 10 for GAMING & Power Users". Some intermediate knowledge of Windows is needed to reap the full benefits of this video, but after doing most of the things mentioned in it my Windows 10 PC's are much more fun to use. It's about 15 minutes long and well worth watching.
"How to Optimize Windows 10 for Performance & Make Windows 10 Faster" has beasically the same info as the first, but I think it's a touch easier to follow than the first. If it's too fast in its delivery, remember you can pause and rewind as needed on YouTube.
NOTE: In the BIOS settings for Windows 10 (see YouTube Acer video: "Windows 10 - Accessing the UEFI (BIOS) Setup" to find it on your laptop, it looks like there is room for a second SSD hard drive for those who want to add one. **I added a photo of my screen to show you.
It's hard to believe, but after about 3 weeks on standby, this little beauty still has 34% battery life using the battery saver mode with 50% brightness. I'm very impressed with this one, and I really think it's an awesome option for students who also enjoy gaming, streaming movies and doing it all with great speed.
(I like this one so much, I'm going to be saving up to buy the i7 version soon!)