Our review of the Acer Aspire 5 A515-57G-5452
Thin and light, the laptop Acer Aspire 5 A515-57G-58MH with an original blue design with a 15-inch IPS Full HD anti-reflective screen that works in daily use with its 16 GB of RAM, its hybrid Intel Core i5-1235U Alder Lake-U processor and its NVIDIA GeForce MX550 graphics card , capable of supporting modest games. Equipped with a fast 512 GB SSD storage that enhances its responsiveness, this Ultrabook provides 7 hours of autonomy under Windows 11, which is suitable for modest multimedia work, and benefits from a backlit keyboard, a fingerprint reader or even a connection with Thunderbolt 4 USB -C and Wi-Fi axis.
Best known price: €999
Features of Acer Aspire 5 A515-57G-5452
|screen(s)||15.6” full LED IPS ComfyView (1920×1080, anti-glare)|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-1235U Alder Lake (10 cores: 2P 1.3 GHz, 8E 0.9 GHz, TDP 15W)|
|Installed RAM (max)||16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 3200 MHz (32 GB), 2 slots (occupied)|
|Graphics card||NVIDIA Turing GeForce MX550 2GB GDDR6, Intel Iris Xe processor integrated and Optimus|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe)|
|plug||3 USB 3.0 + 1 USB-C Thunderbolt 4, HDMI|
|Network||Wi-Fi 6E ax (2×2, Intel AX211), Bluetooth 5.1 + Gigabit Ethernet|
|Windows Hello||Yes, via fingerprint reader|
|Sound system||2 speakers|
|Operating system||Windows 11 64 bit|
|Advertised autonomy / battery||7 hours / Li-Ion 3 cells|
|Weight/dimensions (mm)||1.8 kg / 362.9 x 237.8 x 17.9 mm|
Acer Aspire 5 A515-57G-5452 against the competition
Acer Aspire 5 A515-57G-5452 is currently marketed by Acer France and is positioned as one of the few in its category that offers a processor with such a large number of cores in such a thin and light chassis.
Chassis, connector, screen on Acer Aspire 5 A515-57G-5452
With its blue hull design and dark silver interior, it has a look that is both original and elegant.
Thin and light, this versatile laptop is equipped with good connectivity with its USB-C Thunderbolt 4, its Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi ax wireless modules for communication and remote connection, its useful HDMI video output for easy connection to a monitor or TV for example its audio and Ethernet ports without forgetting its 3 USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) that guarantee transfers up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if USB 3.0 peripherals are connected above.
Using Windows Hello technology, you can authenticate yourself by biometric recognition thanks to the integrated fingerprint reader.
You can also backlit the keys on the chiclet keyboard to better distinguish them in a dimly lit environment.
Anti-reflective coating, the screen provides better visibility in a bright environment (eg outdoors) than a glossy screen. It is also very suitable for viewing High Definition content such as videos due to its Full HD resolution and its 16:9 format. Since it uses IPS technology, the screen has wide viewing angles, both horizontally and vertically.
Performance, autonomy for Acer Aspire 5 A515-57G-5452
The Acer Aspire 5 A515-57G-5452 is for those who want a relatively thin and light 15-inch laptop for general daily use.
On the autonomy side, you should bet on around 7 hours of battery life with light use for this versatile Ultrabook with an original blue shell, whose finesse and contained weight facilitate transport.
Whether the Iris Xe graphics solution is integrated into the processor or the dedicated GeForce MX550 graphics card, you can view photos and videos on this versatile laptop, but also play modest titles.
The NVIDIA Optimus technology actually switches automatically and in real time between the GeForce MX550 NVIDIA Turing and Intel Iris Xe.
Iris Xe is preferred as much as possible by Optimus to ensure the best possible autonomy because it is energy efficient.
In practice, the GeForce MX550 is enabled by Optimus to perform graphics work that is considered too heavy for Intel Iris Xe, in fact when the performance of the latter proves to be insufficient to perform the desired tasks.
The Iris Xe is directly housed in the low-power Intel Alder Lake-U Core i5-1235U hybrid processor, which delivers a good overall performance that is able to suit many users, especially since it is connected to 16 GB of memory.
This core can be enough to do modest multimedia work by taking advantage of the multicore – and therefore the 10 cores of Alder Lake – and RAM, which is the case, for example, in photo editing or video encoding.
Best known price: €999
However, it is better to go for a PC with a non-low-power processor if you plan to frequently perform processing that requires processor resources.
In terms of storage, Acer chooses a silent SSD, while being more shockproof than a hard drive, more energy efficient, quieter and much faster.
In practice, the SSD guarantees much better responsiveness and agility on a daily basis than a simple hard drive. Thanks to the SSD, starting / stopping, processing and launching software / games is much faster, for example, and we reach the cards for online games faster.
With its 512 GB, the SSD integrated here offers a capacity corresponding to the standard among hard drives. But if you need extra space, you can of course rely on an external storage device. Choosing a USB-C / USB 3.0 device then represents an interesting solution to achieve fast transfers.