Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 15.6-inch laptop Review

During the holiday downtime with the family I was browsing online and came across the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 15.6-inch laptop. At first glance I wasn’t expecting much as Acer’s E-class of laptops are aimed at more value oriented devices. The price of around 550 dollars seems to match this. After looking further I started noticing more and more cool stuff about it. So let’s see what this Acer Aspire E15 has to offer.

The Exterior

Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 15.6-inch laptop cover angled

As expected of a value class laptop the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 15.6-inch laptop doesn’t feature much in regards to special design. The entire body is plastic finished in typical matte black with some basic texture.

The top cover features many fine horizontal and vertical lines trying to give it a more professinal feel. The silve Acer logo is located in its typical location on the middle of the left side of the cover.

On the inside si where we start to get to the good bits. The Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 features an above average 15.6-inch FullHD 1080p LED screen. This gives you a much sharper image than would be expected in this price range.The display bezel also features the built-in webcam on the top and a silver Acer logo on the bottom. Nonstandard to this laptop is the built in microphone. It isn’t built into the display cover. It has been moved next tot the large touchpad. It’s a small pinnhole you can barely notice.

Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 15.6-inch laptop top view

The palmrest receives a brushed aluminum finush and gets a full sizen keybord with numerical pad. It also gets a large offcenter touchpad. The power button is hidden inside the keyboard as one of the keys. This is a small design que you would normaly only find on much more expensive laptops. Beyond these minor details there is nothing more on the palmrest keeping it very clean looking.

The status LEDs and the built in card reader are relegated to the front edge of the laptop.

Overall the design of the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 shows that this is a basic laptop with basic design. I guess this is to be expected for a device priced so low. Having owned something similar in the past from Lenovo I can say that these things tend  to outlast most other laptops.

The Connectivity

The connectivity on the Acer Aspire E 15 is standard for this price range. The left side of the body features the Kensington-Lock-port, 1 USB3.1 Type-C port, Ethernet LAN out, HDMI-out, and 2 USB 3.0 Ports.

The other side of the body features the power connector, built-in DVD-Drive, one USB 2.0-port and the headphones-mic combo jack. The card reader and status LEDs are located on the front edge of the laptop.

On the inside it features the latest WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac wireless technology and Bluetooth 4.1. Thanks to the latest AC standard for WiFi adapters you can expect wireless transfer speeds much grater than standard wired connections.

The performance

The main thing that caught my eye to the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 15.6-inch laptop was the fact that it does come with a dedicated graphics card. It has a nVidia GeForce GT940MX graphics card with 2 GB dedicated VRAM. While the card itself isn’t the best you can get, it has that “good enough” factor. It can run most recent popular games on medium to low settings very well. Here it is in action running GTA 5:

Now that that’s cleared up, let’s get to the other goodies that come with this Acer. It gets the latest 7th generation Intel Core i5-7200U running at 2.5 GHz (at first I thought this was a typo on the spec sheet, but it checks out with Intel’s own specs. Anyone remember when low voltage U-processors ran below 2GHz?). This is a low voltage model that can draw as low as 7.5w of energy. Very good for working on the go and ensuring a good battery life. When plugged-in this processor can turbo up to 3.1GHz for that added performance when needed.

While we’re on the subject of battery life, the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 features another rare feature in recent years, a 6-cell Li-Ion battery, good for up to 12 hours (according to Acer). While manufacturer claims tend to be very optimistic when it comes to battery life, I would expect it in use to be more in the 6 to 8 hour range. Most laptops in the recent past came with 3 or 4-cell batteries and could get about 4 hours of battery life. Double that value seems reasonable.

I find the 256Gb SSD rather small nowadays. I expect you will have to have an external HDD for all your data. I’m sure the SSD is very fast but considering that installing one game today needs around 40 to 50 Gb of storage space you can quickly run out. Windows 10 will inevitably take up another 50Gb of storage. If you’re only going to use this laptop as an access point to the internet it should be enough. 

The final technical point is the 8GB of RAM. This is enough for about anything you can throw at it today. Only if you do a lot of numerical calculations, read FEM-simulations (which I wouldn’t recommend on this laptop), will you have problems with the amount of installed RAM. Having multiple office applications a few browser tabs and an email reader won’t even make it break a sweat.

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Who is it for? discussing who would benefit most from this laptop...

  • Student
    If you are a long time reader here you already know why the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 15.6-inch laptop is recommended for students. The high battery life makes it ideal for people constantly changing location, like from class room to class room, and don't have readily acces to an outlet.
    The dedicated video card makes it very usefull for students following a technical majour and is also perfect for playing a game or two every evening after classes.
    The rather limited storage might be a problem for most students I highly recommend you get an external HDD to go with this laptop.


  • Casual User
    With the generous amounts of RAM and good processor the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 15.6-inch is ideal for the more casual of you. It also comes with a built in DVD-drive so that you can watch and write all your memories to DVD.
    The storage might not be enough for you if you like storing a lot of photos and videos on your laptop and you might need an external storage solution.
    Most value class laptops are ideal for you if you only use a computer on the rare occasion when you have to.


  • Gaming
    I wasn't sure if I should recommend the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 for gaming use. It does come with a dedicated graphics card that can run most games but it's not really built with gaming in mind. If you have a very limited budget and stil want to give PC gaming a try you could consider this laptop, but if you are willing to pay a bit more for a much better experience than please have a look at something like the Dell Inspiron we looked at here.
    The same storage limitaties also apply here. I would say even more here as games keep getting bigger and bigger each year.


  • Business User
    I usually recommed smaller, lighter and more portable laptops for business users, but I think that the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 15.6-inch laptop is a very good budget laptop for business use. The very good Intel Core i5 CPU and 8Gb of RAM is more than enough for most businessmen.
    I see the limited SSD capacity as a big pluspoint here. Most business people don't need that much space from their laptops. The SSD makes this laptop behave much faster that it would with a bigger but inevitabely slower HDD. A quick start-up time every time is much more desirable than having to insert an external storage device every now and then.
    Another plus point for business use is that this Acer Aspire E15 also comes with an optical drive.


PROs Vs. CONs

While at first I was expecting another budget oriented device with a corner cut here o there I honestly discovered that the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 15.6-inch laptop packs quite a lot in the package.
It comes with the newsest 7th generation Intel Core i5 processor. It has the latest technologies on board with things like DDR4 and USB Type C and on top of that it gets enough RAM for everyone and a dedicated video card.
It is a grate laptop overal and you should definitely consider it if you are in this price range.

While I would like to recommend this for everyone I just can't. It has the performance and mobility but Acer had to save some costs somewhere and that's exactly what they did with the storage. The price of SSDs has come down a lot over the years, but 256Gb of storage hasn't been enough for years now. The value class of the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 is very noticeable when it comes to design. There is very little in the way of details, it's just basic matte black with a bit of texture(not always a bad thing).
I'm honestly nitpicking here, this is a good laptop, but has limited storage and a basic design.



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Summary

When I first noticed the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 15.6-inch laptop it was very high on the most wished for list and I couldn't see why that was. After going into more detail and seeing what it has to offer I can say I now understand. Yes it may be a value class laptop and the overall design shows this, but because of this Acer had the necessary budget to cram in the latest hardware it had. It comes with a dedicated graphics card, has a very good processor and plenty of RAM and also features an SSD. What more could you want inside a laptop. Even though that SSD makes this laptop very responsive and quick it still is very limited storage for most. If storage capacity isn't that important to you you should definitely consider getting this laptop.
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Technical Details

Processor 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7200U 2.5 MHz
Video Card NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
RAM Memory 8GB DDR4
Audio built-in Stereo Speakers with Acer True Harmony High-Performance Sound
Operating System Windows 10
Display 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080px
Storage Drive 256 GB SSD -rpm
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac
USB 2.0 Ports 1
USB 3.0 Ports 3
Built-in Camera Yes
Built-in Microphone Yes
Optical Drive -
Memory Card Reader Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Headphone-out Yes
VGA-out -
HDMI-out Yes
LAN-out Yes
Color Black
Width 15 in.
Depth 10,2 in.
Height 1,2 in.
Weight 5.27 lbs.
Battery Life up to 12 hours
Warranty 1 Year Limited Warranty

Updated on April 2nd, 2017

2 thoughts on “Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 15.6-inch laptop Review

  1. Very good review but your main concern with storage is very easily remedied by installing another hard drive in the available slot located in the bottom access compartment. Here you can also install up to 32gb of memory without removing the back of computer.

    1. Well yes, of course you can upgrade the laptop, but I am reviewing this laptop as is here. I have stopped advising upgrade paths in the past because most buyers are afraid of doing them. I had to check if that processor allows more than 16GB of RAM and it supports up to 32GB with an asterisk attached to it.
      Thank you for the feedback.

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