Acer Aspire E15 E5-574G-52QU 15.6-inch Notebook Review

The new line of 6th Generation Intel Core processors have started showing up on new devices. Today I am taking a look at just such a device for our under 500 dollar category. I am looking at the new Acer Aspire E15 E5-574G-52QU 15.6-inch Notebook in cotton white. Let’s see what it has to offer.

The Exterior

The Acer Aspire E15 has been around for some years now, and it seems it’s been so good that with the Aspire E15 E5-574G-52QU it got a new white finish. The black top cover is finished in a textured cross hatch pattern with a silver Acer logo in the brand specific middle left area of the cover. Once open we get to see the 15,6-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixel) LED screen. The screen border receives the same white color as the palmrest with only the integrated webcam on the top and a silver acer logo on the bottom. Surprisingly the built in microphone is not on the screen border. It’s located next to the touchpad. If you pay close attention to this detail photo you will notice it.

Acer Aspire E 15 E5-574G-52QU keyboard detail

The palmrest itself comes in contrasting white with black chicklet style full sized keyboard. Before we move any further the one detail I’m not really sure about is the black the screen hinges. I might be wrong about this.

The power button is nicely integrated in the keyboard on the upper right most key. If you didn’t know to look for it you probably could miss it. The generous white touchpad is slightly off center for better typing.

The status LEDs and the built-in card reader are fitted to the left side of the front edge. The built in speakers are located on each side underneath the body. If you are a regular reader you already know that this is a very bad design call as they can get easily muffled when used on your lap. The underside also receives the same crosshatch pattern as the top cover and no service cover is to be found.

The Connectivity

The connectivity options on the Acer Aspire E15 E5-574G-52QU 15.6-inch Notebook are pretty standard and it comes with everything you would expect.

The left side of the body comes with the combo Headphones/Mic-Jack 2 USB 3.0 Ports, the HDMI-out, Gigabit Ethernet LAN-Port, VGA-out and Kensington-Lock-port.

The right side of the body features the ramaining USB 2.0 Port and the power connector. The built in memory card reader is on the front edge of the body.

On the inside we get Bluetooth 4.0 and Wiresless WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac. It has all bases covered.

The Performance

Now we come to the main reason why we are looking at the Acer Aspire E15 E5-574G-52QU 15.6-inch Notebook, the 6th Generation Intel Core i5 processor. This laptop comes with the newly launched Intel Core i5-6200U processor running at 2.3GHz and can go as high as 2.8GHz with TurboBoost. These new 6th generation processors, as with previous iterations, come with better performance while at the same time needing less energy to power them. The performance of this processor is slightly below the former Core i7-5500U while maintaining the smaller energy requirements of the i5 series. It also comes with the much improved Intel HD 520 integrated graphics card. While this is very good, the Acer Aspire E15 E5-574G-52QU also comes with a nVidia GeForce GT940M and we will focus on that one instead.

As this and other videos show, the GT940M is a more than a capable laptop graphics card.

It can run most of today’s games and thanks to Windows 10 it can actually be used to its full potential in every game.

The Acer Aspire E15 E5-574G-52QU 15.6-inch Notebook also comes with 8GB of DDR3L RAM and a 1TB HDD. These are pretty much standard on most laptops at this price range. The battery life is quoted by Acer at up to 6 hours, which usually means if you baby it. I would expect a more realistic 4,5hours out of this laptop, but I could be wrong as I don’t have that much experience with these new processors.

Overall I think this notebook proves to be a more than capable multimedia and gaming laptop with a grate performance package and a grate screen.

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

  • Student
    I think the Acer Aspire E15 E5-574G-52QU 15.6-inch Notebook makes the perfect laptop for college. Thanks to that FullHD display and built in graphics card it becomes the perfect multimedia laptop to unwind with after a long day. The battery life should last long enough to get through most of the day and the performance is enough even for most engineers and architects. The white finish will definitely attract some attention your way and possibly help with making friends.

  • Gaming
    Thanks to the combination of nVidia GeForce GT940M, Windows 10 and the new 6th Gen. Intel Core i5, the Acer Aspire E15 E5-574G-52QU 15.6-inch Notebook is more than capable to be called a gaming laptop. With that said, please bare in mind that this laptop body wasn't intended for heavy gaming and I expect it to overheat after a while. This is a very good beginner gaming laptop on a budget so you can play all of today's games with good results.

  • Power User
    The Acer Aspire E15 E5-574G-52QU 15.6-inch Notebook packs quite a lot of power under the hood thanks to that Intel Core i5-6200U processor. It comes with 8GB of RAM that can be upgraded to 16GB if required. I thing it has everything it needs to cover most budget conscious power users's needs.

PROs Vs. CONs

The Acer Aspire E15 E5-574G-52QU 15.6-inch Notebook delivers an amazing package. It comes with the newly released 6th generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a GT940M graphics card. It comes with a high resolution FullHD screen and is colorfully finished. It is basically the perfect package for almost anybody.

The only problem I can find with the Acer Aspire E15 E5-574G-52QU 15.6-inch Notebook is that it lacks a DVD-Drive and the white might not be to everyone's liking.



Summary

The Acer Aspire E15 E5-574G-52QU 15.6-inch Notebook proves that just by offering the newest hardware technology with a reasonably priced laptop makes for quite a package. You can call this Aspire E15 a multimedia laptop and you can also call it a beginner gaming laptop. It has a bit of everything for everybody and I think it's one of those rare all-round good laptop to own.
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Technical Details

Processor 6th Generation Intel Core i5-6200U 2.3GHz
Video Card nVidia GeForce 940M with 4GB RAM
RAM Memory 8GB DDR3L
Audio built-in stereo speakers with Acer TrueHarmony
Operating System Windows 10
Display 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080px
Storage Drive 1 TB 5400rpm
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac
USB 2.0 Ports 1
USB 3.0 Ports 2
Built-in Camera Yes
Built-in Microphone Yes
Optical Drive none
Memory Card Reader Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Headphone-out Yes
VGA-out Yes
HDMI-out Yes
LAN-out Yes
Color Cotton White
Width 15.02 in.
Depth 10.08 in.
Height 1.15 in.
Weight 5.3 lbs.
Battery Life Up to 6-hours
Warranty 1 year limied warranty

Updated on April 2nd, 2017

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