The popularity of simple, light and relatively affordable laptops has always been on the rise, especially in such a difficult time as now. Using only integrated graphics reduces the weight of the device, its noise level and increase battery life. Is this really the case, we will find out on the example of the new Acer laptop model of the Aspire 5 series.
Acer Aspire 5 A515-57
The new laptop is equipped with a 15.5″ matrix in a relatively small body and weighs less than two kilograms. Its heart is the Intel Core i3-1220P processor, which processes 12 threads and has an integrated UHD Graphics graphics core – this is very good for such a series. The amount of memory is only eight gigabytes, but there are two NVMe drives and a sufficient number of modern interfaces.
Model Acer Aspire 5 (A515-57-335Y) Product page Aspire 5 A515 Processor Intel Core i3-1220P (up to 4.4 GHz Boost) RAM 8 GB, 2 x SO-DIMM DDR4-3200 Micron (4ATF51264HZ- 3G2R1) Display 15.6″, 1920×1080, AUO B156HTN06.1 (60Hz), TN Intel UHD Graphics 256 GB SSD NVMe M.2 (2280) PCIe 4.0 WDC PC SN530 (SDBPNPZ-256G-1114)
256GB SSD NVMe M.2 (2280) PCIe 4.0 SK Hynix (HFM256GD3JX016N) External Ports 1 x Thunderbolt 4 USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C, 3 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A, 1 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x RJ45 LAN 1000Mb Ethernet, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.2 Multimedia Stereo system, built-in microphone, combo 3.5mm audio jack, 720p webcam Security TPM 2.0 module, Keystone Battery, mAh 4343–4471 (48 ,85–50.29 Wg, 3 cells, lithium polymer) Power adapter, W 65 Dimensions, mm 362.9 x 237.8 x 17.9 Weight, kg ~1.77 Operating system Windows 11 Professional Cost, UAH n/a
Contents of delivery
The laptop comes in a regular cardboard box of standard sizes for this series. There is no carrying handle provided.
Included was only the power supply and network cable.
The power supply is small and has a power of 65 watts.
Acer Aspire 5 A515-57 is made in an updated ascetic design with sharp corners and has a relatively thin body weighing about 1.77 kg.
The case is plastic with a copper sheen, but the top cover is made of metal, which gives the device solidity and makes it look more expensive. There are two plastic dashes on the edge of the lid, which are the hallmark of the Aspire series.
Below there are a small number of holes for the inflow of fresh air. There are rubber feet on the corners.
The laptop is equipped with a network port, one HDMI, one USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C with Thunderbolt 4 support and three USB 3.2 Gen1, two of which are on the left side.
On the right side is a third USB 3.2 Gen1 and a combo audio jack. There are also indicators with a slot for a Kensington lock.
The frame around the screen is thin and almost invisible.
On top is a 720p webcam and several microphones.
The screen can be thrown back at an angle of about 135 degrees, and in the process it lifts the laptop’s chassis off the surface, thereby increasing the flow of fresh air for the cooling system.
An island-style keyboard with a number pad will be appreciated by people working with large amounts of data. Unlike older Aspire laptops, it is not in a recess, but flows smoothly to the base of the case on the sides. There is no backlight, which is a little strange, because the Aspire 5 once had it.
As always on Acer laptops, the power off button is located in the upper right corner, which can be accidentally pressed when working with the number pad.
On the right side of the screen there are holes for hot air to escape.
The touchpad is normal, with buttons and quite large.
There are two speakers at the bottom corners. The sound from them is so-so, but this is normal for a laptop and even such a small one.