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Acer Aspire 5 (A515-55-55R6)

Acer Aspire 5 (A515-55-55R6)

This cost-effective laptop bundles quite a few attractive features such as a fast drive, a full HD screen and a processor capable of handling most productivity tasks.

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this Laptop which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

No Optical Drive. If you still use CDs, DVDs, or Blu-Ray disks on a regular basis, you will need an external drive to read them with this Laptop.$30+

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $20 on accessories, for a total cost of $690.

Who it's For

  • Aspiring Creative
  • Multitasker
  • Productivity-Focused User

Compared to other Laptops

Bang for the Buck40th percentile
Versatility58th percentile
Power (General Purpose)54th percentile
Power (Graphical)62th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)76th percentile
Storage Space60th percentile
Portability44th percentile
Battery Autonomy39th percentile
Longevity16th percentile

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck32th percentile
Versatility73th percentile
Power (General Purpose)41th percentile
Power (Graphical)52th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)63th percentile
Storage Space43th percentile
Portability62th percentile
Battery Autonomy41th percentile
Longevity13th percentile

Specs

Screen

15.6", 1920×1080 (FHD, 1080p, 2.1MP), 141.21 PPI, Multiple Monitor Support

Operating System

Windows 10, Home Edition

CPU

Intel Core i5-1035G1, 4 cores clocked from 1 to 3.6 GHz

GPU

Intel UHD Graphics

Memory

8 GB

Storage

256 GB total, Solid State (very fast)

Battery

45Wh

Dimensions and Weight

Dimensions (cm): w36.34 × d25.05 × h1.8

Dimensions (in): w14.31 × d63.63 × h4.57

Weight (kg): 1.9

Weight (lbs.): 4.19

Features

  • External Power Brick
  • Fixed storage: Solid State (very fast)
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • HDMI
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • USB 2
  • USB Type-C
  • USB 3.1
  • USB Type-A
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • Ethernet 10
  • Ethernet 100
  • Ethernet 1000 (Gigabit)
  • Built-in Number Pad
  • Built-In Keyboard
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Wi-Fi 6 ax

Maintenance and Upgrades

I do not have much insight to offer regarding this product.

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Software Compatibility

Here's how you can expect this laptop to fare with popular software based on developpers specified system requirements. For reference, a 1-star rating means minimal requirements are met and a 3-stars rating means recommended specs are met. Ratings beyond the 3-stars point could be advisable for uncommon scenarios like modding, working with very large and complex documents, etc.

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