If you are looking for a value for money laptop, in a reasonable price range with not too much of a compromise on features and performance, then read on, because we may just have the right laptop for you, here.
Yes, it’s the $599 Acer Aspire E15 (E5-576G-5762) laptop computer we’re talking about.
With a Quad Core 8-thread processor, a 15.6-inch 1080p in-plane switching (IPS) display, a dedicated Nvidia GeForce graphics card, solid state boot drive and 8GB of expandable system RAM, the Acer Aspire E15 (E5-576G-5762) is, arguably, the best $600 laptop on the market today.
Okay, so, it’s not faultless and it doesn’t do everything, but for the price, it’s available at, it does more than enough and whether it’s the right laptop for you or not depends on the kind of work you need to do on it.
So, who should buy the Acer Aspire E15 (E5-576G-5762)? What kind of user is this laptop designed for? Do you want it for work, home or school use? Do you need it for hardcore gaming? Are you a professional content creator?
Well, those are the questions we’re going to attempt to answer in this Acer Aspire E15 (E5-576G-5762) overview, here.
First up, let’s make it absolutely clear that this particular Acer Aspire laptop is by no stretch of the imagination meant for hardcore gaming or heavy-duty video rendering – nor is it meant for intense workloads.
Let’s give it to you straight; if you’re looking to do 4K video editing, or if you want to play a game like Ghost Recon Wildlands on this thing, don’t buy it.
What you, probably, want is, the Acer Predator Helios 300, or something in that category, but be prepared to pay three times as much
That said, it’s an amazing laptop for web and social media browsing, watching movies, working with MS Office and, to a certain extent, image editing and even 1080p video editing – with pretty satisfactory results, at that.
So, if that’s what you’re going to use it for, be informed that you will hardly find a better alternative out there and at just $599, the Acer Aspire E15 (E5-576G-5762) is a pretty decent buy.
Now, let’s take a look at some of the main specs
1.6GHz Intel Quad Core, 8-thread i5-8250U Processor
First of all, this is the ‘U’, or low-power CPU, not, by a long shot, meant for handling sustained high-end usage but it does have great burst performance with turbo of up to 3.4 GHz.
This 8th-generation Intel 4 core 8 thread chip has double the cores and double the threads compared to the 2-core, 4-thread chip used in the previous generation Acer Aspire E15 – a huge upgrade, indeed, although it’s not what you’d call a super high-performance chip.
While the chip is more than enough for many users and many workloads, it’s not meant for handling hardcore gaming, professional video work or intense workloads.
8GB DDR2 SDRAM 1,600MHz (upgradable to 16GB)
With 8GB of system RAM, the Acer Aspire E15 (E5-576G-5762) does what is expected of a $600 laptop and does it pretty much better than most laptops at that price point.
It takes just 3 screws and five minutes to upgrade the memory to 16GB, using the memory slot provided for that purpose.
256GB M.2 SSD with Open 2.5” Bay for Second Drive
The 256GB M.2 SSD is reasonable storage for the kind of work expected out of it.
However, there’s a 2.5-inch drive bay, should you want to install an additional hard drive or an SSD.
NVidia GeForce MX 150 GPU 2GBVRAM
The Acer Aspire E15 (E5-576G-5762) is equipped with a dedicated gaming graphics card, the NVidia GeForce MX 150 – a rare commodity in $600 laptops.
The card is, basically, the mobile equivalent of the GT1030, perhaps a touch slower but good enough for basic kind of games.
15.6-inch Full HD – 1080p in-plane switching (IPS) display
While the 15.6-inch 1080p IPS screen on this laptop does not even come close to a 4K-resolution touchscreen type, it’s a decent enough display with good color reproduction, nice viewing angles and very good brightness and contrast.
One thing is for sure, though; at the $600 price point, you are not going to get a better quality display than this because a lot of laptops in this price range come with TN panels.
Heat and Noise – Runs Cool and Quiet in Windows
In terms of heat and noise, the Acer Aspire E15 (E5-576G-57’62) behaves just fine when, for example, you’re watching videos on YouTube, editing documents, working on PowerPoint presentations, editing images or doing other work in Windows. You can, actually, place it on your lap and work for hours at a time with no discernible heating or noise.
However, it’s a different story, altogether, when you’re gaming or performing a CPU- or GPU-intensive task.
Despite the low power graphics chip and a low power CPU, the E5 can get hotter and noisier than the far more powerful Acer Predator Helios 300.
Acer may claim a 12-hour battery life on this laptop but that’s not really the case.
Is it good for 6-7 hours then?
Yes, it is.
Moving over to features, there is a headphone jack, which is what you should use if you are gaming or even listening to music because the built-in speaker is nothing to write home about. It works and it makes noise, but that’s about all you can say about it.
In terms of connectivity, there are 2 video outs, including an HDMI and a VGA out, with 4 USB ports – three on the left-hand side and one on the opposite side, which is a 2.0 port for a keyboard or mouse, or one of those wireless adaptors used for wireless keyboard and mouse. On the opposite side, there are 2 Type A USB 3.0 ports and one USB 3.1 Type C port.
Now, you may ask what a VGA out is doing on a 2018 laptop and it’s a valid enough question, in that higher-end laptops generally don’t have it.
But, bearing in mind that a lot of people would be using this laptop for business and travel purposes, the VGA out is a handy feature to have, when you consider that lot of offices still have projectors with VGA inputs, not to mention old televisions in hotel rooms.
Even if you don’t have any use for it, having this additional feature is certainly not going to do any harm and, you never know, it may just prove its worth at some point.
There’s the regular webcam built into the top bezel of the display and there’s the backlit keyboard, which is really nice because no laptop will offer that backlit feature at this price.
Additionally, you have that SD card reader in the front as well as a DVD reader and writer built in on the right-hand side.
If you want to use wired network instead of the onboard AC WiFi, you have a full-size RJ 45 Ethernet jack to be able to do that.
To sum it up in a few words, the Acer Aspire E15 (E5-576G-5762) is the best $600 laptop you can hope to see.