Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG – Capable gaming rig or weak competition?

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Today we’ll put the Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG under the spotlight. The Acer family is as well-known as it is extensive so the competition is stiff for this model. It’s got a lot going for it on the surface – let’s see what the fuss is about.

Remember the old movies where phones were the size of bricks? Laptops were the same until recently! The age old issues of circulation and the size of hardware caused our favorite portable units to be thick and heavy, an inconvenience at the best of times.

Thankfully as technology marches on wards we are seeing slim and beautiful designs pushed out that can still stay in the ring with the latest AAA games and programs.

The screen & speakers

 

After testing there are a few distinct points to note with the display. The Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG has great black levels which helps make those dark tones suitably moody and thick but it loses out in the subtlety. We found it tricky to separate similar dark tones which can be a struggle for certain games or movies which make heavy use of moody lighting in areas.

The good news is the accuracy of the colors is spot on. Acer ColorBlast technology gives you 94% NTSC (more than twice as many colors as the average laptop) for superb colors that are extremely close to that of the source image. The Laptop also has BluelightShield feature which reduces blue-light emissions, allowing you to game longer without eyestrain and fatigue.

The finish on the screen is somewhat grainy and the viewing angle needs to be specific to get the most out of the screen but we found that these criticisms are minor and mainly noticed by the hard-core enthusiast – it certainly matches against other laptops in the price range admirably. The kind of price range you are looking at for reasonable improvements to these areas is a lot higher with it ultimately coming down to very expensive internals that drive the price up.

Great news on the sound from the speakers. Not tinny at all, great depth of bass and clarity of sound. That’s a critical factor for any laptop whether you want the booming bass of a machine gun firing in a Battlefield game or the subtleties of different instruments in music. This is capable by what Acer considers a one of a kind speaker design which limits audio distortion, delivers wide range bass, and allows you to boost the volume so that it fills the room.  We enjoyed putting this one through its paces with a variety of challenging audio.

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Heat and running noise

 

An average score here, a common theme with many powerful laptops designed to be pushed.

It’s got good scores when it isn’t being used – the idle sound is almost completely quiet and the internals run at a low temperature when not under load.

That all changes when you start to push the thing. After doing a first set of benchmarks and a few minutes on our favorite games it was quickly found that the fans kicked up and started making a smooth but nevertheless noticeable sound.

This wasn’t the clunking whine of a clogged up fan, far from it. A perfectly healthy running noise occurred that was nevertheless quite distinct.

This brought us to the curse that all laptop owners know – the heat. After a session of reasonable length, the CPU was running at nearly 80 degrees with the GPU at 90. Not an immediate melting issue but certainly a factor that you need to keep in mind, you can’t cane this laptop hour after hour and not expect sluggishness or slowdowns. A sadly consistent theme of many laptops nowadays that seems to be tough to solve.

 

The stats

 

  • 15.6-inch Full HD Widescreen ComfyView LED-backlit Display
  • Hard drive – 256GB SSD
  • Weight – 5.3 pounds
  • Graphics card – NVIDIA GeForce 940MX with 2GB of dedicated DDR5 VRAM
  • RAM – 8GB DDR4 Dual Channel Memory
  • CPU – 6th Generation Intel Core i5-6200U Processor 2.3GHz
  • Camera – HD Webcam (1280 x 720) supporting High Dynamic Range (HDR)
  • Ports – 1 USB 3.1 Type C, 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, SD card reader, Ethernet, HDMI

 

 

Gaming performance

 

One of the Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG’s best features is the discrete NVidia GeForce 940MX graphics card. Obviously this card isn’t NVidia’s latest and greatest, but with 2 GB of memory its elevate a fairly standard work laptop into a very capable gaming rig.  With that being said, you certainly won’t be able to play The Witcher III in 4k at ultra, but this machine will play anything you throw at it with different settings selected.

A fantastic way to get the best gaming experience out of this machine is to download the NVidia GeForce experience desktop app and allow the app to set the optimal settings for all your games.  I was able to have a lot of fun testing out numerous games on this laptop, such as Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm and Marvel Heroes.

 

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Battery Life

 

The Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG is one of the longest running 15 inch laptops we’ve tested this year, especially in this remarkable price range.  This notebook lasted over 9 hours during our battery test, which involves web surfing over Wi-Fi.  This notebook outperformed the HP Notebook 15 and the F555UA which were way behind, coming in at 5:51 and 5:39, respectively

The good

 

It has to be said that the games we did experiment with looked gorgeous with the settings turned up. The colors looked great at the full 1080p resolution and the laptop handled tricky games responsively with the use of that great GPU and solid CPU in support.

You can’t run the latest AAA titles on ultra. Best to get that out of your head.

What you can do is run just about any game out there right now in varying settings all the way up to high and they’ll look damn good while doing so.

It also looks pleasant and subtle in design. It’s far from loud and bulky, indeed it has a very slim and understated design that’s perfect for those of us who don’t demand our high performance equipment dripping with garish LED lights and decals.

 

The bad

 

The viewing angles on the screen can also be a frustration if you need to relocate now and then during your sessions. The colors are lovely when you are straight on but the niggling need to nudge it left and right, up and down does wear slightly.

It also comes with a fair amount of bloat. This isn’t an uncommon problem by any stretch of the imagination but it’s frustrating to have to do a clean of your laptop the moment you get it when all you want is to launch straight into gaming or a movie.

 

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The final word

 

Great for the price. The GPU and CPU are solid choices and in the price range provide some serious kick. It’s not a top level device by any means but that’s not what you can expect to get for this kind of expense. You’ll certainly be able to run just about any game out there currently in some kind of graphics setting.

While far from perfect, the faults in this laptop are shared across most laptops out there. It’s a strong unit and a serious contender for someone looking at this price range.

Ultimately, the Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG is a competent machine that offered much more than I expected especially at this low price range, and that’s the reason why it earns our recommendation

 

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