Sunday, September 18, 2016

Acer Aspire E-15 audit: This portable workstation packs strong execution

Acer Aspire E-15

Poor Acer. Nothing about the Aspire E-15 (model number E5-573-516D) that Acer sent us isn't right. Truly nothing by any stretch of the imagination. It's a superbly decent machine.

The issue? It's the very same machine as the Toshiba C55-C we investigated—just possibly more regrettable. What's more, it costs fifty dollars more. It's the America's Got Talent to Toshiba's American Idol. It's the Ken to Toshiba's Ryu. It's the Mr. Pibb to Toshiba's Dr Pepper—and don't you set out let me know you "appreciate Mr. Pibb more."

OK, in the event that you are one of those weirdos that lean towards Mr. Pibb possibly you're additionally somebody who needs to spend more cash to get less portable workstation. All things considered, read on.

The configuration

Like the C55-C, the Acer Aspire E-15 is a 15.6-inch portable workstation with a 1366x768 determination screen. That 1366x768 determination is standard at this $500 value point—actually each and every tablet in this round-up utilized the same. In the event that there's place where Acer pushes out Toshiba however, it's the screen. The review points are somewhat more extensive, the hues more striking, the backdrop illumination somewhat brighter. Not a considerable measure, mind you, but rather it's sufficient to be worth saying.

Goodness, and it's constructed better. The top on the Toshiba C55-C feels like you may rip it right off the pivots or twist it into equal parts in case you're not watchful. The E-15 is sturdier and can take some discipline, however the screen still flexes more than I'd like.

Beside that, the E-15 packaging is really damn like the Toshiba, down to the same false brushed metal look on the top. The E-15 opts for a two-tone plan however—dark all things considered, dim within.

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The Aspire E-15 strangely has a second hard drive in the console segment to run with the SSD in the tablet segment.

The console is your standard, soft (modest) portable workstation console—with one special case. All the keys are, similarly as I can tell, marginally inward. Or possibly that is the thing that my fingers are letting me know, despite the fact that the keys look level. It's somewhat irregular.

The trackpad is a blended sack. It's more exact than the vast majority of alternate trackpads in this round-up, which is extraordinary. There's nothing more baffling than battling against the trackpad when you're attempting to move the mouse. But at the same time Acer's after the pattern of shunning physical mouse catches for tapping the trackpad itself. The E-15's trackpad is noisy, and not exactly when you click—tap-to-snap causes the trackpad to quack/clatter in a particularly unsavory manner.

What's more, one more upsetting decision: The E-15's speakers are on the base, towards the front corners. Setting the portable PC on any delicate surface (like, you know, your lap) instantly suppresses and twists the as of now not-extraordinary sound, and slices the volume for all intents and purposes down the middle.

The specs

Tune in: The Acer Aspire E-15 turned in some flawlessly great details here, to the extent $500 portable workstations are concerned.

I say this in light of the fact that there's another overarching story we could concentrate on rather: The Acer Aspire E-15 fundamentally nips at the Toshiba C55-C's heels the entire time. Also, all things considered—the internals are verging on indistinguishable.

The E-15 packs an Intel Core i5-5200U timed at 2.20GHz, Intel HD Graphics 5500, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB 5400 RPM drive. Contrast that with the C55-C's i5-5200U at 2.20GHz, Intel HD Graphics 5500, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB 5400 RPM drive. Definitely, they're really comparative.

Yet, Toshiba's C55-C scarcely defeats a win in verging on each and every test, because of that 8GB of RAM. Therefore the E-15 turns in a PCMark 8 Home Conventional score of 2,186 to Toshiba's 2,527, a Creative Conventional score of 2,055 to Toshiba's 2,198, and a Work Conventional score of 2,669 to Toshiba's 2,771.

These are minor contrasts—and contrasted with the greater part of the opposition, Acer's E-15 is still a solid machine. It took second place in basically each and every test, so this is the genuine article of a portable workstation.

That is more awful however—it's so near Toshiba's C55-C yet can't exactly squeeze out a win. Furthermore, considering how comparable the two are regarding construct, screens, and so on… well, there's simply not by any stretch of the imagination a convincing motivation to take the Acer's somewhat more awful execution rather than Toshiba's.

In spite of the fact that it merits saying that Acer really squeezed out a win in our Handbrake test, wherein we have the PC transcode a 30GB MKV document. It took Toshiba's machine seven additional minutes to finish the test than the E-15 (2 hours and 29 minutes versus 2 hours and 22 minutes, separately). This could possibly be a consequence of better warmth scattering in Acer's machine, which means less execution throttling.

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The bloat

The Acer Aspire E-15 is pressed with of a wide range of programming you could possibly need as a matter of course, however there's uplifting news: Most of it is from names you'd perceive.

A considerable amount of it is Acer's own product. Acer Care Center, Acer Launch Manager, Acer Quick Access, and so on. These are innocuous, if eventually pointless bits of programming. Load up Acer Portal, for occurrence, and you're gone up against with "Manufacture Your Own Cloud: Easily make, customize, and make the most of your own associated universe over any gadget or frill with abApps." Or simply don't, and uninstall Acer Portal. Voila.

Furthermore, for outsiders, it's for the most part conspicuous brands—Wildtangent Games (they're still around?), Hulu Plus, Amazon, Netflix, Flipboard, Evernote, Dropbox, Spotify, and Music Maker Jam. Would I lean toward nothing came pre-introduced? Beyond any doubt. Be that as it may, in any event this is programming you may utilize, dissimilar to the run of the mill outsider trash.

One note of dispute: Like huge numbers of the portable PCs here, Acer picked to incorporate McAfee for your antivirus needs. I don't think McAfee is a decent antivirus program—not slightest in light of the fact that it bothers you unremittingly while hoarding your (officially constrained) execution. Show signs of improvement.

The decision

Try not to misunderstand me: The Acer Aspire E-15 is a decent machine. It performs superior to anything 80 percent of the pack in this survey round-up, it turned in respectable benchmarks, it's positively built, and it has a boatload of capacity if that is the thing that you require.

Be that as it may, it's playing second fiddle to the Toshiba C55-C in for all intents and purposes each admiration. Nothing specifically emerges about the E-15 in contrast with Toshiba's machine, so there's no sense in deciding on Acer's portable PC—particularly since you can for the most part discover the C55-C for less cash

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