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Updated January 12, 2024·

The Acer Aspire 5 15 offers solid overall performance with a newer processor, which could be beneficial for general use and multitasking. However, note that it comes with Windows 11 Home, and if you prefer or require Windows 10, the Gateway 15.6" still has that operating system. The Gateway is slightly heavier and has somewhat less display brightness compared to the Acer, which could matter if you often work in brightly lit spaces. Regarding portability, both devices are similar, but the Acer is slightly lighter and thinner, making it a bit easier to carry around. If battery life is crucial for you, the Acer has a known battery capacity that should provide a reliable usage time, whereas this information is not specified for the Gateway. The Gateway could offer a slightly better value for specific applications due to it having a better base review score, but that comes with the tradeoff of a heavier weight and less clarity on battery life. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Acer Aspire 5 15
  • Good for engineering and design
  • Good for software development
  • Good keyboard
Advantages of the Gateway 15.6"
  • The Gateway 15.6" has no clear advantages over the Acer Aspire 5 15.

Key differences

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Engineering and Design

7.1
Aspire 5 15
15.6"
6.5
6.9/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
4.9/10
2.4/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
2.4/10
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
The Acer Aspire 5 15 is good for engineering and design, while the Gateway 15.6" is only fair.

Software Development

7.3
Aspire 5 15
15.6"
6.8
6.9/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
4.9/10
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
7.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
5.3/10
The Acer Aspire 5 15 is good for software development, while the Gateway 15.6" is only fair.

Screen Quality

6.2
Aspire 5 15
15.6"
6.1
15.6in
SIZE
15.6in
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
275.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
250.0 nits
The Acer Aspire 5 15 has a better screen than the Gateway 15.6" for software development, and content creation.

Battery

7.0 Hours
Aspire 5 15
15.6"
8.0 Hours
The Acer Aspire 5 15 has 7 hours of battery life. The Gateway 15.6" has 8 hours of battery life.

Build Quality

6.5
Aspire 5 15
15.6"
5.1
The Acer Aspire 5 15 has only fair build quality, while the Gateway 15.6" has poor build quality.
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Key similarities

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General Use

7.5
Aspire 5 15
15.6"
7.0
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
275.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
250.0 nits
7.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
8.0 Hours
7.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
5.3/10
7.7/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
7.3/10
The Acer Aspire 5 15 and Gateway 15.6" are both good for general use.

Gaming and AI

6.4
Aspire 5 15
15.6"
6.1
2.4/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
2.4/10
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
No
SUPPORTS DLSS
No
No
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
No
7.5/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
7.0/10
The Acer Aspire 5 15 and Gateway 15.6" are both only fair for gaming and AI.

Content Creation

7.3
Aspire 5 15
15.6"
7.0
6.9/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
4.9/10
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The Acer Aspire 5 15 and Gateway 15.6" are both good for content creation.

Portability

Good
Aspire 5 15
15.6"
Good
15.6in
SIZE
15.6in
3.9 lbs
WEIGHT
4.8 lbs
0.7in
THICKNESS
0.7in
The Acer Aspire 5 15 and Gateway 15.6" both have good portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Cost

$510
Aspire 5 15
15.6"
$497
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The Acer Aspire 5 15 has a price of $510 and the Gateway 15.6" costs $497.

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How the Acer Aspire 5 15 and the Gateway 15.6" compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Acer Aspire 5 15Gateway 15.6"
Acer Aspire 5 15Gateway 15.6"

GENERAL

Price
$510
$497
Release Date
May 1, 2023August 1, 2021
Overall Dimensions
14.2'' x 9.4'' x 0.7''14.8'' x 9.5'' x 0.77''
Weight
3.97 lbs4.8 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i5-1335UIntel i5-1135G7
Graphics
Iris Xe Iris Xe G7
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
NoNo
RAM
16 GB16 GB
DDR Memory Version
54

BATTERY

Battery Life
7 Hours8 Hours
Battery Capacity
50 WhUnknown

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
15.6"15.6"
Display Technology
IPSIPS
Resolution
1920 x 10801920 x 1080
Refresh Rate
60Hz60Hz
Display Brightness
275 nits250 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
6.5/105.1/10
Portability Score
7.8/107.3/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
NoNo
Fan Noise Score
7.5/107/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
WhiteN/A
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
7/105.3/10
Speaker Quality Score
6/106/10
Webcam
1080p720p
Fingerprint Reader
NoYes
Backlit Keyboard
YesNo
Number Pad
YesYes

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
22
USB-C ports
11
USB-C Charging
YesNo
Display Outputs
21
Thunderbolt Version
4N/A

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Acer Aspire 5 15

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Sascha Mölck | November 2022
"The Acer Aspire 5 15 is a good value office laptop with reasonable battery life. The combination of slim exterior, relatively low weight (approx. 1.7 kg) and 8 hour real-life battery runtime makes the Acer Aspire a truly mobile laptop. The modest Tiger Lake processor supports this area and simultaneously ensures an affordable price point. The Aspire produces little noise and stays cool. The screen (FHD, IPS) might not win any prizes but is entirely appropriate for the price."

Gateway 15.6"

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Francisco Lahoz | July 2022
"Some concessions have to be made when shopping for a budget laptop. Walmart's Gateway Ultra Slim laptops succeeds on the affordability front and delivers serviceable specs and good battery life, though it's hard to claim it's the best (or even particularly good) at any particular aspect. Its build quality, especially the touchpad, is mediocre, and its performance is decent but doesn't lead the way. The Gateway does undercut the cost of some competitors and offers ample storage with good connectivity, so it's not to be ignored."

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About Acer

Acer is a prominent Taiwanese electronics brand which makes a wide range of laptops, with multiple product lines catering to personal use, gaming, and business use. They are renowned for having exceptional value for money, as they frequently offer good specifications at a lower price than other manufacturers.

About Gateway

Gateway is a laptop and tablet brand owned by Acer which sells budget-friendly laptops exclusively through Walmart. It was previously an American computer company until its acquisition by Acer in 2007, who then revived the brand in 2020. Gateway laptops are manufactured by Chinese company Shenzhen Bmorn Technology, which also makes EVOO-branded models.

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