Acer Aspire 5 17

Acer Aspire 5 17

Acer Aspire 5 17

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BEST RATING
Operating Noise:
4.2
GENERAL USE: Good7.3/10
GAMING/AI: Fair6.3/10
ENG/DESIGN: Fair6.8/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Good7.0/10
CONTENT CREATION: Good7.1/10
PORTABILITY: Good7.3/10
BATTERY: Good7.3/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Fair6.2/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Good7.1/10
SIZE: 17.3"

The Acer Aspire 5 17 comes at a lower midrange price, offers a moderate 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage, suitable for everyday use and multitasking. It's powered by an Intel i5 processor with integrated Iris Xe graphics, which can handle general use and some light graphics tasks efficiently. The 17.3-inch IPS display provides good color and wide viewing angles but is fixed at a Full HD resolution and isn't touch-enabled. The large screen size and full-size keyboard with a number pad enhance productivity but affect portability, as the laptop weighs around 4.61 pounds and has a thickness of 0.71 inches, making it less ideal for frequent travel. It features a decent array of ports, including USB-C, but lacks Thunderbolt support. Battery life is adequate, and it runs Windows 11 Home, making it ready for use right out of the box. If you need a laptop for standard office work, web browsing, and media consumption with a large display, the Acer Aspire 5 17 is a good option, but if portability, high-end gaming, or professional creative tasks are priorities, you may want to consider other models. Give Feedback

this description is based on the product variant with some specs. At the time of writing, the variant with some specs cost some dollars.








Evaluation

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Pros
  • Attractive price
Cons
  • Only fair for gaming and AI work
  • Only fair for engineering work
  • Only fair overall performance

Ratings by Category

Operating Noise:
4.2
PerfectRec’s Operating Noise Score is based on fan noise measurements. Laptops with a fanless design, such as Macbooks, receive the maximum score.
General Use:
4.1
The Acer Aspire 5 17 offers a solid combination of CPU and RAM that ensures smooth performance for everyday tasks, and its screen quality is commendable with a large IPS display providing clear visuals. Additionally, the laptop's good battery life aligns with general use needs, even though its larger size and weight may affect portability.
Content Creation:
4.1
PerfectRec’s Content Creation Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for photo editing, and video editing work. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Battery Life:
4.1
PerfectRec’s Battery Life rating is based on hours of battery life in typical usage scenarios.
Portability:
4.1
PerfectRec’s portability rating takes into account the volume and thickness of the laptop as well as its weight.
Software Development:
4.0
PerfectRec’s Software Development Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for software development. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Keyboard Quality:
4.0
The Keyboard Quality score is based on the PerfectRec experts’ assessment of tactile feedback, typing comfort, keyboard reliability and typing noise.
Engineering & Design:
3.8
PerfectRec’s Engineering and Design Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for graphic design, CAD and 3D work. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Build Quality:
3.5
PerfectRec’s Build Quality Score incorporates case materials, display and keyboard flex, hinge quality, chassis rigidity, and overall reliability. Our assessment of build quality includes many details that are difficult to quantify. Our laptop experts use their best judgment to produce the final score.
Gaming & AI:
3.3
The Acer Aspire 5 17's gaming and 3D capabilities are limited by its Intel i5-1335U Iris Xe GPU, which is decent for lighter tasks but may not handle high-performance gaming or intensive 3D applications smoothly. Furthermore, its screen refresh rate is capped at 60 Hz, which can hinder the smoothness of fast-paced action, a potential drawback for gaming and 3D rendering experiences that benefit from higher refresh rates.
General Use Screen Quality:
3.3
The general use screen score is based on the screen technology, contrast ratio, resolution, brightness, color gamut and color accuracy. This score does not take into account specialized display features for specific use cases, such as high refresh rate for gaming.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$490
Release Date
April 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
15.8'' x 10.1'' x 0.71''
Weight
4.61 lbs
Width
15.83"
Depth
10.1"

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i5-1335U
Graphics
Iris Xe
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
No
RAM
8 GB
DDR Memory Version
5

BATTERY

Battery Life
7 Hours
Battery Capacity
50.3 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
17.3"
Display Technology
IPS
Resolution
1920 x 1080
Refresh Rate
60Hz
Display Brightness
266 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
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6.5/10
Portability Score
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7.3/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
No
Premium Business Laptop
No
Fan Noise Score
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7.5/10

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
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7/10
Speaker Quality Score
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6/10
Webcam
1080p
Fingerprint Reader
No
Backlit Keyboard
Yes
Number Pad
Yes

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
2
USB-C ports
1
USB-C Charging
No
Display Outputs
2
Thunderbolt Version
4

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Marcus Schwarten | March 2021
"The Acer Aspire 5 17 laptop shows the expected strengths in the test. Besides the usual high build quality, the configuration convinces in most benchmarks and tests. The combination of CPU, GPU, and RAM is absolutely sufficient for the everyday office and browsing tasks of a laptop. It also renders the odd game passably if the requirements aren't too high. We liked the matte display in the test as well as the fairly manageable dimensions despite the screen size. It can also be used outdoors, even if it's certainly not a laptop designed for mobility."

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