Acer Aspire 3 A317 within the test: flexible multimedia notebook without major weaknesses

 Acer Aspire 3 A317

With Aspire 3, Acer features a large multimedia notebook in its range. That ought to be suitable for all applications. multimedia, office, and, because of the dedicated graphics card, also for infrequent gaming and image/video editing. within the test, we clarify whether the 700 euro notebook * meets these requirements.

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Acer's Aspire 3 series includes a variety of models. The equipment of the 17-inches is essentially similar. An Intel® Core ™ i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, and an SSD with up to 1 TB storage. And optionally an indoor Intel UHD 620 or a fanatical Nvidia MX graphics card.

 The costs range from 500 to almost 1000 euros *. With an Intel® Core ™ i5 processor of the 10th generation, and MX230. And a 512 GB SSD, the test model is within the midfield both in terms of hardware and price (currently 699 euros *).


The Aspire 3 looks pretty good with its restrained design. aside from a reflective Acer logo and a subtle Aspire lettering, you will not see any ornaments on the front. Otherwise, the notebook is simply black.

Acer Aspire 3 A317 back

The body is formed of slightly shiny plastic, the display front is formed of matt plastic. Unfortunately, the case has one disadvantage. you'll see fingerprints pretty clearly. 

So you ought to treat yourself to an honest cleaning cloth if you would like to possess a handsome notebook. Since the plastic is sort of thin, it is often pressed in quite easily. And thus somewhat diminishes the great impression made by the workmanship.

As is common with 17 “notebooks, the keyboard offers you a variety of pads. Its buttons are slightly smaller than the remainder. But that's not a drag on lifestyle. 

The keys themselves hardly offer any resistance. This takes some getting won't to typing and therefore the error rate is sort of high initially. Once you've got won't to the short travel and therefore the very low resistance, typing works quite well.

The touchpad does its job well but reacts a touch sluggishly to my personal taste. But that's not an enormous deal on behalf of me, because within the overwhelming majority of cases I exploit a mouse anyway. And a 17 “notebook isn't really intended for mobile work anyway, but rather a desktop replacement.

Acer Aspire 3 A317 display

The display bezels are relatively wide and thus look a touch old-fashioned, but that's the case with many 17 “notebooks. A webcam is integrated within the upper frame.

There is nothing wrong with the workmanship. The Aspire 3 has no burrs or edges that you simply could get caught on. The gaps are even and little. That's how it should be.

Strange choice of connections

At the connections, you get into the nozzle for the primary time. Because there are a complete of three USB-A ports installed, two of which belong to the USB-2 standard.

 The third may be a USB 3.0 port. Why USB 2.0 ports are still being installed in 2020 doesn't divulge to me in any way. From my point of view, this is often a transparent failure. By the way, you will not find a USB-C port on this notebook.

Acer Aspire 3 A317 connection

There is also an HDMI port on the left that you simply can use to attach an external display. Ethernet and three .5mm headphone connections complete the connection package. additionally, to Type-C, I also miss a card reader.

The Aspire 3 17 “also features a DVD drive. Personally, I do not remember the last time I used a DVD drive in a notebook. But there are still enough users for whom it is sensible.

Matt display decent color values

The Aspire 3 features a matte IPS display that features a Full HD resolution. This leads to a PPI value of 127 and means your content is going to be displayed crisply. 

Like all matte displays, you've got no problems with annoying reflections. The viewing angles also are great. But that's no surprise with an IPS display. the colors are strong, but the black value might be more precise.

Acer Aspire 3 A317 display -2

The color space coverage is perfectly fine for casual users. The sRGB color space is roofed to 91%. The AdobeRGB (70%) and NTSC (68%) coverage also are within the traditional range.

 This provides you beautiful colors for films. And allows you to simply edit your vacation photos. Without experiencing any nasty surprises when printing them. you'll see within the graphic how the Aspire 3 ranks as compared to similar notebooks.

The display is pleasantly bright. I measured 352 cd / m² at the highest, a mean of 322 cd / m². it's positive that the Aspire 3's display is fairly evenly illuminated.

 The darkest spots are at rock bottom within the corners. But even they still have 295 cd / m². This suggests that you simply can easily see. The screen contents even in bright surroundings.

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The Aspire 3 comes with Windows 10 preinstalled. So you'll start directly. As is so often the case, it's not a clean Windows version here either. you'll find various programs on the record, the usefulness of which is usually more. 

Sometimes less doubtful Candy Crush Friends. Farm Heroes Saga, Forge of Empires, Netflix, Xing, and a 30-day trial version of Norton. 

The great news is that you simply can completely uninstall the things you do not need.

512 GB is still free on the SSD within the delivery state.

Solid office performance

There is nothing to complain about Acer inspire 3 laptops about in terms of performance. You get enough power for all the tasks that it's intended. 

The Aspire 3 is powered by an Intel® Core ™ i5 processor of the tenth generation. it's supported by 8 GB of RAM and an Nvidia MX230.

Acer Aspire 3  look

 The mixture ensures a fluid workflow for both image and lightweight video editing.

A Western Digital SN520 with 512 GB is employed because of the SSD. In terms of performance, it doesn't belong to the upper crust but remains fast enough in lifestyle.

 There are not any delays and even large files are loaded quickly in programs.

The Aspire 3 is merely suitable for gaming to a limited extent because the MX230 simply doesn't have enough power for current games.

Strategy games should not be a drag, but faster games especially should be played on a special device. additionally, the 60 Hz display isn't designed for this. So you'd be having little or no fun.

Decent battery life

To test the battery life, I set the display to 200 cd / m² and selected the “balanced” energy profile. The display brightness corresponds to 59%.

Acer Aspire 3  look battery

 I then used it for my normal everyday work (Office, Photoshop, Lightroom, surfing). So I got by for four and a half hours without a socket - arithmetic mean.

By default, the display is about 40% brightness if you decide on the energy profile "Balanced" in battery mode. If you occupy this luminosity and avoid power guzzlers, you'll in fact get there even longer. Acer itself speaks of 5.5 hours of battery life that the Aspire 3 should offer.

Emissions: Everything within the green area

You will rarely hear the Aspire 3 in lifestyle. The fans begin but remain pleasantly quiet. It gets only marginally louder even under a heavy load.

In terms of temperatures, everything stays within the green area also. Within the assay, the Intel® Core ™ i5 processor heats up to a maximum. Of 82 ° C, the GPU may be a maximum of 80 ° C. The cooling system does an honest job and accordingly. The Aspire 3 stays cool on the highest.

Somewhat easily accessible inner workings

In theory, all you've got to try to do is loosen 13 screws. Pull out the DVD drive, achieve the bottom plate and you've got free access to the components.

Somewhat easily accessible inner workings

In practice, Acer makes it is set us difficult for you to open the Aspire 3 in the Acer laptop. The bottom plate sits very tightly within the case. And is additionally held in situ by many long plastic lugs. The plate is often loosened with gentle force and patience.

Inside you'll swap the SSD for a bigger or faster version. additionally, the built-in 4 GB RAM bar is often exchanged for an 8 GB bar, in order that you get a complete of 12 GB of RAM. 4 GB are firmly soldered.

If the worst involves the worst, the battery also can be exchanged because it's not glued.

Sound sound

A multimedia notebook should offer decent sound. and therefore the Aspire 3 has that. like all notebooks, the depths are a touch shallow thanks to the shortage of a resonance space.

Somewhat easily accessible

 But they're there and simply recognizable. The mids are slightly underrepresented compared to the highs. The highs, on the opposite hand, are hit well at half volume and don't tend to be shrill or clanky

The sound changes only marginally at full volume. The highs are more present, but aren't shrill or clinking here either. I prefer that considerably. 

The utmost volume isn't enough to fill a celebration with sound. That wasn't to be expected either. But it's absolutely sufficient for a relaxed movie night.

scope of delivery

Acer Aspire 3 (A317-51G-56E1)

A word about the scope of delivery. That moves within the standard framework. You get the notebook and therefore the charging cable. there's also a touch little bit of paper, but that's about it.

Conclusion on the Acer Aspire 3 (A317-51G-56E1)

The Aspire 3 left a mixed impression within the test. On the one hand, the built-in hardware makes it an all-rounder with which you'll meet all everyday tasks. 

Conclusion on the Acer Aspire 3 (A317-51G-56E1)

The SSD is large and glued and because of the MX230. Image and lightweight video editing are additionally no problem.

 The display is bright and offers reasonable color space coverage. there's also nothing to complain about when it involves the sound.

Conclusion on the Acer Aspire 3 (A317-51G-56E1) - 2

One of the points of criticism is clearly the incomprehensible focus of the connections on USB 2.0. And therefore the lack of USB-C. 

The connection selection. Also prevents an unreserved recommendation of Aspire 3. If you'll accept it and are trying to find an excellent all-rounder, you ought to take a better check out the Aspire 3.

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