Acer Aspire 5 with Intel Tiger Lake CPU within the test: successful all-rounder

Acer Aspire 5 with Intel Tiger Lake CPU

We reviewed the Aspire 5 not that way back. some time passed with Ryzen 5. Now it is the model with a replacement Intel Tiger Lake processor, 16 GB RAM, and 1 TB SSD for fewer than 700 euros. We took a glance at what the new Aspire 5 can do

Like its siblings, the Acer Aspire 5 is out there in several versions with a Ryzen CPU. The currently * cheapest model comes with a tenth-generation Core i5, 8 GB RAM, an Nvidia MX 350 graphics card, and 512 GB memory. you've got to try to do without Windows here, Linux is preinstalled. the foremost expensive model features a Core i7, 16 GB of RAM, also the MX350, and 1 TB of storage

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My test model is found between the 2 variants. it's an 11th generation Core i5 and no dedicated graphics card. you'll read the precise specs within the following table.

Technical data Acer Aspire 5 (A515-56-511A)

Design and workmanship

A short word about the scope of delivery beforehand. It's clear and includes the notebook, charging cable, and a some paperwork.

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I tested the model with Ryzen 5 within the summer. There are some changes within the design compared to the model. the foremost obvious concerns air evacuation. the nice and cozy air from the notebook is now led upwards out of the housing ahead of the display. That has consequences. the foremost far-reaching is that the display hinge has been changed.

The display is now much lower and lifts the bottom plate slightly when it's found out. this could ensure an improved airflow and thus better cooling. The new hinge also has an optical effect. The relatively wide display frame on the lower edge looks far more delicate than it actually is.

Compared to its predecessor, Acer has reduced the general width of the display bezels. within the upper frame, you'll find the webcam. Unfortunately, it can't be closed with a shutter.

Technical data Acer Aspire 5

The keyboard sits during a small indentation in order that the keys don't protrude and damage the display. By the way, you've got a full keyboard with a variety of pads here. The keys are an honest size and are generally pleasant to write down. The point might be a touch stronger for my personal taste. But longer texts also are no problem with the keyboard. If you've got to figure in darker surroundings, you'll fall back on the backlight of the keyboard.

The touchpad is slightly offset to the left and is of an honest size. It responds precisely to inputs but definitely doesn't compared to the response times of touchpads in upper-class notebooks, which is additionally noticeable in their price.

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There are only a couple of decorative elements. you'll find Acer lettering on the lower display frame and on the display lid also. That's it already. Personally, I prefer it considerably. the general design is straightforward and easy, in order that it blends in well with all environments. Finally, there's a subtle Aspire lettering on the rear.

The Aspire 5 features a matte coating that's largely insensitive to fingerprints.

There is nothing wrong with the workmanship, it's flawless. There are not no sharp edges or creaking parts. Everything fits together well and is straightforward to use. The gaps also are all even.

Many different connections

There are not many differences from the predecessor in terms of connections.

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The Aspire 5 has 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C (5 GBit / s), 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A and a USB 2.0 port. there's also an HDMI 2.0 port, a LAN connection, and a 3.5mm jack connection. apart from the USB 2 port and therefore the jack connection, all connections are on the left. There you'll also find the facility supply socket.

The selection of connections is totally sufficient for everyday use. Personally, the sole thing missing maybe a card reader.

Sensible office display

The matte IPS display features a resolution of Full HD. Content is displayed sharply and because of IPS, you'll anticipate large viewing angles. With a maximum of 255 cd / m², the display is additionally sufficiently bright for many environments. Problems can only arise in direct sunlight. Content is then difficult to acknowledge. The lighting is sweet. the utmost deviation is seven percent.

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The color space coverage is as we are wont to from most office displays. 65% sRGB color space and 48% AdobeRGB color space are not any problem in lifestyle and for office tasks. For color-critical work, however, you ought to switch to an external display.

The color fidelity is additionally not as strong within the factory condition. The mean Delta-E is 13. After the calibration, it drops to 4. The aim may be a value of two. So you ought to calibrate the display. If you are doing not have an appropriate device at hand, you'll download the calibrated color profile as a zipped file here. Saves the unzipped enter the subsequent location: C: \ Windows \ System32 \ spool \ drivers \ color. Then you'll activate the profile via the color management within the instrument panel.

Windows 10 and tons of additional software

Unfortunately, Acer doesn't offer you a clean Windows installation with the Aspire 5. It starts with the Norton trial version, which tries to influence you to require out a paid subscription. you'll safely uninstall, Windows Defender does its job even as well.

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There also are valuable apps like Forge of Empires, Cribbage Deluxe, or Simple Majong. If you do not want the things, you'll also completely uninstall them with no problems.

But there's not only superfluous clutter that's pre-installed but also useful software. This includes the Acer Care Center, with which you'll keep your system up-to-date and get in touch with support in the event of a drag.

More than enough power for lifestyle 

There is quite enough power available for everyday office life. Browsing with many open tabs, Word, Excel - no problem in the least. Simple image editing is additionally not a problem. When it involves video editing, it gets trickier. Simple video editing is feasible, but you've got to plan an extended time for rendering.

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In our Lightroom benchmark, the notebooks 20 each need to export 50 MB RAW files that are processed with a special present. The Aspire 5 with Tiger Lake needs 1:05 minutes for this. The model with Ryzen was nine seconds faster during this task with 56 seconds.

Compared to the Core i5 of the previous versions, Tiger Lake takes the lead in our databases. The differences aren't earth-shattering, but they're visible. during a direct comparison with the present Ryzen CPU, Tiger Lake cannot continue. The Aspire 5 with Ryzen 5, for instance, achieved around 700 points more in Cinebench R20. you'll see how the Tiger Lake Core i5 fared intimately within the next graphics.

In a nutshell, the subsequent is often said: does one use applications that only access one CPU core? Then the model with Intel Tiger Lake is your favorite. Do your programs access multiple CPU cores? Then it's better to use the model with Ryzen CPU. One must add, however, that the measured differences in performance aren't noticeable in any program in lifestyle. you ought to only notice them once you have demanding tasks to finish.

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However, the performance is merely partially sufficient for gaming. The Iris Xe graphics are far better than their predecessors. However, in games like Fortnite, you simply get around 60fps with low graphics settings. With medium settings, you'll crawl around with 30-40 fps, and with high details, you get into the world of single-image animation. CS: Go you'll play with up to 90 fps, as long as you set the small print to rock bottom level. At a high level of detail, your progress between 20 and 30 fps.

The Aspire 5 stays within the green area in terms of temperatures. In our assay, the temperature of the CPU was a maximum of 69 ° and a mean of 62 °. the typical idle temperature was 57 °, the utmost was 67 °. So you do not need to worry that the Aspire 5 will die of premature heat death

You will hardly hear the Aspire 5 in lifestyle. The fans rarely start in normal office use. once they start, they only emit a faint rustling. It becomes more audible under load. But here, too, the Aspire fans only emit a hissing noise and not a whistle. Acer has solved this clearly well.

A working day without a socket is possible 

Acer states that the battery life is up to eight hours. We checked that, of course.

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As always, I set the display to 200 cd / m². That corresponds to 94% brightness and that I also selected the energy profile "balanced". then the Aspire 5 went through a traditional working day. In my case, this suggests that I used many open-browser tabs, Word, Excel, Photoshop, and Lightroom. Now then again Resolve or Adobe Premiere.

When using Lightroom and Photoshop, the Aspire 5 lost 20% -24% battery charge in an hour. once I limited myself to pure Office programs, the load loss was 12-15%. this suggests that, under certain conditions, a working day without a socket is possible. To get on the safe side, I might always have the charger with me if it's foreseeable that you simply are going to be on the road for an extended period of your time.

Upgrading is pleasantly easy

To upgrade the Aspire 5, all you've got to try to do is loosen eleven Phillips screws on the underside. the bottom plate is often easily levered out and removed. I always find it good when manufacturers don't make things unnecessarily complicated.

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Inside you'll easily access all components. The SSD is true ahead of you and maybe changed during a few simple steps. Although this should not be necessary for the nonce with its capacity of 1 TB.

The RAM is often exchanged for a 16 GB module in only a couple of simple steps. The Aspire 5 has 8 GB of RAM soldered onto it. you cannot get on the brink of it either, so you'll only change one RAM bar and expand the RAM to a maximum of 24 GB.

There is still space for a 2.5 "SSD, but there's no free connection in order that the available space doesn't assist you.

As always: light and shadow are in balance

Sound in notebooks isn't my favorite chapter. just because notebooks are rarely ready to produce a very usable sound.

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The sound is sweet at medium volume. As was to be expected, the depths aren't particularly pronounced. But they will be recognized. Accordingly, mids and highs dominate the sound. they're during a well-balanced relationship to at least one another. The highs also are not shrill within the peaks.

At full volume, you've got to try to without perceptible depths. during this case, the highs clearly have the whip hand over the sound. In peaks, it can happen that the highs become shrill. But this is often far away from being the case in every case.

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But you simply need full volume within the rarest of cases. 50% volume is enough to possess a comfortable Netflix evening on the couch. And anyone who wants to concentrate on the music at work can easily select a lower volume.

Conclusion Acer Aspire 5 (A515-56-511A): beat all, an honest all-rounder

The Aspire 5 with Intel Tiger Lake is an absolute all-around notebook.

The 11th generation Core i5 offers enough power for everyday use. 16 GB RAM and 1 TB SSD should even be enough for a short time. and will things get tight, the RAM and SSD are often exchanged with no problems.

Acer Aspire 5 (A515-56-511A

But the Aspire 5 also scores in terms of connections and volume. Only the display doesn't do quiet also. But that's not an enormous surprise. In normal everyday office life or during Netflix sessions, however, you should not notice anything of the low color space coverage.

I didn't find any real weaknesses in the test. So if you're trying to find an all-around notebook, you ought to definitely take a glance at the Aspire 5.


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